I’m a food addict. I clearly remember one time that I bought a bag of miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I took out a few and ate them, but before I knew it, I was digging into the bag and had binged on half of it before being able to stop. It was one of the many times in my life that I wished I could just avoid food altogether instead of having to figure out how to limit myself, because clearly, I thought, something was wrong with me. I took the rest of the bag to class to give to anyone who would release them from the grasp they had over me. How many times have you ditched or given away food to get it out of sight?
The biggest problem with having food issues, whether you’re obese or anorexic, is that, unlike overcoming most other addictions, it’s impossible to entirely quit food. Food issues don’t necessarily lead to the more immediate ruin that a drug, alcohol, or gambling addiction can, but they undermine our health, incur costs (medical treatment, money on excess food, money on weight-loss strategies), drain us emotionally, and may eventually, slowly, painfully kill us.
We have to eat to stay alive, so the only way to address food issues is to figure out how to eat in moderation. But it is possible to make a lifestyle change that can get you to a healthier, happier place, where your relationship with food isn’t a daily struggle. Decide that you’re done with diets and want to make a lifestyle change.