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    I don't see any recent posts about Food Addiction, so I wanted to start a new thread in case anyone wants to talk about that.


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    Aren't we all food addicts if we were all obese enough to require surgery? We all must have all had some unhealthy relationship with food. I have no one to blame except myself, my parents fed me totally healthy meals and now my husband eats healthy. I have no fat people in my family. I had no trauma in my life to cause any issues. I just liked to eat. I still do. Retirement (basically just since Christmas) is hard because I'm home more and that just makes me think of what to eat next. Not to mention the weather is about 0 and it's icy, so my hikes in the woods are on hold. I finally got my butt back in the gym, which I hate, but I'm doing it as there are no other options. I'm maintaining at goal, but it isn't a walk in the park that's for sure.

    So aren't we all food addicts?



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    Default Re: Food Addiction

    Hi Shawn,

    The struggle is real with food addiction and so many people suffer in many ways for many different reasons. I have learned that working through your own personal issues/reasons help to enlighten you as to the whys... and awareness helps you to combat the struggle within to overcome the addiction. I personally have found that now that I have been able to lose weight through WLS, I now feel better to "move" and not be so sedentary as I was in the past. I now want to move and do new things which in turn leave less time to think/eat food. (I can't eat that much anyway now... but it is setting a new precedent in my life)

    How are you dealing with your food addiction? xo



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    Quote Originally Posted by GigiUSA View Post
    How are you dealing with your food addiction? xo

    Currently I would say that I am not. But I would like to go to a local counselor who specializes in food addiction, if my insurance will cover it.


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    Hello,
    I havent posted in a long time, hope Im doing it right.

    I love this topic and hope more people post. I have had counseling. I know what I do. I have two issues. Certain foods are triggers that I struggle to say no. I never have them in my house. My other issue is stress. I hardly know when I am stressed, I just suddenly have an overwhelming need to eat. I think that comes from childhood and you cant regrow yourself. I do fairly well now but it takes a lot of awareness. I would love to hear from others on this subject.


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    I am definitely an emotional eater. I get frustrated/discouraged with myself when overeating, especially post-surgical. I was hoping the guilt/shame would go away but it seems more intense now. I have about 9 lb to my goal but I'm stuck. Thank you for starting this thread. You are all doing an amazing job!



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    I definitely eat for emotional reasons. I eat when I'm stressed, for comfort, I eat when I'm bored, I eat when I'm happy... Mindfulness practice helps, but I'm always looking for more resources for self-study, if anyone knows of any good ones! (RIght now I'm using Isabelle Foxen Duke, Geneen Roth, and the Brain Over Binge podcast.)



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