Recovering food addicts may be pleased to know that there is a strong body of research showing that exercise can support recovery, in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the benefits of exercise as a tool in your food addiction recovery toolkit:
If you would like to take a closer look at the research that supports the benefits outlined in this article, here's a handout that references relevant scientific research.
"What I love is the blending and melding of compassion with science. This is what makes me comfortable enough to take action. I feel that I’m doing something that is scientifically shown to generate a result, and if I don’t make it work the first time, I’ll receive reassurance and guidance. I never receive judgement. So, it’s safe for me to try things I’ve never tried before. I’m confidently building skills as a result."
I was following a food plan which allowed for artificial sweeteners. I would make all sorts of 'legal' desserts with these sweeteners and dairy. I could not stop eating them. One serving would turn to many servings in one sitting. I would remark that they were 'too good' because I could not stop. I would constantly crave more of the dessert. Because these sweeteners were no calories, I thought they would be find to consume. Could artificial sweeteners be addictive and turn on my cravings?
Sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine. And, we've been using it helplessly all day since we were small children. Any concentrated sweet taste can activate addicted brain cells and drive us to intense obsession and relapse.
Research shows that processed foods are associated with mood swings. Processed foods are absorbed very quickly into the bloodstream causing glucose levels to rise quickly. This can make the addicted person feel high and even euphoric. However, the pancreas responds to bring down glucose levels by releasing insulin. Insulin can bring down sugar levels very quickly which feels like a crash. People can become very depressed and angry with the sudden drop. With the right support based on the new science of food addiction management, you can regain control of your food and eliminate mood swings.
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