10 April 2012

Day 15 on Water Fasting for Weight Loss: 5 Symptom of Food Addiction and 3 Ways to Handle It

Day 15.

I feel great today, but I don't have mood to exercise. I have my third bowel movement today since I started fasting. Water fasting become easier and easier as time goes by. ( following with a few number of cheat :-p ) From my personal experience up to this day, water fasting gives me freedom from food addiction.

Are you a food addict or you just simply crave for food? Food addiction is characterized by eating beyond the satisfaction of physical hunger. This 5 symptom will tells if you have food addiction. By Jennipher Walters, the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com and contributor writer for Shape.

5 Food Addiction Symptoms

1. Food is all you think about
If thinking about eating — or worrying about what you just ate — is getting in the way of your ability to go to work, be social or be a good family member, you may have a problem.

2. You want to stop — but you can't.
If you feel like your love of food is out of control or if you want to stop eating so much but can't stop, it may be a sign that you need professional help.

3. You eat in secret or lie about what you've eaten
One characteristic of most people who are addicted to food is that they hide their eating behaviors or lie about what they've consumed. Feelings of guilt and shame when it comes to eating is another sign of disordered eating.

4. You eat beyond the point of fullness
Eating too much on Thanksgiving or your birthday is one thing, but regularly binging is another. If you regularly eat so much that you feel sick or can't stop eating even though you're full, you might be addicted to food. If you use laxatives or purge after binging, it's especially important to seek professional help.

5. You are compelled to eat when you're not hungry or are feeling low
While we all eat out of emotion every now and again, if you find yourself always going for high-fat and high-sugar foods when you're lonely, bored, stressed, anxious or depressed, this can signal food addiction, as your body is using some of the chemicals in those foods to boost levels in the brain.

If you have recognize any of these food addiction symptom in your life, Dr. Oz who appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry king Live create this action plan you can follow to take control of food addiction.

3 Ways to Handle Food Addiction 

1. Use the acronym FLAB: Frustrated, Lonely, Anxious, Bored.
When you’re struggling, think of why you are reaching for food. If the answer lies in one of these emotions, the food will not take those feelings away. Find a positive way to deal with your emotions and break the association.

2. Journal your emotions about food.
Journaling will help you understand the association between emotion and food. Write down what you’re eating and how you’re feeling. Over time, you will see patterns emerge and can institute coping strategies.

3. Use a food log.
A food log will tell you not only what you ate and when you ate it, but how you were feeling when you ate it. This will help you identify the triggers for making bad food choices and allow you to break those patterns.


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