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ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES and how it all works

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PLEASE NOTE: THIS is a continuation from the last 2 days of blogging about Food Addicts.
You might need to read those too!

This information was taken from Kay Sheppard’s website. She has a book called “The Food Addiction: The Body Knows”

I will be ordering her book to read.

I follow the Why Can’t I Stop Eating plan. I did notice that Kay’s plan is very, very similar.
The Plan I do is on my 9-17 blog and in the Why Can’t I Stop Eating book.

BY the way… I forgot to update on yesterday’s blog about my weight loss each day.

If you have read my blogs you will see I got off track in Dec and part of January but got back to my eating plan on 1-17-2011

1-17: Wgt 180.5
1-18: Wgt. 179.2
1-19: Wgt. 176.4

So you can see my body immediately responds to getting off the sugar and white flour.
My depression has lifted completely. I know that that junk I was eating added to the depressed feelings.
I still have major stress in my life but I seem to respond to it allot better since I got off the addictive foods. I am alert and clear minded.
I only had withdrawals the first 2 days. I don’t have any today.

I just feel BALANCED… if that makes sense. My tastes buds are now changing and the vegetables are just “popping” with wonderful flavor. Apples are SO SO sweet now and fruit is satisfying. Last month nothing would do but chocolate..

Well shoot last WEEK nothing would do but chocolate.

OK HERE is a little more information about this Food Addiction subject:

Let's take a look at the addictive substances in a general way.
* All addictive substances have gone through the refinement process.
* All addictive substances are quickly absorbed.
* All addictive substances alter brain chemistry.
* All addictive substances change mood.

Refined, processed foods trigger the addictive response in people who are genetically predisposed to the disease of addiction.
How do addictive food substances compare to other addictive chemicals? Addictive substances are forms of plant life which have been refined or processed in order to be ingested by drinking, eating, inhaling or injecting. The refinement process facilitates quick absorption of substances into the blood stream which effectively alters brain chemistry and changes mood by flooding the brain with the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Food addicts seek this mood change by eating refined and processed carbohydrates. This results in short-term highs, followed by a long period of depressed feelings. In order to avoid the low, the addict eats more. The food addict eats to feel better and always feels worse due to this flooding and depleting of neurotransmitters (Sheppard, K., 2000).
As with all addictions, treatment and recovery are based upon abstinence from all addictive trigger substances. The need to abstain from addictive substances is common to both alcoholics and food addicts. Treatment of food addiction begins by introducing the concept of abstinence from addictive food substances.

(Sherlyn’s comments inserted here… Don’t stress about the above statement about abstaining from these substances… I think allot of people will SHUT DOWN right here and say “well, I cannot even begin to think of giving up sugar or other foods” “They think if they say ‘no ‘ to it then they will just want it more. “ MY sister told me she had given sugar up and I thought to myself
“I COULD NEVER DO THAT , NO THANK YOU, I WILL JUST KEEP DOING IT MY WAY and I WILL COUNT CALORIES” LOL She went on to lose 40 and has kept it off 1 yr.

NOW I know there is such a clear, balanced, ‘in control’ feeling you get from doing it since I found this eating plan. YOU seriously do not MISS the foods after a few days and the only struggle you have after that I have found has been the habits I had to going to those foods… I don’t crave them and think about them but I had mindless eating habits I had to break too.)
Ok off my soapbox LOL

Addicts often cover up feelings when food, eating, or weight is discussed, sometimes shifting the subject to another topic. There is a direct relationship between the illness and secretiveness. Addiction thrives in deceit and isolation.

When the food addict loses control over food, she also loses control over life. Life is a downward spiral in the addictive process. When one is powerless over food, life becomes unmanageable. Desperately, the addict tries dieting, fasting, exercise, and maybe even purging.

The food addict becomes involved in self-deception and the deception of others, rationalizing irrational behavior and making excuses for the mountains of food consumed. "If you had a life like mine, you would binge too," says the food addict, who truly does not understand at all why he is bingeing.

The addict becomes lethargic, irritable, and depressed when all efforts to control food fail. Weight loss programs cannot provide the answer to the problem of addiction. When the exercise addict breaks a leg, she realizes that her food is out of control and she can no longer kid herself. Promises and resolutions fail. Without accurate information about addiction, addicts are destined to fail and suffer continuous blows to self-esteem.


The author of the plan I follow also has a website.

It is:

I encourage you to research some of this yourself. I will be blogging more tomorrow about it.

SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE: There is more to address when we overeat then just cravings and food addiction.

