“Experiments in animals and humans show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods. Highly palatable foods are foods rich in sugar, fat and salt. Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain‘s reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again.” (Source: WebMD)
Need I say more?
Okay, I will… If there is food in the house, I will eat it. If I’m at a buffet, I will sit in a seat with no barriers to the food. If I’m at a reception, I will stand by the food. If there are leftovers, I will eat them off the plates of my kids. If there is Halloween candy in my office, it will get eaten. If I’m watching TV, I will eat a snack. If I’ve just had dinner, I’ll have seconds…
At one point in time, I was able to say, okay, no more eating at night. Fell off that wagon of course and now I know how a smoker trying to quit feels…
So. First step. Own the problem. Acknowledge it. I’m never going to be skinny. I love to eat. This will always be challenge. It may never come easy. But it is what it is and I need to break the cycle.
Next step. Fill the vacuum. Find my goal and move towards it. I want to be healthy. I want to be strong. I want to feel good. I will. I will get there. I can do it.
Status: Feet are now turned in the right direction. I found something I love. Not quite on the path yet, haven’t made any progress yet, other than facing the right direction. I’m not good at it yet. No pressure to accomplish anything yet other than to focus on my goal. This is where I am. This is where I start.