In my final installment of My Struggle With Food, I'd like to give you my personal strategies for conquering my food cravings. As you already know, food addictions and overeating led me to an extremely unhealthy time in my life, where I found myself at 350 pounds and miserable.
Now, nearly 110 pounds later, I've learned a lot about how to control and even eliminate certain cravings. By now, you know that I am on the Paleo eating plan, but I've been able to experiment and really see which aspects of this plan have truly helped me. Today, I will share three simple steps that have demolished my intense food cravings and can help you too!
In my previous post, My Struggle With Food: Part 2- Eating Beyond Hunger, I talked about why so many people overeat, even when it is extremely detrimental to their health. The conclusion came down to the fact that many modern, processed foods are engineered create hunger rather than satisfy it.
I experienced this first hand. If you haven't already, read part one (My Struggle With Food: Part 1- What I Used To Eat) where I detail exactly what foods led to my unhealthy weight and food addictions. How do I know this? For one, my own personal experience. Yet, also, there is an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the techniques used by food companies to make their food taste better is actually a catalyst for many people's food addictions.
The most troubling part of overeating is the fact that may overeaters are not actually hungry at the time. This was taken to the extreme in the recent "Hunger Games" books and movies where the Well-to-do Capital residents were so obsessed with eating that they had a practice of eating and then throwing up just so they would have room to eat more. This obviously seems absurd, but is it really so far from where we are today?
Think about it. How many times do you eat after you are full? Are you really hungry or are you going beyond your hunger into eating for sheer pleasure? I do not think it is wrong to enjoy our foods, but for many of us, this habit of overeating could lead to health conditions and an early death. In Part One of "My Struggle With Food", I talked about what I used to eat. Today, I'm talking about the real reason that I, and many others, overeat. Read More below!
I never wanted to weigh 350 pounds. This may sound like an obvious statement, but it needs to be said. Why? Because so many people doubt the power that food can have over someone's life. In many ways, the foods I used to eat were so addictive that I literally overate myself into morbid obesity and all of the health problems and social stigma that go along with it.
So, today I am starting a blog series entitled "My Struggle With Food" where I discuss why I overate, and why I had such a hard time gaining control of this part of my life. For Part One, I decided to reveal exactly what foods I was eating as I climbed to the 350 lb mark.
Hi, I'm Stephen. I'm 34 years old and I have been struggling with my weight for most of my life. This blog will chronicle my journey as I attempt to lose 130 pounds.
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