Food Addiction Through Another Lens: 5 Steps to Addressing Food Addiction

Google the words “Food Addiction” and in less than half a second you get over 33 million results. It’s pretty clear that lots of people are talking and others are listening. This topic interests me in a big way because I lead a discussion around food addiction here at Green Mountain.  But there is a compelling difference […]

Am I Addicted to Food?

Before You Label Yourself As A Food Addict At Green Mountain, it’s very common for me to hear women state that they are addicted to food, and more specifically, sugar. “I just can’t eat sugar. Once I start eating I just cannot stop.”  “If I don’t eat sugar, I don’t seem to crave it much, but once […]

Is Sugar Making You Hungrier?

Do You Need To Reduce Your Intake Of Sugar? When you’re looking to manage type 2 diabetes, achieve healthy weight loss, or manage polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you may have a goal of reducing added sugars. Additionally, if you are trying to manage what feels like food addiction, one thing to think about is that […]

Are You Obsessed With Food?

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Dieters Think About Food More Often Than ‘Normal Eaters’ It’s almost a given that as soon as you start a diet, you think about food more. There are physiological and psychological reasons for this. Both hinge on the fact that if food is restricted, we end up thinking about […]

Food Addiction, Part III: Saying No to Old Ways

A continuation of the article Food Addiction Part II: Knowing When to Lick Our Wounds. Moving out of using food to cope, finding ways out of using food or eating or obsessing about it all as addictive strategies requires a major paradigm shift – and a boatload of courage. And a little (or sometimes more) […]

Food Addiction Part II: Knowing When to Lick Our Wounds

A continuation of the article Food Addiction Part I: Is It All Just a Delay Tactic? This all goes back to taking your needs seriously. If you are turning to food, it is my belief that somewhere there is an emotional or physical or spiritual need that is not being heard or that is somehow […]

Food Addiction Part I: Just a Delay Tactic?

Whether you feel addicted to certain foods, or the pattern of using food to cope with painful feelings or relationships, none of it feels good. It doesn’t feel good and yet in that moment of wanting “out” from a thought or feeling that feels like it might catch up to you, you reach for what’s […]

Food Addiction: Oreos Vs. Cocaine

Leading up to our 3-day workshop, “Breaking Through Food Addiction,” we will be running several posts on the topic. Today, our dietitian Robyn Priebe offers her take on the recent study of Oreo cookies vs. cocaine. Oh, to be a rat in a food addiction lab. Your days would be filled with Oreo cookies, cocaine, […]

Have Your Carrot Cake and Experiment with It, Too

This morning, in a discussion about books on sugar addiction, I remembered David Kessler’s book, The End of Overeating, which has a lovely picture of carrot cake on the cover.  This also reminded me that many of you have been asking for our carrot cake recipe. With sugar addiction or food addiction one might think they cannot […]

Exploring Food Addiction

Does food addiction really exist? This question was a big subject of controversy at the 2013 conferences of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and the International Association of Eating  Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Two Sides of the Same Coin Of those who have strong opinions about the subject, there are probably two sides whose opinions […]

Are You Addicted to Food? Maybe It Deserves a Second Look

I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this past week where, among other things, I took a workshop on food photography.  Now if I can only find the time to focus (bad pun intended) on that. But that’s not what I wanted to write about today. […]

Binge Eating On Friday Night: At Least I Am Not Alone

In discussions with women who come to Vermont’s Green Mountain at Fox Run, I frequently hear stories about the out-of-control urge binge eaters sometimes have to prepare for binges as the end of the week approaches. The excitement, the planning, the shopping around for just the right foods.  And then wishing they weren’t dealing with  […]

Mom & Food Choices

With Mother's Day coming up, I find it ironic that I'm working on my latest class in our Food Addiction Series, titled – "Food Addiction: Can I Blame My Mom For This?" Obviously this is a tongue-in-cheek title for this class, which focuses on the various causes of addictive patterns with food, one of which […]

Is Food Addiction Real? If So, Is it Permanent?

A study released last week created a bit of a stir in the world of eating and weight. It showed that women, regardless of size, i.e., both thin and obese, who scored higher on a food addiction questionnaire, showed increased brain activity in anticipation of and when actually receiving a chocolate milkshake. It was similar […]

Exploring Food Addiction: Is It Real?

Do you think you may struggle with food addiction?  It's so common for us to hear people express this concern when talking about the challenging relationship we may have with food (or certain foods).  The common culprits are high sugar foods, refined starches, and in particular a combination of refined carbohydrates and fat seems to […]

Making Peace with Food

Last week I posted on food addiction.  My suggestion was to attempt to find ways to eat certain foods in moderation before writing them off completely.  As I wrote last week: "I encourage people to play around with combinations first before throwing in the towel and assuming you can’t eat something because they are addicted to […]

Food Addiction: Don’t Assume the Worst First

At Green Mountain at Fox Run, it’s very common to hear women state that they are food addicts or sugar addicts.  The most common description of this is that once a person eats foods high in sugar or refined flours (often accompanied by fat) they have difficulty stopping.  They may also notice that they want […]