– DEALING WITH FOOD ADDCITIONS-
Cravings for Excess Food
Today’s Foods can be as addictive as Cocaine and Heroin!
Did you know that today’s processed foods rich with sugar and fat activate the same pleasure centers of the brain as highly addictive drugs? The food industry has spent billions of dollars to create foods that are addictive and cause you to eat more of them. Just as those individuals that are susceptible to becoming drug and alcohol addicts, food addicts have the same susceptibility.
In Binge Eating Disorder or BED, the brain becomes used to releasing endorphins in response to eating large amounts of food in one sitting very rapidly. By consuming large quantities of food at once, the brain releases the reward neurotransmitters Dopamine and Serotonin in large amounts as if you were taking cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine.
Are you a food addict?
Binge Eating Disorder happens when you develop an uncontrollable craving for excess food that causes you to ingest large amount of calories in one sitting which activate pleasure endorphins and dopamine, causing a mind altering experience and a high that drug and alcohol addicts are familiar with.
When these uncontrollable cravings take over, the food addict’s life begins to deteriorate in all aspects: physical, emotional and social. If you find yourself consuming massive amounts of calories in a single sitting, you may have Binge Eating Disorder.
If you notice any symptoms described above, you may be a food addict and need to seek help. Binge Eating disorder may indicate that you may have an underlying psychiatric disorder, such as Major Depression or Anxiety Disorder that can be treated to help improve your odds of successful treatment of your BED.
FOOD ADDICTION CAN AFFECT YOU IN MANY WAYS
Physical Symptoms of Food Addiction
Do you have any control of of junk food intake, especially those high in sugar? Have you tried different weight loss programs but none have worked out? Do you find yourself vomiting, using laxatives, diuretics, or exercising a lot to avoid a weight gain after you have eaten a lot? Food addiction affects addicts who are obese and have tried several weight loss solutions such as diets, drugs, and surgery but have not succeeded in a permanent solution. Some food addicts try to control their physical weight by using extreme measures as exercising, purging, vomiting or lax
Emotional Symptoms of Food Addiction
• Are you feeling depressed, hopeless, sad or ashamed about your eating or your weight? • Are you eating when you are upset or reward yourself with food when you do something good? • Do you notice that after eating sugar, flour, or wheat, you become more irritable? In most instances, Food addicts become more severe, intense, or unreasonable when eating the addictive substances. Unfortunately, the emotional life of a food addict deteriorates into despair, depression, or thoughts of suicide.
Social Symptoms of Food Addiction
• Food addicts hide their eating because they are ashamed. • Food addicts avoid social interaction. • Food addicts steal from other people's plates. • At social gatherings, food addicts are more concerned about what is being offered at the gathering than spending meaningful time with their friends or family. Basically, food addicts have a difficult time socializing and making eye contract because they are always concerned about being noticed and can help thinking about the food rather than enjoying