I wanted to post a blog about something that is a very personal thing for me in hope that it would maybe help someone else as well. Food addiction and eating disorders are a very serious thing. Food addiction does not just plague overweight and obese people but it also affects normal weight people as well, yet their bodies are genetically more equipped to process the extra calories or they may just increase their workouts / physical activities to compensate for it. Food addicts of all sizes will continue to eat and eat regardless of the consequences it can have on their health and even their relationships. Just like many other addictions, food addicts will have trouble changing their behavior even if they want to and even if they try repeatedly.

I came across this information on Web MD I thought I would share it here to help you determine if you are dealing with a food addiction. ALOT of times people don’t even realize they have one. This will help you identify if it is something you need to address within yourself.

Web MD : Researchers at Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Science & Policy have developed a questionnaire to identify people with food addictions.

Here’s a sample of questions that can help determine if you have a food addiction. Do these actions apply to you? Do you:

  • End up eating more than planned when you start eating certain foods
  • Keep eating certain foods even if you’re no longer hungry
  • Eat to the point of feeling ill
  • Worry about not eating certain types of foods or worry about cutting down on certain types of foods
  • When certain foods aren’t available, go out of your way to obtain them

The questionnaire also asks about the impact of your relationship with food on your personal life. Do these situations apply to you:

  • You eat certain foods so often or in such large amounts that you start eating food instead of working, spending time with the family, or doing recreational activities.
  • You avoid professional or social situations where certain foods are available because of fear of overeating.
  • You have problems functioning effectively at your job or school because of food and eating.

The questionnaire asks about withdrawal symptoms. For example, when you cut down on certain foods (excluding caffeinated beverages), do you have symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Other physical symptoms

The questionnaire also tries to gauge the impact of food decisions on your emotions. Do these situations apply to you?

  • Eating food causes problems such as depression, anxiety, self-loathing, or guilt.
  • You need to eat more and more food to reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure.
  • Eating the same amount of food doesn’t reduce negative emotions or increase pleasure the way it used to.

I used these questions, and although I could not answer yes to a majority of them I answered yes to enough of them which are still problematic in my life. Maybe I am not as deep in my addiction as I believed myself to be, but if I don’t address it, like any other addiction it will escalate and it is only a matter of time before it controls every aspect of my life.

This year my goal (the only goal I set for myself) was to once and for all reach my goal weight and become healthy and fit both mentally and physically. Part of that I knew had to address the mental side of how I am overweight to begin with or long term it will just be in vain. That is also one reason why for me I have not elected (although I have been tempted ) to have weight loss surgery because I know that surgery will not make my addiction go away in the long run. It has to be dealt with and managed as a holistic approach to my weight loss and health.

So, I have spent the entire month of January just laying the foundation for me to successfully reach my goal. In some ways it set me back and in other ways it has propelled me forward. Here are some of the things I knew I MUST have or do in order to achieve recovery from food addiction.

  1. I needed to accept the fact that I indeed  had a food addiction.
  2. I needed to find a support group that specialized in food addiction / compulsive overeating . I found 2 on Facebook which have been helpful so far.  I would recommend a 12 step program or counseling
  3. I needed to do some personal inventory on myself to understand why I developed this to begin with so I have been reading self help books and being honest with myself in order to help myself.
  4. I needed to find an accountability partner who could help hold me accountable and help me stay focused.
  5. I needed to understand that I must celebrate even the smallest of victories and see my failures as one step closer to success.
  6. I needed to make baby steps daily to change long-term.
  7. I needed to have a meal plan in place that is realistic for me and something my family can follow as well. (drinking Shakeology helps me here)
  8. I needed to log my food consumption so that I can be aware of exactly what I am eating.
  9. I created a Facebook group (if you want to join it let me know) of other people like myself who are working to get healthy and fit and we share successes and failures and I have found it quite helpful and effective. We keep each other motivated and encouraged. (This is different from having an accountability partner)
  10. I needed to commit to working out / exercising no less than 3 times a week. (My Beachbody workout programs help me in this area)

For me these are all the things I discovered are essential to my recovery and once and for all having the healthy lifestyle that I so truly and deeply desire. I know how to help people get healthy. I know how to help people work through their emotional issues that cause them to overeat.  It is easy to help others for many reasons. First and foremost it keeps me encouraged on my own journey. Second as long as I am focused on helping others I dont have to concentrate on myself as much… There is the solution ans that is to go on the journey with them and that is what I prefer.

One of the most healing and beautiful things I have learned through the process of getting emotionally and physically healthy is to embrace and love my body and to start showing it love through how I take care of it. This has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to learn and do in my life.

I am not licensed in anything other than driving and I don’t pretend I am an expert, BUT I can share with you through trial and error what I have learned and what I have shared with others that has helped us all on our way on the road to being healthy and healed.  If you find yourself needing help, I will help you and I will be honest with you about the changes you will need to make in order to live a better, healthier life. The first step and the most important step you will ever make is to reach out for help. When you do I will be there for you. You can contact me through the contact me tab at the top of this page. I would love to hear from you.



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