Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Addicted to Food

As I'm typing this my 5yr old is watching Shaun the Sheep (my 2yr old is taking a nap), there's a spaghetti squash in the oven and I have a WW meeting tonight.  If you are not familiar with Shaun the Sheep it's a show that airs on the BBC and I found it on Netflix one day and decided to check it out.  I must say it's pretty funny and I find myself laughing out loud much of the time when I'm watching it (along with my 5yr old).  If you ever get the chance to watch it I highly recommend it for a good laugh. 

This morning as I was getting ready to go to the gym I had the TV on the early show (most times it's Sesame Street or Barney).  I must say I'm pretty clueless about what's going on in the world.  I don't put the evening news on as there's always some news story about how someone was shot etc... and I don't want my little ones viewing that on TV.  They have the rest of their lives to worry about what's going on in the world. Why expose them to that now is my philosophy. 

The story that peeked my interest on the Early Show this morning was about food addiction.  It was reported that according to a study done at Yale, people can be addicted to food.  Common sense to me says but of course!  Food is tricky because we need to eat to live.  It's not like drugs or alcohol where your body doesn't 'require it'.  Eating food is required to live. Here is a link to the broadcast I watched this morning on the Early Show: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/05/earlyshow/health/main20050841.shtml

Some of the things to ask yourself if you think you are addicted to food - according to the article/broadcast:
"do people need to eat more food than they initially planned? That can be one of the signs. Do you feel more sluggish after eating? Do you need to eat more food to feel better? And do you need to go out of your way to fulfill this quest -- do you need to go out of your way to get that doughnut or that fast food?"

There are many times over I've eaten for reasons other than being hungry in addition to wanting to eat allot (instead of eating one donut I would eat three).  I must say when I'm upset I find it hard sometimes to not want to binge on comfort foods.  Food is a definite weakness at times but it's something I'm constantly aware of.  I try to not let food be my rescue because it really isn't rescuing me it's only killing my health and it doesn't do anything for teaching me how to deal with my emotions or feelings constructively (when I say food being my rescue I'm referring to eating three donuts or a box of girl scout cookies to help me feel better - it's not a calculated thought per se but more of an impulse to want to eat allot of comforting food).

Several hours have passed since I started writing this in the afternoon and it's now 10pm.....

Tonight was my WW meeting and I had a loss of -.4.  The topic of discussion was about exercise and how to get started.  WW is doing a walk a 5k program and our leader is going to be walking on Saturday mornings and invited anyone and everyone to join her.  I find the WW program to be a little bit funny in the activity points you can earn.  The way it works is you are given extra points for food based on your exercise intensity level and duration.  I say funny because when I exercise I don't take into account these earned points.  I'm not going to exercise to only then eat the extra points or calories in the form of a cupcake as that was what got me to be 215+ lbs to begin with.
I found this clip from Shaun the Sheep rather funny and apropos:

What are your thoughts on food addiction?  Is this something you struggle with? If so what are you doing to win this battle?


  1. That clip was very appropriate and funny too!

    Thanks for sharing the thoughts, Sonya. Though I've not had a food addiction, per se, I definitely know what you're talking about. I would say I definitely have an addiction to simple carbs and what I consider "feel good" foods. These are the foods I immediately gravitate to whenever I feel down and crummy -- cakes, cookies, pasta & bread (not whole wheat of course), chocolate, sugar, brownies...you get the idea. I used to practically subsist on simple carbs for many years. Once I met my husband and realized how little protein I was eating, I finally became aware of it.

    I also read this book called "Natural Prozac" which is very interesting and all about how what you eat can affect your brain chemistry, and in turn, your mood. Simple carbs make you "feel good" in the short term by boosting those feel-good chemicals. The problem is the crash and burn affect afterward, and the never-ending spiral of trying to continually feed yourself that "feel-good" feeling.
    Thanks for sharing and giving others an opportunity to share your journey!

  2. Hi Janine,
    I know exactly what you are talking about in your statement "the never-ending spiral of trying to continually feed yourself that "feel-good" feeling." Thank you for sharing that and the book you mentioned sounds like a good read. I'm going to check it out after I finish a few other books I've started. Thank you for taking the time to read and post!