How to kick a food addiction
How I Kicked my Addiction to Processed Foods and Lost 20lbs Before the Holidays
12/02/2021 by Chris Cobb
I’ll start by saying like many of us say, I’m a foodie… But in saying so, I tend to take it too far at times. Being 5ft 7in and having issues with my heart at 200 pounds is a bad combo for me personally. I could tell you it’s all muscle but I’d be lying about the 33% body fat part of this. I’ve stayed right at 200 for a good 2 years now, up from 160. Recently, about 2 months ago I finally got sick and tired of how I was feeling and decided to do something about it. I knew I had to have discipline. I also had in mind that Thanksgiving and Christmas were just around the bend, and in case I want to pig out on those days, I want to have a little less guilt about it when I do. Within 2 months, I’ve dropped 20 pounds. Now at an even 180, I’m still progressing in a healthy manner. Instead of using my own judgement, I looked into a few methods that could help me lose the weight and keep it off, along with feeling stronger, and healthier overall. Here is a list of the top five things I am working with in order to maintain a healthy system.
How to kick a food addiction steps:
- Research – I have a colleague who is a life coach. Another friend who utilizes a life coach. They frequently give me advice on healthy habits, especially when I tell them I am not feeling so great. The more things they mention that I don’t quite understand, the more I wish to understand, but know they are constantly busy with life and work, so I tend not to bombard them with a slew of questions. The very first thing I decided to do on this new journey was to do my homework. Like they say when you ask a question in any forum that sounds simple enough to figure out by a quick search, “Google is your friend”. I began by looking into what to cut out of my diet: Carbs, Saturated Fats, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, GMOs and other obviously unhealthy fillers. This brought me to practicing the next healthy habit, read on.
- Reading Labels – After I’d done enough research to get a grasp on what I needed to take out of my diet, I began to read nutritional information labels on all the foods I am about to prepare. After comparing unsweetened almond milk with whole milk and skim milk, the calcium in almond milk is greater than the dairy, and no sugar, as the skim milk has less saturated fat than whole, but believe it or not, contains sugar. Any life coach who helps you focus on your nutrition is without a doubt, going to tell you to cut out the sugar first thing. As I’m grabbing a jar of peanut butter for a midnight snack (shhhh), I realize how much garbage is in this stuff that I never even looked at. So, I replaced this with peanut butter protein powder which has 80% fat than the traditional. Swapping things out with healthier alternatives is playing a great role here.
- Intermittent Fasting – Any self-proclaimed foodie is going to hate the idea of fasting, especially in the beginning. They say you should eat 8 SMALL meals per day to keep your metabolism up and running. But me, I’m not going to eat small meals right off the bat. If I eat breakfast, I’m hungry 2 hours later. If I do not, and drink plenty of water along with my morning coffee, I can surprisingly handle the fasting part quite well. Once 5:00pm hits, I can’t take it anymore and I’m ready to eat. But I can’t allow my appetite to be bigger than my goals. This is where the next step comes in… Keep reading.
- Portion control and Meal Prep – My biggest issue with food is how much I eat, and how fast. If I order a large meatlover’s pizza, I do not have any qualms with eating the whole thing within an hour. This is a huge problem (especially when you’re complaining to a life coach or nutrition coach about not feeling good after you just ate a whole box of Papa John’s). Pizza is typically not a healthy food, but even in my drive to be a healthier person, I do have my cheat days. A cheat day however, is no excuse for me to eat a whole pizza in one sitting. Besides making my own healthier pizza at home, I find it okay to do the traditional pie every once in a while, so long as it’s not frequent, and I don’t eat so much of it. Two slices sound like enough for most normal people. So, I tried this out. I’ll have once slice, wait a good 20 minutes before I get my second. Once I’m done with my second, I’ve already let that first portion settle and I’m feeling full, but not stuffed and bloated. When I’m on my normal routine without the pizza or burgers, I watch my portions, even with the lean meats, vegan and keto based foods. I mean, it can’t be good to eat 20 pounds of any food in a day, no matter how nutritious it may be. Before bed, I’ll prepare my asparagus with a salmon filet portion and store it in the fridge for the next day’s lunch or dinner. On top of watching my portions and having healthier eating habits, I’ve also added vitamins and supplements to my diet such as a daily multivitamin, L-Lysine, fish oil, Vitamin D3 and B12, protein shakes as meal replacements when I’m on the go, creatine and a few others. These in combination with healthier diet have helped me with my energy levels and strength as well as muscle recovery after workouts, which brings me to my 5th healthy habit – read below.
- Gym Membership – This was the toughest part for me. I’ve kept a gym membership for over two years, paid monthly, but never actually showed up at the gym. If you know anyone involved in life coaching or life coach training, you’re likely going to get a lecture about both money management and impeccability with your word; Doing what you say you will do. I decided I either needed to quit faking myself out and cancel the membership or just start going. Once I lost some pounds, I felt a bit more confident in that I wouldn’t run out of breath and energy just getting ready, then walking to the car. So, I started going. Even if it was just once or twice a week, even if it was from 11pm to 2am, I’ve kept it up. The motivation to get there is actually the hardest thing involved here. Knowing life coaches, I tend to have them as accountability partners. I will tell them when I am not doing what I should be in order to help myself. Once I turn our conversation into inspiration and motivation, I’m more enthused to get moving. Once I get into the gym, I just start lifting and warming up. I get on the treadmill anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. If I’m too worn to lift more after the treadmill, that’s okay: I still worked out. I still did SOMETHING.
Overall, this seemingly impossible routine has become second nature to me fairly fast. It seems much easier to stay in healthy habits than it is to start them. I highly suggest utilizing a life coach, or taking interest life coach training so that you may either have that accountability partner to keep you motivated and moving, or so that you can help another person in need of that push toward their healthier version. Besides, we have a new year coming, perhaps it’s time for that healthy resolution that we can stick to.
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