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Could You be a Food Addict like me? Read on.....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This is a continuation on the subject of Food Addicts. My first blog about it was last night.

Could you Be a Food Addict?
Your answers to the following questions may help you identify whether you have a food addiction problem:

1. Has anyone ever told you that you have a problem with food?
2. Do you think food is a problem for you?
3. Do you eat large amounts of high-calorie food in short amounts of time?
4. Do you eat over feelings?
5. Can you stop eating whenever you wish?
6. Has your eating or weight ever interfered with your jobs, relationships, or finances?
7. How often do you weigh?
8. Do you ever judge yourself by the number on your scale?
9. Do you often eat more than you planned to eat?
10. Have you hidden food or eaten in secret?
11. Have you become angry when someone eats food you have put aside for yourself?
12. Have you ever been anxious about your size, shape, or weight?
13. How many weight loss programs have you tried?
14. List all of the ways you have attempted to lose weight.
15. Do you manipulate ways to be alone so that you can eat privately?
16. Do your friends and companions over-eat or binge eat?
17. How often do you over-eat?

The path to recovery involves recognition, admission, and acceptance. Identification of the problem -- realizing that something is wrong -- leads to recovery.
This list taken from www.kaysheppard.com

Here is another list of similar questions worded a little differently.

1. Do you find that you have no 'stopping mechanism' and even though you want to 'stop' eating, you can't?
2. Are you obsessed with food? Think about food all the time? And your weight too?

3. Have you attempted one diet plan after another, with no lasting success?
4. Do you binge and/or purge?
5. Do you eat in secret? Are you a closet eater?
6. Are you an emotional eater? Do you use food to escape your feelings?
7. Do you eat even when you are not hungry?
8. Do you eat and then exercise excessively to burn it off?
9. Do you eat, and then feel shame or guilt for about the foods you've just eaten, and then beat yourself up for doing so?
10. Have you put your life on hold until you lose weight? Do you say, "When I lose weight, then I will ____?


Another list with a few additional questions in this one:

1 Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn't?
2 Do you think about food or your weight constantly?
3 Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
4 Do you binge and then "get rid of the binge" through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
5 Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
6 Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
7 Do you eat large quantities of food at one time (binge)?
8 Is your weight problem due to your "nibbling" all day long?
9 Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
10 Do you eat when you're not hungry?
11 Have you ever discarded food, only to retrieve and eat it later?
12 Do you eat in secret?
13 Do you fast or severely restrict your food intake?
14 Have you ever stolen other people's food?
15 Have you ever hidden food to make sure you have "enough?"
16 Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
17 Do you obsessively calculate the calories you've burned against the calories you've eaten?
18 Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you've eaten?
19 Are you waiting for your life to begin "when you lose the weight?"
20 Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food?


I realize these seem redundant but I liked the various lists and I found I could relate to most ALL of the questions and answer yes.

Let me tell you one thing! THERE is hope.. THERE is a way to not have to feel so lost and overwhelmed on your journey!
Tomorrow I will blog and share more information with you !
Please leave me your comments! I appreciate them and want to encourage you to dig deep within yourselves and if you feel like you could be food addict I want you to know there is hope!
I have lived many years with overwhelming physical cravings. They seem to dominate my life. No amount of “willpower” can stop them. I felt powerless to stop eating.

These physical cravings for certain foods have caused me to overeat. I have not “stopping power” with doritoes and other chips. I have always loved crunchy things like nuts, chips and crackers. My husband used to tell me he thought I could live on chips and Mtn. Dew!

“For us that are food addicts our physiological needs have caused us to abandon all rational thinking when certain foods are involved.”
From the book WHY CAN’T I STOP EATING?” by Debbie Danowski
Example taken from the book is this:
“While your mind may be telling you not to eat that cupcake, your body, because of its needs, is overpowering your intellect.”
“Intellectually, you know that eating the cupcake will cause you to gain weight, make you break out, and even make you feel guilty. Biologically, however, your are unable to resist your need to eat. You may even eat a whole dozen, while still knowing all of this. Your physiological needs have caused you to abandon all rational thinking when certain foods are involved.”

CAN any of you relate to that feeling? “feeling powerless” I call it!
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  • EBONY852004
    YOur Blogs are a totally blessing from the Lord. I have been praying and praying for help and his guidance. I currently have been 18 days with no sugar besides what is in fruit. Well to say the least just when I was about to give up or feel completely defeated your blog shows up on my feed. God is awesome. THank you Thank You Thank you... I wish I could show you my heart so you could really know how much of a blessing this is for me to read all of them...Thank you for being strong/faithful in your journey so the Lord can use you in mine....

    God Bless
    3190 days ago
    Sakes ALIVE I HAVE ALOTTT OF CATCHING UP TO DO! This is about to become an incredible journey! Bless your heart for starting this ongoing blog my dear friend. As you well know, I have gone through any and all eating disorder possible, with the exception of purging. My own personal eating disorders tend to right along with my "personality disorder" part of life. How to heal them forever is beyond me. Have a feeling you are about to bring the "ability to heal," to MANY, including myself. Thankyou so much Sherlyn.

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    3195 days ago
    I can soooooo relate!!! I have gained and lost 100 pounds twice. Yet, I sit here having to lose weight yet again. Food is a huge addition for me. I rarely ever feel full, even after eating a large meal. The cravings are with me 100% of the day.

    It was wonderful reading your blog. Hearing how others are faced with similar issues is helpful.


    3195 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2011 9:31:25 AM
    There is a set of questions on AA:s website - I answered only one "yes" and still consider myself as an alcoholic. To your question I can say "yes" to nine out of ten so I food is surely my main drug!

