Do you think you may be addicted to certain foods?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you crave certain foods even when you’re not actually hungry?
- Do you find that when you eat these foods, you often eat way more than you intended?
- Do you hide your consumption of these foods from others? Even sometimes?
- Despite knowing about the negative consequences of eating these foods (declined health, increase in body fat etc) you still consume them regularly?
- Have you tried to stop eating these foods a couple of times or more without success?
If you can answer yes to 3 or more of these questions, you most likely have an addiction to those foods. IF not, you have a serious problem that is not going away any time soon.
Unprocessed foods are unlikely to be associated with addictive eating. The types of foods we are talking about are processed and contain higher amounts of sugar, fat and/or salt.
Because you are actually addicted to these foods, it will most likely mean that simply ‘cutting back’ on them for is not enough.
Methods similar to those used to quit smoking, alcohol or drug abuse will most likely be required. That is, totally stopping the consumption of the foods that affect you and bring out addictive eating behaviours.
This is because that an addiction to certain foods is EXACTLY THE SAME as an addiction to any of those things.
The exact same chemical processes cause the addiction – no matter why you started in the first place.
eat them anymore is the only way you’ll succeed long term.
Because of this, I’ve always been a big believer in totally cutting out junk foods as the best way to take back control of addictive eating for most people.
This is easier for some and not so for others of course, but it really is the best way I have found from experience over the past 10 years.
Alternate behaviours, food choices and actions are usually required rather than a simple instruction such as ‘stop eating chocolate’ as well as support and accountability.
Breaking any addiction is really tough on your own.
Finding ways to start new habits, rather than just telling yourself you’re not going to
You’ve probably been told that ‘everything in moderation’ is the key to long term success. But for food addicts, this could be really bad advice.
Like an alcoholic can most likely never drink again (or risk immediate re-addiction) it is also most likely going to be the same for you.
So what’s the best way to tackle this?
1/ For one, stop thinking about dieting. Adding real hunger on top of trying to stop eating addictive foods will never result in success.
You need to follow a really filling, satisfying nutrition plan while cutting down on foods you’re addicted to.
This is the exact premise of all of my nutrition programs – and almost by accident, people lose weigh anyway.
2/ Think about what foods you are going to replace your old choices with. Actually make a list and make sure you have those foods available and prepared at all times.
3/ Set a date and make the decision that you won’t touch those foods again. Not a single time, not ever. This can be the toughest of all, but once you have decided, you can start taking action and start recovering.
4/ Accept that you’ll have relapses and quit the guilt. However, after 2-3 attempts on your own, if you’re not succeeding, seek help. A quick google search will find you loads of resources and organisations that specialise in food addiction.
5/ Keep a list of your trigger foods so that you can be totally aware of what you’re going to avoid. These foods are different for all food addicts. It may be chocolate, lollies or cheesecake. It could be crackers, cheese or ice cream. Or it could be (and most likely is) a combo of addictive foods.
6/ Let go of your need to ‘please’ others because they insist you eat the foods because:
- they made them (using your kids as an excuse is common)
- someone purchased them for you
- it’s a special occasion
Your food addiction is not about them. Your kids, mum, neighbour or workmates will still love/like you even if you don’t eat their foods. Let’s face it. These excuses were just that – you were justifying to yourself why you needed to eat them.
Many clients have successfully broken their addiction to certain foods with support from the entire FitterFaster crew.
Programs like my Ditch The Junk Challenge can help you to start the process – no confessions required.
Find out more about Ditch The Junk by clicking HERE
If you have more questions about food addiction (or the Ditch The Junk) please email me any time firstname.lastname@example.org