When we hear the word ‘addiction’, the mental picture we create in our minds is of drugs (cocaine) and alcohol or any substance that are accepted and acknowledged as being addictive. Well, this is what you should know about food addiction.
Before we can be able to fight food addiction, we need to discover what food we are addicted to, and then adopt a plan geared to a healthy administration of food.
The first step to adopt in combating food addiction is abstinence. Like every other addiction, abstinence is a big task, but there are guides, when applied, makes it easier.
For the food addicted individual, abstinence from highly refined foods and all other mood-altering chemicals is where to start from.
Thoughts ordinarily come gently into the mind, but when it comes to the thought of food to the addict, it comes strong that it blocks other thoughts from entering, until it is being satisfied.
This leads to lose of control. The inability to control eating is a sign of addiction. When an individual reaches the point where he can no longer control how much, or when he eats, the line has been crossed into addiction.
If you discover that you’re a food addict, and you wish to abstain, you are likely to experience the withdrawal symptoms. These include chills, nausea or vomiting, food cravings, severe headache, lethargy and poor concentration. It will take a period of 3-10 days or more to complete the acute withdrawal stage. Note: The intensity of withdrawal differs from individual to individual.
During the withdrawal process, the food Addict is at risk of returning to the addicting substance, since consumption of addicting foods will bring relief from the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. Resist it by all means possible, because eating binge food keeps the food addict in the addiction disease.
- Digestive disorders
- Eating to the point of feeling ill
- Suicidal ideations
Food Addiction Effects
The repercussions a food addiction may have on various facets of your life can be overwhelming. A food addiction, if left untreated, can quickly begin consuming and ruining your life and health.Knowing how a food addiction can change and destroy your existence may help other to seek the assistance needed to begin living a healthy lifestyle again.
If you or someone you care for is struggling with food and overeating, then ask for help. The following are some of the effects of food addiction:
Consequences of food addiction.
Negative Physical Effects:
- Unhealthy weight gain
- Reduced sex drive
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart disease
- Kidney/Liver Disease
- Chronic pain
- Digestive Problems
- Sleep disorders
Unwanted Psychological Effects:
- Increased feelings of anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Emotional detachment or numbness
- Panic attacks
- Feeling sad, hopeless, or in despair
- Increased irritability
- Suicidal ideation
Undesired Social Consequences:
- Poor work or school performance
- Becomes reclusive
- Division within family units
- No longer enjoys hobbies or activities
- Avoidance of social events or functions
- Jeopardized finances or career
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