Just joined. The food plan is almost identical to the one I developed for myself over the years as what works best, including eating every four hours or so. One question: are sunflower seeds allowed? what category would they be in?
Welcome to FAA,
The sunflower seeds are not listed on the FAA food plan because seeds are high in oils and can set off the cravings.
And that's not to say that some food addicts aren't eating them as part of their food plan. It seems that there really needs to be another category of foods added or at least discussed in another pamphlet. They are the foods that seem to work ok for some food addicts but not for others.
the Iffy foods - they might work ok and they might set off the cravings - some are high on the glycimic index and others are high in fats or too processed.
puffed cereals, rice cakes, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, nuts processed in oils and salt, red meat,
salt per se (can be another addictive food), dairy products (can be another addictive food), coffee (raises the blood sugar very quickly and even the decaf coffee can do this for some very sensitive food addicts) and caffeine also raises the blood sugar very quickly also.
I'm sure there are others and if you are having problems getting abstinent - take a look at how you feel after you eat these foods. Take notes on how you feel after meals. If you have a headache or an upset stomach, then there might be something that needs to be removed from your personal food plan.
My body truly does know if a food needs to come out of my personal food plan.