Recovery From Food Addiction Led Me To Hope and Possibility
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
2w ago
Before recovery, Raena Z. weighed 315 pounds and today she is a recovered food addict which over a 100-lb weight release. As an overweight child, she recalls liking food more than others and using food to manage her emotions. In this episode, Raena shares an experience from high school that caused her incredible shame.  After she married and gave birth to her son, her weight continued to climb higher.   Eating in secrecy, she could not stop once she began and finally realized her powerlessness and how her compulsive food behaviors were aff ..read more
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Food Addiction Recovery is Available through 12-step Programs.
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
2M ago
Amy B.’s highest known weight was 265 as she used food for many years to deal with stress, anxiety and life challenges. While there is humor and a comedic lightness in this podcast episode discussion between two food-recovered food addicts, the messages are serious and important in talking about what it was like and recovery from food addiction. A recovered alcoholic, Amy used food in the same ways she used alcohol, addictively and to numb emotional pain.  Within the laughter, we talk about how we were numbing ourselves with food and alcohol and found th ..read more
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My Food Use and Weight was Affecting Everything In My Life
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
3M ago
Lori P. is a recovered food addict who shares the challenges experienced in childhood, during a failed marriage, and after the death of her mother. An accomplished company executive, she had used food and many diets during her life attempting to manage her weight and food addiction. Lori had reached a bottom in her addiction and reached a point of desperation, so she began recovering in a 12-step program.  She surrendered control of food and weight through abstinence from offending foods as she physically recovered by releasing and maintaining a 55-pound weight loss.  ..read more
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No Weight Loss Program Can Beat a Severe Food Addiction
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
4M ago
Dr. Joan Ifland is a leading authority and expert in highly-processed Food Addiction and wellness recovery and has personal experience with food addiction.  When she realized that her mental and physical health was being negatively affected by the food she was eating, she began to make changes involving eliminating certain foods and utilizing recovery.  Dr. Ifland gives practitioners and clients new insights into why food addiction recovery can lead to health improvement from nutrition-related diseases. She cites a statistic in which 1.6 million Americans will die from ..read more
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Denial of My Food Addiction Caused Me to Live From the Neck Up
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
5M ago
Kristie M., a recovered food addict, has been maintaining a 170-pound weight loss for many years.  Having been a child of obese parents and one parent who abused alcohol, she identifies as being obsessed with food early in her life and dealt with the shame and denial of not being able to control her weight or food use on her own.  There were many food behaviors including secret eating that plagued any success around the use of diets to control her weight or food. A work colleague told her about a 12-step recovery program for the disease that she entered. Despite a ..read more
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Deception And Persuasion By the Food Industry Contribute To Our Food Addiction
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
6M ago
Thirty-four years ago, Dr. Debbie Danowski weighing 328 pounds realized that her life was unmanageable and she decided to enter a food addiction recovery program. Today Dr. Danowski maintains a 170 weight loss through a daily recovery routine. In this podcast, we discuss denial, powerlessness and the negative consequences of food addiction.   Getting the message out about food addiction is the driving force in all of her work and the release of her newest book Happy Eating and Food Addiction in American Advertising which profiles how the food and drink industries are contri ..read more
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The "Addict Brain" Highjacks Our Brains Like a Computer Virus
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
7M ago
In his book, Recovery Mind Training Dr. Paul Earley cites the statistic that addiction is a devastating brain disease affecting over 23 million individuals including their loved ones in the U.S. alone. He says that the single biggest driver around addiction is genetics and that there is a strong genetic link with addiction in families.  Dr. Earley describes how powerful and insidious the Addict Brain is as it hijacks our brains without us being aware. The Addict Brain is like a computer virus running autonomously in the background virtuall ..read more
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I Used Food In the Same Ways I Had Used Alcohol and Drugs
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
8M ago
When an overweight friend had a stroke, Tony W. realized that if he did not address his own weight and food issues, his health would continue to decline. Weighing 464 pounds, he had many obesity-related illnesses including neuropathy in his feet and five hernia surgeries. He grew up in a family and culture of fried foods and high-calorie foods.  Tony got sober from drugs and alcohol using a 12-step recovery program, then began using food even more than he had. He entered the Bright Line Eating Program (https://www.brightlineeating.com/) and has released all of the extr ..read more
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Food Was My Friend, My Lover, My Companion
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
8M ago
Colleen Y. has been recovering from food addiction for over four years having physically released 150 pounds. Like many food addicts, her history involves eating in secret and planning her food binges. She experienced shame and embarrassment about her weight and food use and tried to control her food and weight through diets and lap-band surgery.  During a 2-month relapse, after she had become abstinent from sugar and other foods, she realized how serious her food addiction was and became suicidal. She entered a food addiction recovery treatment program Shift ..read more
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A Doctor Told Me I Was Committing Suicide with Food
Food Addiction, the Problem and the Solution
by Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir
9M ago
Once weighing 335 pounds, Lisa K. lost 150 pounds and recovered from her food addiction through treatment and ongoing 12-step work and recovery support. Early in her childhood she had a preoccupation with food and loved the sugar, fat and starch food combination. Growing up in an abusive home she learned not to feel emotions. Later as a teenager she became a food volume addict and was often teased and bullied about her weight. Despite the negative consequences including strained personal relationships, Lisa continued to eat and c ..read more
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