My name is and I’m a Pasta-holic

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My name is and I’m a Pasta-holic

by on February 25, 2012 · 12 comments

Pasta has been a frenemy of mine for all of my adult life. I’ve turned to it when I’m happy, depressed, bored, angry, and any other mood that will justify me cooking a 500g bag of it all to myself. I can eat it until I can’t move, with or without sauce. When I serve myself a plate, I always make sure there is enough for me to go back for 2nds or 3rds. And while I’m eating the pasta I’ve just served, I’m thinking about the pasta that is still left in the saucepan. I don’t like to share my pasta so if I am making it for others I always make sure there is enough leftover for me when my guests leave. I love it in all different shapes but my favourites are linguine, rigatoni, lumache, and fusilli. I will eat with tomatoes, olive oil, pesto, tuna, cream cheese, butter, Alfredo – you name it and I will eat it with pasta.

You see I grew up in an Italian-American family where pasta accompanied most meals. Instead of having Turkey on Thanksgiving my mom would make Baked Rigatoni with meatballs with sauce that had been cooked from a joint of pork to give it the right flavour. With pasta comes cheese, we didn’t use Parmesan, we always had Pecorino Romano which is made from sheep’s milk. I can still see the tub of this freshly grated cheese in my grandma’s fridge from the Italian deli.

It’s taken several years for me to realise how bad my addiction to pasta is, even though I’ve been piling on weight for the last 20 years. If you saw me in the street you might think I’ve been scoffing chocolate bars, cakes, pies, and crisps, to get to the size that I am. There are a lot of people out there (including my own GP) who don’t realise how addictive pasta and other ‘healthy’ carbs are. When I eat pasta, I get the euphoria that a heroin addict gets from the first pin prick of the needle. I’m riding high for several minutes before I finish the plate. Then comes the crash, the end of the meal. Along with it remorse that I’ve eaten so much and always a vow never to do it again. I’ve tried controlling my portions so I can eat it like a normal person, but I just can’t do it. It’s like telling an alcoholic just to take a few sips of that pint of beer and put it back.

After a massive pasta binge at the beginning of the year I decided to quit cold turkey. As of Tuesday I have gone 7 weeks without eating it. It hasn’t been easy which is why I also decided start eating low carb at the same time. I knew that if I just eliminated pasta, I would end up replacing it with another starchy carb like potatoes and be back to square one.

I know there are others out there in the same boat as me, which is I wanted to share this journey with you. xoxo

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    Madam M February 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    My lord lady 7 weeks! You should be so proud of yourself. That is a monumental acheivement. Keep up the fantastic work. Big hugs.

    ReplyFebruary 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you, it’s not easy sometimes especially when I post pictures like that. I can taste it but it’s not worth it in the long run. xoxo

    ReplySafoora Abbasi February 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Wow!! 7 weeks without pasta is amazing… I’m a carb addict!! Good to see you’ve managed to stick with a low carb diet. I may be a little bit envious x

    ReplyFebruary 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I think most people are carb addicts to some degree without realising it. Not just the obvious cookies, cakes, etc but the ones that GP’s tell us to eat like potatoes, rice, bread, and of course pasta. They are also very cheap compared to vegetables which is stupid!

    There are a lot of factors working against us when it comes to the food we choose! ;D

    Replyihavemostlybeen February 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Bloody well done, from someone who knows how hard it is to give up the food you are addicted to. For me its bread. My earliest food related memory is my mum telling her friend that I had eaten as many slices of bread and butter with my dinner as my dad had. I would have been 4 at the time! I was 4lbs at birth and it was my mothers mission to make me a nice pink chubby baby!! She was so pleased and proud when she told her friend about my bread eating that I knew that was all I had to do to make my mum happy – eat loads of bread. At 45 I am no longer holding my poor mum responsible for my addiction, but it was certainly where it began! I have read that you are addicted to the foods that are worst for you and that makes perfect sense to me. I could live on lettuce and water, if I also ate bread I would not lose an ounce, even the smallest amount totally stalls my weight loss. I haven’t really eaten bread since October and now when I do have some I am very careful and the craving that used to enable me to eat 3 slices whilst I did breakfast for the guest house guests (didn’t count, I wasn’t sat down) followed by the 3 slices that I had as my “proper” breakfast, then the 2 that were the sandwich I had at lunch and then perhaps half a baguette with my spag bol for dinner in the evening is no longer there. I was bloated and my skin was dreadful – I am sure the redness in my complexion was bread related, as the bread has gone so has the redness. So I can totally relate to your efforts, I suspect you could probably eat other carbs without the same terrible consequences as its as much about mouth feel and consistency as it is about carbs – rice and pasta are so not the same thing, although reducing carbs does make for fantastic weight loss! Thanks for sharing. xx

    ReplyFebruary 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Wow Deb, I knew there would others out there with the same issue. Bread has never been my thing, it’s been easy to go without it but I can see how 1 slice turns into loads by the end of the day with toast, sandwiches, and just eating on the run in general.

    One of the things that makes low-carbing more difficult is what to eat a lunchtimes! Everywhere is sandwiches or jacket potatoes. I will address this in a post – I don’t have all the answers but I have some suggestions.

    Thanks for reading your epic comment means a lot to me!

    ReplyVonnie (socialitedreams) February 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    bravo darling, bravo! stay strong….i’m about to attempt to do the same thing with sugar and dairy because neither are helping and they are actually affecting my health. sigh, but everything yummy is done with cheese, pasta, or sugar.

    ReplyFebruary 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Isn’t it just! If only brocoli tasted like chocolate eh? I hope you will be posting on your blog how you are doing as I need all the support/ideas I can get!

    xoxo

    ReplyPyari Beauty February 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Well done it’s a great achievement! xx

    ReplyFebruary 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Thank you hun – I’ve got x’s on each of the days on the calendar too!

    ReplyHafsa February 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    7 is amazing, congratulations for going that long. Pasta is pretty important in my house too, growing up we’d eat it almost every day and now I’m just addicted to the stuff. Instead of totally stopping pasta altogether, I’ve substituted it for brown pasta which isn’t nearly as good but it’s healthier and I don’t feel guilty afterwards lol.

    ReplyFebruary 29, 2012 at 12:36 am

    You know I tried that trick too, with whole wheat but I would just end up putting more sauce on it to make it taste better. It’s amazing how many people have said that pasta factors into all their meals! xoxo

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