Resisting Your Triggers Can Be Very Hard
Recently I made chocolate cake. Gorgeous, delicious, chocolate cake. And it was even low FODMAP too, as well as being dairy-free, which meant it avoided all of the ingredients that I’m intolerant to and so it was safe for my IBS.
I don’t normally eat cake
I don’t eat cake or too many other treats on any sort of regular basis. While I like to think it’s because I’m good at choosing healthier options, the fact is that not being able to buy cakes or desserts that are suitable for my many intolerances stops me from enjoying them more often. Of course I can make safe options myself, but I normally don’t.
So it had been over 2 years since I’d eaten chocolate cake. I have made other desserts to suit my intolerances, but I hadn’t tried making a proper chocolate cake since I started a low FODMAP diet. But it was time. So I found one of my favorite ‘regular’ recipes and set out to convert it for my needs. It took several goes, but the fourth batch was perfect. Beautiful little chocolate cupcakes with a simple glaze icing.
Because I do have a sweet tooth, I thought that making cupcakes would help me with portion control. Because if you take one cupcake, that’s all you eat. Hahaha! Unless of course you go back for another cupcake. Still, I’d done the math and knew that I could get away with having seconds without going over my tolerance thresholds.
But I didn’t bargain on the consequences of restrictions
We know that when you go on a strict weight loss diet that limits all treats, it can lead to bingeing on treats when you finally do have them. This is one of the reasons why diets fail. The restrictions make you crave the things you can’t have even more than you’d normally do.
The same thing happens when you restrict foods due to intolerances. While you know it’s doing you good to avoid those foods, the restrictions mean that when you finally have them again, you’re more likely to overeat. And this is especially the case for foods that you would have wanted to eat if the ingredients weren’t wrong for you, rather than anything you’ve avoided by choice.
So I overdid it. Big time.
I started off okay, with just one cupcake. Then I went back for another, which was still okay. But then I went back for another round later in the day. And then I did exactly the same thing the next day and kept going until it was gone. Because I’d missed out for so long, it was so hard not to eat it. I did enjoy it, at least at first, but towards the end I knew I was eating it simply because it was there.
And then it caught up with me. Constipation overload from all of the sugar, fat and cocoa (too many fructans), plus a lack of fruit and veg because I’d been too full from the cake to eat properly. So I suffered for a few days, took it easy, then started to eat healthier again. And I tried not to complain… I knew it was my own fault!
So what’s the solution? Don’t make cake? Be more careful with portions? Have greater willpower? Honestly, I don’t have a solution that I can guarantee I’ll stick too. But I do know that I don’t want a life without cake. So for now, the plan is to make sure I don’t wait so long before I have cake again, which I hope means I’ll be less likely to overeat.
Do you read nutrition labels on the food you buy?