AS CAROLYN pointed out on my previous blog… there is that eating to ‘fill the void’ and emotional type eating .

I so agree with her. (thanks Carolyn)

I am an Emotional Eater too and I can tell you that just touching on the surface of dealing with the Food Addict side and feeling more balanced with just this step of changing my eating habits by following this eating plan (9-17 blog) that I am now dealing with underlying issues of other things that trigger the want to eat. BUT NOW I AM AT A PLACE WHERE I COULD peel off that layer and address that and to be AWARE of my other reasons for eating in the past!

HUGS to you guys

I will blog more tomorrow.
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    Refined carbohydrates are so destructive ~ and so tempting! I do best when I don't have them in the house!
    3187 days ago
    Bigggg Sighhhh....one of relief at that! This is an evening on spark I do believe~will be all about absorbing the many blogs you have put your heart and soul into reaching out to touch a VAST number of lives across this world so great. I Love You Dearly and MISS YOU SO MUCH!

    ~Diane~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3195 days ago
  • NIC0103
    I was told to give up sugar many years ago because I had a mysterious stress related skin allergy....this cleared up but then I forgot what I'd been told and started eating sugar and drinking granulated coffee again. If only I'd remembered what I'd been told but somehow I came across your blog tonight and it's all there..! Thank you so much for this reminder & I will return tomorrow and have a good read thru all your related blogs too. I hope everything is going well with u? :)
    3197 days ago
    Sounds like a great book!
    3197 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Peel away, baby!! emoticon emoticon
    3197 days ago
    Thanks for sharing...we've all hit that stage.
    3197 days ago
    I am right there with you, having lost 30+lbs and feeling really great and not at all deprived when i consistently stayed away from the processed stuff. Then came schedule madness plus the holidays and the time that had gone into prepping salads and veggies in advance went out the window. It is just as convenient to eat this way than to eat the processed crap once one is organized.
    THANK YOU so much for helping me re-wrap my head around this way of life. emoticon
    3197 days ago
    The thinnest I ever was in my adult life was when I didn't eat refined sugar or flour. I need to do what you are suggesting but my little voice immediately starts making excuses. You are inspiring me to make that change again. Wish me luck and keep on blogging!
    3197 days ago
    Thanks for another great, informative blog!
    3197 days ago
    It's like I said in a long-ago blog, it really all depends on how badly you want it. Given the results we've had by staying away from sugar and flour, well, I can't even imagine doing it any other way. I don't think there's ever been a single day that I've said, to heck with it...I'd rather have something sweet. Not one. How badly do you want it? ("It" being a healthier weight and lifestyle.)

    A lot of people are reluctant to try this type of eating plan because they're in denial about being addicted to those foods. You and I can both relate to that. But it's crystal clear to me now. I love the term you used -- BALANCED -- to describe how you feel once you've kicked all that crappy stuff. That's exactly how you feel -- like everything is balanced. In medical terms: homeostasis.

    I love this plan and to see those pounds drop away again is worth it all. Speaking of which -- congrats on your amazing loss so far this week!!
    3197 days ago
    emoticon For another GREAT blog!!
    Anytime I eat granola bars..I go crazy..I will eat the WHOLE box in 1 or 2 days..Once I eat one..I want cookies..Snacks..Whatever I can get my hands on..

    Love your blogs..God Bless~~ emoticon
    3197 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2011 10:20:59 PM
  • no profile photo GWENAEL
    Thank you so much for this information! You are amazing!

    I have a confession: I think I'm becoming addicted to your blogs!!! Is that bad? LOL!

    > emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3198 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/20/2011 1:31:50 PM
    "Refined, processed foods trigger the addictive response in people who are genetically predisposed to the disease of addiction... Treatment of food addiction begins by introducing the concept of abstinence from addictive food substances."

    I've never heard it said like this. It makes sense. Thank you.

    3198 days ago
    Proud of you.
    3198 days ago
    Congratulations on getting through the withdrawal stage and for the fantastic weightloss! I find it difficult for an entire week of abstaining from my trigger foods and that's the problem - I can't seem to make it through an entire week unless I just dig in my heels and white knuckle it.

    But, you're right that it does get easier. Dropping weight helps a lot! Seeing my weight go down, clothes getting looser, and liking better what I see in the mirror helps me to keep going. I just have to get thru that initial rough period of getting off the stuff again. That part's so hard I wonder why I EVER go back to it at all!

    Thanks again for a GREAT blog!
    3198 days ago
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