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Top 21 Food Addiction Quotes

Food Addiction Quotes

This post contains some of the best food addiction quotes.

Food Addiction Quotes

1. “It’s not just your imagination: Food addiction is real.”— Pam Peeke

2. “Food addiction is real, but it’s not a binary construct. It’s not an either/or proposition that we’re either food addicts or not food addicts. Instead, there are gradations; it’s a continuum.”—Susan Peirce Thompson

3. “We have to treat food addiction as we would any other life-threatening addiction—we have to resist addictive foods with every fiber of our being and recommit to that fight on a daily, hourly, minute-to-minute basis. Vigilance is imperative to the recovery process.”—Pam Peeke

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4. “Is everyone who eats too much a food addict? No. But the question of where to draw the line between behaviour that merely indicates the enjoyment of food at one end of the spectrum, and behaviour that is symptomatic of someone suffering the persistent and annoying cravings spurred by addiction at the other end, is a difficult one to answer.”— Vera Tarman

5. “Recovery from food addiction can be complicated. Hard-core drug addicts actually have it easier than people who struggle on their own with food addiction. Why? Because drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol are not needed for survival. Once you get clean, you never touch the substance again. You are abstinent for the rest of your life.”—Pam Peeke

6. “Food addiction is a disorder related to this fundamental level of desire.”—Vera Tarman

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7. “Food addiction easily slips under the radar: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression are all consequences of food addiction, but they are usually identified by their individual symptoms rather than by the underlying cause.”—Vera Tarman

8. “But there is another reason food addiction is so tenacious. Most of us have a part of ourselves that really wants to eat addictive foods. Not just our brain, which has been rewired to crave them, but a part of our psyche that may have been using food for years to navigate stress, to reward, to celebrate, to comfort, to soothe. That part of us is called the Food Indulger.”—Susan Peirce Thompson

9. “The harsh reality with food addiction is that abstinence from all food is not an option. You must walk among your “drugs” every day of your life. You cannot escape them, no matter where you go.”—Pam Peeke

10. “Food addiction does not discriminate—it can afflict people anywhere along their weight-management journey.”—Pam Peeke

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11. “If food addicts could smoke or inject sugar, food addiction would be on the same playing field for researchers as cocaine or heroin.”—Vera Tarman

12. “If you are sure you have no food addictions—be it to sweets, meats, breads, or anything other than healthy vegetables and fruits— then go completely cold turkey from your favorite foods for one week (or one month). Maybe you’re not as free as you thought you were.”— Michael L. Brown

13. “I do understand the power of addictions, especially food addictions. I’m simply urging you to stop making excuses, to stop avoiding reality, to stop blaming others, and to take responsibility for where you find yourself.”—Michael L. Brown

14. “Food addiction exists. Although the science that supports it is still in its infancy, it may be useful to remind the critical reader that addiction research in general, whether for alcohol, cocaine, Ecstasy, or opiates, is at a similar early stage.”—Vera Tarman

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15. “Certainly, people suffering from eating disorders and food addiction can also be obese, but their primary condition is not obesity. In their case, obesity is just another symptom of their emotional disturbance or their food addiction. The underlying emotional trauma that drives the bulimic to stuff himself needs to be addressed before the physical aspects of obesity can be treated; likewise, the sugar that is propelling the addictive overeater needs to be removed before tackling any weight issues. ”— Vera Tarman

16. “Just as for any addiction, there are consequences related to food addiction that impact your life and the lives of your friends and family members. People with food addiction often experience depression related to their eating behaviors. If you have a food addiction, you may be more prone to health problems, stress, difficulty sleeping, digestive problems, fatigue, and thoughts of suicide due to hopelessness about your food addiction. You may also have higher risks for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and certain cancers. You may experience pain from arthritis in your joints if you are overweight or obese, and you may also have sleep disorders related to your weight.”— Carolyn Coker Ross

17. “You may see your food addiction as an overwhelming problem. You may even have tried to address the problem by making promises to yourself or trying to avoid your food fixes completely. Usually these approaches work for a short time but not in the long run. For freedom from food addiction in the long run, you have to take a closer, deeper look at what’s driving your addiction and understand that fundamentally, addiction is not really about a substance or a behavior—it’s about something more.”—Carolyn Coker Ross

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18. “When you’ve endured a long period of food addiction, you’ve likely had this experience: You’re really “good” on a “diet” for a while, and then you’re placed in a stressful situation—you have a crushing work deadline or your mom goes into the hospital or you and your partner have a big blowup. Kaboom, your stress hormone levels hit the ceiling, you’re blinded by anxiety, and then the three horsemen of the apocalypse show up: helplessness, hopelessness, and defeat.”—Pam Peeke

19. “First, for people without food addiction, eating normal amounts of food provides enough pleasure, and overeating occurs only on occasion (Thanksgiving, for example). But if you have a food or eating addiction, you may not feel the same amount of pleasure when you eat normal quantities of food, or when you eat foods that are not your “food fixes”—that is, those foods that you crave and have difficulty controlling.”—Carolyn Coker Ross

20. “Kicking food addiction is hard. You need fuel for the journey. That fuel is your true hunger—the passion that drives you to pay attention to yourself, the motivation that inspires you, the goal you can see with crystal clarity; in other words, what your soul really aches for instead of the food coma. Your Healthy Hunger.”—Pam Peeke

21. “Healing from food addiction involves a lot of sacrifice and embodying a new way of living, including new daily routines. And typically, people don’t invest that heavily in something unless there’s a rationale and motivation for it. Thinking of yourself as a food addict very gratefully living in recovery can help fuel and sustain that recovery. I have seen so many people’s lives blossom once they embraced, without judgment or stigma, that they really were food addicts.”—Susan Peirce Thompson

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