Heather and Kelsey get together to wrap up Season 1. They talk about their biggest takeaways and questions moving forward.
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Food Addiction is Relentless: Season 1 Wrap Up
Heather and Kelsey get together to wrap up Season 1. They talk about their biggest takeaways and questions moving forward. And hey – it’s ok if you’re not a moderator!
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- I think it would be nice today to talk about what we liked from this season. What did we learn? What’s sticking with us?
- The food that we previously enjoyed is off the table, and that’s hard. It is hard and it’s a loss and it’s something that you may have to grieve. But we also have to think about the other side to it and think about all of the, for lack of better word, trauma that comes along with those foods. It really brings little pleasure, but we’re so tied to it. It really is chasing pleasure as opposed to actually having the pleasure.
- I would say the idea of nostalgia with food. I’ve been thinking about nostalgia a lot lately and how harmful it can be to moving forward, because we have this idea and I found a quote from Brené Brown and it’s not verbatim, but it’s like nostalgia isn’t even a true memory anymore like it’s not historical fact because we’ve added so many filters to this memory, so romanticized. This idea like I can’t have this because it’s so good but is it actually the food that was so good or the memories surrounding the food?
- Picture a scale, like an old-fashioned scale, and there’s two sides to it. Put the food you want on one side and the goal you have on the other, and really take the time to weigh the options. And if that food is more important, eat it. Don’t feel bad about it and move on.
- If you can recognize where your thoughts are going and why. I feel like part of my food addiction is an emotional component. So, learning to handle emotions, work through them. Identify where that’s going. I think that would just be beneficial to everybody, right? Like not even if you have a food addiction.
- The trauma that can cause or worsen a food addiction can be totally “normal”. Like you can be raised in a “normal, average good household” where there’s still lots of harmful messages, lots of harmful communication techniques, and all of that being done by your parents who are doing their very best to raise you, but it still causes harm.
- I’m definitely curious about what Sarah said about alcohol. Unfortunately and clearly, I’m fighting that a little bit. Like the secondary addiction. She said something else that made a lot of sense to me. We can say alcohol is sugar and grains, so if you’re not eating sugar and grains, why would you possibly drink it right? But what she also said that made a lot of sense to me was why would I do anything to alter my mind state where I potentially open the door to my food problems and that makes total sense. I’m not overly concerned about my alcohol consumption, but I want to do the best I can to control my food.
- I suppose food sober is going to be a personal definition for every person, right? But I think that addiction is progressive. So perhaps it started out with sneaking food and overeating, and then it’s bingeing. I mean, I think it can run all of it. Some are going to have all of it. Some are not, but Sarah defined addiction to me as anything where basically a person wants to stop something and can’t. So there you have it.
- Overeaters Anonymous recommends weighing and measuring everything, every food, every morsel of food. I just find that if I’m not weighing and measuring my food, I will overeat it and again it doesn’t matter if it’s good food, bad food, healthy food, like all this stuff, but I will eat too much and then feel full and feel gross and ashamed and all of this. I don’t want to weigh and measure my food forever, every day for the rest of my life. But I’m coming to this realization that it just might be necessary, because the way that my food addiction shows up is overeating, even healthy foods. Weighing and measuring is about your mental health and about your self-worth and about feeling free from that crap.
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