So it can be difficult for people to take “food addiction” seriously. We spend our days thinking about when and what we are going to eat or not eat. Binging, purging, and dieting are a way of life. The bottom line is that we can’t stop thinking about eating. Food addiction is just like drug and alcohol addiction. The most common addictive foods are foods high in sugar, flour, fat, grains and salt or some combination of these. This form of addiction can take many forms. Symptoms include obesity, under eating and bulimia. People often think of the term “eating disorders” when describing the disease of food addiction. Food addicts are obsessed with food, body size, and weight.
The human body needs food to provide energy and nutrition. However, people can feel addicted to food when they become dependent on certain types of foods. Any food can make a person feel addictive tendencies.
Food addiction is a problem that rarely resolves on its own. Unless a conscious decision to deal with it is made, chances are it will worsen over time. Overcoming the addiction is difficult enough. Adding hunger and restrictions to the mix is likely to make things harder. After taking these preparatory steps, set a date in the near future. Like the coming weekend, from which point onward the addictive trigger foods won’t be touched again.
If you have repeatedly tried to quit eating or cut back on your consumption of junk food but can’t, it could be an indicator of food addiction. Fortunately, certain strategies can help you overcome it. As with all addictions, acknowledgment is the first step. Recognizing that the food is impacting your behavior and health means you are waking up and getting ready to do the work. Be kind to yourself, and understand that this is not about willpower. Changing your compulsion requires a literal reprogramming of your neural pathways.
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