By Elizabeth Colen
When you hear that a person is an addict, you might think of a toothless, scratching, shivering, hunched over person that makes you want to cross the street when you see them.
I am a food addict and no one would picture my face when we talk about food addiction. If I was an alcoholic, I could just stay away from bars but I have to eat in order to live. I can’t completely avoid my drug – food.
We really don’t give food addiction that much thought. People say “just don’t eat it” or “just don’t eat that much” but the struggle is real. Over 70% of Americans are obese. I’m not saying that all of them are food addicts but here are a few signs of an addict.
Loss of Control: Eating more than you want for longer than you intended to, even though you told yourself that you would not eat that whole slab of ribs.
Relationship Issues: When you are addicted to something (food, drugs or drinking) we tend to take it out on the people closest to us. When family members or even our close friends bring up your eating habits, or try to talk to you about how much you are eating, we tend to lash out at them. Anytime anyone said anything about my eating I would just eat more!
Secrecy: When you are finding yourself going out of your way to hide. It could be hiding the amount you eat to just plain hiding out in the bathroom to eat. I know for me there have been many times I waited until everyone was asleep then I would creep into the kitchen and go to work on that food!!
Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: When you continue to eat even though your health is in danger. I was on high blood pressure medication and my feet would blister so bad at the bottom that I could hardly walk. I would literally eat so much fried chicken I would get sick, but that didn’t stop me.
When I am around foods that are my “triggers” I have to really fight the temptation of giving in and eating all of it. I would shiver, shake and break out in sweats to fight the urge not to eat those chips (or any of my many triggers). Keep a temptation free environment. No one sees the internal turmoil, or all that I have to go through to stay healthy. You are not alone!
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