What are the 10 signs and symptoms of processed food addiction to look out for?
Perhaps you’ve tried it all- every diet and exercise program, cosmetic surgery, fasting, intuitive eating, mindset work, hypnosis, yet nothing has worked.
You still feel obsessed with high calorie foods and ways of managing or controlling your weight.
Not everyone gets addicted to processed foods- the same way how not everyone gets addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Some numbers suggest that food may be as addictive as drugs, and in some cases more so.
About 30% of people who try heroin become addicts; the same goes for about 16% of cocaine users.
For clients who come to me who are unsure if they suffer from processed food addiction.
I like to introduce proper balanced nutrition for 30-90 days.
It could be that they are binging because they are poorly and inconsistently nourished.
And after fuelling their bodies adequately for a period of time, find they can eat certain foods in moderation.
However, if you are getting proper nutrition, you’ve learned ways to manage stress and your emotions, yet you still find yourself binge eating and abusing food, then there may be an addiction issue at play.
Intuitive eating, dieting and conventional weight loss programs don’t work for those who struggle with food addiction.
Because we have a different biochemistry. Your brain and body has very different needs.
You’re not broken, you’re just sensitive and very unique.
Food addiction involves the compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating despite adverse consequences.
Compulsion is always present in the disease of addiction.
Food addicts aren’t weak willed or lack self discipline, instead they have a metabolic, biochemical imbalances which results in the characteristic symptoms of addiction.
Food addicts are obsessed with food, preoccupied with weight and appearance and they experience progressive loss of control over the amount of food they eat.
-Eating when you are happy, sad, disappointed, tense, anxious.
-Food is your go to for all occasions and emotions.
-Moderation feels impossible, and even with lots of “work” you have not yet found success with the moderation approach.
-Because of your inability to moderate your intake of processed foods, you then stress and obsess over your weight.
-You think that you can just “control” your weight, you can control the food.
-You sneak, binge, and overeat when you are alone because you know the way or amounts of food you are eating is not normal.
-You feel guilt and shame around your eating and don’t want anyone to see you.
-Laxatives, diuretics, fasting, compulsive exercise, drugs, shakes, drinks, weight loss supplements.
-You try to “get rid” of the effects of the addiction through those means, even though that is not addressing the underlying cause.
-Instead of feeling connected to people places and situations, you instead are focused on the food, your ability to “control” food, how your body looks, overeating at parties etc.
-You are constantly looking for the next diet or eating plan that will “fix” your eating and weight issues for good.
-You feel empowered when you are “on” the diet, but eventually the diet ends and you binge/ go back to processed foods.
-You feel like you need to restrict in order to balance out your binges and control your weight.
-Once you start eating certain foods, you feel unable to stop.
-You have the intention to just have one, yet you regularly eat till the point of feeling unwell.
-You overeat regularly, where it is almost “part” of your life on a regular basis.
-Your weight is like a yoyo, where it goes down when you restrict and up when you binge.
-For the most part, you feel out of control over your body.
If you have food addiction, you’ll need to get sober from specific foods, eating behaviours, and deeply ingrained mindsets around food.
You’ll need lots of support for the first 90 days, while getting sober from drug foods, ideally someone you can check in with EVERY SINGLE DAY because processed foods are EVERYWHERE and you need someone to lift you up when it gets difficult, because trust me, it will (this is what I am here for!).
And you’ll need someone who can help you BUILD a new identity!
You will also need a PROGRAM of recovery, that never ends, it has to be for life. The food alone won’t give you permanent relief.
You ate in the first place to escape reality- so you’ll need tools and strategies to deal with life, rather than going to the food.
If you are curious about working with me, and want to know what you can do to achieve food sobriety, I invite you to book a Radiant Body Session with me, where I’ll give you a few suggestions and share with you more about how my Radiant Body Program can help you.