When one thinks about the term addiction, they usually think of either drugs or alcohol. We can also think of other substances or actions such as sugar or smartphone addiction. However, do we really think of food as addictive and is being addicted to food, really such a thing? After all, we all need to eat to survive so it seems counter-intuitive to think that. Here are some ‘food’ for thoughts on the subject at hand.
Are We Really Hungry When We Say We Are?
We do eat to survive. However, ask yourself next time you snack, if you are really doing it because you need it or simply because you want it. As much as we would like to think that eating is necessary, a lot of the binge eating isn’t. Just like being stuck on your smartphone is a compulsive behavior, the need to snack is the same thing and you eventually end up paying for it. There is a very fine line between being hungry and simply pleasure eating and if you find yourself pleasure eating or eating simply because it is becoming routinely, you might want to keep it in check. It could also be an indicator that you are addicted to food.
Addictive Substance Increase Overtime
Now think whether through the years if you find yourself eating more than you used to. If you noticed that over the years you started eating more and more and started consuming a lot of unhealthy food (since sugar tends to be highly addictive), you might be addicted to food. Sometimes, it is not just the fact of eating more that makes it addictive but the food that we eat that tends to be addictive by natural.
Most people who find themselves having an eating disorder tend to be more inclined to carbohydrates and mostly artificial sources such as sugary junk food. It is far more common to see this compared to eating clean, healthy food.
Bigger The Belly
There is a growing trend in intermittent fasting and fasting-style diet where the individuals completely abstain themselves from eating for a certain amount of time, usually 8-12 hours. Some have reported that they have noticed their belly shrink and even their appetite decrease. Furthermore, upon breaking their fast, they feel fuller all while eating less. That being said, fasting helps a lot when it comes to decreasing your appetite and feeling lee hungry. It does take getting use to it but eventually, you start seeing the health benefits associated to it. By giving yourself a time period of around 8 hours without any food, you give your entire digestive system some time to relax. Keep in mind that before your start following any form of diet in order to get over your food addiction, it is important to consult your doctor or a health professional.
Eating Cleaner and Healthier
Eating good wholesome food such as fruits and vegetables tend to cut hunger by a lot since you receive all of the nutrients your body needs. It is important to really keep track of our diet and try to avoid all the bad stuff. By replacing the food you eat by more healthier alternatives, you feel more energetic, less ‘sluggish’ and less hungry as well. Eating highly nutritious food is a very good way of getting over your food addiction. If you are not sure of what to eat and you are looking for a way to do so, try looking more into things such as organic food and reducing the amount of sugar and salt that is in your diet.
Getting Over Your Food Addiction
Getting over your food addiction ultimately lies on reducing or eliminating sugar from your diet as reducing salt as well. You can do so by switching to healthier alternatives which is turn, will make you feel fuller, longer. It might be a bit hard to adjust at first but once you have found a good balance, the regular ‘junk food’ or processed food will no longer be appealing to you. Fasting is also something that you should try at least once or twice a week if you would like to accelerate the process.