Sunday, May 22, 2022

A food addict’s quandary


I’ve been contemplating life after my juice fast.  What do I do?  Obviously, after going for over a week without solid food, I don’t want to get back into the habits that landed me here in the first place but, over the last few years, I’ve realized that I am a food addict.  How did I know I am an addict?  Well, here’s a few things I noticed about myself:

  1.  I often eat for pleasure, as opposed it being out of any real hunger.
  2. At work, when someone brings in sweets, I hoard some for myself but often sneak back to grab more when no one’s looking.
  3. I get irritable if I don’t get my “fix”.
  4. Going without leaves me out of sorts, including headaches and lethargy.
  5. I have often purchased food on my way home from work, eaten it and had a full meal when I got home.

I don’t know if these all fit the classic signs of addiction but, they at least point to a problem.  Even though my fast will not meet my previously intended goal, it has provided me with enough of a clear head to really process my approach to food.  I’ve realized that food is a source of pleasure and shame. So, I’m working in a new direction now.  Here are the goals:

  1. Cook more.  Honestly, I really don’t even like most fast food.  I get it out of convenience more than anything.  I’m actually a pretty decent cook, if I say so myself.  I just need to plan and organize better.
  2. Drink more water. A lot of cravings can be curbed by just making sure that you get around 8 glasses (64 oz.) of water in you a day.
  3. Think about what it is I’m eating: It’s nothing to go to a vending machine at work, grab a candy bar and eat it, only to realize later that it was another 200-250 calories that I did not need.  It helps to be conscious of the things we are putting in our bodies.
  4. Eat something else: Finding a healthier alternative can go a long way. For example, sausage gravy and biscuits should not be an everyday breakfast, especially when I can have high-fiber oatmeal, turkey bacon and egg whites (I hate yolks!) and still consume fewer calories.
  5. Do something else: I find that when I am productive, I don’t think about junk food as much.  Maybe I should be using my idle time on family, business, fitness or projects I’ve been neglecting.

I don’t think I’ve set lofty goals here so, I’m hoping that they are easier to pursue.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

JP Smith
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