Are You a Food Addict?

by Steven Carney on October 18, 2012

Do you sometimes feel like you are addicted to food? More and more health experts are saying food and drinks are addictive, whether it’s sweets and sodas or things like stress and anxiety-based eating. Regardless of the specific cravings involved, food addiction is a terrible and destructive problem for many people!

Common food cravings and patterns:

  • Sugar/sweets
  • Salty foods
  • Fatty/fried foods
  • Snack foods (often include the first 3)
  • Caffeine/stimulants
  • Stress/anxiety eating
  • Emotional/comfort eating

If you are wondering if you have an addiction to these foods consider things like frequency/how often you eat or drink them, whether you spend lots of time wanting them, and whether you have habits like stopping by convenience stores or coffee shops to get snacks and drinks during the day. Also, whether you engage in binge eating, snacking or munching while feeling stressed, or watching TV.

Why do people get addicted?

There are several reasons why food/beverage addictions can occur but let’s start with the most common one: sugar! Scientists know that refined sugar consumption raises your blood glucose, which gives you a short burst of energy, followed by a crash shortly after (it won’t last). Sugar and sweets disrupt the normal feedback loop of feeling full. They also trigger the release of feel-good neurotransmitters, similar to those of drugs like cocaine or heroin! Over time, they cause inflammation and numerous health problems.

Food addiction is serious. Sodas, cookies, candy, snack cakes, brownies, etc., will all trigger those sugar spikes and drug-like reactions. Many health experts now openly say that sugar is an addictive substance, one which drives many health and medical problems, including those in your organs and brain. It’s clear that daily sugar consumption helps to drive weight gain, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer! It also upsets your mood, speeds aging and increases wrinkles!

A related addiction to sugar and sweets is addiction to other junk foods and refined carbs/snacks (chips, crackers, pretzels, breads, etc.) because those foods also turn into glucose quickly and give you similar effects to sugar, along with continued cravings for more. The difference in these foods is minor, especially because modern wheat, so pervasive in snack and junk foods, is known to cause cravings and weight gain in many people, which continues the addiction cycle.

Some key questions to ask:

To help determine if you have food addiction, ask yourself the following questions:

1. If you have some chips, cookies or other junk food, is it hard to have just a few so you keep going?

2. Have you been gaining weight steadily month after month and can’t seem to shake it?

3. Do you often crave (and buy) sweet, salty or fatty foods and sweet drinks (including fast foods)?

4. Do you feel guilty and want to stop, but you do the same thing again?

If you answered “Yes” to 3 or more question, you probably have some food addiction.

What to do?

You don’t need to feel guilty and beat yourself up, but why not take more positive action? As a Health/Wellness/Life coach, I can help you. I help clients make a few changes to start, ones that are easy and bring the most results. Once you feel better, it’s easier to keep the process going. In a few weeks, you can lost weight without dieting (I don’t believe in it), and you’ll get a boost in energy! You’ll feel like being more active. You’ll get results, which is the whole point of coaching!

I can help you tweak your lifestyle in small ways and you’ll be on your way! A few changes naturally lead to other improvements for most clients as their whole life improves! See my last post on coaching and why it works!

Feel free to drop me a line or ask a question. I also offer a free report on what you may be doing that can take 10 years off your life. Just ask and I’ll send you the PDF!

Helpful links:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-food-addiction

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/food-addiction-could-it-e_b_764863.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/369937-addictive-ingredients-in-fast-food/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/372483-list-of-addictive-junk-foods/

This video by Dr. Lustig will change your life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

I saw this stunning article on 2/20/13 about how foods are made to be addictive and I decided to add here:

http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/are-junk-food-makers-worse-than-tobacco-industry-giants–how-fritos–coke-and-lunchables-vie-for-addicts–210753546.html

A new study from August, 2013 showing continued high rates of obesity:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obesity-very-high-13-states-132444507.html

© 2012 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now

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