April 2013 Walking update ~ Regain Control

Conttol HealthPeople saw my slim frame and chuckled at me when they heard me say I was addicted to food.   I was born with skinny genes and over the years have overcome my addiction.

I feel liberated that I can eat what I choose without the physical or emotional connection to food.

EmaxHealth.com has a great article entitled, “Six Symptoms of Food Addiction and 8 Ways to Overcome It” written by Sherry Pagoto PhD.

Sherry talks about how our bodies are “hardwired to experience pleasure from eating which is what motivates us to get the amount of energy our body needs – clearly a survival instinct.

“Like any substance that taps the pleasure centers in the brain, food then has the ability to over-tap those pleasure centers, creating a level of motivation to eat that is not normal.

“Processed foods have been implicated, including sugar, flour, some fats, and even salt. The simple act of overconsuming these types of foods may have the potential to develop into an eating habit that looks a lot like a drug habit. Our consumption of processed foods as a nation has increased over the last few decades, which is likely why we are seeing more and more cases of food addiction.

“Addiction hijacks your brain. Areas of your brain that regulate decision making, motivation and memory become controlled by the substance. This is why addicts will do things that are seemingly irrational or out of character. They are not in control of their choices. The object of treatment is to regain control.”

Food addictions can be overcome, Sherry Pagoto shares an “effective treatment that involves much more than just talking about the problem, but will require you to work through the following steps.  Detox, Remove Cues,  Develop Regular Pattern of Eating, Peer Support, Journaling, Stress Management, Stress Management, Get Back to Living.”

Personally, I didn’t utilize Sherry’s program to gain control over eating yet choosing to eat gluten-free for the year is evidence that I have.

Read Sherry’s complete article to help you get over your food addictions.

Linda Grace Cox


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. The skinny gene is definitely a gift in many respects but at the same time I would say its a curse. I have it and I have eaten as I please for a long time but I do sometimes wonder what my pipers look from the inside

  2. Hello Linda, very nice topic you got here. I really liked it. I am glad that I found this really great article of yours regarding addiction in food. It is true that eating is used for fixing uncomfortable feelings which most people do. Anyway, I am hoping to read more updated from your blog. Keep safe!

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