“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 weakness.-dictionairy.com) 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!!!


Kris Rudarmel

I am an (award winning) womanpreneur, artist, speaker, empowerment leader and knowledge seeker. I share my stories of adversity with fear, in business and in life, with vulnerability and being awakened and how I boldly built a company to new levels and took risks to soar. Along my journey, my belief in myself, tenacity, courage, confidence, hope and faith grew exponentially. You will hear my message of enlightenment and my life changing principles for fearless living that will assist and inspire others to jump to their greatest potential. I hope to inspire my community to find their strength to live courageously, ignite their flame and leap joyously. I believe we should continually upgrade our dreams to preserve our road to happiness. You need to believe it can be done- this will set your mind in motion to find a way to do it. I (along with my husband) bootstrapped our way to building a local, woman owned enterprise in Salt Lake City; Anchor Water Damage & Restoration. While building Anchor (2008-2016) I have been recognized in the community 8 times with the following: • Nationally Recognized 2016 Best of the Best -Top 3 ‘Women in Restoration’ 2016 Remediation and Restoration Magazine (October issue) • 2016 Enterprise 7 Award: Woman Business Owner • 2015 and 2014 Best of State • 2013 30 Women to Watch- Utah Business Magazine • 2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur • 2011 Woman Business Owner of the Year – NAWBO SLC • 2009 Small Business of the Year • 2013 Kris graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program • 2012 GE Capital Banking on Women program • 2011 Won the SCORE/Sam’s giveaway (2 companies per state were awarded this) I love being involved in the community. I help out by serving on committees and volunteering. I serve on the Granite Foundation Board and have held positions at Chamber West, NAWBO along with other organizations. I was a mentor (2016) for the Women of Worth foundation. I reside in South Jordan, Utah with my husband of 33 years and my 2 children.

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