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How to Beat Food Addiction

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Learn how to tell if you're a food addict and how to start on the road to recovery.
Air Date: 10/8/19
Duration: 16:50
Host: Holly Lucille, RN, ND
Guest Bio: Jennifer Alembik, Food Addiction Coach
Screen Shot 2019-10-07 at 2.08.38 PMJennifer Alembik is a Food Addiction Coach and recovering food addict who has devoted her life to speaking, writing, and coaching on this debilitating disease. Jenny’s intense passion to raise awareness and help others comes from her own personal struggle with food. She sought treatment at age 21 but sadly, it was ineffective. Finally, at the age of 45 yrs., she learned of her severe addiction to sugar and flour; the addictive culprits of her insane obsession and compulsion to eat. She currently resides in Florida with her three children; maintaining a 75lb weight loss and enjoying a full life, obsession free.
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferalembik/
How to Beat Food Addiction
Much like alcoholism and drug use, food addiction is a very serious disease. It's an obsession with food and weight and occurs when someone loses control over how much and what they eat. It’s a lifetime chronic illness that only gets worse if left untreated.  

Many food addicts struggle with foods high in sugar and flour, with pizza, ice cream, and chocolate topping the list of addictive foods. 

When it comes to symptoms, most food addicts:  

  • Are obsessed with food
  • Have dug food out of the garbage
  • Hide food
  • Lie about food and eating habits
  • Eat in isolation
  • Eat when they’re not hungry
  • Think about food and weight all the time
  • Want to stop eating but can’t 
  • Exercise, vomit, or use laxatives to control weight
For those struggling with food addiction, Jennifer Alembik, a Food Addiction Coach and recovering food addict, recommends staying away from foods that come in bags, boxes and cans. If you know which foods are the most triggering, she advises permanently cutting those foods out of your diet. Much like alcoholism, moderation does not exist with food addicts. 

She also recommends keeping a food journal, establishing and committing to morning and nighttime routines, and identifying triggers and finding new ways to cope when triggered. 

Listen as Jennifer joins Dr. Holly Lucille to discuss food addiction.