You know you’re only a certified foodie but learning that you actually have food addiction is a different story. Since many are confused with the quite unnoticeable difference between the two, we might as well understand food addiction and how one can survive the struggle.
This is defined as the manifestation of uncontrollable craving for excess food, which follows the ingestion of refined carbohydrates, primarily sugar and flour substances that are quickly metabolized and turned into sugar in the bloodstream. This so-called “uncontrollable craving” lets the victim experience any or all of the following:
- binge eating disorder (recurrent episodes of eating food in big servings)
- bulimia (repeated episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors)
- compulsive overeating (being self-compelled to eat much, then feeling certain guilt and shame afterwards)
- unhealthy relationship with food (may include both obsessive and compulsive eating)
Signs of Food Addiction
Food Addicts Anonymous enlists the following questions so we can do self-assessment and immediately do something about it.
- Do you think you cannot control your intake of food, especially junk food or high sugar foods?
- Have you tried different diets or weight loss programs, but none has worked permanently?
- Have you found yourself vomiting, using laxatives, diuretics, or exercising a lot to avoid a weight gain after you have eaten a lot?
Emotional Symptoms of Food Addiction
- Do you find yourself feeling depressed, hopeless, sad, or ashamed about your eating or your weight?
- Do you find yourself eating when you are upset or reward yourself with food when you do something good?
- Have you ever noticed after eating sugar, flour, or wheat that you become more irritable?
Social Symptoms of Food Addiction
- Do you eat in private so no one will see you?
- Do you avoid social interactions because you feel you do not look good enough or do not have the proper fitting clothes to wear?
- Do you steal other people’s food?
- Are you more interested in what food is served at social gatherings than looking forward to the warmth of being with the people attending?
If those points are familiar to you, you might be a victim of food addiction and must consider seeking professional help especially if you thought you’ve personally do something about it but you seemed to always fail. However, if you think you can still do something about it, you may take the following suggestions to help yourself quit such immense food cravings.
Amazing Ways Beat Your Intense Obsession to Food
Overcoming food addiction may be challenging but definitely possible. Upon knowing your answers from the above self-assessment matrix, you may likewise adopt these tips to cease those triggering factors that would tempt you to overeat.
Figure out what kind of eater are you.
Identify whether you are any of the following:
- Meal stuffers eat primarily during mealtimes, but they “stuff” themselves and eat to excess.
- Snack grazers reach for food whenever it’s available, grabbing anything they can eat while feeling bored, nervous or even with no reason at all.
- Party bingers are usually professionals or people in corporate environments whose business meetings and gatherings are loaded with foods.
- Restaurant indulgers are those who frequently eat out a lot at restaurants or fast foods, either they have no time to cook at home for bringing packed meals, or they just love the foods served in these cozy establishments.
- Desktop or dashboard diners enjoy “speed eating” while multitasking on the computer or in the car, usually done to save time and avoid the hassle of getting a real lunch or dinner.
After doing so, you can check how you could eliminate it or do something about it. The bottom line is to go for healthy eating that includes a balanced diet – consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life.
Remember these words: MIND, MOUTH, and MUSCLE.
This trick will help you organize how you’ll detox and recover over time. Be mindful of what you crave for, let specific foods that aren’t processed, sugary, salty, and fatty reign your meals, adopt powerful protein and fiber meal combinations, and most importantly, exercise regularly. You’d probably say that it’s easier said than done, but starting today can do a lot of difference.
It’s true that the struggle for food addiction is real but when you get to take it seriously, overcoming it seems to be really possible. What matters the most is you have the discipline to make your “quitting” efforts worth it. So, better have the ability to reverse the damage and reclaim your natural relationship with food. Don’t fret, there’s hope.