Food should be a source of fuel. It should power us to do the things we need and ant to do. However, there are so many other facets to food that it becomes overly complex. I recently gave a talk on food addiction. In this talk I referenced that there are many people who do not think any one could even be addicted to food. Thankfully there is more research out there now demonstrating and providing evidence that one can really be addicted to food.
So what do you do about that? It is a mind game not a food thing. Food addiction has nothing to do with food. It has everything to do with how we use food to numb ourselves. So to begin tackling the addiction, one needs to begin to change how we think about food and respond to it’s use. This is often attached to weight loss and the struggles that come with realizing that it is a lot more than simply calories in versus calories out.
Beck Institute (https://beckinstitute.org/get-training/topics/beck-diet-solution/) has a great program that helps to deal with the cognitive aspect of weight loss and overcoming food addiction. Here are some things to consider:
1. Tolerate it: Hunger and cravings aren’t emergencies. I can tolerate them. They’re mild compared to _________________. I’m going to eat again in ____hours, anyway.
2. Oh well: I don’t like this, but I’m going to accept it and move on.
3. Can’t have it both ways: I can be loose with my eating or I can be thinner. I can’t have both.
4. Exercise no matter what: If I don’t feel like exercising, remember: 5 minutes is better than 0 minutes. Say NO CHOICE. The hardest part is getting started; then it gets easier.
5. Do it anyway: Even if I don’t feel like using a diet skill, I have to do it anyway. If I do only what I feel like doing, I won’t be able to lose weight and keep it off.
6. Be realistic: I shouldn’t expect to lose weight every single week.
7. I’d rather be thinner: Being thinner is SO much more important to me than eating this food.
Until next time….
Change. Discover. Transform.
Carla Carter, Ed.D., LCPC, CMPC, EMDR Certified