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America’s No. 1 Addiction: Food

Jenny Sansouci by Jenny Sansouci | January 22nd, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: addicted to food, brain chemicals, cocaine, comfort food, crack, cravings, detox, diet, DNA, dopamine, drug addict, emotional eating, epigenetics, exercise, fat, food addiction, Gaiam Inspirations, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, genes, gratification, healthy-eating, impulse control, meditate, meditation, mind, neurotransmitter, nicotine, nutrition expert, Pam Peeke, physician, pleasure, pre-frontal cortex, receptors, reward center, salt, stress hormones, sugar, The Hunger Fix, Whole Foods

Did you know that the brain has the same chemical reaction to sugary and fatty foods as it does to cocaine or nicotine? According to Dr. Pam Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, the chemical reaction happens before you even eat the food — all you have to do is think about it!

Dr. Peeke recently appeared on GaiamTV.com’s Gaiam Inspirations to talk about America’s food addiction and how to retrain your brain to make healthier choices. Dr. Peeke’s interest in the topic of food addiction started because of the way her patients talked about food. “I can’t get off this stuff.” “The withdrawal is killing me.” They sounded like drug addicts, and she started to wonder if there was a connection between food and addiction.

She found that there’s a very striking connection — and the same centers of the brain are involved that regulate drug addiction. And, she says, don’t think for a second the food industry hasn’t figured this out.

Who Knew Emotions Were So “Weighty”?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 19th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: bad habits, binge, binging, calories, cravings, depression, diet, dieting, eat your feelings, emotional, emotions, exercise, Fitness, food, friends, habits, healthy habits, healthy-eating, hobby, hunger, isolation, meditate, meditation, nutrition, overeat, overeating, portion control, self-control, stress, stress eating, support, the firm, weight gain, weight-loss, work out, workout

I did a Google search on what causes stress in people’s lives and I found things like unemployment, divorce, financial problems, health issues, fatigue and so on. In reflecting on how I deal with stress, let’s just say that far, far less than unemployment has caused me to eat a dozen donuts in one sitting!

Yes, I’m talking about stress eating. Most of us have had the unfortunate pleasure of experiencing it at one point or another, and it is not for the faint of heart. I can down a whole can of party peanuts if Auden has a particularly bad day at school! Thankfully I have come to terms with the real me and I am now able to recognize the signs of impending stress and do a fairly good job of not eating us out of house and home when things get rough. Please allow me to share some of my tips, and I welcome any you have to share that have worked for you.

Sugar Addiction? It Might Be Genetic

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | April 15th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: addiction, addicts, alcohol, amino acids, appetite, artificial sweeteners, bedtime, blood sugar, breakfast, chemicals, Chromium, cravings, diabetes, diet, dopamine receptor, dr. mark hyman, drugs, eating before bed, food, food allergies, Food sensitivities, fruit juice, genes, genetics, glucomannan, glutamine, hormones, hunger, inflammation, insulin, medical research, neurotransmitters, nutrition, nutritional deficiencies, omega-3 fatty acids, pleasure, protein, refined sugar, reward centers, Rhodiola, science, sleep, small meals, soda, stress, sugar, tyrosine and 5-HTP, Vitamin D, weight-loss, willpower

Hand reaching into a cookie jarWe’re all programmed to like sugar, but new research shows that some people are genetically much more prone to sugar addiction than others.

As I noted in my previous blog on food addiction, science demonstrates that people can be biologically addicted to sugar and other foods in the same way people can be addicted to heroin, cocaine or nicotine. Bingeing and addictive behaviors are eerily similar in alcoholics and sugar addicts. In fact, many recovering alcoholics switch to another easily available drug: sugar.

Sensible Snacking

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 29th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: baked, cravings, food, healthy, low-sodium, snack, soy

I never really kept snacks around the house in the past, but now that I have a toddler with a seemingly insatiable appetite, I find myself trolling the chips and cookies aisle for portable and convenient, yet somewhat healthy, snacks. And I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised at the options available since I last was a regular snacker (which was probably in my college years or early 20s.).