If you are fairly certain that you are a food addict and wish recovery from food addiction, then our highly successful 8-step common sense approach to recovery from food addiction is just the thing you need.
Find the will power to succeed
Whether you seek external support or draw your will power from within, it is your determination to stop your destructive behavior that will help you achieve complete recovery from food addiction.
There are lots of modern processed foods out there which when consumed, trigger the release of Dopamine in our body. This leads to food addiction. While you might feel like you are trapped in a runaway train, the reality is that our eating habits are fully in our control.
Here is a great 8-step plan of action that will help you take control of your life again.
1. Avoid rigidity
If someone told you that you could never eat chocolate as long as you lived, you would probably be so preoccupied with the thought that you’d end up gobbling a few bars by the end of the day.
The trick then is to slow down. For example, if you used to eat four bars of chocolates a day, reduce it to three, two, one, half and finally two pieces a day. A month or two down the line you won’t feel the need even for those two pieces.
2. Don’t overstock
Overstocking leads to over-consumption. Work out how much you intend to reduce and stock accordingly for no more than three days at a time.
3. Avoid the temptation
Is there a favorite bakery where you buy your favorite cookies or pastries? Select a different route. Avoid that place. If you must visit that bakery then begin by reducing your budget. Reduce your budget by 20% for every visit. So by the 5th visit, you have no budget left. Avoid that place.
4. Re-train your brain
Your brain is like a memory chip – easily emptied and easily filled again. Tell yourself that you do not need the kind of quantities you were consuming and that you are easily satisfied with much less and are even willing to give it up altogether.
5. Savor every bite
Conduct an exercise in delicacy – taste what you eat. Pretend you are in a ‘slow eating’ competition, eat ultra-slowly savoring every morsel. Try and figure out what’s in the food you are eating. You will soon find that a single cookie satisfies your need and that you don’t need more.
6. Exercise regularly
Dopamine isn’t released only when you eat foods you love; it is also released when you exercise with the added benefit of getting back in shape.
7. Watch your meal portions
If you follow point 5 above, your meal size will automatically reduce. Along with that, swap your in-between meals with fruit. If you feel the urge to eat, have half an apple or some other fruit.
8. Don’t mix emotions with food
Food is a need of the body – not your mind. Don’t eat to drown your emotions. Find alternate release for your emotions.
The truth is, recovery from food addiction requires will power and thankfully, humans have an abundance of will power. So if you wish recovery from food addiction, all you need to do is say “Yes, I can” and follow our highly successful 8-step common sense approach to recovery from food addiction.