Addiction is one of those subjects most people shy away from. However, it’s part of reality. It’s easy to look or judge those that are addicted to drugs or alcohol and tell ourselves that we would never be one of those people or even say “well they can just go to rehab”. But what about food addiction?
I know for our family, every event is planned around food. When we are on vacation, we plan what we are going to do around where or what we are going to eat. When we get finished with breakfast, we then move on to what we want to eat for lunch, then dinner and on, and on, and on. Food embodies our entire day.
I’ll never forget a time when my husband and I ate lunch with a business acquaintance who had recently undergone weight loss surgery. Alex and I had ordered a burger plate and when the waitress brought our meals to the table, it was amazing what we encountered. The man we ate lunch with began to salivate while looking at our burger. His reaction was almost like a drug addict would have if they saw some drugs after just getting out of rehab. His addiction to food was so real!
That got me thinking, though! I have those same addictions myself. I soften these actions by calling them, “cravings” but keeping it real, it’s an addiction. My addiction to food has everything to do with my mood. I am a total stress eater but I do my stress eating in private. When I’m by myself, I’ll binge eat on whatever I can find thinking it will comfort me. It does for a short time but then I feel terrible afterwards which in turns never helps the actual situation. Check out this article about food addiction: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/5-steps-to-take-control-of-food-addiction/. The author’s perspective about how food addiction and emotions are connected is so eye opening.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy food. I love food but I also know that we should see food as nourishment and energy for our bodies. It’s mind over body so if we get to the root of the problem emotionally then we can resolve the addicting habit of overeating. It’s a lifestyle change.
What should we do?
- Eat clean and whole foods
- Minimize processed foods in your diet
- Drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins in your system daily
- Eat 5-6 small, balanced meals a day to keep your body nourished
- Don’t reward yourself when reaching goals with food. Purchase a pretty sweater or a purse instead of a trip to the local Cheesecake Factory.