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Hi, everyone! 

I am a married mama of five who has struggled with sugar addiction since I was a child.  Eventually I get frustrated with my low energy level and depression  (brought on by sweets binges), and I try to "be good."  Needless to say, that doesn't last long!  I cannot do it in my own power, and have prayed so much for God's help.  I am so ashamed of my poor eating habits because I embrace holistic health in so many areas of my life:  how I medicate my body, exercise... plus, I am a licensed massage therapist.  I feel like I am dragging around a horrible secret, and the shame over my lack of self control depresses me.   Although I am only slightly overweight, I *feel* horrible.  I am worn out from the endless cycle of failing to eat well-> depressed->so I eat more junk to feel better-> wow!  depressed that I ate that cake...and on and on.  I also suffer from lupus-like symptoms, and have been put on steroids and Plaquenil.  I feel that these symptoms are directly related to my binges. 

I know that many of you know how I feel.  Sometimes I get to the point of not being able to get out of bed and take care of my children because I feel so helpless.  And I know that it all stems from my eating habits. 

I found Dee's book, _The Science of Skinny_, and I couldn't put it down.  Although I had studied physiology intensively for my massage licensing program, Dee actually took all of those bits and pieces and broke them down even further...THEN she connected them so that I could understand the big picture.  "Here's what's going on microscopically; here's what's going on macroscopically,"  in other words. It's not a book that simply tells you what to eat, it is an overview of the science of food and how it affects body systems.  I had so many "aha" moments while reading Dee's book.  Finally, I understood why I was feeling the way I was, and why it as so difficult for me to change my patterns.

The most valuable thing that I gleaned from the book is that eating for health was the natural way of things until quite recently in modern history.  Before processed foods, prepackaged convenience foods, fast foods, people grew much of what they ate (or found it locally).  My body craves those things for all of the wrong reasons!  It's time to feed it the right food for the right reasons

Anyway, I am sorry that I ended up writing a novel, but I am so excited about this journey!  Currently I am re-reading Dee's book (you know it's that good!) and gearing up to start.  So glad to find the forum! 


I love God, family, and animals :)

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Hi Heather,

Thanks so much for this honest and heartfelt posting. I'm sorry it has taken me many months to reply, but I did want you to know how much I enjoyed reading it!  

I hope you are still doing well--focusing and praying for the strength and guidance you need to make these most important lifestyle changes.  As you know, I needed lots of prayer and support throughout my own journey, both in the beginning and still to this day.  It's a one-day-at-a-time lifestyle, so that's all we have to focus on and get through!

I would love to hear back from you again.  It is my sincere wish that you find peace and freedom with food.


Dee McCaffrey
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