If so, there is good news: In today’s world, where foods are labeled good and bad, and eating and body size are judged by rules that don’t work for most people, your behaviors are perfectly understandable.
There are evolutionary explanations for why certain types of food appeal more than others. And the truth is, there is not sufficient scientific evidence to label any food item, ingredient, or nutrient “addictive.”
Let it be a comforting thought. Because while many, many women struggle with feelings of food addiction, the first step to overcoming them — once and for all — is realizing that you are in charge. You may not feel like you are now, but you can be.
Green Mountain at Fox Run is our residential program exclusively for women who struggle with overeating and weight. Join a supportive community of other women just like you, guided by eating behavior specialists, who can help you find the roots of your food struggles and teach you how to move past them.
Feelings of food addiction, and the behaviors that fuel them, usually come from one of two places: emotions or habit.
Eating in response to a strong emotion — whether it’s joy, boredom, anxiety, or depression — is normal. Emotional overeating often occurs because we’re trying to adhere to misguided notions of what we should or shouldn’t eat and when.
When we attempt to completely abstain from a particular food, the restriction increases the desire. Eventually, we give in, and either “all-or-nothing” thinking — or feelings of failure — kick in, and lead to overeating.
Overeating can also become a habit. Sometimes emotional eating becomes the norm, as we turn to the same types of food to help manage strong emotions. Other times, we overeat certain foods because that’s how we’ve always eaten them. (Two words: movie popcorn)
Repetitive behavior patterns create grooves in the brain that drive our habits. Overeating out of habit means your brain is literally stuck in a rut.
Our 40+ years of experience at Green Mountain has demonstrated that you have more power than you think. We’ve met countless women who believed they were addicted to food, and have been able to help them learn how to eat previously-feared foods — or how to live free of feelings of deprivation if they choose not to.
Our experience is reflected in five steps we recommend for overcoming feelings of food addiction:
For a more detailed discussion on overcoming feelings of food addiction, including specific ideas for experimenting with how and what you eat, download our free whitepaper, 5 Steps to Overcoming Food Addiction.
Changing any behavior is hard, but you can do it. We know what it feels like to be staring down this seemingly impossible task — to try and try and feel like you’re not getting anywhere. But we also know how to help you reframe the challenge and overcome it.
When you’re ready to escape from the endless cycle of ineffective diets, and find lasting freedom from feelings of food addiction, contact us to get started.
“There is no other program like this out there in the world. It was the best decision of my life to attend and find peace around food and my body. I am enough. I highly recommend Green Mountain at Fox Run for women dealing with binge eating disorder or over eating.”
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