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Recovering from food addiction: this is not a "diet" ...

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?
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    I have recently been doing some research about food addiction, and I found your blog helpful. Behavior change is very difficult, especially when battling neurochemical patterns that we aren't typically aware of. Support is the best fix, I believe, as we make healthier habits "normal" for us all. Remember that our brains have elasticity, and we can make new habits detour our old ones until they become our new way of life!
    1897 days ago
    Thanks for the inisght! emoticon
    1939 days ago
    Great blog. Yes I fully understand food addiciton. That is 100% my problem. I will eat if I am hungry or not, which is part of why diets don't work for long with me. Food is my fix and to some people that is not a bad thing. It's not a drug, but yes it is for people like me. So I fully understand. I am going to purchase that book and hopefully it will help me understand what is going on in my mind. .....and yes I agree there should be no "just" in that sentence. Social workers put hope where there seems to be no hope and understanding where none exists. Thanks emoticon
    1941 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I must have seen the same blog as I also read (most of it) the book. It helped curb the mind about food addiction and YES there is hope. All we need to do is keep pushing forward. Have a wonderful, healthy weekend. emoticon
    1941 days ago
  • CEEBEE33
    I'll have to read the book. It sounds iike it could be very helpful.
    1942 days ago
    I have the book because my husband saw it on TV. I've never read it. Maybe now I will.

    1942 days ago
  • MARTY728
    1942 days ago
    Very interesting way to look at it. I like it, it opens up new solutions for us.

    BTW - there should be no "just" in the sentence (I'm just a social worker, for goodness sake!), .....You are a social worker, a valued contributing member to society. You help people every day. Be proud. You make a difference. I know this because you reached out to me, a complete stranger, and helped me. emoticon
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