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The Road Bumps to Overcoming Food Addiction
What's standing in your way?
Why do you crave certain foods? What makes you relapse when you are making progress in your personal goals? Let's explore these ideas a little more and see what we can do to overcome the road bumps standing in your way of successful weight loss!
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So, why do we have these intense cravings for comfort or junk foods (chips, sweets, fast food, etc.)
Each of us has a brain, and in your brain there is a pleasure center. Whenever you eat junk food, chemicals are sent to the pleasure center in your brain that makes you feel good. However, usually this is only a temporary feel good feeling and will soon leave you feeling unsatisfied and guilty for what and how much you ate. Ever start to eat a few chips and before you know it the bag is almost empty? How did this make you feel?
The chemicals that give your brain the temporary feel good feeling are the same chemicals that are responsible for your cravings, your addiction to pleasurable food. Except when you have cravings you are trying to resist the food, and your brain is going through what's called withdrawal. In withdrawal, the pleasure center in your brain is telling you that you NEED these foods. Therefore, you must retrain your brain to not be dependent on these junk foods by completely avoiding the foods. But it's much easier if you do this one problem food at a time. So, write down your problem foods: the foods you crave, you can't resist, and you feel guilty after eating them.
Then avoid each food in turn until you get unhooked from each one. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings usually last one to two weeks, to reverse this pattern in your brain, so short term goals can really help here! Though it may sound easier said then done, it is possible to overcome these feel good chemicals and the need for them in your brain. You must also learn not to use food to make you feel better when you are sad, stressed, lonely, or bored or you will get re-addicted.
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