SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com
Pizza. Chips. Soda. French fries. There are some foods we just can't get enough of.
And now groundbreaking science from the National Institute on Drug Addiction has shown that for some people, certain foods can hijack the brain's reward center and induce cravings for more. In other words, science is proving that food addiction is a real thing.
"These foods are called hyperpalatables, and are sugary/fatty/salty food and beverage combinations which are typically refined or processed products," says Dr. Pamela Peeke, M.D., author of "The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction."
Break the addiction Stop your food addictions by trying the following: "Before eating/drinking what is in front of you, ask yourself these questions," says Dr. Peeke.
- If I eat this, will I feel loss of control?
- If I eat this, will I feel shame, blame and guilt?
"It’s very important to get off the food/beverage product you crave in order to heal the brain’s reward center, quell cravings and manage how much food your eat," continues Dr. Peeke. There is a detox period which can be easier to go through if you switch out the hyperpalatables with healthy fixes. "For example, combinations of protein and fiber, such as celery sicks with peanut butter, satisfy and curb carb cravings," she says. Click here to read Dr. Peeke's other tips to kicking food addiction.
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