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3 Keys to Conquering Food Addiction

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3 Keys to Conquering Food Addiction

Delicious, nutritious, and sometimes deceiving, what and how much we eat is a mark of physical health, culture, familial ties, stress, social stigma, happiness, and sometimes addiction. Whatever the proportion and contents of your plate are though, if you’re reading this article you may still be in a daily struggle, like many, to decide between what your body truly needs to thrive and what you’re eating on top of that for reasons A, B and C.

Thankfully, I am not going to recommend that you restrict yourself to two carrots for breakfast, some celery leaves for lunch and a good breath of air for dinner. However, my own experience has shown me that it’s impossible to truly conquer your food demons if you’re continuing to consume substances that weigh on your conscience, whether for ethical or health reasons. When we eat foods that we feel uneasy about, our natural response is to try and repress the feeling by eating unconsciously. The only way around this is to be honest about what these foods really are, and to eliminate the ones that have no place in the life you really want to be living.

Eating should be a joy, food is fabulous and we are designed to eat to our heart’s content. The question is though; do you really know what your heart wants? Or are you eating to make your day better? Eating because there are highly addictive chemicals in your favorite comfort foods? Or are you eating out of pure and simple habit?

As you start or continue down this road of taking control and ownership of your choices, it’s important to be gentle, yet always honest with yourself. You may not make “the right choice” all the time, but as you raise your level of awareness and drive, your bottom line (i.e. the worst thing you eat or binge on) will begin to rise. And each time that bottom line rises, you are moving closer to satisfying your hunger for balance and truly enjoying your dinner.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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9:45PM PDT on May 1, 2013

thanks

7:25PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

good info thanks

2:23AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing, I didn't realise cheese and sugar were so close to illicit drugs...sigh...sugar is still an addiction I'm battling - I've managed to reduce it but not to the point where I can avoid it if I'm craving it...

5:05AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Small plates, small portions and slowly consuming one's food.

5:32PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

helpful..ty.

7:01PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thank you for posting.

3:15PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

I guess I need to try a 3 day cheese fast!

8:09AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Too much temptation!

4:23PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Sadly there are a lot of foods that are bad for you that taste great,chocolate is my personal favourite/downfall.

12:10AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

I drink a lot of water, and I'm trying to be good about how much and what I eat. Some foods are just so tasty, that it tastes like more.

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