I have been watching a lot of shows about food addictions lately. What a hard thing to deal with! If you wanted to quit smoking or stop drinking or stop smoking crack you could separate yourself from those habits.
Everyone has to eat. How does one overcome this issue?
I watched an episode of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition where the trainer on the show actually gave up on a client and made him go to rehab because he COULD NOT stop. He lied and lied about what he was actually eating and when he came in for a weigh in he gained back all that he had lost and more. While he was still participating in the weight loss portion of the show!
I also watched an episode of True Life that covered two women who were addicted to food in such a way that they were like junkies. They were moody and irritable if food was unavailable, they ate until they were sick, and they alienated themselves from friends and family to get their fix. One woman actually had the SHAKES. Not a shake, but the shakes from food withdrawal.
I remember when I was at my heaviest how food was such a comfort to me. All I thought about was what I was going to eat next. I never wanted to feel hungry. I kept filling that hole inside with food until I didn't have to feel anything anymore. If I was full then I wasn't worried- I was taken care of so everything else in life was not so bad. It was probably why I smoked pot or drank too much. It's a temporary distraction from whatever in life is bothering you.
I don't know when the light switch moment occurred in my life that made me substitute my more negative behaviors with positive ones. And I don't always crave those trigger foods anymore. I certainly don't act on the triggers. All the substitutes I have made over the years have become habits and I feel queasy when I remember the days of eating an entire pint of Chubby Hubby AND a cheese sandwich AND a bag of chips in one sitting.
Any of us could suffer from a food addiction at any time based on what's going on in our lives. Is anyone out there dealing with this? Or if you have overcome a food addiction, how did you do it?
I had always been interested in working out and being fit, but never could stick with it. I rode bikes and did martial arts and dance as a kid, but always opted for the more creative choices when I got older, instead of the active choices. NO organized sports for this kid!
I was the newspaper editor and drama queen in high school, and my love of the arts took me to college as a Musical Theatre Major, and that led me to living in New York City. All the while, I was the chubby one, the funny best friend and side kick. I wanted to lose weight, but never really knew what to do about it.
After September 11, I moved back to my home state of Oklahoma to help take care of my older sister who was suffering from kidney failure. The defeat I felt in moving home only added to my weight problems. My sister had me weigh myself at her doctor appointment one day, and I weighed over 200 pounds. I refused to believe it, and blamed the fact that I was wearing clothes for the extra 50 pounds.
Then everything changed: my sister passed away in September of 2002. I was lost and confused, and was medicating myself with food and drinks. One morning in November of 2002, I woke up and was tired of feeling bad. I needed to change. I started my fitness journey that morning by putting on an old pair of sneakers and I never looked back.
I have lost over 60 pounds on my own through diet and exercise. No fancy tricks, but lots of sweat and hard work. I am amazed when people can change their lives by doing the same thing. I'm an ACE certified personal trainer, personal trainer at Equinox Sports Club West LA, licensed Zumba instructor, and intenSati leader (with more to come!!!), and am happy for the chance to touch people with my enthusiasm for fitness everyday.