Do you ever feel like you’re addicted to food? I’m not even talking about junk food, it can be healthy foods as well.
For me, I started feeling this way after I had to start taking the pill for my endometriosis. It contained progestogen, and because I already had low progesterone levels, this increase made me want to eat everything in sight; so although it was hormonal, I definitely felt like I was addicted to food.
I have a bit of an addictive personality. And I know this about myself, so I try to keep away from things that derail me.
Example; I can’t watch a TV series, because once I get into it, I can easily sit in front of the TV for hours on end binge watching episode after episode.
A few months ago, I discovered a Netflix original series called ‘The Sinner’. This show was AMAZING and it hooked me in from the very beginning. I watched the ENTIRE SEASON in one day. Thank goodness it was a mini-series that only had 8 episodes, if there were any more, I’m sure I would have invested more time on the show. Having said that…yes, I sat in front of the TV for 8 hours…I made sure to get to the gym at one stage as to not feel like a complete slob. Sounded good in theory; still felt like a slob.
I’m also the same with junk food. I’m more a savoury girl than a sweet girl, but having said that, put some gummy bears in front of me and I will devour them just as quickly as those salt and vinegar chips (favourite!).
Not just junk food though; almonds as well! Sounds weird, I know, but I can only eat 10 almonds at any one time. I actually have to count out 10, otherwise, I know I can easily (and mindlessly) eat the entire packet in one sitting.
So if you’re the same, if you can’t resist temptation, good or bad; just avoid it, or control your portions.
If junk food is your vice, keep it out of the house. If it’s not there, then you won’t be tempted to devour it. My little trick with the almonds works pretty well with different types of snacks as well.
It’s a good idea to keep a journal and note when your addictive rampages are coming on, including what were you doing, how you were feeling (bored, stressed), had you eaten already, and the time of day.
It’s good to know what your habits and patterns are so you can remove all your temptations and distractions, and avoid it to keep you from derailing from your goals.
Having said this, I do still indulge every once in a while, just not often enough to turn it into a bad habit.