How can I take control of my food addiction?

You should take control of your food addiction in steps; figuring out your emotional connection to food and purging your home of problem foods is key. In this video, I share strategies for curbing food addiction.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you recognize 3 or more of these signs in your life, you may have a food addiction. Follow the action plan steps below to take back control.

  1. Use the acronym FLAB: Frustrated, Lonely, Anxious, Bored. When you’re struggling, think of why you are reaching for food. If the answer lies in one of these emotions, the food will not take those feelings away. Find a positive way to deal with your emotions and break the association.
  2. Journal your emotions about food. Journaling will help you understand the association between emotion and food. Write down what you’re eating and how you’re feeling. Over time, you will see patterns emerge and can institute coping strategies.
  3. Use a food log. A food log will tell you not only what you ate and when you ate it, but how you were feeling when you ate it. This will help you identify the triggers for making bad food choices and allow you to break those patterns.

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