Addicted to food can show itself in many different ways. The certain damage is to your physical and mental health.
There are times when we just can’t stop eating. What happens when it becomes something serious? Eight out of 100 people have full-blown food addiction, say doctors and recovery coaches. While you may not have something so extreme, many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food. Mull these questions to understand your connection with food…
- If you reach for one biscuit, is the packet empty before you know it?
- When you want to lose weight do you skip meals altogether rather than eat smaller ones?
- Once you have had just a taste of bread, cakes, muffins or pastas; can you stop or do you keep going for more?
- Do you eat healthy around other people, but lose it when you are alone?
- Are there times when you consume food so often, or in such large quantities, that you have negative feelings?
- If certain foods aren’t available – chocolate, pizzas, crisps – do you go out of your way to get them?
- Do you have withdrawal symptoms such as, agitation, anxiety or other physical symptoms – when you cut down or stop eating certain foods?
Tackle the Addiction
Take steps to overcoming your food addiction by starting where you know you have the most influence in your life – yourself!
Be honest about what’s causing your behaviour around compulsive eating. Ask yourself…
- what thoughts and emotions do you associate with food and eating and how can you minimise their influence or work through them?
- What gets in the way of you improving your eating habits?
- What environments and social pressures stimulate your unhealthy eating?
Now, Take Action
What’s one, manageable goal for improvement that you can set? For example, walking briskly for 30 minutes a day twice a week, keeping a food diary, adding two helpings of vegetables and/or fruits to meals, consulting a nutritionist, or joining a support group. Build on this over time and add Incentives to spur you on. Practice lots of self-care and avoid focusing on slips and self-criticism it’s about progress not perfection.
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