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Food Addiction Help -Compulsive Overeating

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									Millions of Americans suffer from compulsive overeating. For some, sugar is the
addiction and yet for others, high-fat foods and even carbohydrates are the substances
of choice. I say substance because, in essence, compulsive overeaters use food in a
way that closely mirrors drug or alcohol abuse. The basis for every addiction is the
need to manage or alleviate emotional pain, and compulsive overeating is no
exception to that rule. Accordingly, food provides comfort and serves as a diversion
from difficult emotional issues and feelings. Hence, it really can be described as 鈥渇
ood for thought 鈥?because the compulsive overeater does trade food for thought.
  There are, indeed, several components to this disorder which can appear in varying
degrees from one case to the next. However, one that is always common is low
self-esteem. Folks who struggle with compulsive overeating often struggle with
personal identity and personal power. These emotional issues are generally born in
patterns of family dysfunction such as verbal, physical and sexual abuse. And, of
course, they can also cause depression and/or anxiety. This only compounds the
compulsion.
  But, if you peer deeply into the minds of compulsive overeaters, I have found that
there are generally two main thought processes that drive their behavior.
  1. The food acts as a diversion from emotional issues and feelings. It allows them to
burry and ignore issues that have undermined there self-esteem, stripped them of their
identity and robbed them of their personal power.
  2. Compulsive overeaters use the food to gain weight in an effort to pad themselves
from society or as a means of protection from those who have abused or mistreated
them. In essence, it 鈥檚 the equivalent of building a blockade or fortress around you.
Most don 鈥檛 recognize this dynamic until it is pointed out since it is often driven
subconsciously.
  Sadly, instead of addressing these core issues, some of the mainstream attempts to
make food the issue, which only serves to exacerbate the situation. One area that 鈥檚
commonly probed is the kind of relationship one has with food. Let 鈥檚 get
something straight here! Food is necessary and vital to our existence. It provides us
nutrients, fuel and life force. It is purely sustenance 鈥?nothing more, nothing less!
You shouldn 鈥檛 have a relationship with food 鈥?period! If you want to evaluate
your relationships start by examining the one you have with yourself then move to
those in your immediate family!
  Another theory that is often at the forefront is hyper-palatable or trigger-foods. The
proponents of the trigger food theory state that certain foods like high-sugar and
high-fat foods are simply more addictive in nature and for the compulsive overeater
can trigger binge or compulsive overeating. This line of thinking is largely responsible
for the term food addiction. Theoretically, hyper-palatable foods 鈥?those loaded
with sugar, fat and salt, stimulate senses and provide a reward that leads to addictive
behavior. This theory mirrors, verbatim, the disease concept of drug and alcohol
addiction. However, there is no empirical evidence to prove either hypothesis. In my
opinion, whether a food trigger actually exists or it doesn 鈥檛 is completely
irrelevant. Conversely, why someone is pulling the trigger, is!
  And finally, there are those that insist on making food the focal point. As I stated
earlier, food is sustenance, nothing more or less! Yet, many counselors, eating
disorder specialists and even well known published authors profess that the key to
overcoming an eating disorder lies within the food. It 鈥檚 as if by gazing down at a
plate laden with meat, potatoes and veggies that the secrets of the universe will
magically unfold! In addition, some of these folks profess that following a more
healthy diet lends itself to better emotional health and even spiritual evolution.
Strangely, they ask us to believe that grazing on a piece of kale will lead to
enlightenment. I totally disagree! Your emotional health and level of consciousness
has absolutely nothing to do with the food you eat. You could eat 鈥淜 ibbles and Bits,
and it wouldn 鈥檛 make one bit of difference. Ironically, though, the greater one 鈥
檚 emotional health and well being, the greater one takes care of themselves, which
includes eating a healthy diet without abusing food.
  If you 鈥檇 like more information on how to overcome addiction, subscribe to my
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  Regards,
  David Roppo The Addiction Freedom Coach

								
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