For many people, processed food addiction is severe and much harder to put into remission than alcohol and other drugs.
Several factors may contribute to why food addiction is difficult for you to overcome:
This is a hard addiction and the more of the above factors that you experience, the harder recovery on your own will be. Relapsing is NOT your fault and with the right intensity, understanding and focus from your support program, you can overcome these factors and put your addiction into remission.
“I am so thankful for Joan Ifland and the ARC. For the first time in my life, I have found a group that understands my relationship with unprocessed foods and even more importantly, has a solution. Joan’s expertise is astounding. She has such a welcoming nature and understands that each person is an individual coming from a different platform. Although I realize this is just the beginning of healing my compulsive overeating after 45 years of searching, I am so thankful for this program. I feel like I’m finally home!”
Is it possible to build up a tolerance for processed foods? I feel compelled to eat much more now than I did even a few years ago.
Yes, absolutely. The science on this explains why. Over time, addicted brain cells become more and more reactive so they pump out more and more pleasurable neurotransmitters and wear out. It takes more and more addictive foods to stimulate the addictive neurons to keep pumping out pleasurable neurotransmitters. Increased eating indicates that the processed food addiction is getting worse. Know that this is not your fault. You can retrain the brain to think safe , recovery thoughts whenever the urge to overeat happens. Over time, those urges to overeat will become less intense.
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