How to get free from food addiction

How to get free from food addiction


what do you do if you have a food addiction if you have a sugar addiction or you can start by listening to this interview ameri-ghen with business owners a registered nurse and an addiction specialist we spoke briefly before about what what a sugar addiction or a food addiction is and now we’re going to talk about what to do about it if you have that sort of problem so so what do you do if you’re a food if you have a food addiction if you have a sugar addiction well the best scenario is that you go to a professional that is trained in the sugar and food addiction that can help you to see if you really are an addict or not so that you get help to understand if you have the disease a lot of people tell me I’m a little bit sugar addicted and I used to say you can’t really be a little bit addicted you can’t be a little bit pregnant so you need to know but a lot of people that eat and get consequences from it they have what we call harmful use and that’s not really an addiction addiction is obsession addiction is very very strong obsession with the food and you can’t stop eating so what you do first of all get knowledge you know learn about it get somebody telling you about the brain reptilian brain the reward system how those effects the rest of your brain so the prefrontal cortex for instance you know where self-discipline is gets very thick affected from addiction so people think that they are very bad character or why don’t I have any self discipline with food I have a lot of self discipline at work or all so so you need to learn about that so you understand that you’re not a bad person you have an illness you have a biochemistry imbalance in your brain like what you learn about that is anyway we’re online our online classes online there are 12-step groups food addicts Anonymous operators Anonymous there are other orient food oriented groups and there are books you can read what would you recommend that’s a first book in English I would recommend you to go to the food addiction Institute there is a new book out by a Canadian doctor called Vera Harmon her book food junkies is very good book to start with and also to Google you know on food addiction you get a lot of interesting screenings up you could check yourself do I have this so once you start doing that you need to understand your brain I used to joke and say that it’s like you know you have always been driving a tractor and now you’re gonna drive a Ferrari if you don’t know how to drive a Ferrari you’re going to crash I promise you that’s a heavy-duty car drive so you need to learn about your Ferrari brain and you need to know a lot about nutrition and food because a lot of people think that while I just quit chocolate and then they eat a lot of bread or pasta you need to understand what food does with your body and your brain which foods act as a psychoactive drug so you need to learn how to eat so in brief what kind of foods should you try to avoid well most carbs and since you look at when you look at some of my patients you know some can have a little bit of fruit now and then some can not have any fruit because we talked about trigger foods and we are biochemically unique all each one of us so I for instance can eat a banana but I can’t eat apples at trigger on apples and some think that’s psychological but a decent is biochemistry it’s how your body reacts on the food so what you should eat is like low carb high fat plain food that’s most important no chemical additives in the food like roses food processed foods no way that’s very no not not any processed foods and food additives plays havoc with your biochemistry so that will actually trigger food addict to eat more like monosodium glutamate and that’s very dangerous it acts at the sugar in our body so it triggers us to eat and the food addict has cravings a normal person has hunger and appetite for things but we have a craving and that’s an obsession so once you know that is triggered by sight you see the food smell chocolate cake bread that triggers our craving and once the craving is on that’s like a pain attack in a person with pain so it’s really painful and you can’t think of anything else so you need to learn about craving you need to learn about craving management and we have lots of different ways to help people you know do not get into the craving mode because we used to joke and say once you’re in the craving mode you know tie me down to a chair and set me you know or lock me up in a room because you’re going to go and get the food it’s really hard once you’re once you in that once you get the craving going is very hard to treat it so you need to have that help you need to learn a lot about the brain learn about the food but the most important thing I think because I think as a doctor you know that you I’m sure you have met people have tried white Weight Watchers 5 to di low-carb powder pills and everything works for a short time if you really get into it people can be motivated for 3 to 6 weeks or maybe 3 months but then you fall back why because if you don’t understand that you’re an addict and you start trying to eat normal after a period again or somebody comes by you with a bun and say hi if you want to ban you see even you smell it that’s going to cost that craving if you’re not prepared and you haven’t really the knowledge inside of you to stay away from it or to use a lot of techniques thinking feeling and acting techniques that we train people in which we call relapse prevention you’re going to fall if you’re an addict you should never ever you know you can’t give a hairiest a little bit Harry no Saturday right or not like you no no no can never happen ever no because the brain chemistry was there from the beginning and if you take away the dragon you still have the same brain chemistry so if you put the drug back in it starts all over so you have to learn what kind of foods are psychoactive to my body mmm or so yeah I’m in my face yet absolutely but you see you can’t think in that way you can never say that to an addict you can never ever have chocolate again so that’s why we work with things like it’s only for today you know when you die it you say okay today I fell so I’m going to start on Monday or after session or next week or New Year’s Day or something you always postpone it so one of the most efficient tools that I tell my clients is to say today only for today whatever happens I’m not going to pick up the drug but it’s only for today I might do it tomorrow so when my absolutely no chocolate today no no so one may addicted brain see the chocolate they say oh I want chocolate I can say to myself yeah it looks good we can eat it tomorrow but not today and then tomorrow you say exactly the same under yes that’s a trick so that’s how you do you are drug free one day at a time for weeks months years as all and that’s how alcoholics do let’s say drug addicts to pill addict anyone that has an addiction and has gotten the right treatment the right knowledge will use the 24-hour rule you know only for today

