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5/11/16 9:38 A

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My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the lost of your brother. I also pray for your father.

As you so astutely implied: an is an addition, is an addiction, is an addition--regardless of the substance, behavior or compulsion. Food like drugs can have a psycho-physiological effect on the brain and body. However, while one can live without the drugs, he/she cannot abstain from food. this fact is what make food addictions difficult dysfunction to address. Dr. Judith Beck has done some work in this area and has written a couple of books related to diet and weight loss.
I wish you the best.

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5/10/16 10:53 P

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I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many of my clients, I was in denial. I took 3 months to be able to stop thinking about cake icing, and cookies, but I over came it. But I in turn upped my carb intake to fill that need. I think this is my next step to control the carbs and take control of my addiction. I recently spent 31 days at the hosp as I watched my brother die from cancer. I gained 10 # on junk food but no sugar, I will not go back. My dad was diagnosed at the same time as my brother and he does not have long left. I am struggling to not let grief drive me to eat as I am one of those who eats thru pain , sickness or sorrow. I know I can not do this alone, just as I tell others with addictions, I need support.

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