Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FOOD ADDICT? 10 ways to know

Do You live in denial? Are you a food addict in secret? Do you find you're controlled more and more by food, but still hold the belief that the next diet will be the magic pill?

Here's 10 signs to look for to determine if you have a food compulsion or addiction:

1. You have food hidden at different places; your home, your job, your car.

2. You tell small lies- maybe say you spent so much money on the kids’ books, but forget to tell that you spent $10 for junk food for yourself.

3. You think of food all the time, planning what you’ll eat next.

4. You give enough time to pick up a treat in case you get hungry before you can get out of work, meeting, whatever.

5. You can't buy one of your favorite foods, put it in the pantry, and leave it there for a week without eating it, right?

6. Have you eaten so much at one setting that you were stuffed and nauseas?

7. Have you eaten one meal by yourself and then ate another with someone else?

8. Have you lost weight on a diet only to regain it again with more added.

9. Have you suffered from a sugar overdose and then craved sweets for days?

10. Have you eagerly anticipated time by yourself at work or at home when you could eat uninhibited?

If you say yes to three or more of these signs, find a twelve step program for food addicts or a teacher or someone who knows something about your problem and won’t advise you to use your will power because will power will add fuel to the problem.

1 comment:

Frances Kuffel said...

I am glad to see that you recommend alternative treatments. Twelve step programs are miracles...for people ready to accept them. But a teacher/coach is the new edge of dealing with weight loss, promising personal attention and designing a comprehensive program/team to deal with the problem.

Science now shows through new tools like PET and MRI brain scans the addiction-related organic changes that take place in the reward system and the prefrontal cortex. This occurs across all additions, from drugs and alcohol to the newly discovered food addiction. This new pioneering research is also helping us to appreciate a holistic and integrative approach to addiction, such as that recommended by Pam Peeke, MD, in THE HUNGER FIX. Using food addiction as A template, THE HUNGER FIX addiction plan integrates personal empowerment, spirituality, along with whole food nutrition and restorative physical activity. Shame, blame and guilt must be neutralized with compassion, empathy and then the tools of self-empowerment.