Yes, I find that I am either eating food or thinking about food a lot during the day. I am now working on trying to get in 3 basic meals a day with 2 snacks. One between lunch and dinner and one after dinner. I find myself grazing a lot during the day and I want to change that. So, I am going to focus on one meal at a time until I can get through the day.
Edited by: DETERMINEDLOSER at: 8/5/2014 (14:27)
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I believe that one can be addicted to food, just like any other substance. I believe I was addicted to food for quite some time. I was obsessed about it. Some days I still catch myself thinking too much about food, but I have learnt to deal with the underlying emotions underlying the obsession.
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At one time, I believe I was. Although I still have a killer appetite and have regular, planned "feasts," I've maintained an 80-lb. weight loss for 3+ years, so at this stage, I'd call myself more a "foodie" than addicted.
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529 8/3/14 9:50 P
Yes I think I am a food addict. I use food to cope with anxiety, sadness, loneliness and all the other uncomfortable emotions. I use food to fill a void. Other people drink, smoke, use drugs, shop. They are all unhealthy ways of coping if used in excess. Anything can be an addiction if it is out of control and becomes an obsession.
8/3/14 2:27 P
I enjoy food, always have, always will, and try to coerce myself to cut back during certain times, it's a chronic thing, but not sure if it's an addiction. It satisfies more than any lover, religion, person, place, time of year, etc. though. That is why we go back to food over and over again, happy or sad, doesn't matter.
Well, we're ALL addicts. Anyone think they can survive without food? That's a normal "addiction", though.
So far as ABnormal addictions? oh yes. I'm a carb addict through and through. I have to keep a stern hold on myself all the time. I suspect I'll never see the end of it, alas.
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1,068 8/3/14 10:22 A
Yes, I absolutely am one. I've read some of the comments such as we all are, or we would starve to death, or no, just because we like to eat does not mean we are an addict.
For me, it means looking deeper. Do you use food and know you are doing it sometimes, not because you are hungry, not because you even really like what you are eating, just because you are bored, sad, tired, depressed, happy, it is a holiday, it is your birthday...and so on and so on and so on? Do you spend an excessive amount of time thinking about when you will get to eat again? Do you eat in secret sometimes because you would be embarrassed for others to know that you just ate...and are eating again, or more? I think you can be a compulsive overeater which may be less confusing than food addict (since we all have to eat, obviously).
I think many people are compulsive overeaters and don't ever come to terms with that. . I am not addicted to any particular food; I love food that tastes good and I suppose if I had not worked so hard to change my ways through the years, my preference would be the richest, sweetest fattest foods available. More than any particular food, I have used food (overeating) in order to cope with life in the way others would use alcohol or drugs (I have never used alcohol or drugs to deal with life). I have recognized my own obsessive and somewhat irrational thought patterns regarding this from about as far back as I can remember, even in childhood.
I am SO GLAD that a point finally came in my life where I got this under control by following a daily plan where the amount I eat is about the same amount I need for nutrition, energy and weight maintenance, every day.
8/3/14 8:34 A
Yes, and can definitely fall off the wagon!
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I have never been addicted to other substances, and can't tell you exactly what food triggers I have, but it does seem like there is a real problem here. I just want to eat and am not even sure why. Food smells good, usually tastes good, gives me something to do and comforts me. That sounds really sick, but it's the truth. I don't know what to do with myself if I'm not either eating or thinking of eating. Especially now that I'm trying to be really healthy. How long does this horrible obsession last? I am just saying NO, but it is not coming easy.
For years I denied there was such a thing as food addiction. I admitted to a compulsion to overeating but could not attribute my problem to a single substance.
About 4 months ago I gave up added sugar and processed grains (as much as possible). I found that cravings went away and I could live and eat like a normal person.
Now as I continue to do this I feel I am a sugar addict and have to act accordingly to continue to eat as a normal person. Sugar is the substance that I never thought I was addicted to. Now I think of sugar like a recovering crack addict would look at crack.
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Everyone is a food addict or they would stave to death
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9,614 9/6/13 8:19 A
when my food choices were poor and loaded with starches/fats/sugars...I had intense cravings. I did feel addicted to certain foods...particularly bread. With a healthy nutritionally dense diet...those cravings are gone, along with a taste for very sweet sugary foods.
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I've often felt the same way. I especially can't walk past chocolate without buying some. I try to keep the junk food out of the house but when I'm shopping the hand reaches out and it somehow ends up in the cart. Then I have to eat it to get rid of it. I just started with sparks and I always feel very deprived if I cut out favorite foods so I'm just working on proper portions for now. Staying within the allotted calorie range. I figure I'll work on improving my food choices later.
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I dare say that if we weren't addicted, we wouldn't be using SparkPeople.
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9/5/13 8:16 P
I am addicted to food. I happily admit it because as long as it is the open I can't hide. My addiction behaves exactly like my alcoholism and drug addictions use to. I have been sober and drug free for 7 years. I quit the booze and the drugs and turned to food. It has taken 7 years for me to admit i am a food addict. I was writing my food history and I realized that the behaviors and thoughts and feelings I had when I was drinking and using are the same as when I use food. If any of you feel the same way let me know. I want to know if I am alone.
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