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Do You Identify as a Food Addict?

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  • tracyleed1tracyleed1 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    I've described myself as a food addict, although I don't often say it out loud. Carbs are my issue - the more I eat, the more I crave them and then back to eating more. Its a viscous cycle. I have tried most every diet and either failed or had limited success - followed by regaining extra pounds. I realized this past year or so that I need to get a handle on the mental aspect of wanting to be a healthy person. It cannot just be about losing weight, because that implies only temporary changes are made. I need to wrap my head around being healthier for life, not just a little bit. But it is super hard...I've been floundering with this for the past year. I was always the token "fat" kid in school, then when puberty hit I ballooned up to 200# and at my heaviest about 9yrs ago of 351#. I then struggled and got down to 314#. I tried Keto and became a "food nazi", but had success. I got down to 280# and was down 3-4 sizes in clothes and felt really good. But I burnt out of always being perfect with foods and banning myself from different foods and I eventually reverted back to my old habits and mindset. And here I am now at 312#. I'm going to be 53yrs old next month....I need to get moving into a healthier lifestyle.
  • faithan84faithan84 Posts: 706Member Member Posts: 706Member Member
    I've been struggling so much with overeating this past year. I've been on and off Food Addicts Anonymous's Food plan over the last 5 years. It works, but last year I was bordering on orthorexia, and it was getting to a toxic obsession. I have not stepped on a scale in a few months, but I think I'm up 120 pounds since last August. It's embarrassing and out of control. I know the food plan works, but it hasn't been a long term solution for me. I've reached goal weight a few times, but now I'm back to where I started (probably plus more pounds) 5 years ago. My therapist wants me to do moderation. I just don't know if I'm capable of that!!! I need help, so I'm back here to find friendship and motivation. I can't keep doing this to myself. 😭
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    @tracyleed1 Just realizing that there is a mental and emotional component is so important...and rare. Many people continue to blame carbs or sugar or whatever else. And though I for one do experience physical symptoms around foods, I have learned that the game is really emotional first and mental second. The food itself is somewhere after these.
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    @faithan84 thanks for sharing your story. I can understand how rapid weight gain can put you in a challenging space.

    The food plan has not really ever worked for me because my issue is emotional in nature. I have been working on the emotional and mental aspect of my disorder for a while. I found a helpful book titled When Food is Comfort by July Simon and I cannot tell you how much the insights here have aided me on my journey, because she provides small, realistic ways to first recognize your emotions, internalize the responses and, eventually to deal with them in a healthy way. I have to admit, I think for most people healing is a slow process because it does take time to really actualize these realizations. But it can work and it feels authentic rather than a quick fix. ❤️
  • healingnurtrerhealingnurtrer Posts: 211Member Member Posts: 211Member Member
    I'm going to look into that book @ladyzherra thanks for sharing!
  • torihudson6torihudson6 Posts: 100Member Member Posts: 100Member Member
    Hi all, I know I'm a little late to this conversation, but I have recently started identifying as a food addict, which put a lot of things in perspective for me with how I eat and my feelings surrounding food. It is not really something I say out loud, but is always in the back of my mind.
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    I'm going to look into that book @ladyzherra thanks for sharing!

    @healingnurtrer I hope that you enjoy the book. It is really, really authentic and insightful, and it offers a lot of everyday things that you can do to move toward your goal. I appreciate it.
  • ReenieHJReenieHJ Posts: 938Member Member Posts: 938Member Member
    Yes, I am definitely a food addict. Eating has never been as simple as only eating til I'm full. I've tried so many diets throughout my life and here I am, still struggling to not overeat. Even though my weight is finally considered 'normal' I still have that mindset of wanting or needing to eat and eat and eat. Maybe if I liked celery it wouldn't be a problem. :/ Why can't I be addicted to celery?
  • daniellethesheepdaniellethesheep Posts: 117Member Member Posts: 117Member Member
    Yeah I identify as a food addict. I think in my mind this is more helpful than calling it binge eating disorder even though there is a lot of overlap. It doesn’t even matter what the food is I just want to eat and eat 24/7 and it’s ruining my life and relationship
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    @ReenieHJ I hear you! Addiction to celery could be amazing...right?! :smiley:

    For me as well, emotional eating and overeating seem to be a part of my life, and may be until I die. I am not sure. What I do know is that I am dedicated every day to moving closer to a version of eating that feels more loving and less hating on myself. I have no idea how long that will take.

    Remain open to the possiblity that it could happen today.

    Warmly,
    Jenn
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    it’s ruining my life and relationship

    @daniellethesheep I can relate to this so much. Food addiction, like most addictions (all?), has the potential (the probability?) of ruining our relationships and our lives to boot. My thought is that we all need some support. Do you have any support in place for yourself to help you?

    For most of us, having "support" feels like weakness. But I have found that -- at least for me -- it is a strength. It's difficult to have help, to ask for it, to realize that you need it. But it's empowering to feel that you want it and that you are brave enough to seek it.

    Help looks different for everyone.

    I think that experimenting is important. There are books, therapy, light workers, massage and reiki, support groups, ritual, meditation, and so much more to explore. Either way, don't give up on yourself. You are never alone -- I believe that there is endless support to draw from and contribute to out there...we just have to get out there and find some connection.

    Warmly,
    Jenn
  • baacissejbaacissej Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
    I definitely identify as a food addict! The hardest part for me is that unlike other addictions, abstinence can't be used. I'm pretty much all or nothing, the second I get a taste of food it consumes me, but I can't not eat indefinitely. I'm really struggling to lose weight with my ED :/
  • fizgigfizgig Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    Yes. I discovered Bright Line Eating and it is so wonderful, loving and amazing. I would recommend it and the food freedom quiz to anyone!
  • damaddox7damaddox7 Posts: 32Member Member Posts: 32Member Member
    Hi everyone stressful eater here trying so hard to keep it under control. So many things happen this year.
    I always want to eat my way thru them. But I know I have to make some lifestyle changes.
    Open for any suggeations or encouragement.
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    baacissej wrote: »
    I definitely identify as a food addict! The hardest part for me is that unlike other addictions, abstinence can't be used. I'm pretty much all or nothing, the second I get a taste of food it consumes me, but I can't not eat indefinitely. I'm really struggling to lose weight with my ED :/

    I hear you abou the "all or nothing" mentality! I realized that I also had this way of thinking, and that it affected my eating habits, early in life. Over the years, I have become even more sharply aware of it as I have journeyed toward finding more of a middle ground for myself. Have you sought out how to equalize yourself a bit more?
  • ladyzherraladyzherra Posts: 236Member, Premium Member Posts: 236Member, Premium Member
    @damaddox7

    Sending hugs your way. Eating disorders are really overwhelming, and I have struggled with food addition and overeating, binge eating, and more, for a very long time. Wanting to eat my feelings? Check.

    I have found that it's the way that I deal with my feelings that poses the issue rather than the eating, which is just a symptom of that problem. Deal with the feelings, cure the eating.

    But it takes time and intention. How are you moving toward a journey that helps you to deal with your feelings more?
  • mermaidnjmermaidnj Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    sending out an SOS.. could really use some freinds and accountability buddies feeling very alone in the struggle..
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