Thursday, April 21, 2011

Food Addiction

Is addition real or is it addiction like behavior?  Does it really matter?

True addiction, according to Dr. Gabor Mate, involves four issues:
Endorphins; the molecule of life, a group of proteins that is associated with emotions, pain relief, love, reward, hedonic responce.
Dopamine; a form of dopa, act as a neurotransmitter in the brain, it stimulates, related to curiosity, vitality, excitement, exploration, drugs, food, sex.
Adrenlin; more of the above, plus stress reduction, fear, or low blood sugar.
Low Impulse Control; our free won't if you will. If our impulse control is low, we have a problem.

It does not matter if addiction is true or not, the solution is the same, totally give it up the problem food or behavior, but wait, I can not give up eating. I would be just getting use to it, then die.

How do you know if you are addicted? Give it up. If easy to get off and stay off, you are likely not addicted to that item. Calories may still be an issue, but addiction may not be.

I personally am addicted to sugar and wheat. These I can give up. Poor impulse control, now there is one more thing to put on my inventory of characteristics, along with compulsive obsessive, control freak, unsatisfiable, and others.

Are you or have you been addicted to foods?

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