Food Addiction is Real.
Nobody chooses to be fat.
Have you ever thought you might be addicted to ice cream or to chips?
It's possible. Many processed foods are laced with chemicals that make us feel we must eat more than makes common sense.
No one ever binges on apples and they are full of natural sugars.
No one ever binges on celery and it's full of valuable salts.
The reason why people don't binge on these is because when we eat them we can tell when we're full.
The difference between an addiction and a craving is knowing when to stop. You can learn how to prevent addiction.
Obesity is not a choice. It is a result of not having choices.
In processed meals there are often chemically created sugars, fats and salts that trigger cravings and addiction.
These work by confusing your brain so that it ignores messages from your body.
That's why you may feel unable to resist them. The chemicals are messing with your mind and that is bad for your body.
That's how cookies, chips, ice cream or soda become an addiction.
You are not alone.
People who cannot get fresh fruits and vegetable where they live are often victim of the chemical trap. If this is you, there are solutions.
Talk about it with friends, neighbors and family.
You will discover that you are not alone. Nobody wants to be fat, nobody wants to be unhealthy.
Be willing to try something new to escape the trap of processed meals.
You can order certain healthy snacks in bulk that won't be expensive and divide them between families.
Shelled nuts provide abundant healthy protein and can be purchased online in bulk.
Dried fruit that has no additives is full of nutrition and a healthy snack. If you eat dried fruit you must drink more water. The reason why is because fresh fruit is mostly water, so when it's dried it's concentrated.
Your survival instinct is part of you intuition.
It's intuitive to protect yourself and those you love.
This problem is bigger than any one person. There are solutions.
Enlist your teenagers.
Nobody likes to feel trapped.
Talk to your kids about chemicals in their food that are controlling their appetites.
Kids don't like the way they feel or look when they're overweight or obese. Let them know that you are going to work together to protect each other.
Teenagers are brilliant on computers. Give your teenagers (especially younger ones) the job of surfing the web to find out eating alternatives. Tell them to be creative and trust their intuition to figure out how to help all of you.
Tell your teens you need them to find alternatives that make sense for the whole family. Tell them you will eat what they find.
Let them know what they're doing important for all of you!
Give your kids the job to find new affordable non-addictive alternatives so that all of you will feel and look better.
Every kid who has the time to surf the web, play games, or do e-mails has the skills to find food alternatives for your family.
Teenagers, especially, are known for thinking outside of the box. Give them the freedom to take control of dinner 3 nights a week. Give them the job of finding new ways of eating that are healthy and taste good.
Talk to them with respect about the fact that you all need to take control of what enters your bodies because right now, you're all victims of food addiction.
This is about creating the future and they know it.
You can be bold together to beat the chemical trap.
Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity "Food Addiction" Scale
If you identify with any of these you may be addicted to chemicals in your meals.
1. I eat much more than I had planned.
2. Not getting certain types of meals is something I worry about.
3. I keep trying to diet but am unsuccessful.
4. After I eat, I feel sluggish.
5. I have become more socially isolated because of my weight.
6. Even though I know certain snacks are 'bad' for my health, I still eat them.
7. I need increasing amounts to be satisfied.
Be curious. Use your intuition to protect yourself from food addiction.
Am I Really Hungry? gives tools the whole family can use to learn to eat intuitively.
Learn to escape the trap of food addiction.