98 comments

  1. This was a great interview but I disagree that she lumps all chocolate as bad.  I eat 90 percent dark chocolate every day.  It is low sugar and full of antioxidants.  Besides BPC it's my one vice… a healthy one.

  2. Interesting enough, that's exactly what Jesus said in the bible.  Do not worry about tomorrow, for today has enough worries of it's own.  It applies to this as well.

  3. I used to get really strong cravings for sugary foods – donuts, chips, chocolate (especially in the morning). I have reactive hypoglycemia caused by hyperinsulinemia (I'm not insulin resistant).  Once I started taking diazoxide my desire for those foods went away overnight.

  4. I agree with her. I am not a doctor. I was addicted to ice. I would eat ice all the time. As chain smoker would smoke non stop. I was recommended to get my hemoglobin levels tested,they were good. Counseling didn't help either . 1 day I was fasting for religious reasons and could not eat ice. So I survived one day without ice. I felt confident enough to try not eating ice the next day. So 5 days later I had only given up eating ice for 1 day. But it was almost a week. And today 15 years later I have not had ice at all. At Starbucks they know me as "ice tea with no ice girl. " This has given me confidence to over come any vice or addiction in life .

  5. I am 18. 1m60cm. I was 74kg, I just ate vegetables and just run 30 mininute/ 3 times a week. and I finally got 49kg until February 2015. but I from then on, I got 16kg. sometimes I eat really alot like gorging. but my everyday meal is full of vegetables and carb… I usually eat sweet potatoes and tomatoes..eggs…
    I think my body is adapted already,, that's why even I tried the food style like before,,,it doesn't works..
    help me please

  6. I had a serious food addiction since I was 3 and I'm currently 15 now. This is taking over my life cause I'm overweight and been harassed about it in grade school.

  7. What if i am addicted to all of them? I can't just eat vegetables, they are not satisfying. I am not obese, but have serious problems from overeating. If i start a diet, does that mean that I can't have a good meal any more? I eat to that point where I feel sick but can't stop. Help me please.

  8. low carb high fat my asssss. i'm sorry, but if you get in tons of fruit, it could actually help what you're craving, because half the time when you're craving something, it means your body needs a certain nutrient.

  9. I'm convinced this is just symptom treatment. if it was just about your brain being trained in the wrong way, you'd be able to put in a decent amount of time to train it back around. the brain adapts. but most of the times addictions go way deeper, into the deepest parts of our soul that never see daylight. thus the real cause is still there. people just love to talk about imbalances in the brain etc. but that's also caused by something. unless this isn't a lifelong battle, the root cause hasn't been touched.

