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2/5/13 11:54 A

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I do believe I have a food addiction. I have a real problem with sugar and processed/junk carbs. Since I am also an emotional eater (and I think that's different from being a food addict), I tend to gravitate toward the very foods I'm addicted to when I'm going through a difficult time with stress, over-work, or depression. Those foods do help. In other words, there is a definite physical component to addiction, in that the substances have an effect on our bodies that makes us feel better. BUT... the effect is temporary, and like any addictive substance, once you've had it and its effect has worn off, you want more. And more. In order to feel "normal." Breaking sugar addiction and getting rid of processed carbs, junk food, white flour, etc. is hard, but when I'm able to do it, my body quiets down and stops craving that stuff.

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2/3/13 5:49 P

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YES. I DON'T THINK I AM A FOOD ADDICT, BECAUSE, WHEN DH ISN'T HOME I EAT LIKE A NORMAL HEALTHY PERSON WOULD. WHEN HE IS HERE OR WHEN HE WANTS TO GO OUT, I EAT SUPER FAST AND ALWAYS MORE THAN I SHOULD. I KEEP TRYING TO JUST EAT AT HOME, BUT THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK. IT REALLY WOULD NOT HURT MY FEELINGS IF HE WENT OUT WITHOUT ME. IF HE REALLY WANTS JUNK - GO GET IT! BUT PLEASE DON'T BRING IT HOME AND TEMPT ME. SO THERE IS DEFINITELY A TRIGGER THERE. I NOW TRY TO DO THE ERRANDS ALONE SO HE CAN'T MAKE US STOP SOMEWHERE UNHEALTHY TO EAT. IT'S ALL I CAN THINK OF TO DO.

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1/31/13 4:21 P

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Without a doubt I am a food addict. I used food for everything. I eat when I am happy, sad, depressed, anxious, stressed, celebrating, lonely. But I am recovering...

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1/30/13 4:19 P

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I know with certainty that I have a sugar addiction. After reading up on that subject, I decided to do a sugar detox in early December, and it's the best thing I could have done for myself. I still eat some foods that have a very small amount of sugar, but no "sweets" as we traditionally think of them. Since then I feel so much better, and it's been easier for me to avoid them, as I've learned that I'm just not the type of person who can control myself with having only a small amount of sweets. If I have a little, then I binge.

In terms of having a general food addiction, I'm still not sure on that one. I do know that I am an emotional eater.

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1/30/13 1:15 P

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I don't think so. It doesn't bother me to turn something down if I've used up the calorie bank account unless I need the nutrients the food has to offer. I plan on splurges. Again, the nutrients come first.

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1/29/13 11:31 P

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I am a food addict. I can spend long periods of time as a food addict in remission or a "non practicing food addict". However, I have learned that I have to always be aware of what I am eating or I can go back into full on food addict mode which for myself, I consider to be using food as a comfort instead of as fuel and nutrition so that I can live my best life. No matter how much weight I lose or how long it has been since I binged or overate or used food to soothe my soul I will always be in danger of going down that road. I really don't see it any differently than someone who uses alcohol or any other substance. The way I deal with it right now is to religiously journal what I eat, how much I sleep, how much I exercise and how I am feeling (among other things). I am so used to doing this that it is no big deal to me, just like brushing my teeth every day. There are plenty of days when I don't like what I see but I make myself face truth. This journaling has been invaluable to me because I discover things about myself all the time and it keeps me accountable.

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1/29/13 4:36 P

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I don't think it's as much of an addiction to the food itself as an addiction to the temporary "high" it gives me. I turn to food because I'm depressed or stressed. I know I can trust the food to make me feel good at the time. It's that rebellious "bad influence" friend of yours your mother warned you about. Some days, a big plate of BBQ nachos feels like the only thing right in a world of things going wrong. I think it has a lot to do with control. Sometimes we can't control things that happen in our lives, but we can control what we eat. Therefore, to negate what we can't control, we want to "treat" ourselves with junk.

I know that I easily am in denial about the aftereffects of such comfort food. It's like my brain just cannot remember the last time I had a sugar crash or was crabby because I ate too many carbs. It's like an alcoholic who forgets the last blackout. I also get really lax on the weekends because I don't want to be difficult about food around my boyfriend or have him think less of me. I know it's not right, but it's there and I know it needs to change, even if it's in small amounts.

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1/29/13 3:06 P

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I'm not sure the exact definition of addiction but I know that I used food to handle stress, avoid emotions, and as an overall coping mechanism. I also used food as a primary source of entertainment - many friends that used going out to eat and eating at parties as the only way to get together.

Also, I know that I'm a little scared about what might happen if I over-indulge in trigger foods. That's certainly a sign.

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1/29/13 12:27 P

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I am for sure a food addict and I am for sure not in denial about it as I know this to be a fact.

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1/29/13 11:02 A

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Yes, like a lot have said (stress and I think somethings from my childhood that are a harder thing to discuses)

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1/29/13 9:21 A

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I believe that food has always been an issue for me I would eat to deal w ALL MY FEELING
and now the thing is I have come to appreciate flavors of different spices; so the problem is that some foods just taste sooooo good


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1/29/13 9:13 A

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Yes, I definitely have a food addiction. I have to fight it every day. Sometimes I am in denial about how much I eat. If I don't literally FORCE myself to weigh and measure my portions, I can lie to myself and say "oh, thats only a cup of cereal" when really it is two cups (or more).

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1/29/13 12:55 A

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I DO HAVE A FOOD ADDICTION. THAT IS HOW I ENDED UP IN THE MESS THAT I WAS IN. HOWEVER, I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO CONTROL MY ADDICTIONS AND I AM NOT IN THE DENIAL THAT I WAS BEFORE I STARTED SPARK PEOPLE.

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1/29/13 12:00 A

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WELL I THINK I DID HAVE A FOOD ADDICTION REGARDING EMOTIONAL ISSUES THAT OCCURED IN MY LIFE, I HAVE COME QUITE FAR IN HELPING THIS HOWEVER WHEN I GET OVERLY STRESSED OR EMOTIONAL I SOMETIMES WILL STEP INTO THE FOOD ADDICTION WORLD AGAIN

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1/28/13 11:50 P

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O.K. we're going deep here..........

Do you think you have a food addiction? Do you think you could be in denial regarding any aspect of your issues with weight?


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