Processed foods have a devastating effect on us in various ways including:
Many of us don’t realise the full impact that processed foods can have on our brains and our ability to manage our finances. On the one hand, we need full brain power to be effective, yet research shows that processed foods impair cognitive function. Processed foods are also highly addictive and lead to increased usage over time, which in turn leads to increased expenditure and even stress-inducing debt. The burden of debt aggravates the addiction and the vicious cycle continues.
Ways that Processed foods can affect our finances:
Getting help to deal with the consequences of overeating
Loss of Income
Does this story sound familiar?
… and so it goes.
If all or part of this story is familiar… You are not alone!
Getting things under control is possible with the right support to recover from addiction to processed food. Addiction recovery helps you to regain the brain capacity needed to find solutions, rectify your finances and manage life more calmly and joyfully.
“I have been struggling to get my food under control for over 40 years! I’ve tried weight loss programs, doctors, dieticians and even a 12-step program. Nothing has made me feel more in control than learning the science of addiction and getting support that is based on actual research on this topic. I’m learning skills that I have never been taught before. I have only been in the ARC for 3 months and, though it has not been easy, I am so hopeful. For this first time, I feel confident that I can do this!”
I resisted spending money on recovery, believing that it was expensive and unaffordable, So actually saving money was an unexpected surprise of coming into recovery and eating a clean food plan. The money I saved in one year on not eating out or bingeing was over $1,500! That is not counting the money I have saved on over-the-counter medications and sick days from my job. Thank you!
Congratulations to you on investing in your recovery. I’m so glad to hear of the financial benefits you are experiencing.
Yes, the marketing tactics of big food companies include producing cheap food-like substances, making them easily available and advertising them as affordable. By contrast, the addiction persuades us that recovery is expensive. The fact is, that processed food addiction is very expensive to maintain for a lot of reasons.
The foods cost, and over time, we need to eat more and more. Then we lose income because we're too sick to work, and as you have mentioned, we spend more on medical treatments and pharmaceuticals. We also spend aimlessly on unnecessary shopping, looking for relief from pain. Recovery from processed foods addiction is not only cost-saving but life-saving too.
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