Food Addiction Counseling
- have low self-esteem because of out-of-control eating?
- find yourself wanting to stop eating but you just couldn't?
- know what to eat but somehow never seem to be disciplined to follow through?
- struggle with your relationship with food and your body?
- can’t stop thinking or obsessing about food and eating?
- feel angry that others and society judge you because of your weight, yet you judge yourself also?
- believe that you need more willpower in order to change?
- think about food or your weight constantly?
- find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
- binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
- eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
- eat to escape from your feelings?
- eat when you're not hungry?
- discard food, only to retrieve and eat it later?
- eat in secret?
- fast or severely restrict your food intake?
- steal other people's food?
- hide food to make sure you have "enough"?
- feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
- obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten?
- feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten?
- find yourself waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight"?
- feel hopeless about your relationship with food?
It’s a well-known statistic that societal obesity rates continue to increase, and using food to numb feelings or to cope is a common problem. So, if you struggle with any of these issues, you need not suffer alone.
Counseling can help you...
- identify your unique trigger situations.
- implement self-care and self-nurturing alternatives to food.
- learn to sit with feelings.
- have a more satisfying relationship with food, your body, and your self.
Freedom from compulsive eating, food obsession and food addiction is possible. Don’t wait any longer.
What Does It All Mean?
Food addiction manifests itself in the uncontrollable craving for excess food that follows the ingestion of refined carbohydrates, primarily sugar and flour substances that are quickly metabolized and turned into sugar in the bloodstream.
Due to those uncontrollable cravings, a food addict's quality of life deteriorates when he or she eats sugar, flour or wheat. It can deteriorate physically, emotionally, socially, and/or spiritually. If any of the following symptoms are familiar to you, you may be a food addict:
Physical Symptoms of Food Addiction
Many food addicts are obese and have tried numerous methods for weight control (diets, drugs, surgery, etc.) yet nothing has created a permanent solution. Other food addicts have never been obese. Their physical weight has been controlled by extreme measures such as excessive exercise, purging through vomiting or laxatives (bulimia), or the severe and unhealthy limiting of food substances (anorexia). No matter which version of food addiction fits you, all of these symptoms become more severe with time and eventually lead to physical problems that can create an early and sometimes painful death.
Emotional Symptoms of Food Addiction
Food addicts notice that their emotions become more severe, intense, or unreasonable when eating the addictive substances. For many food addicts, emotional life may deteriorate into despair, depression, or thoughts of suicide.
Social Symptoms of Food Addiction
A food addict’s social life is affected by intense obsessive thinking about food. Making eye contact with people and taking an interest in developing friendships or intimate relationships become secondary to locating and eating addictive foods. Food addicts often hide or steal foods and eat in secret.
Spiritual Symptoms of Food Addiction
A food addict’s spiritual life is affected by a lack of connection to a higher power, an attempt to rely on self-will, self-obsession, and a general feeling of despair.
Ultimately, this biochemical disease is chronic, progressive and fatal. At the later stages of the disease, despair becomes our daily companion. Fear fills us; we became isolated in a room full of people. Many times we attempt to satisfy our soul needs with food, only to find the same emptiness within. As our self-esteem disappears and our health worsens, we search frantically for a way out. Diets become our higher power, only to fail us again and again. Some food addicts lose control of their lives and can no longer define reality. With abstinence from sugar, flour and wheat and other high carbohydrate foods, we can find hope to live our lives. Our Higher Power leads us forward, with love to freedom and a happy useful life. Abstinence will open the door, and by working the Twelve Steps, we can recover from this disease.
The Twelve Steps
- We admitted we were powerless over sugar, flour, and wheat- that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood him.
- Made a searching and fearless inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to food addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.