Food addiction is a serious problem and a major reason why some people cannot control themselves around certain foods, especially junk foods. No matter how hard they try, food overtakes them, and they cannot seem to resist. Food addiction is similar to several other eating disorders, including binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, and other unhealthy relationships with food.
Here’s some suggestions to help you overcome a food addiction:
• Trigger Foods – Write down a list of the foods you tend to crave or binge on. These are the trigger foods you need to avoid completely.
• Fast Food Places – Make a list of fast food places that serve healthy foods and note their healthy options. This may prevent a relapse when you find yourself hungry and not in the mood to cook.
• What to Eat – Think about what foods you’re going to eat, preferably healthy foods that you like and are already eating regularly.
• Pros and Cons – Consider making several copies of your pros and cons list. Keep a copy in your kitchen, glove compartment, and purse or wallet. Remind yourself why you’re doing this.
• Seek Professional Help – If you are struggling with food addiction, seek professional help or support groups in your area that can aid you in overcoming your food addiction.
Eating healthy foods and losing weight may seem impossible for many people in society. Despite their best intentions, some people continue to find themselves eating large amounts of unhealthy foods knowing that it may cause them bodily harm. Food addiction is a problem that rarely resolves on its own. Unless you make a conscious decision to deal with it head on, chances are it will worsen over time. Refer to this list often and change your mindset as it relates to food. Good luck!