How to get free from food addiction

How to get free from food addiction

November 5, 2019 100 By William Morgan


what do you do if you have a food addiction if you have a sugar addiction or you can start by listening to this interview ameri-ghen with business owners a registered nurse and an addiction specialist we spoke briefly before about what what a sugar addiction or a food addiction is and now we’re going to talk about what to do about it if you have that sort of problem so so what do you do if you’re a food if you have a food addiction if you have a sugar addiction well the best scenario is that you go to a professional that is trained in the sugar and food addiction that can help you to see if you really are an addict or not so that you get help to understand if you have the disease a lot of people tell me I’m a little bit sugar addicted and I used to say you can’t really be a little bit addicted you can’t be a little bit pregnant so you need to know but a lot of people that eat and get consequences from it they have what we call harmful use and that’s not really an addiction addiction is obsession addiction is very very strong obsession with the food and you can’t stop eating so what you do first of all get knowledge you know learn about it get somebody telling you about the brain reptilian brain the reward system how those effects the rest of your brain so the prefrontal cortex for instance you know where self-discipline is gets very thick affected from addiction so people think that they are very bad character or why don’t I have any self discipline with food I have a lot of self discipline at work or all so so you need to learn about that so you understand that you’re not a bad person you have an illness you have a biochemistry imbalance in your brain like what you learn about that is anyway we’re online our online classes online there are 12-step groups food addicts Anonymous operators Anonymous there are other orient food oriented groups and there are books you can read what would you recommend that’s a first book in English I would recommend you to go to the food addiction Institute there is a new book out by a Canadian doctor called Vera Harmon her book food junkies is very good book to start with and also to Google you know on food addiction you get a lot of interesting screenings up you could check yourself do I have this so once you start doing that you need to understand your brain I used to joke and say that it’s like you know you have always been driving a tractor and now you’re gonna drive a Ferrari if you don’t know how to drive a Ferrari you’re going to crash I promise you that’s a heavy-duty car drive so you need to learn about your Ferrari brain and you need to know a lot about nutrition and food because a lot of people think that while I just quit chocolate and then they eat a lot of bread or pasta you need to understand what food does with your body and your brain which foods act as a psychoactive drug so you need to learn how to eat so in brief what kind of foods should you try to avoid well most carbs and since you look at when you look at some of my patients you know some can have a little bit of fruit now and then some can not have any fruit because we talked about trigger foods and we are biochemically unique all each one of us so I for instance can eat a banana but I can’t eat apples at trigger on apples and some think that’s psychological but a decent is biochemistry it’s how your body reacts on the food so what you should eat is like low carb high fat plain food that’s most important no chemical additives in the food like roses food processed foods no way that’s very no not not any processed foods and food additives plays havoc with your biochemistry so that will actually trigger food addict to eat more like monosodium glutamate and that’s very dangerous it acts at the sugar in our body so it triggers us to eat and the food addict has cravings a normal person has hunger and appetite for things but we have a craving and that’s an obsession so once you know that is triggered by sight you see the food smell chocolate cake bread that triggers our craving and once the craving is on that’s like a pain attack in a person with pain so it’s really painful and you can’t think of anything else so you need to learn about craving you need to learn about craving management and we have lots of different ways to help people you know do not get into the craving mode because we used to joke and say once you’re in the craving mode you know tie me down to a chair and set me you know or lock me up in a room because you’re going to go and get the food it’s really hard once you’re once you in that once you get the craving going is very hard to treat it so you need to have that help you need to learn a lot about the brain learn about the food but the most important thing I think because I think as a doctor you know that you I’m sure you have met people have tried white Weight Watchers 5 to di low-carb powder pills and everything works for a short time if you really get into it people can be motivated for 3 to 6 weeks or maybe 3 months but then you fall back why because if you don’t understand that you’re an addict and you start trying to eat normal after a period again or somebody comes by you with a bun and say hi if you want to ban you see even you smell it that’s going to cost that craving if you’re not prepared and you haven’t really the knowledge inside of you to stay away from it or to use a lot of techniques thinking feeling and acting techniques that we train people in which we call relapse prevention you’re going to fall if you’re an addict you should never ever you know you can’t give a hairiest a little bit Harry no Saturday right or not like you no no no can never happen ever no because the brain chemistry was there from the beginning and if you take away the dragon you still have the same brain chemistry so if you put the drug back in it starts all over so you have to learn what kind of foods are psychoactive to my body mmm or so yeah I’m in my face yet absolutely but you see you can’t think in that way you can never say that to an addict you can never ever have chocolate again so that’s why we work with things like it’s only for today you know when you die it you say okay today I fell so I’m going to start on Monday or after session or next week or New Year’s Day or something you always postpone it so one of the most efficient tools that I tell my clients is to say today only for today whatever happens I’m not going to pick up the drug but it’s only for today I might do it tomorrow so when my absolutely no chocolate today no no so one may addicted brain see the chocolate they say oh I want chocolate I can say to myself yeah it looks good we can eat it tomorrow but not today and then tomorrow you say exactly the same under yes that’s a trick so that’s how you do you are drug free one day at a time for weeks months years as all and that’s how alcoholics do let’s say drug addicts to pill addict anyone that has an addiction and has gotten the right treatment the right knowledge will use the 24-hour rule you know only for today