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Does food have the power to make me feel happy or sad?

While there is some evidence that certain foods - and they often tend to be sugars/fats - can activate dopaminergic reward pathways, by and large - any power food has, is the power we give it.  When we feel "out of control" with a food - then we do truly believe it has a power over us.    Over time, if we use foods to help us with sadness, to celebrate, to numb - we associate the food with the feeling, and it gets more power that way.   Food is a mind game - while some foods are more reinforcing than others, and easier to get "swept away" by (e.g. cookies, chips, ice cream), it is by monitoring the feelings that foods bring up in us that is the first step to breaking those associations and treating food like food and not power.

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