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Addiction to Food: Am I Dishonest?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Addiction to food: Am I Dishonest? (this blog ties to yesterday’s blog about your food journal)


THIS is a continuation of my blogs that I started on 1-17-11.

It would probably be helpful to read those before this one.

Are you dishonest?

One of the most obvious signs of food addiction is dishonesty. Ashamed by excessive eating behavior, most food addicts lie about the amount and types of food they’ve eaten. The pattern of lying becomes so ingrained in a food addict’s makeup that he or she is oftentimes unable to discern the truth.

A big part of recovery is being honest about both past and present behaviors. Though it may not be easy, it is important for you to be as honest as you possibly can when answering the following questions. You don’t have to show this to anyone else, but if you truly want to live a healthy and happy life, you will need to become honest about your eating patterns.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU LIE ABOUT THE AMOUNT AND/OR TYPES OF FOODS YOU HAVE EATEN?
NAME AT LEAST THREE SPECIFIC INCIDENTS:




AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN UNTRUTHFUL HOW DO YOU FEEL?



NAME FOUR REASONS WHY YOU LIE AND DISCUSS WHAT YOU THINK WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU WERE TRUTHFUL.




IF YOU WERE TO BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR EATING, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO TELL? WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS OR HER REACTION WOULD BE?

WHAT WOULD IT FEEL LIKE TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE EATEN?

This exercise was taken from “The Overeater’s Journal Exercises for the Heart, Mind & Soul by Debbie Danowski. Ph. D


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  • SMILINDI
    Great blog....yep....I just had a handful of peanut M&M's. lol....that was before reading your blog! I knew I should have been HERE FIRST! Chuckling softly....a least I didnt lie about it....right???? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3189 days ago
  • KERSTIN814
    I am pretty honest about what I eat. I was not so honest about what I drink. Now that I am measuring how much wine goes into that glass, that is a real eye opener. Turns out beer is the lowest calorie alcoholic drink you can drink, not wine like I have always liked to believe. I still drink my wine, but I am keeping score and counting it in my daily calories.
    3192 days ago
  • SCRAPHAPPY94
    I love that you're sharing this information with people. I was just talking to a friend of mine that just quit smoking. She replaced that addiction with a food addiction and is now trying to break that.
    3192 days ago
  • MEDDYPEDDY
    I am honest about how much I eat. A friend once said "I can´t understand why you are overweight, you don´t eat much". And I answered "No, not when you are watching" I don´t eat much in the precense of others, I eat secretly and in private – but I don´t lie about it. I people ask me how much I might get a little vague on the exact numbers but fo myself I know. OR - and this has been interesting to realize, I lie in the sense that I think I have eaten more than I have, it seems as if I have the need to feel like a failure...
    3192 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    Made me think!
    3193 days ago
  • AMBERADAMS1
    I think Spark should post all your recent blogs on the popular blogs page. Thanks so much for caring enough about all the rest of us to share what you are learning! These are truly helpful and inspiring.
    3193 days ago
  • LEYETTE
    Great blog....soooo true for me too!!! emoticon emoticon
    3194 days ago
  • RUDBEKIA
    My dear, I have read each and every one of your blogs this week, and the shoe sure fits me!! The denial and the lying, the binging and the grazing, I've done it all at one point or another! I admitted to it, now I need to accept the fact that I am a food addict, which is not so easy to do after all!
    Thanks for taking the time to write these blogs, they are so informative and to the point. I love them, and I love your attitude and determination!
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    3194 days ago
  • BLONDWUNN
    I do think that the dishonesty is a form of denial, of turning the mind away from considering the long-term damage of eating the wrong foods. That's where the education from SP REALLY sets us free.

    Years ago, I worked in a military office and someone brought in donuts. I was eating one, when an officer walked by and said, "You may as well eat a hand-grenade." Now, years later, I understand what he meant!
    3194 days ago
  • SHANTISHANTI
    Ouch! emoticon
    3194 days ago
  • _SASX_
    Love it!

    I am honest with myself about what I put into my mouth. And I try not to beat myself up over it during or afterwards if it's an unhealthy food. I forgive myself and think about the why's I did it. And try and track my foods.


    3194 days ago
  • DREMARGRL
    I feel that I'm honest about what I eat. However, I don't feel the need to "tell" anyone how much or what I do eat. Only I can be responsible for what I put in my mouth and if I choose to lie about it...I'm only cheating myself, right? Right! It is amazing how the calories add up to enormous sums when I'm not conscious of it. I can eat tons of calories without even thinking about it, therefore, most of the time, I am conscious of my choices. Am I very bad some times? ABSOLUTELY....Like today I ate a bowl of chocolate chips and unsalted almonds....PLUS.....two Ding Dongs! YIKES. How long has it been since I had a DD?????? Oh.....about 30 years! hahahaha....I just had to do it. Someone gave them to me at the dance last night and I didn't eat them there, but they definitely had my name on them today. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll not beat myself up too badly tonight. Been a looooooong winter....and I can't wait to get out in the Spring on my bike, etc. BYE BYE DING DONGS! It will certainly be a long time before I taste those treats again.
    Enjoyed the blog, Sheryl. As always, I love ya, girl. You are doing so great!!!!!!!
    Keep up the good work and I'll try to do the same. I'll be a "good girl" tomorrow.
    I try not to have too many of these days. And to top it of.......My BEARS lost! whahhhhhh. lol.XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon
    Have a delicious, new week....... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3194 days ago
  • LIVERIGHTNOW
    Did you write this for me??????
    3194 days ago
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