  10. Thank you for sharing. I really liked that "Only for today" part. Sounds like a tip that might just work 🙂

  11. I don't agree with her diet recommendation of a low-carb diet. Whole food plant-based works for food addictions. If you haven't read The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Lisle, please do. Great read!

  12. Carbohydrates are what fuels every human body. I believe in food addition but you can't demonize fruit and then eat animals. Makes no sense.

  13. basically all junk food is like crack cocaine you can never ever have it again!! If you can get past this and except there is no scenario where ''you're just gonna get lean then have a cheat day a week'' or ''just a little its only one'' then you are on the right track plus how many times have you been in a situation in your life you thought you couldn't get through but in the end you had to face it once you get to that point where you ''face it and except it'' , it becomes a lot easier

  14. You don't have to be what most people consider fat to be an addict. I have struggled with food addiction all my life. I learned young that sweets make me feel good when I'm sad. I was chunky as a child and when I became a teenager I had a day I had been so busy I forgot to eat and that's when I began to starve myself I would obsess about food all day, even watching the food network and literally cry. later after losing thirty pounds I started binging and purging. now I binge and starve but mostly binge and have gained weight recently. It's really hard to balance I'll even binge on fruit…

  15. I actually am addicted to carbs AND fat.. i cant eat a dry piece of toast but add helpings of butter or cream cheese and i am insatiable… same goes for pizza.. But i guess she was saying everyone is different.

  16. This is the kind of doctor i need, she goes straight to the point, unlike most of these psy who want to know all about your whole life before they can help you solve the problem, and they are very expensive. Although this is just an interview…

  17. Not to be disrespectful to Ms. Jonsson, but what qualifies her to be an "expert"? She's an RN, which means she has the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or less. I mean, I agree with low carb eating, it has changed my life, but I'd like for "experts" to have more education that I do. I have a MS, she should at least have that if she's going to be labeled an "expert" and her credentials should be in the description.

  18. she is right, my father is dedicated to food. Has diabetes, the doctor tells him to stop eating so much and look after his diet, he looses some weight, doctor tells him it goes well and he starts again eating like he is allowed and again he wights way to much. Like a ping pong.

  19. I lost 40lbs Ive just gained back 10…Everytime I get stressed I eat subconsciously…if I starve myself consciously because I know I consumed 3x the calories then I masturbate instead. I cant stop.

  20. Toughts on gut bacteria and addictions? Its not only about psychology right? I came across one video on YouTube about dr natasha Campbell, she talks about GAPS diet, gut bacteria, how much it effects our well being and health, there are lots of success stories about this diet, and not much wrotten By mainstram. I wonder if everyone has some toughts about this women and the research on this subject?

  21. question—i know a guy that is a sugar addict and a pain killer opiates addict which leads to which or is it equally coincidental?

  22. From my experience, fat, salt, animal protein and refined carbs and sugars are the culprits in food addiction. These are the ones that my brain tells me to eat even though my body is not hungry. As an example no addict binges on apples but they will binge on candy. No addict will binge on sodium and fat free beans but they will binge on salty, fried chicken. Breaking food addiction requires a detox period, free from the influences of the addictive food, then it requires a fresh start with healthy whole plant foods. And finally it requires a suport network of people that will help keep you accountable. #Eat Simple Eat Plant Food

  23. I'm eating 5,000 calories a day. That's what I feel good on. Idk if I have a food addiction or not? I feel like I'm relying on so much willpower when I try eating at a normal calorie range, what do I do?

  24. Reality is unfair. I had been consistently eating what is healthy for me for the past few weeks, but yesterday I gave myself a little sugar and got so happy, because I felt full and I didn't feel the urge to overeat.
    And yet today, I started getting nervous, and hazy, and I ended up having a binge eating episode. "You can't have a little heroine on the weekends." I guess it's only true. That little bit of sugar triggered me, not immediately, but eventually.
    I feel somewhat comforted by having a specialist point out my exact problem and give me directions to fight it, but I am utterly terrified of the fact the solution to this problem is so radical.
    Giving up heroine is not easy, but how fucking unfair is it that I have to give up a huge number of foods in order to fight my addiction? Wouldn't it be possible to develop a healthy relationship with those foods? Then again, there is no healthy relationship with heroine.
    It's sad that my biochemistry would trigger a heavy-drug-like buzz in my brain, when I consume something as boring as plain cake. I guess you can't expect to lead a normal as a recovering addict. What a heartbreaking realization.

