Whether you have an issue with full blown binge eating or you just overeat when you’re stressed or depressed, food addiction and eating disorders can be very difficult to deal with. You have to eat to live, but when it becomes hard to distinguish the differences between poor eating behavior and healthy eating, it can help to have assistance.
These days, one of the most talked about food addictions is the addiction to sugar. With so many foods crammed with this substance, it’s really a hard thing to avoid. Plus, you need to know the difference between refined sugar and natural sugar. One is the stuff found in things like candy bars, while the other is in the fruit you eat, and less of a danger to your body.
Whatever your food addiction issue, from a sugar issue to binge eating when life has got you down, here are some tips to help you stop eating and start living again.
Know Your Triggers
First of all, it helps to know what addiction is. For a long time people thought it was just a problem, not an actual illness. But studies have shown that the brains of people that are more prone to addiction are different than other people’s brains.
Once you understand addiction, you can then start looking at the things that trigger your brain to need to eat, or overeat. Maybe it’s the way someone speaks to you, maybe it’s the way you speak to yourself. Notice these triggers and become aware of them, because that awareness will help you be able to make healthier choices when you are triggered to eat.
Learn Healthier Choices
When you have that need to eat it can be extremely difficult to ignore it. That is why it is important to stock your home with healthy foods instead of empty calorie junk foods. This way at least your binging will be doing something beneficial to your body.
While too much of any food can be bad for you, you may find that when you don’t have the junk food in the house it’s easier to be aware of your trigger and find something else to get your mind off of your need to eat.
Have An Alternative
Have something you do when the craving strikes, like an emergency plan that helps you forget about food. It could be a hobby, something that gets your hands busy like knitting, or it could simply be chewing on a toothpick. Tricks like this even help smokers quit.
Get help. You can talk to your doctor about getting into therapy. You can also choose to attend an overeaters anonymous meeting where you’ll find out that there are plenty of other people like you, and you’ll learn more tips on how to control your urges and fight your addiction.