How to overcome food addiction
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What is Food Addiction?
Food addiction, often referred to as Binge Eating Disorder, is defined in medical circles as a driving, compulsive urge to frequently overindulge in targeted food items or food in general.
Many who are afflicted with the disorder describe it as an uncontrollable, overwhelming urge or craving to frequently and excessively consume certain addicting foods, such as sugar, ice cream, chocolate, fatty foods and pastry.
Food addiction takes root and develops within the decision-making center of mind – often but not exclusively in childhood. It is there that one of the basic mental and emotional driving forces – to grasp and accept – finds expression in your life by way of foods and treats you feel emotionally driven to consume in an inordinate manner.
Learning how to overcome food addiction requires an understanding of the nature of the beast.
Learning how food addiction begins is a prerequisite to realistically determining how to overcome food addiction and strong cravings for targeted foods. Food addiction in any form is not something that can be resolved without a sound and actionable game-plan.
One of the problems encountered when attempting to determine what triggers food addiction and to subsequently come to grips with the driving urge to food binge is getting past the pleasure and satisfaction targeted foods bring when consumed. This habitual pattern only strengthens with repetitious thoughts, feelings and behavioral activities that support the urge to binge on addicting foods.
Symptoms Of Food Addiction
Due to differences in physiology and systemic function no two people exhibit the exact same symptoms of food addiction. However, common symptoms can include:
- Eating until uncomfortably full
- Eating alone at discreet and unusual times for fear of discovery and embarrassment
- Eating excessive amounts of food when hunger is not present
- Feeling guilty and disgusted with oneself after the food bingeing episode
- Feeling distressed about binge eating
- Food bingeing episodes occurring at least once weekly for three consecutive months
Symptoms of food addiction which should command your immediate attention
There are other signs and symptoms of food addiction that you should monitor closely. For example; a severe food addiction could lead to extreme physiological imbalance and serious illness.
Such a circumstance could present heart, kidney, liver, pancreas and sensory disorders. Complications such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, nephritis, circulatory system issues, nervous system complications or lung disorders may also develop.
Any of these presentations could require the services of a trained health practitioner.
If you recognize a personal behavioral pattern from the above mentioned symptoms of food addiction it’s best to deal with it ASAP. If allowed to grow and fester your disorder can morph into a hideous monstrosity that can overwhelm every pertinent area of your life with amazing quickness.
Characteristics Of Addictive Behavior
Determining specific, identifiable characteristics of addictive behavior in a given person can be difficult. What is often confusing about food addiction is the exact point at which addictive behavior can be identified.
Often there are no tell-tale physical manifestations or health-related problems that are evident while you experience compulsive cravings to food binge.
The identifying characteristics of your eating disorder are more psychological and emotional than what can be seen by the eye.
Early stages of food addiction disorder may not reveal tell-tale characteristics of addictive behavior
Addictive behavior traits are often misinterpreted or not recognized at the early onset of the disorder. A food binger will often not have a clue about the severity of the addictive state and have no idea about any characteristics of addictive behavior until the object of desire is not available when a sudden, unnatural craving for food strikes.
From that point forward, the irrational, compulsive desire to obtain the food item is indicative of addictive behavioral patterns of acquisition. Once the food item is obtained and consumed the craving abates for a time until a similar thought, taste, aroma or visual stimulus sets the pattern in motion again.
This pattern of expression repeats itself habitually until such time as the underlying cause for it is perceived, comprehended and addressed.
In most instances, food bingers learn about characteristics of addictive behavior when an addictive food item cannot be obtained.
Learning How To Overcome Food Addiction – Particularly Sweets – Was An Ongoing Struggle Throughout My Late Teens And Early Adult Years
Traditional food addiction rehab programs and clinics never appealed to me as a young man. I didn’t want to give over control of my life to anyone who wasn’t intimately familiar with my idiosyncrasies, mindset and emotional positioning.
This alienation from the norm is what steered me clear of sugar addiction support groups and fueled my efforts to find maverick solutions that I knew would be off the beaten path but could assist in overcoming my long-standing, chronic addiction to sweets.
I suffered from recreational drug abuse, sugar addiction and alcoholism. Nevertheless, I couldn’t imagine asking anybody’s consent to pursue whatever path of rehab I chose for my peculiar set of circumstances.
My intense addiction to sweets inspired exhaustive fact finding research
After extensive research on the subject of desire and compulsive addictive behavior I began conducting experiments with myself. My home-grown ‘clinical trials’ conducted over a period of approximately two decades convinced me that, regardless of the addictive stimulus, virtually any addictive behavioral pattern can be unlearned just as readily as it was once learned and acquired.
The key was to use a non-confrontational, non-aggressive and self-empowering method to overcome addiction to sugar or to any targeted food item.
Addiction to sweets was only the tip of the iceberg
What I further discovered was that there are other expressions of addictive behavior just as lethal as a chronic food, drug or alcohol addiction.
Deep-seated hatred, a tendency toward physical violence, poor self-image, deliberate physical abuse to oneself, unfounded distrust and paranoia, compulsive gambling, stealing, rape, obsession with a person or pet, chain smoking, dishonesty, obsessive sexual preoccupation and any other emotionally driven, compulsive expression are all real-life examples of addictive behavior.
Any physical, verbal or mental expression brought on by an emotionally charged, chronic, compulsive tendency is reflective of addictive behavior patterns.
Food addiction, which encompasses Binge Eating Disorder, addiction to sweets and other food-related disorders, is but one of a number of desire-driven issues we must all deal with at some point in our lives.
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