Food Addiction: How Can You Deal with It?

Published:July 11th, 2012


According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, food is one of the basic needs of mankind.  Food is what sustains us so that we can do the many activities of daily living and without food man will cease to survive.  People normally eat three square meals a day to satiate their appetite and to keep them energized throughout the day.  In some places, people add snacks in between; this can still be considered normal.  Problems occur when incessant eating takes place and when an individual can’t stop eating a certain food.

What is Food Addiction?

Food addiction can be traced to emotional eating.  It is when an individual favors a certain kind of food and incessantly partakes of it all the time.  This person must eat this food and will fight until death if someone takes it away from him.  Certain foods that can be subject to addiction include chocolates, junk foods and fast foods.  The start of addiction varies, but a common denominator is mostly associated with emotions.  The food addict usually associates that certain food to a memory.  Sometimes it can also be a means to deal with stress.

Food addiction can lead to obesity if not treated promptly.  As with any form of addiction the first step to deal with it is to accept that you are powerless to food.  Acceptance can further lead to managing this condition.

Tips on Dealing with Food Addiction

When you stand in front of a mirror,  you may notice that there are bulges appearing on your belly, arms and thighs; once you see these physical signs then its time to get your life back on track.  When you have the urge to order a pizza, dig in to a gallon of ice cream or eat that chocolate cake because you feel hopeless, stop for a moment and think about your general well being.  What you’re trying to eat is sure to be delicious and satisfying, but they’re full of fat and unecessary carbohydrates that can add pounds to your original weight.  Remember that eating will not solve any of your problems.  Sure you might feel good afterwards, but ask yourself if you accomplished anything.

The Cleansing Ritual

Check the contents of your refrigerator.  Start from the freezer.  If you see a gallon of ice cream there, do not hesitate to get rid of it.  Take a large garbage bag with you and throw all stored junk foods, processed foods, and sweets.  Sure, it may seem hard and you would think that you are throwing good food out, but think of it as a cleansing ritual.  Move on to your cupboards and repeat the same practice.

Consider Alternatives

If eating is one activity where you seek comfort after a stressful day then find other activities that will make you happy and rested.  Try hitting the gym because research shows that regular exercising releases oxytocin, which is the feel good hormone.  If this is not your cup of tea, then pick up a sport or learn a new hobby.  Stay away from your comfort food at all costs.

Note that starving or going to crash diets will not do you any good.  The only solution you can try is to eat in moderation.  Remember the adage that says ‘an excess of something is bad’.  This nugget of wisdom is true in every aspect.

Recovering from food addiction is hard.  It becomes more challenging when weight is added to the picture.  Don’t lose hope.  Take baby steps if you must.  It takes a lot of will power to get over an addiction.



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