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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...
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 50

My Group Makes me feel calm, even when I'm not at Meetings. 

This week we asked our ARC members to tell us what they get out of being in a support group. Then, we asked our FB community to vote on which benefits are most important to them. Today we reveal the results so you can know if you’re getting the best out of your group or even if it would make sense to get into a support group. As always we are looking for how this information helps us keep control of our food.
Here we go in reverse order. Staying calm, no matter what is going on. Many people don’t know that staying calm no matter what is the core secret to maintaining control over food. Stress is very closely related to cravings. A good jolt of stress can so provoke the craving pathways in the brain that instant loss of control can result. Your support group should be teaching specific and easy exercises to stay calm in moments of stress. There are exercises to do to shift from excited to calm....
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 49


I Can Keep my Mouth Shut Because I Have Impulse Control. 

This week we report on what our people want to have by a year from now. Some of the answers are to be expected, but some will surprise. We'll look at the top four answers in reverse order of votes.

Desire number 4. I can keep my mouth shut because I have impulse control. This is a liberating desire. It liberates us from other people's turmoil. It means that when people want to get all riled up about something, they and go ahead and do so...but, we don't have to be involved. There is tremendous relief from not expending our energy on other people's uproars.

Why would recovery from processed foods enable us to keep our mouths shut at crucial moments? Well, it's just because of the way our brains are designed to work.

There's only so much blood flow to the brain. When we're in the food, blood flow goes to the craving and stress parts of the brain because processed foods mercilessly stimulate those part of the...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 48

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 47

I Brought no Processed Foods in the House

The members of the ARC were kind enough one day to share with me what they did during the holidays to keep themselves from lapsing.  We asked the Facebook Group, Food Addiction Education, to answer a poll with the most common techniques used to keep control over food through the holidays.  Here are the top four answers.

Number 4.  I didn't bring processed foods into my house.

This is a brilliant strategy for any time of the year, but it's especially valuable during high-risk times.  High-risk times are those times when food and stress stimulation increases.  High-risk periods can happen any time of the year.  So it's great to know how to get ready for them.

Not bringing processed foods into the house is a lot like not permitting smoking in the house.  People say, but smoking creates second-hand smoke that's dangerous.  Processed foods don't do that."

Well, processed foods do something much worse....

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 45

Go Ahead Make My Food Addiction Worse

This week we're counting down to the worst of the holiday experiences. Talking about these stressful occurrences takes power out of them.  Learning skills for how to stay calm and clean during provocation is priceless.  So here we go.  Number 4. Pressure comments from family and friends.  The worst comment is, 'Live a little.'  Yes.  Really.  People say that!  So we're standing there defending our right to be healthy and well.  But that pusher in the crowd is taunting us.  Yes, I think we can use the word 'bullying' us. We're being bullied because we don't want to consume substances that are associated with 125 diseases.  We don't want to be in pain.  We don't want to be depressed, so we are saying a big 'NO THANKS!' 

So the pusher comes back with a shaming message.  The subtitle for 'Live a little' is 'you're no fun.  You're a stick-in-the-mud.'  But there is a...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Food Addiction Reset - Issue 44

Go Ahead Make My Food Addiction Worse

We'll reveal the results of our Facebook poll on members' biggest holiday problems. And, you'll be receiving advice from the world's leading expert in processed food addiction, Dr. Joan Ifland.

1. How do I deal with stress without eating?

2. How do I go about eating differently than my family/guests?

3. How can I stick to my budget and eat clean when my expenses are so high during the holidays?

4. How do I get my family to understand how sick these processed foods make me feel and act?

The first question is also the toughest if you don't know how the brain works. If you don't know that the brain runs primarily on messages from mirror neurons, then you might think that you could hang around with stressed out people without being stressed.

I know the brain doesn't work that way. The brain copies the people around it, and if the people around you are stressed, then the brain will direct you to be stressed as well.

Have you ever had a date with a...

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