How Can I Break an Addiction to Food?

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So Dr. Amani, please explain to everybody the first of the three steps that you think will make sense for everyone to try to use to breaking a lifelong addiction to food. Solution number one has the acronym flab, F-L-A-B. Walk us through. Okay, this is my acronym, and this is how I dealt with it.

You ask yourself when you reach for that food do you feel frustrated, lonely, anxious or bored? If those are the reasons you're going for that cupcake or those chips the food is not going to take those feelings away, this is a time to make a list of other quick diversions that you can do in the moment, take a walk, call a friend, listen to music, play with your dog, but something other than eating.

This is a way to take back control and learn a way to deal with those emotions that doesn't involve the food, you break that association. Now we can make it easy for everybody, we're going to print this out for you, I will put it on doctoroz.com you can get at home, put it in your wallet and when you're struggling look back on it, frustrated, lonely, anxious and bored not a good reason to eat.

So reason number two, to me it's all about journaling and you want to make journaling entries in here, they are about the emotions you sense with food. It is very critical to understand that association if you're in a motion and food. When you look backward it's not always easy to remember so write down when you're eating how are you feeling and over time you're going to start seeing patterns emerge when that feeling comes up it's critical then to have those distractor activities available to you.

And the third step of our action step to overcome food addictions is about using a food log, now why is that so important? Food logs are great because in a food log not only do you write down what you ate, but when you ate it where you ate it and how you were feeling when you ate it because the fact is there are certain places that are trigers there are certain people there are certain emotions all these different things can be triggers for making bad food choices.

Once you figure out your triggers then you can act at the time the trigger is there rather than after you've already eaten the food. Then make this really simple we got a free food log it works fabulously well it's set up on 11 week plan on doctoroz.com there is more than half a million and people signup to use these technologies they are therefore a please take advantage with them.

Well thank you very much for being honest for your sentiments the shame and the frustration you feel I think will be healing for many folks out there. Dr. Amani, thank you, your a wonderful sage on if you actually live through it, thank you for being with us today. Visit doctoroz.com for our move it or loose it program, stay with us.

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