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  • Denial of My Food Addiction Caused Me to Live From the Neck Up

    In the 21st episode of "Food Addiction: The Problem and the Solution" podcast, host Susan Branscome talks with Kristie M, who shares her personal and transformative journey of struggling with and recovering from food addiction. This blog post is a reflection of that conversation to contribute a beacon of hope for anyone facing similar struggles. Tune in to hear about: Kristie M's childhood and struggles with food addiction Kristie M's experiences with dieting and denial Kristie M's journey and recovery from food addiction The role of shame and secrecy in food addiction Kristie M's relapse and challenges with her food plan and alcohol use Introduction to 12-step groups for food addiction The importance of surrendering to the program and listening to others in recovery The role of sexual orientation and self-acceptance in recovery The spiritual aspect of recovery and the need for a power greater than oneself Kristie M's personal experience with food addiction and recovery, including facing traumatic events and finding support Roots of Addiction Kristie's story begins in childhood, where food was the epicenter of family life. As the oldest of four siblings, and the family moving frequently, Kristie experienced a sense of restlessness that later became mirrored her relationship with food. Despite a seemingly normal upbringing, her preoccupation with food was anything but ordinary. She remembers her fourth birthday not for the gifts or the guests, but for the ice cream cone she dropped in a puddle and ate despite the protests of others. This was an early sign of her food addiction, which intensified with time. Struggle with Shame and Secrecy As she grew older, her addiction manifested in shame and secrecy. She felt judged for her weight. She found herself going through drive-thrus and eating in parking lots to hide her eating habits. She did achieve an initial weight loss of 140 pounds, but then relapsed, regaining 100 pounds. She was able to ultimately achieve a net loss of 170 pounds, and maintain this for over 20 years now. This journey was not without its challenges, including a battle with alcohol and the need to find a sustainable food plan. Listen to the full episode Turning Point: Embracing Recovery The turning point in her recovery came when a friend introduced her to 12-step groups for food addiction. Despite her initial resistance, she realized that it was necessary to face her problem with food directly. She learned the importance of surrendering to a program or support, and got to experience the clear headedness that comes with neutrality around food. This process was not just about abstaining from certain foods but also about addressing all aspects of her addictions, including alcohol and drug use. Role of Self-Acceptance and Spirituality Susan and Kristie touched on the role of sexual orientation in recovery. They both recognized the sense of being an outsider and the importance of self-acceptance and love in their journeys to recovery. The spiritual aspect of recovery was also crucial, and she emphasized the need for a greater power than her ego to provide the necessary willingness and ability to recover from addictive thinking and behaviors. Resilience in the Face of Adversity "My recovery has been tested by life's hardships, including the diagnosis of my sister with stage four pancreatic cancer and the subsequent loss of my sister and partner. These traumatic events could have derailed my progress, but instead, my recovery provided the strength to navigate these difficult times without turning to food for comfort. I've learned to live one day at a time and to lean on the support of my fellowship." Blessings of Recovery Reflecting on the significant changes in her life since entering recovery, Kristie has seen improvements in her relationships with her siblings and has found unexpected blessings in the most challenging experiences. Recovery allowed her to experience the positive outcomes that can arise from adversity. Message of Hope As the conversation drew to a close, Susan asked Kristie what she would say to someone struggling with food addiction. "My message is one of hope: recovery and freedom from food addiction are possible for anyone willing to seek help and find a solution that works for them." For those interested in learning more about food addiction or becoming a certified food addiction professional, I encourage you to visit the International School of Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment at infactschool.online. Remember, no matter how daunting the journey may seem, transformation and fulfillment are within reach. Susan expressed gratitude to Kristie for being a guest on the podcast and encouraged listeners to seek help for food addiction at the INFACT School providing Food Addiction Informed Treatment, Food Addiction Treatment Practicums, and an education training professionals to beome a Certified Food Addiction Professionals to deliver Food Addiction Informed Treatment.

  • I Was an Unhappy Fat Boy, Today I’m a Joyful, Thin Man

    Episode 20: Michael Prager featured guest on the Food Addiction: The Problem and The Solution podcast In this episode, host Susan Branscome, Food Addiction Institute Board Member, talks with Michael Prager, also on the Board of the Food Addiction Institute, who is a writer and journalist in Arlington, Massachusetts. He provides an important message about the reality of food addiction, emphasizing that this disease is not our fault, and recovery is possible. Discover Michael Prager's transformation story in Episode 20 of the Food Addiction Podcast! Michael faced the daunting challenge of losing and regaining 130 pounds twice in his life. His story is a powerful testament to resilience and self-discovery, as he unveils the truth about his addictive relationship with processed foods. Michael attended a 5-day food addiction treatment program, where he discovered how to reach and maintain a healthy body weight. Michael originally didn't believe in any kind of God or Higher Power to surrender his will to, but he finally found his own way to let go of the helplessness over his food and his weight. Michael's sharp mind would get in the way of experiencing and expressing emotions. He realized he couldn't control himself once he started eating certain foods. His book, "Fat Boy, Thin Man" beautifully narrates his path from childhood to recovery from food addiction. Tune in and be inspired by Michael's story of triumph over adversity. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! The podcast is available on most podcast platforms including Apple, Spotify, iHeart, Amazon, Google, Pandora, and Podtail. Follow Infact School on Social Media!: https://www.hopp.bio/infact Join the Premier Expert Event featuring Dr. Paul Earley on The Addict Brain!

