Boy, "normal" eating is something I've been struggling with for SO long in my life. Long, (longlonglong) story short,I was anorexic for many years, used laxatives every day and also drank and smoked (cigarettes) heavily, partied like crazy, never got more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night and lived a very high stress lifestyle, due to a mentally ill, drug and alcohol addicted punk rocker boyfriend. Fast-forward eight years: I ditched the loser b-friend, quit smoking, quit drinking except for a glass of wine socially here and there, started exercising and taking better care of myself, eating healthy etc. Then, BOOM! Hashimoto's disease, thyroid fries out and I gain almost 40 pounds inside of two months. (Whoa!) So then I start embarking on all sorts of diets, only to end up binging out of control on all of them because they still allowed s/f/w stuff, (which I didn't know I was addicted to at the time.) At some point I decided to try low carb, which seemed to help keep my weight from exploding further and did make me feel a lot more "normal," (due to the removal of sugar, flour and grains.) On one hand it worked great for me, but on the other hand I was still having these horrible, out of control sugar and flour binges once in awhile, which over the past six months or so had started to become more and more frequent. I always felt like low carb was "almost there" and "not quite right for me" somehow, but I wasn't sure why. Now I know it's because my addictive brain chemical makeup combined with already chronically low serotonin levels couldn't handle the even lower serotonin levels which the low carb way of eating caused. I've said this before, but while I was LCing I had tried many times to add back in a few things like fruit or slow-cooked oats, (I think it was entirely instinctive), but I made the mistake of just eating oats by themselves or fruit by itself, which caused that addictive sugar high reaction. The FAA food plan is designed to let you have those things, but it balances everything out so that no sugar high happens, hence no uncontrollable urges to eat five or six huge bowls of oatmeal or ten apples in a row, (and then of course move on to other sugary, floury things after that.)
Anyway, what I mean to say is that for the past three weeks or so, I've felt more like "normal" food-wise than I've ever felt before in my life, and that is just a HUGE relief for me after practically a lifetime of being "messed up" with it in one way or another. 8-)
P.S. And my weight has stayed about the same, even with the addition of (good) carbs to my diet. HOORAYYYYYYYY! :D (I was worried it would explode, due to Hashi's making me extremely sensitive to weight gain from carbs.) Oh, and I haven't full-on binged even ONCE, which is unbelievably awesome!