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This post holiday season, one might question whether or not they need to tackle those ten unwanted pounds gained during the holiday but for some there’s a deeper issue and it’s called food addiction.
What is food addiction and is awareness on the rise?
Food addiction is actually quite crippling for many. Normally it pervades from consumption of foods high in the following;
This information is courtesy of WebMD. 
As seen in this chart sugar expenditures have more than doubled in the past two years. This information is courtesy of the Senate Office of Public Record and was updated in April 2018. 
Food addiction has gone untouched primarily due to the overwhelming implications of the illness. If we’d tackle the foods that are responsible for this illness it would mean we demand more from our government. It would mean food labels and nutritional breakdown of all meals. It would mean regulations to curtail the quantity of sugar, salt and fat in all foods. It would also mean we’d have to educate ourselves and really examine the foods we consume.
What can we do if we struggle with food addiction?
Take a look at the food you consume. One bag of oreos has zero nutritional value. You’ll need another in 30 minutes once the glycemic high subsides. I know, it tastes good going down but one bite offsets a cycle and ultimately those cycles never end.
How can I challenge my food addiction?
Like most addicts, it’s a do or die situation. Alcoholics have to go cold sober. They can’t just have a drink and be ok for the rest of the day. Their body craves more. Such is the case with food addiction. Forego the sweets, the salt, the fat or you’ll need more of it.
What can you eat and what can you focus on?
Well if you are struggling with this addiction, try to find foods that are filling and provide nutritional value. Never go hungry. People often state that one of their weaknesses is snacking. Snack on strawberries, almonds, nuts. These are options for you. Don’t ignore them. In some cases, people say these items are not readily available. Well go find them. If you have the urge to snack, go find that healthy food. Take a mid-day break to walk to the grocery store or drive there. Better yet, arrive ready with these foods at hand’s length.
Food Addicts Anonymous is an organization you can look to for support. You can also hire a nutritionist that will help you sort through many food options to mitigate the changes you desire. Change does not happen overnight and it does take time. Be patient with yourself while you tackle this mental reset.
The Whole 30 Program has assisted many people who desire to detect the foods that are causing health issues. The program provides a complete resource guide towards alternatives and guidance on how to eliminate and re-introduce certain foods mindfully.
Why isn’t this regulated?
This challenge is real. You are not alone. There are several people who struggle with food addiction. It is rampant in our society and we have failed to address this. Until legislation changes where the FDA decides to actively pursue these factors, it’s up to you to make changes. Lobbyists unfortunately power the choices you’re provided today.
Just remember demand dictates change not the other way around. We’ve been able to make foods available to people because we have purchased them. Little by little, organic products are on shelves. Healthy ice cream options are available. Cauliflower pizza is available. Even ‘healthy’ frosting is available. Mind your labels and put your dollars to work and we’ll see a shift because we as consumers have demanded it.
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