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Addictive Cues, Cravings and Binging

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I was going through some of my old Daily Spark emails today and found an interesting SparkPeople Guest Blog by Dr. Pamela Peeke. She mentions Dr. Nora Volkow's research on addictions. For those of you who did not see it, I would like to repost the link for what I found to be informative, illuminating article.


If you do check it out, please do read all the way to the end, because she provides some key pointers as to how we can protect ourselves from these ever-present cues. Hope you find this as helpful as I have!
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    thanks, I will check it out, I do have a problem with stopping when I start, and I do have a problem with saying NO emoticon
    2885 days ago
    I read Dr. Peake's book, "The Hunger Addiction" and found it very interesting.
    2886 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 4:48:39 PM
  • OOLALA53
    When I finally understood that I could be cued by so many things and that it was a habit, a brain pattern. and not some problem with me that made me want the foods, I accepted that I just had to say no most of the time. I couldn't afford to keep reinforcing the pattern. The way I do it is by eating three really good meals a day most days of the week. I told myself in between that I had eaten a great meal before, and would in a few hours. If I'm hungry, I have a cafe au lait or mocha. At first, it was hard to say no, but now it's just a habit. It doesn't mean the food never appeals to me, but it now feels almost weird to reach for it. And I determined that I would learn to face down the urges to overeat when I did have highly palatable foods. Over time, it got easier. But it did take a long time. So what! It was better than the alternative.

    The second most importnat thing was to quit telling myself that it was too hard, especially because I was "addicted." It's NOT too hard- most of the time. And when it is, I just move on.
    2886 days ago
    Thanks! That was a good one. Other readers, you can get to it easier by googling. SparkPeople addictive cues.
    2886 days ago
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