You Have a Food Addiction

“You have a food addiction”- She actually said “you are a food addict” but I don’t want to label myself like that.

I heard these words and boy did they sting.  I quickly thought, ok- is that like a drug addiction?  In 2013, we had just moved into our dream home, and I was still struggling with my health and uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes.  I hired a wellness coach to prepare my meals htinking this was the issue.  She asked for my food list of what I’d eaten the day before.  That’s when I heard the words “Food Addict”.

I cried- scared, self-awareness set in, and the real struggle and battle: the fear of losing my feet. (which can happen when you have Type 2 Diabetes.)

In January 2009, Larry H. Miller (a well-known, billionaire and Icon in Utah) lost his lower limbs due to Type 2 Diabetes.  In February, he passed away.  He was a successful Business Owner and yet his health was on the back burner- much like mine.

I know I’m not alone.  i am a number in a pool of thousands who are food addicts.  My drug of choice is black licorice, pepsi, caramels and processed food.   I know this food can be the cause of losing my feet, I already have neuropathy (disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or and yet i still continue feeding my body with these processed foods. 

The last thirty years, I have tried 34 diets, Weight Watchers (7 times), Jenny Craig, Optavia, Medfast, Grapefruit Diet, Atkins, South Beach, Personal Fitness Coaches, etc…

In 2015 the Center of Disease Control said 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight.  Obesity is our nations issue.  12 million children are obese.

So many chronic diseases are caused by the standard American Diet, we live in a society of junk food.  Processed food is killing us.

Over the last 8 years I have lost 68 pounds.  I did a lot of mindset work to accomplish this goal.

But then- I fell off of the wagon again.  THe last few months I have been loving Pepsi, Mexican food, and SUGAR. I have become Fluffy again.

It’s damn hard when your addiction is on the store shelves and not on the corner of a street.

I’m happy to say that the last few weeks, i’ve regained control.  I’ve also gone 5 weeks without alcohol.  There is hope!

If you’re struggling with a Food Addiction, keep trying, don’t give up!

I’m figuring out some solutions and I’ll be sharing them with you, along my personal journey.

Hang in there, and stay strong!!!

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