    3195 days ago
    emoticon OMGoodness..I can relate to ALL of this!! Its a little scary..Also trying to eat healthy,and others trying to sabotage you with their comments does NOT help (yes this happens to me all the time) emoticon
    The eating in secret..WOW!! I have done this so many times.
    Thank you for posting these blogs Sherlyn..so much info!!
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    3197 days ago
    Thanks for blogging about this important topic. I've been there. At one point in my life I could have answered yes to all the questions: binging/purging, hiding food, stealing food, eating in secret, you name it! The fact that I can now answer "no" to the majority of these questions is a reminder about how far I've come. If anyone feels like they have problems with food I encourage them to seek help from a medical professional. There is hapiness after recovery.
    3198 days ago
    Definitely a food addict here! My biggie was to hide food in va rious locations in the kitchen and my upstairs tv room so I could pig out in secret. I'd hide wrappers, ice cream containers, etc., underneath papers in the garbage. A step towards recovery was when I was able to eat a goodie in front of my husband so that I had to own it.

    Thanks for posting these blogs and sharing your research.

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    3198 days ago
  • no profile photo N_STITCHES
    Yes, I feel powerless at times. The evening is the worst for me. My husband goes to bed early, 9pm, and I'm up until 11pm. Those two hours can be a very bad time for me.
    3198 days ago
    Thank you so much for your blogs and for introducing me to Debbie Danowski. I have also started to follow this plan and like you in December fell off the wagon. I'm back on track too!! I also also a food addcit. I came to this realization when looking at relatives struggling with addiction to drugs & alcohol. I realized that I have a problem too and should NOT think critical of them. Thank you for this blog. You are so inspirational.
    3198 days ago
  • CAROLYN1213
    Having struggle with ED for over 25 years, I can tell you that some of those questions and the answers too them are more about emotions than about food addictions. It is not merely a craving for a taste, it is the filling of a void.
    3198 days ago
    You know, an alcoholic has to stay away from alcohol. A drug addict has to stay away from drugs. But we have to EAT to live. I realize we need to find out what our "trigger" foods are, but we cannot treat our addiction in exactly the same way other addicts do.
    3198 days ago
  • HEZZA2000
    I'm a secret eater/feelings eater myself so yes. Food addict.
    3198 days ago
  • no profile photo GWENAEL
    Another fabulous blog!
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    3198 days ago
    You know I know I am. :-)
    3198 days ago
  • BEANTOWN18974
    I'm right there with you. some times in my life have been more difficult than others. now seems to be a time of strength for me but i constantly worry about the future and what could happen if I lose my discipline like i've done in the past...
    3198 days ago
    Oh, yes. I am a food addict.
    3198 days ago
    My husband has never had an eating problem - he is very thin and eats healthy 98% of the time. He tries to understand when I talk to him about my food issues - he doesn't get it because he can't relate (no fault of his own).....the best way I can describe it to him is that at times, I have nothing in my head or body that tells me I'm full. I could eat and eat and eat and eat some more and would only stop because I start having massive acid reflux to where I almost choke in my sleep.....it is terrible....its been gone for awhile but it also came back the last month.....I'm going to start working hard again tomorrow.
    I, like you, want the freedom back! We can do it. Thanks so much for your insights and reflections! We can beat this!!!!! emoticon
    3198 days ago
    Yes, I am a food addict like you.
    3198 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    I answered yes to most of these which is what brought me to SP, where I'm learning to make permanent and sustainable change one step at a time. Eagerly await your discoveries...
    3198 days ago
    Well, I knew I was a food addict, and this really confirms it. I answered yes to many questions, not all thankfully! This especially caught my attention:
    “For us that are food addicts our physiological needs have caused us to abandon all rational thinking when certain foods are involved.”
    I find this very upsetting! This means it's not only a matter of changing our behaviors towards food, but also rebuilding our entire thinking pattern...

    "The path to recovery involves recognition, admission, and acceptance."
    Okay, I've recognized and admitted it. Not sure I know how to accept it though...

    Thanks for starting this series of blogs, I find them very informative and helpful!
    3199 days ago
    I know I am! I also can tell how bad it is for me! After I eat healthy I don't crave it, but when I do give in it really makes me feel yucky, sluggish, tired, irritable, etc!! I am trying to have fewer and fewer moments of making bad choices this year! Thanks for the info and thank you for your inspiration and support! emoticon
    3199 days ago
    My answers to these questions almost scare me. We will break this cycle for good!
    3199 days ago
    In my reading I have learned that normally, people's stomachs fill, and there is a signal that says, "enough". But if we keep eating past that signal, we lose the ability to hear it at all.

    I watched a TV show about morbidly obese to the point of not being able to get out of bed. One man explained the eating to satisfy his food addiction as feeling even better than sex! But in every case the person (on the TV special) had someone buying the huge amounts of food for them.

    I definitely have triggers of sugar, so I don't buy sugary stuff now, nuts (which I LOVE but they are high in fat & walnuts in excess are hard on the liver), and trail mix (which again, although healthy, are high in fat & calories).

    For me, the only way to make it is to not buy it, period. That's often difficult because sometimes I'd just like a little treat like chocolate. But I can't stop with one piece, so I just can't buy it anymore. I've been enjoying the 100 calorie popcorn bags where I can add a butter spray. That seems to help quite a lot.

    For 2011 my goal is to eat one salad a day (in addition to other goals). SP has an article that you can do that and lose 30 lbs. in one year on that change alone. We'll see!

    Thanks for your wonderful post!!
    3199 days ago
  • 51NFIT
    I saw the recent Dr. Oz show about this. I too believe I am a food addict. I may have to look for this book you mention. I am going to go read your other blogs because you sound a lot like me. Also adding you as a friend because I need all the inspiration I can get.
    3199 days ago
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