The Addict in All of Us

March 29th, 2011 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , ,

Whether we like to admit it or not lying deeply in all of us is an addict. For some it’s highly processed food, others it’s shopping or spending money, perhaps it’s gossiping, gambling, alcohol, medication, texting, caffeine, Facebook, salt, sugar, the sports channel, white flour, power, the TV and more. Anybody hooked on phonics??? I didn’t think so!! But when it comes to food when we are trying to eat healthier I think it’s important for all of us to become aware of any potential addictions to food and drink and decide what you’re going to do about it.

If your body’s telling you you’re longing for a multitude of unnatural stuff take stock of what you’re hearing. Take some time to process this information objectively then think about making some goals and let the weaning begin. I’m not suggesting weaning all of your vices. I am suggesting those that are standing in the way of your goals. For some you’ll re-establish some reasonable ground with your relationship with these. It’s your choice.

It’s funny how a multitude of our robotic habits can accumulate over time, like a pile of dirty laundry, don’t you think?? I have said many times that all foods fit, but if foodstuffs are calling the shots about your decisions around choice you can do yourself a favour and get in the driver’s seat and be the boss of your decisions. I think it helps to do a 3-5 day food record every once in a while, then find the time to look them over.

If you’ve had an avid interest in nutrition you may be able to review these on your own. If not, invest in a consultation with a registered dietitian to do the work for you and together you can set a priority list of what you’re willing to work on over time. Bit by bit, step by step you’ll find that various components of food and drink aren’t the boss of you anymore.

How freeing it will become to make decisions based on what your body actually needs rather than what those internal demons are demanding. It’s certainly worth a try.

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