    Thank you for the interview nonetheless, it is nice to see I am not alone.

  25. im eating a bag of chips, drinking a diet coke, after i just ate a egg plant parmigiana meal with pasta, a few hours ago i had a hamburger, hot dog, and pasta salad. i dunno, am i a food addict ??

  26. People in this comment section are saying how she is wrong but I completely relate. I'm a vegan, still eating cooked foods but not that often. My daily intake of food consists of mostly fruits and vegetables, but the huge problem is that almost all fruits trigger me. Seriously once I start eating a piece of fruit (except a few) I can't stop, I just keep going fruit after fruit after fruit. It's horrible my gosh.

  27. much of this video is helpful, but as someone who lost 50lbs on a strict clean diet and overcame food addiction I can tell you that it is absolutely possible to have a piece of candy one day and then not want a whole bag or any more at all. I used to eat one fun size snickers maybe every few weeks, and it never bothered me to stop lol. once you get past the emotional attachment to food, you find yourself free to make rational choices like that. I certainly wouldn't compare it to heroine which is a drug most people never come back from, because once you tackle the emotional and physical addiction of food, moderation is possible.

  28. He asks what food should you avoid and she says carbs. It's not like an addict doesn't know what to avoid, is it? How do you actually do it, that's the million dollar question.

  29. If you care about your health and wanna lose weight, look into Veganism. I've lost 25kg (55lbs) since going Vegan. And you feel good about it because you're helping yourself, but Animals and our Planet too.

    Watch Forks over Knives and What The Health on Netflix.

  30. I don't have a sugar addiction, I have a portion addiction. Let's say tuna fish sandwich, I eat 4 sandwiches and 2 cans of clam chowder for dinner before I feel full. I can't be satisfied eating small meals. What's wrong with me?

  31. When I had a food addiction, bread was fine too. I easily ate 5 pieces of bread, I wasn't hungry at all, but it didn't make me full. Just bored.

  32. This is the truth! People don't want to believe it! They will deny it! They will hide from it and whine, blame , make excuses and stay overweight because it is just too hard! This is hard , but I wish I knew this when I was a teenager because my life would have been so much happier! Didn't learn until in 20s and lived it ever since. Now it's public knowledge and people stick their heads in the sand!

  33. I have a really severe ice cream addiction. I eat about a gallon of ice cream a day. I think part of it is that I am recently divorced and I can't stop thinking about ice cream. I was on phentromine but after I had a tragedy and it was rough.

  34. You see a chocolate trumpet at 11.55pm. You can eat it tomorrow but not today. Im eating that choc trumpet at 12.01

  35. I think I have a serious addiction to foods. I eat when I'm bored or emotional. If there is something tasty in the house, like a chocolate bar. I won't stop thinking about it until I eat it. I'll be thinking about it at 10pm if it's still in the cupboard. I even have ate food in my sleep.. I was having a dream I was making toast.. lots of toast and when I woke up my toaster was sitting on the bench, not packed away.

  36. I’ve told my husband to please stop bringing junk food all the time because I will eat it. He just says “well, don’t eat it if you don’t want!” Like jeez, I’ve never thought of that! I have a problem and need help 😔😔😔😔

  37. My dad is 70 and he is killing himself with food. Problem is, he's a baby boomer, and they know everything. So unfortunately, him dying will make more lives better than him living forever. I'm torn because he's my father.. But he was always abusive to me and everyone he's ever been around. I find myself some days watching him eat himself til he vomits and I enjoy it. Some days, I feel sorry for him.

