FOOD ADDICTION


One of the problems with handling weight loss efforts like addiction recovery is that you simply cannot live without food (and be healthy).  Most addiction treatment models encourage total abstinence.  How can you totally abstain from eating food without damaging your health?  I have lost significant amounts of weight by abstaining from solid foods.  I can fast (using nutritional substances) and lose weight.  This method cannot, however, be sustained for weight maintenance.  I’ve struggled for two years with maintenance.  Given the artificial components of the nutritional supplements I use when I fast (mostly Boost) I know that it would eventually damage my health to fast five days each week indefinitely which is how I lost my weight to start with.  I worry about the effects on my liver and kidneys.  My problem is that when I do eat I eat compulsively which can also be considered addictively.  I over-eat when I am stressed, bored, mad, happy, worried, depressed, and so on.  I eat to celebrate.  I eat for recreation.  I eat to spend time with my spouse.  I am realizing it’s not so easy working on an “addiction” while at the same time using the substance (eating) daily.  I actually feel guilty if I eat more than a tiny amount once a day as if I’m using some illegal substance.  Imagine people eating full meals three times a day!   It’s really ludicrous when you think about it.  We need food to live and be healthy. Let’s be honest.  Who can go the rest of their life and only eat “healthy” food choices?  Food is up there with water and air.  Imagine someone comparing the need for oxygen with an addiction!  You think I’m addicted to food?  You should see how I act about oxygen!  I can’t go even five seconds without breathing!  I need help!  Also, the more I obsess about food and weight the hungrier I get!  It’s a mess.

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