One of the hardest addictions to deal with, Food is impossible to avoid. It is everywhere, it is needed for survival, it is comforting, satiating and used to calm emotion.
This last point is what makes it quite so addictive.
There are three components to food that we can become addicted to: the sugar, the fat and the fact that we can use it to literally swallow our feelings.
How often do we use food to comfort crying children? For most people it is the first thing people turn to, a sweet or piece of chocolate as a comfort or a reward if the tears stop. What is considered a treat? Usually a sweet, a rich hot chocolate, a jam filled doughnut, a big plate of food. The icing on the cake is usually the cake itself or pudding. “Come on, everyone has hollow legs!”
We are considered rude if we do not want to take up the treat, the offer of food, join in with someone else’s comfort eating.
And all of this is before we encounter the fizzy drinks, the sugar in alcohol or the combination of sugar, fat and caffeine in most “fast food”.
Taking on a food addiction requires a good program with support, and best results come when sugar is stopped completely and therapy is taken in conjunction with a “healthy” eating plan.
But if your life choices have included yo yo dieting, a speed habit in your youth, or diabetes then it is a much bigger challenge to not only loose weight, but fight your and societies’ demons around body image.
Body dysmorphia is an awful experience to have on a daily basis; looking at yourself and having absolutely no idea of what size you actually are, thinking you are huge, or sometimes much smaller, than you are in reality.
Food addiction is a terrible experience that is experienced all the time by those suffering wi it. Their own image, the perspectives of others, the facing of at least 3 meals a day, endless and overwhelming sugar addiction everywhere and in everything. It is easy to feel like a permanent victim.
Mindfulness is one great route through. Affirmation, another. Stopping sugar including honey, dried fruit and stevia, another. Then use a program like Overeaters Anonymous to keep you encouraged and find a form of exercise that you enjoy…. And do it!
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