Do you have any compelling cravings that you always give in to? I do with food, caffeine, sugars, spending, and gambling, when I have the chance, they all are too hard to give up. The Department of Health, Education and Welfare lists calleine as addictive, along with nicotine and heroin, and admits that if caffeine were a new drug, the manufacturer would have great difficulty in getting a licnse to sell it, and it would no doubt be available only by prescription. Three distinct signs of addiction are: tolerance for the so called drug, withdrawal symptoms when it is removed, and a craving after being deprived. Data increasingly shows that caffeine is implicated in several types of cancer, including leukemia and pancreatic cancer,etc. That's what I read a very long time ago. If food is an ever-present temptation to which we constantly yield----then it is clear we are in bondage. The addiction of compulsive eating tends to be chronic and progressive. Food cravings are often triggered by sharp swings in blood sugar. Poor frustration and anxiety tolerance is usually associated with food addicits. Shame and scare tatics will not motivate anyone to change their eating habits.
I certainly am changing mine a little at a time, and one day at a time. Yesterday I was given a carmel apple pie the size of a very very large pizza. I took it home had one piece it was so good I knew I would eat the whole thing. When I got up in the morning, the very first thing I did was get out enough of containers to hold the rest of the temptating pie. I gave away about twelve servings to the people I spend time with during the day. It made me feel good, it made my friends happy, and it gave me a sense of freedom from the overeating goblin. Today at the lunch room there was a birthday party I ate nothing there, but I did sing happy birthday. I gave myself a tally mark for each control I had. There I go again making this a long page!