Stop your food addictions by trying the following:
"Before eating/drinking what is in front of you, ask yourself these questions," says Peeke.
- If I eat this, will I feel loss of control?
- If I eat this, will I feel shame, blame and guilt?
"If the answer is yes to both — they go together most of the time — then say to yourself, 'Whatever is sitting in front of me doesn’t work for me.' This puts the power in your hands," she says. By giving yourself a minute to think about the foods, you're putting the item on a virtual shelf and can substitute other, healthier items.
"It’s very important to get off the food or beverage product you crave in order to heal the brain’s reward center, quell cravings and manage how much food your eat," Peeke says. 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 Peeke's other tips on kicking food addiction.