Food Addiction Australia

Help Me with My Food Addiction

Could I be a Food Addict?

Answer the questions below and the more yes’ you have the more likely, you may be struggling with a possible food addiction.
•    Have you tried to cut down or give up several times but are never successful?
•    Do you feel compelled to eat?
•    Do you eat until you feel ‘satisfied’ even if it is past the point of fullness leading to discomfort and pain?
•    Do you feel guilty or ashamed about what you’ve eaten?
•    Do you eat despite knowing that it is hurting or harming your health, relationships and more?
•    Do you get upset, annoyed or angry if anyone discusses your eating or food intake?
•    Do you have routines/rituals around foods or times that you eat?
•    Do you feel relaxed, soothed, calmer and more able to concentrate and focus after a ‘fix’?
•    Do you feel agitated, unable to focus/concentrate, obsessed in thought about the substance, tired prior to partaking?
•    Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
•    Do you binge and then “get rid of the binge” through vomiting, exercise, laxatives, or other forms of purging?
•    Do you eat large quantities of food at one time?
•    Do you eat to escape from your feelings?
•    Do you feel driven to exercise excessively to control your weight?
•    Are you waiting for your life to begin “when you lose the weight?”

If you only answered yes to approximately 50% of the questions then you may have another disordered eating behaviour. You may find the page on Emotional and Binge Eating more useful (hyperlink).

If you answered majority of yes’ then it is likely that you may be a Food Addict.
Food addiction is just like any other addiction and is a chronic disease and dysfunction of the brain’s reward, pain, stress, attention/focus, motivation, memory and related systems. Addiction is a complex and interwoven issue.

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 Food addiction, like any other addiction ranges from mild to severe. People with a food addiction may at times:

•    Be able to abstain from eating ‘trigger’ foods and then followed by periods of feeling powerless against certain foods with the urges being stronger that any willpower.
•    Once consumption of certain foods begins, it may be impossible to stop until a person feels sick from being overly full and then vomits causing a bulimic cycle.

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If you struggle from food, eating, weight or body image issues, we want to know what your biggest struggles are and how we can best help you with the RIGHT information. Just take the 5-question survey that will only take you 5-minutes. Just click on the button below:

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If you are uncertain and if you feel that it’s time to seek help, or if you know someone who is suffering from food addiction then Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you!

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Many people say that they feel obsessed with food – thinking about it, not trying to think about it, avoiding it, controlling it, planning and more. This cycle becomes stressful, overwhelming, anxiety provoking and exhausting.

Many people with addiction can be in denial which leads to a break down in:
•    self-esteem, confidence, identity, belief
•    mood and psychology leading to depression, anxiety, stress
•    relationships
•    social interactions and friendships
•    health – energy, increased fat deposits (internal and under the skin), diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney and liver function, arthritis and more.

Addiction is treatable!  The first step is acknowledging the problem and addiction and the need for help.

Treatment is not another diet or a quick fix or quick results program! Treatment is a program that incorporates all aspects of what creates any addiction and uses them to reverse the effects to help people live a life without addiction and improve their health and weight. We do not believe in dieting and will help you to stop dieting! The Fit Minds & Bodies Program includes a multifaceted approach that involves:

•    Your Brain and How it Works
•    Brain Chemistry
•    Food
•    Taste Buds
•    Healthy Activity
•    Psychology of Self
•    Psychology of Relationships
•    Finding Balance

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You can also purchase your copy of the book Food Addiction Therapy: The Simple Plan which may help you to start your journey of change with a focus on getting rid of the negative dieting rules, understanding why you turn to food and how to start breaking the negative cycles without going ‘cold turkey’.

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