6 Days Chocolate Sober!!

So it’s been 6 days since I last ate chocolate. “Big deal” I hear you say. Well actually it is a big deal. You see, I’m a compulsive overeater and refined sugar, chocolate in particular, is an addiction for me that’s as strong as any addiction to alcohol, drugs or smoking. It is a big deal and it’s a massive deal to be chocolate sober for 6 days....more

8 signs you’re addicted to food

 I learned how to count calories when I was 11 years old. But that didn’t seem to stop me from polishing off a pack of chocolate coins back then. Or that big birthday cake followed by a pint of ice cream that nearly sent me to hospital.My sister told me that I needed to work on my willpower. I guess that’s something I lacked. Even today.  I’ve lost and gained a thousand pounds since then. For the most part of my teenage years, I felt out of control and yet deprived, undeserving of anything good.  ...more
Alejandra_Alex_Ruani ClaireV.Sanders I think my list is so long, it will prob take years!!  I ...more

Food Was An Addiction

When a mom in my support group (for what, I'll detail in a moment) wrote that she was chronically exhausted and didn't know how the rest of us get through our day and that "even five Red Bulls" couldn't help her keep up, I knew I had to take time to share my path with her with the hope that I might be able to reach her....more

Can You Recondition Your Brain to Stop Overeating?

Today I'm going 100 percent geek on you. But I'm also giving you excellent action steps and a little gift at the end. So grab a cup of tea, read this post carefully, then read it again, bookmark it and make sure you take action!Did you know that your eating behaviors are hardwired in your brain?Your three brains and eating From an evolutionary perspective, you have three brains. Our most primitive brain is our reptile or lizard brain. Then our mammal brain developed. And finally, our neocortex....more

Dealing with the Bugaboo of Weight

JaneWhen I stepped on the scales at my annual physical, I realized that I have gained back a large portion of the weight I los...more
Jane, the whole weight watching never seems to end.  I don't know what to say; I am addicted to ...more

Eating Without a Conscience: My Personal Battle with Food Addiction

I can easily tell you that my upbringing in a food desert on Chicago’s South Side attributed to my battle with obesity during my early teen years but this was not at all the case. Looking back, I now know that I had a severe addiction to food—Very much like those who are addicted to drugs and other vices. At the age of 13, I spent all my waking hours thinking about food....more
I like that you say it's a lifestyle. It really is.more

Obesity from high-sugar and high-fat foods impairs brain to make dieting harder

There's new evidence of a vicious cycle in the world of bad nutrition.A study out of American University's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience has shown that diets high in refined sugar and saturated fat may actually change the brain of obese people, causing them to continue to overeat those same foods.The focus of the study was on the effects of diet on the hippocampus - specifically the effects on learning and memory.The lead researcher summed it up nicely: "What I think is happenign is a vicious cycle of obesity and cognitive decline."Here's the study:...more