Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 55

Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 55



The fourth greatest cause of relapse listed was Boredom. I have had my suspicions about boredom. People do report that they ate because they were bored. But let’s think about this for a minute. There is always something to do. We can always read a book. We can always go to the library. We can always go for a walk. We can always do some projects around the house. There’s really never any reason to be bored.

But processed foods take away our ability to do many things. Maybe we're too tired. Perhaps we are to brain fog.

I think it’s the combination of tired, depressed, and brain fog in combination with cravings that creates the sensation of being bored. If we weren't brained fog, and tired, we would surely get up and do something fun. But the inability to be creative with our time in combination with cravings results and eating. 

We are literally unable to think of anything else to do.


Coming Home too Hungry

The third most common reason for relapse was Coming Home Hungry. Hunger is such a relapse driver. When we’re hungry and processed foods are available, the brain shuts down our braking system, removes any restraint, and literally can move her hand out to pick up food and put it in our mouth without our agreement. Relapsing when we’re hungry shows the power of the survival mechanisms in our brain. We know the food is toxic, but we don’t pick it up if we're in our “right mind.“
But being hungry makes us feel crazy. It makes us feel desperate.
There is a solution of course. No matter how much of a hurry you’re in when you’re going out the door. Stop and dump a protein starch and some vegetables into your crockpot and cover it with water. It literally cannot take more than five minutes. Having prepared food at home is our greatest defense against stopping on the way home. And, coming through the door and picking up processed foods.
For course keeping the house clear of processed foods prevent this from falling apart when we least want to.
It is so sad to come through the door after work picks up processed food, and ruin the evening. Instead of getting to do what we do, We are now doing the bidding of the addiction. We are enslaved to cravings and crashing and being unable to do anything except watch TV. It’s good to know how to prevent this. 

Feeling Deprived

The second to top reason for relapsing was feeling deprived. Can’t you just hear the voice of the addiction? We know the truth, right? Processed foods are associated with so many horrible conditions, which are diabetes including amputations, excess fat tissue, depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Cancer. Only a brazen addiction would claim that missing out on those diseases is deprivation.

So what explains that feeling of deprivation? It is a message from the crew craving pathways. The frontal lobe would never make such her Renda‘s mistake.

But what could get the craving pathways so worked up? I think the most likely culprit is seeing somebody else eat processed food. Our recent research related to mirror neurons shows that we helplessly copy of the people around us. So if we see someone eating processed food, the brain will react by filling us with thoughts with feeling deprived, that we should be doing the same thing.

I think that’s where the thoughts of deprivation come from. It’s just a crazy thought that our mirror neurons used to try to trick us into copying the people around us. Poor mirror neurons! They work so hard to get us to conform to our tribe. It shows the absolute necessity to be around people who are not eating toxic foods.


The most common cause of relapse of stress. This is not surprising from two different perspectives one. Research shows that throughout many years of struggle with food, we start to merge thinking about food with the feeling of stress. Food becomes such a twisted enemy that just the thought of trying to sort it out and control it is stressful.

So, I think it’s possible that stress and cravings become almost synonymous — almost the same thing.

When we realize how closely intertwined stress and cravings and food are, then we know what to do. We know that we need to work on getting ahead of stress. We need to hear old thoughts, especially thoughts of self-blame and self-loathing. Next on the list of stress management is to detach from other peoples stress. Our good old mirror neurons want us to stress out if we see somebody else stressing out because that’s what marinara is due. They drive us to reflect whatever somebody else is doing.

So learning to detach from other people stuff while being available to them but just not getting upset along with them, I think it is one of the biggest improvements in control over food.

You can see how to connect the dots. Stress becomes synonymous with cravings and food. And then people who are stress themselves stress out through mirror neuron action. It is a recipe for disaster. 


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