Heather and Kelsey are tackling a big topic this season – Food Addiction! What is it? How do you recognize it? Strategies for overcoming it?

Food addiction is not a formally recognized addiction, although we all know certain foods are addicting by nature. In Episode 1, Heather and Kelsey start to crack this nut!

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Barbells & Bone Broth Podcast - Season One, Episode One - Food Addiction: What the heck is it?

Food Addiction: What the heck is it?

Heather and Kelsey are tackling a big topic this season – Food Addiction! What is it? How do you recognize it? Strategies for overcoming it?

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Barbells and Bone Broth: Season 1, Episode 1

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • What does food addiction even mean?
    • That’s the problem. It’s so nuanced. It really can mean different things to different people, right? There’s no actual medical diagnosis. 
    • For a long time, anorexia was the only actual eating disorder recognized and then binge eating came in and food addiction is still not on the spectrum.
    • It’s really thinking about food as a drug, right? Usually primarily sugar and grains. 
  • The abstainer and moderator personality type. For people who don’t know, the abstainer is somebody who can’t eat just one. They do well with very clear boundaries and a guardrail. And the moderator needs one to stay more resolved because they feel if they are completely deprived of everything then they want more. 
  • The reward signals from hyperpalatable foods override the signals of fullness and satisfaction, so as a result, the food-addicted person will continue to eat and eat and eat beyond hunger. And possibly into the space of pain or purging. Those signals of fullness and satisfaction with those hyperpalatable foods that we’re addicted to, they do get flipped off and we can just continue to eat and eat and eat and eat.
  • It also runs into the whole situation of fat-phobia and about how obsessed we are as a society about remaining small. Not every food addict is overweight, right? But you can fluctuate with your weight and you can even have your own body issues, so it’s not even the same as maybe other addictions where you can completely hide it.
  • For anybody who’s listening, keep an open mind. Give yourself tons and tons of load and loads of grace on this topic and be open to what could be for you on the other end of a really hard journey.

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