Are you a Food Addict?
Do you ever have a craving for excess food?
Do you struggle to control your intake of food, especially junk food or highly processed food or sugar?
Do you constantly try diets and various fads to get weight off or to eat less?
Do you ever use laxatives, diuretics or even purge after a meal?
Do you ever feel shameful or hopeless or depressed about your food habits or your weight?
Many with a food addiction crave wheat, flour, or sugar. By eliminating the addictive substances, the biochemical aspect is addressed and the physical urge to eat more is removed.
Cravings are a sign that either our body has become too dependent on a substance (like salt, sugar, wheat or dairy) or that our body is missing out on important nutrients. When we fill up on empty calories, our body will feel as if we still need to eat because it hasn’t received any nutrients, so if we eat a balanced meal, we reduce cravings.
Research shows cocaine addicts experience a dopamine surge through the same parts of the brain as food addicts involved in habit do. A shot of dopamine squirts into our brain and we want that food, we crave it, we are motivated to eat it. Almost like an arousal of wanting more, not even realising the taste of the food any more, not always enjoying it, but the drive to have more and more is fuelled by dopamine, so it’s not about willpower.
Anyone addicted to drugs has few dopamine receptors, as does anyone with food issues. A vast percentage of addiction is related to genetics, so we must be gentle on ourselves around this. Sugar triggers the release of excess insulin giving us a temporary high (as does caffeine) and when both wear off we crave more as they don’t satisfy us, they increase the cravings.
Hypnotherapy is highly effective with addiction as it can condition your brain to feel disgusted by excessive eating habits so you no longer wish to over indulge.
A hypnotherapist will help you change your emotional thought patterns, so you don't need to have willpower to eat less.
Recent scientific studies using MRI brain scans are supplying the medical world with proof that Hypnotherapy works.
If you are a food addict, here are my top tips to make lasting changes:
1) Become aware of your eating habits
2) Find a hypnotherapist who understands food addiction
3) Ask them to create a food plan for you.
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