  38. As a bulimic, I don't agree with the low carb thing. When the food craving kicks in, I can eat lots of protein and even veggies/fruit too. Addiction is not only physically or brain chemistry triggered. Addiction is mostly a mental thing. People don't 'choose' to be a drug or alcohol addict. Besides the brain chemistry thing, they 'need' the drug to mentally feel better and not only physically. Since my recovery I can eat healthy, but on moments I feel like shit, I can only think about food to make me feel numb and forget about the real life. She should mention the reasons why people 'need' to be addicted to something in the first place, the psycologic stuff. Not only the physical thing.

  39. I've been struggling with food addiction since I was a kid, I'm pretty sure. Anyone out there interested in chatting about it? I don't feel like I can talk to my family or my boyfriend because, honestly, I'm embarrassed. I've never had a conversation with someone who is in the same boat, either. Feel free to message me.

  40. Wtong wrong wrong!!! I couldn't stop eating carbs and sweets because I had dieted and that made me obsessed qith food. After a year of eating as much sugar and carbs I wanted, I stopped caring about them so much. No I am ok enough to start enjoying my food and not overeating. It's a process.
    Try to cut these foods out and you will make it soooo much worse. Horrible advice in this video.

  41. Also that trick doesn't work. You can't just stop something like that. You know you are trying to trick yourself. As long as you want the food, you will get it. That is so not the solution. This woman is a fool and she is hurting people. 😡

  42. Cravings for me are the worst… I can take hunger well. I can go all day with no food at all, go for 4 hrs biking and will be just fine. But when I feel thins urge to eat sth I am done. Yesterday I finally realised taht I have a problem. Had a normal meal around 3 p.m. – fish, baked tomatos and potatos. Was full. And than around 8 p.m. I just couldn't resist ordering a pizza and eating it whole (dominos peperoni large on thin crust). I am not obise or overweight yet but I feel like my entire life revolves around food and if i'm not fully focused on what I eat (and that is realy exhausting) I would weight so much more than I do.

  43. Also want to add: people can be addicted to anything: cell phones, sex, hand washing, shopping, carbs, salt, meticulous eating of whole foods, exercise, laxatives, and on and on. That doesn't make the object of their addiction necessarily bad. Just because many addictions are to harmful substances (nicotine, alcohol, heroin, crack, meth…) does not mean that anything a person can be addicted to is equivalent to those substances. We abuse things because we want a quick boost of dopamine- a pleasure boost- to distract us from real life which is often painful or diffucult. Just cutting out carbs is not going to address the problem. Why are we abusing carbs in the first place? Likely we are either because we have been restricting them and feel deprived, or because we are in the habit of using carbs to distract ourselves from the moment with a hit of dopamine. Many dieters do both! A vicious cycle is formed.

  44. The problem is that after I have fooled myself three days with the ‘fine, we can eat that chocolate tomorrow’ trick, I stop trusting myself so it stops working even today.

  45. Yes, even when you eat low carb keto etc and eliminate the sugar hunger you still want to eat the foods you know you cannot have…even when they don't even taate good to you anymore. It's like there is NO SOLUTION.

  46. I like the „not today“ technique but the problem is, as soon as I say it my brain be like: “come oooonn we both now your trying to prank me. There’s no chocolate tomorrow either so just eat it now“….

  47. I have self control but I cannot stop thinking, obsessing about food. When am I going to eat next, what I will eat etc…but I think about it all the time. How is that fixed? I cant find enough things to preoccupy my mind with other things. Sometimes work is very busy and I forget about food but as soon as it slows down….the thoughts are back.

  48. I haven gain almost 20 pounds for the last 10 years. I have craving for junk food, sometimes when I drive home I'm thinking I need to stop by the fast food place. and when I go to grocery store I go dig for chips, etc. On time I was so addictive to a type of chips in Target or trader joe, that I can just finish a whole bag once and then I go back go buy more!! that's how I gain weight because fat/ugly and unhealthy! Now I'm trying to start clean by not even buying all the food like that, no excuses!! Save money on junk food and get healthy! Self awareness is super important, you need to know it first then you treat it

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