We all have our guilty pleasures and favourite ‘naughty’ foods that we like to eat. However, for some of us, having these foods every now and then is not enough. I have come across many women who are, as they would describe it, ‘addicted’ to certain foods. Mostly it is sugary foods, but some also experience an addiction to salty or fatty foods. The term ‘addiction’ is used quite freely, and I am sure you have heard people say that they are ‘addicted to chocolate’ or ‘addicted to peanut butter’, etc. Food addiction is also somewhat of a controversial topic, as some people would claim that others use is as ‘an excuse to overeat’. However, having a ‘true’ food addiction is serious.
As a health advocate with a passion for healthy eating, I wanted to know why. Why do some people become addicted to food and how can they get rid of it?
First we will need to take a closer look at your brain…
In your brain, you have certain centres and some of them are responsible for ‘reward’ and ‘pleasure’. Alcohol and drugs such as cocaine and heroin can trigger these centres and cause a release of dopamine, a feel-good hormone. However, in some people these centres can also be triggered by ‘yummy’ foods, especially food high in sugar, salt or fat.
The issue seems to be that when a person is experiencing these pleasant feelings, they can’t tell when they are full or satisfied. They simply can’t stop eating the food they are ‘addicted’ to.
Another problem is that these people often experience a ‘tolerance’ to food, meaning that they can eat more and more, without the feeling of satisfaction.
These issues occur as the food has changed the chemistry in the brain, making people wanting to come back for more…
Who suffers from food addiction?
It is hard to tell… Both people who are overweight and of normal weight can suffer from food addiction. But, what they have in common is that they continue to eat despite the negative impact on their health and wellbeing.
Food addiction can put you at risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, to name a few.
Food addiction is a complex matter…
Not only are there physical symptoms to food addiction, but there are also plenty of emotions involved. Not to mention the social aspect, like eating the food you are addicted to when no one will see you.
One of the worst things with food addiction is that you need to eat to live. You don’t need alcohol, and you don’t need drugs to survive, but you need food.
For people who are addicted to food, it is not as simple as making changes to their eating habits as the changes they make normally won’t last that long. If they don’t get professional help, it is extremely hard for them to get rid of their addiction.
How to get rid of your food addiction
Getting rid of an addiction is not easy, and just changing over to healthy eating habits can be hard. And although I enjoy everything in moderation, this does simply not work for everyone, in particular, food addicts. In my programs, I also talk about the ‘inner game’, and although this is important that you are fully committed to succeeding, most food addicts will need to seek professional help. And that is exactly what I would like for you to do if you believe that you suffer from food addiction.
It is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about… all you want id to reclaim your life, your health and your happiness. And to be honest, I couldn’t be more supportive of you!
If you believe you suffer from food addiction, you will need to take action NOW!
P.S. If you need help, just search online for health professionals near you. Just make sure they have experience in treating food addiction to ensure you get the best treatment.