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Fighting Food Cravings- A Realistic Look

May 24, 2008
How many times have you heard people say that they can't stop eating cookies, or bread, or pasta, or candy? They may even laugh and say they are addicted to chocolate, as they pop the 10th truffle in their mouth. Well it's time we faced the facts. We are addicted to many of the foods we eat. And when you really look at it, it's not so very funny. You might even say, food addiction is a debilitating phenomenon.

'Debilitating,' you might say. 'That's a bit extreme, isn't it?' Well maybe not.

Now in our society, it is very true that thin is in and fat is out. However you may also be a person who is a size 14, and wants to be a size 8. And you may know that size 8 is a good, healthy place for you to be. However, you may not be able to get there because you can't, or won't, stop eating the cookies, spaghetti, and home-baked bread. And for you, not being a size 8 is a problem. If this is you, then you are probably fighting food cravings.

Now you're in a pickle, and your self esteem plummets. You ask yourself, 'Do I have no will power? Am I a weak-willed glutton?' Now you go on crash diets. You begin to starve yourself. Your blood sugar becomes sporadic. You begin to snap at the kids and growl at your husband. Perhaps you spend 2 weeks doing this before finally giving it up. Now you go out and eat. For two weeks you eat whatever you want, whenever you want. On come the pounds you lost, plus a few more. And your self-esteem plummets even more.

This is what a low-level food addiction looks like, before it becomes full-blown. As it progresses, obesity and binge eating often set in. The binge eating causes extreme waves in blood sugar, and a feeling of exhaustion and lethargy. This feeling follows food addicts through their entire lives. Binge eating will sometimes lead to bulimia, as the 'fight to handle' extreme cravings rages on. And this, of course, is a perilous place to be. Either way, most food addicts' metabolisms are destroyed and diets no longer work, and self-esteem becomes next to nil.

If you're lucky, at this point you will just continue your cycle of irritability, obesity, and carbohydrate abuse until your body depletes its insulin supply. At this point you will become diabetic and sentence yourself to a shortened life-span, and an old age of pain and misery. If you're not so lucky, you will convince yourself that it is better 'not to eat at all' than to fight the cravings, or to be fat. You will then become anorexic. If this is the case, judging by statistics, you probably won't make it.

And this is the thing about which we joke at parties as we eat our 10th cookie.

Well it may be time to stop laughing and start listening to our own jokes. I want you to know you can stop the roller coaster of fighting food cravings. Where I got off my own whirligig of was through a 12-step program for food addicts called Overeater's Anonymous. There is also a program called Food Addicts Anonymous. Since this is a true and bona fide addiction that masses of our society live unhappily with, these programs are good places to start. You'll also need a good Food plan, and a lot of other tools to help you on your way. But for information on this, you can look out for my subsequent articles.
About the Author
For lots of help with various addictions visit the blogs of well-known writer, spokesperson, and addictions activist Lorelei F. at fightingfoodcravings and also at helpfulhintsforquittingsmoking
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