AM I A FOOD ADDICT?
I DON’T WANT TO BE A FOOD ADDICT!
So, you have tried and struggled with diet after diet after detox and exercise program, and nothing works. And you feel like you just cannot go on like this, but there isn’t anything else that works to do and you’ve had it with your life, you’ve had it with your body shape and you’ve had it with everything! You just want this problem to go away and you want to stop feeling so crazy about food and everything else in your life!
I understand. Really, I do. Many of my clients come to me feeling this way. Now the solution is to stop treating the symptoms and to find and fix the real problem. If you have an ear infection, you may go to your primary care physician or to your ENT. What if that doctor gave you a decongestant and a pain reliever? You would feel better, right? But not really. The infection would still be there. We would have solved the symptoms, but not the problem. The infection will return.
This is what happens with problems with food, eating and body weight. If we apply the wrong solution, we may get some relief of the symptoms, but we won’t get long term peace. So, it is essential, to find the real answer.
I don’t know what the exact right answer is for you. But I have been working with people with problems with food, eating, and body weight for many years, and I want to tell you what I have learned and help you figure out what the truth is for you.
I believe that food addiction is a genetically inherited, physiological, glitch in your body’s ability to digest and metabolize certain foods, mostly processed, sweetened, and man-made foods. It’s a weird kind of allergy – when you get some of the food your brain gets hijacked and you want more and more. Kind of like the little old lady who is allergic to cats but has eleven.
The National Council on Alcoholism and the American Society of Addiction Medicine have defined alcoholism as “a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestation. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of the drug despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial”
Now if we changed that to your food use, would you say that there are others in your family with problems with food or alcohol? Do you think our society pushes us to eat more of the wrong kinds of foods, and is it hard for you not to do that? Do you often feel out of control with food or eating? Have you tried to change your food intake repeatedly, without long-term success? Do you often minimize or avoid discussing your problems with others?
If many of these ring true for you, maybe you do have an addictive relationship with certain foods. I never believed in food addiction either, till I began working with people who called it that; and I could not deny their experiences. I had to believe that they were having the experiences they described in our sessions.
But what convinced me absolutely were the withdrawal symptoms. When people stopped eating certain foods, they had a particular set of symptoms. Sometimes I would tell the client about the symptoms, and she would tell me she had them at the next session. So then, I would not tell the next client about the symptoms, but ask about them at the next session. These clients reported the same symptoms: nausea, headaches, strong cravings, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and diarrhea alternating with constipation. And on the same days.
Now I knew something physical was going on. You cannot have these physical reactions to withdrawal of the certain foods, if there is not a physical attachment or sensitivity ……. or addiction.
What about you. Does this fit for you? And is there a solution? Yes, absolutely there is. Let’s talk about that next.
Don’t go away. There is hope and healing and joy coming!
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Blessings to you,