Thursday, August 7, 2014
3 Signs You or Your Children May be Addicted to Food
Do you enjoy food? Possibly you or your children use food to help you feel good. Is there that possibility that you may be addicted to food?
Of course we need food and water for survival, but have you taken it a step further than that? I am the first to admit there are numerous food advertisements and many posts about favorite foods. Sometimes you are bombarded with talk or pictures about food. Do you know some of the signs of food addiction? Have you asked yourself, “Am I addicted to food?” A few of them are listed below:
1. Food Tolerance
According to WebMD. Those that have a food addiction may develop food tolerance, thus eating more and more, but getting satisfied less and less. They further add, that some may eat even when they are not hungry or to the point that they become ill. I can personally say that I have observed that. I recall when I was pregnant I ate often and a lot. I observed that my sister-in-law who was living with us was eating every time I ate. We joked about it, because she admitted she did not really need it or want it, but ate anyway. When you think about it food can be just as addictive as a drug. I have heard the expression “What is your choice of drugs?” I cannot imagine someone asking, “What is your choice of additions?”
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2. Social Symptoms
Do you know what social symptoms are? Social symptoms of food addition may include eating behind closed doors to hide how much you are eating, stealing food from others, or possibly even obsessing over food, according to addictions.com.
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3. Symptoms of Food Addictions
Other symptoms of food addiction may include constant obsession with what to eat, binging and then purging, or associating food with rewards. These are mentioned at Healthline.com. They further add that just like other addictions food addictions are treated the same by managing behavior and the physical cravings of the brain with possibly psychotherapy and nutritional therapy,
Abcnews.com suggest using the “3 M's” which are “Mind, Mouth, and Muscle.” I like this. They entail strengthening the mind to reduce urges, tricking the mouth by replacing unhealthy foods with healthy ones, and moving your muscles by working out to stave off cravings.
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