Friday, February 22, 2013
I decided to read a book about food addiction - The Hunger Fix - after seeing an interesting Daily Blog by Dr. Pamela Peeke. I already knew most of this stuff but it is so great to see it in print from a medical expert in the field. It is 'way gratifying to see that food addiction is getting the research and scientific attention it deserves!
I think recognizing the whole process of using food for "false fixes" (that is, getting high fast in unhealthy ways) and thereby affecting my brain exactly the way drug addiction does helps me really wake up to what I am facing: lifelong practice of these new habits. This is not a "diet". I can chose to eat sanely and keep healthy but I can't eliminate the "addiction" which is permanently branded on my brain.
The neuroscience the auther explains is a bit over my head, even though I am an addictions professional (I'm just a social worker, for goodness sake!) but I sure "get" that my brain cells have been permanently changed by the lifetime of abusing food.
It may seem "hopeless", realizing the addiction is permanently etched in my brain; but knowing that RECOVERY is possible gives me genuine hope that I CAN keep on learning and relearning and re-patterning my brain in healthy ways to manage life sanely and never again return to the addicted lifestyle.
The learning curve just goes on and on, doesn't it?