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Food Addiction: F.L.A.B. to FLAB

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I liked this You Docs article in the Toronto Star today about battling food addiction. Five signals of food addiction; tips on combating food addiction.

Probably nothing "new" here for most of us: but useful summary and refresher.

Most helpful tip to me: Is F.L.A.B triggering a craving? Am I eating because I'm Frustrated, Lonely, Anxious or Bored? All right then, I need to find another way of dealing with those emotions . . . something more effective than food that turns to flab!!

Am I food addicted? Not so much any more: but eternal vigilance is required. And diligent resistance, too!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PHOENIX1949 11/18/2012 4:11PM

    Enjoyed this article. Mindless emotional eating a BIG issue for me.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/5/2012 8:42PM

    Good article. Love the "pamper yourself with sleep and exercise" -- that's great advice. The FLAB stuff is good, too, as you rightly point out. Thanks for posting. Another significant blog!!

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PAMPEEKEMD 11/5/2012 11:21AM

  A very important article -- thank you for sharing it.

I love the FLAB reminder. It's like the 12-step HALT: hungry, angry, lonely tired.

One thing addicts might find useful is that it is anticipation more than consumption that gets those dopamine receptors active. And while highly palatable foods damage the brain, foods high in B6 and other activities can mend the same pleasure/impulse control areas that are decimated by pizza. The bad news on food addiction is very bad indeed, but the good news is that, with daily maintenance of the right food plan and plan of action, it is an addiction that can be lived with in a certain amount of peace.

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LILISUPERHERO 11/5/2012 9:35AM

    Nice article! Thanks for sharing!

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NUOVAELLE 11/5/2012 2:11AM

    A great article, thank you for sharing! F.L.A.B. has always been a big cravings' trigger for me in the past - it's now more manageable - and I like the way they put it together. The strategies mentioned were good, too, but the keywords of vigilance and diligence you gave are equally important.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/4/2012 6:55PM

    Great reminder blog. Thank you!

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NANCY- 11/4/2012 4:16PM

    Great article. I am still working on ridding myself of my addictions so this was very helpful.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/4/2012 4:07PM

    I hear what you are saying. So very true! Diligence is always the key!

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DALID414 11/4/2012 1:57AM

    Thanks for the refresher.

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 1:44AM

    Ah, interesting take on emotional eating! I'll have to remember that!

Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Day in Canada? We're gearing up for major fireworks tomorrow - though I was hoping for bonfires and burning effigies!!!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/3/2012 11:13PM

    Very interesting article. FLAB is definitely a great way to think about before eating. Salty and cheese along with pop are my main triggers but I am learning to manage them much better. It's about being willing to learn new ways to get that long term satisfaction.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/3/2012 8:44PM

    Good article. I can always use the reminder, and I like the catchy "FLAB!"

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CARRAND 11/3/2012 8:40PM

    Great article! I like the F.L.A.B. thought. I think I do eat when i get anxious.

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_LINDA 11/3/2012 8:03PM

    That was a good article. Yes, much of that is on Spark's advice too, but its nice to get that catching summary phrase of flab! Very well put. I can see why Dr. Oz is so popular. I too, don't struggle with it nearly so much as I used to, but it can easily creep back in if I am not careful.
Here is enjoying healthy alternatives to junk! Mini Babybels low fat with applesauce is proving to be a delicious snack!!! Who would have thought? I get my cheese fix and its only 50 calories!! My days of eating old cheddar in the large package once a week are long over. Its a toss up what gained my weight -the salty snacks or the cheese.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/3/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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