It never ceases to amaze me how they sit outside in the ice cold weather, holding on to their beepers. They wait for that beeper to go off as if they were waiting to find out if they hit the Lotto
I totally understand how food can be one of life's greatest pleasures. Although I have spent my entire life in sports as a competitive fighter, marital artist and natural bodybuilder, I love to eat. I'm italian...need I say more? I can recall as a small boy watching my dad eat dinner and already he was talking about dessert and what snacks he would prepare for the evening. So, if you think just because I'm a devoted bodybuilder and athlete, that I love to eat chicken and broccoli all of the time--you're dead wrong. I don't. I love food in all of it's many cultural persuasions. However, in this country food has become an idol.
Food is life and life is food. Unfortunately, this is true to the point of death for many. Diabetes and heart disease climb higher annually in this country. If you care about your body, your future and your life, you need to get a grip on the way that you see food and the way you enjoy food.
Here are some of the symptoms to test yourself to see if you have an addiction to food and/or sugar. To me, they are one in the same since most foods causing the addictive behavior have a high carbohydrate/sugar content. You should consider one or more of the following to be a major red flag:
1. When you give in and start eating a food you were craving, you often find yourself eating much more than you intended to.
2. You often feel guilty after eating particular foods, yet find yourself eating them again soon after.
3. When you eat a food you were craving, you often find yourself eating it to the point of feeling excessively “bloated.”
4. You frequently get cravings for certain foods, despite feeling full and having just finished a nutritious meal.
5. You have constantly tried to stop eating or setting rules (includes cheat meals/days) about certain foods, but been unsuccessful.
If you see any of the symptoms above speaking to you personally, you need to make serious changes before it controls you far worse than it does right now.
What do you struggle with the most? What foods are always calling your name? When do you find yourself the weakest and most vulnerable? Start by answering some of these things because it will help to expose the deeper problem. Yes, you do eat because it tastes good. But it goes far, far deeper than that.
Do you eat while watching television? BINGO! This is a big trigger for many. Again, examine the foods, the emotions and the times in which you find yourself indulging. Share your thoughts below by clicking the comments link under the arrow.
In the next post, we will talk about how to overcome this horrible addiction.