  • Announcing The Addict Brain: Premier INFACT Expert Webinar!

    The Infact School launches Expert Webinars on Food Addiction Informed Treatment! Join us for an exclusive journey into addiction treatment with leading expert Dr. Paul Earley! FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2024 at 10:00 AM EST - 12:00 PM EST Join us for an exclusive journey into addiction treatment with leading expert Dr. Paul Earley!  Gain invaluable insights during our premier webinar on February 16th from 10 AM to 12 PM EST. Whether you're a seasoned professional or simply curious about addiction treatment, this webinar is for you! Secure your spot today and unlock a wealth of knowledge. Don't miss out! Episode 18: Dr. Paul Early is showcased on the Food Addiction: The Problem and The Solution podcast See all the episodes on the Infact podcast page. Listeners can also listen to the podcast on the INFACT School website and on the Mobile Infact School on Spaces by Wix.

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  • Food Addiction Correlates with Psychosocial Functioning More Than Metabolic Parameters in Patients with Obesity. Metab syndr Relat Disord, 18(3), 161-167. https://doi.org/10.1089/met.2019.0108

    Collected Research Primary Source Research And Reviews Current Status of Evidence for a New Diagnosis: Food Addiction-A Literature Review Vasiliu, Octavian. “Current Status of Evidence for a New Diagnosis: Food Addiction-A Literature Review.” Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 12, Jan. 2022, p. 824936. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.824936. MORE Associations of Food Addiction Symptomatology and Disordered Eating Behaviors in a Pre-Surgical Bariatric Population Butt, Melissa, et al. “Associations of Food Addiction Symptomatology and Disordered Eating Behaviors in a Pre-Surgical Bariatric Population.” Nutrients, vol. 15, no. 15, Aug. 2023, p. 3474. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15153474. MORE The concept of "food addiction" helps inform the understanding of overeating and obesity: Debate Consensus Gearhardt, Ashley N., and Johannes Hebebrand. “The Concept of ‘Food Addiction’ Helps Inform the Understanding of Overeating and Obesity: Debate Consensus.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 113, no. 2, Feb. 2021, pp. 274–76. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa345. MORE Addictive-like Eating: Interindividual Differences Matter De Luca, Arnaud, and Brunault, Paul . “Addictive-like Eating: Interindividual Differences Matter.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 114, no. 1, July 2021, pp. 393–94. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqab181. MORE Food Addiction: a Deep Dive into ‘Loss of Control’ and ‘Craving’ Whatnall, Megan, et al. “Food Addiction: A Deep Dive into ‘Loss of Control’ and ‘Craving.’” Current Addiction Reports, vol. 9, no. 4, July 2022, pp. 318–25. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-022-00431-w. MORE The “organic” path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations Schuldt, J., & Schwarz, N. (2010). The “organic” path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations. Judgment and Decision Making, 5(3), 144-150. doi:10.1017/S1930297500001017 MORE A Critical Examination of the Practical Implications Derived from the Food Addiction Concept Meule, A. A Critical Examination of the Practical Implications Derived from the Food Addiction Concept. Curr Obes Rep 8, 11–17 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-019-0326-2 MORE Food Addiction-Diagnosis and Treatment Dimitrijević, I., Popović, N., Sabljak, V., Škodrić-Trifunović, V., & Dimitrijević, N. (2015). Food addiction-diagnosis and treatment. Psychiatria Danubina, 27(1), 101–106. MORE An update on the prevalence of eating disorders in the general population Qian, Jie, et al. “An Update on the Prevalence of Eating Disorders in the General Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, vol. 27, no. 2, Mar. 2022, pp. 415–28. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01162-z. MORE Disentangling binge eating disorder and food addiction: di Giacomo, Ester, et al. “Disentangling Binge Eating Disorder and Food Addiction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, vol. 27, no. 6, Aug. 2022, pp. 1963–70. Springer Link, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01354-7. MORE Food addiction and bulimia nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev, 22(5), 331-337. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2306. ​ MORE Overeating and food addiction in Major Depressive Disorder: Links to peripheral dopamine. Appetite, 148, 104586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104586. ​ MORE

  • Breaking the Food Seduction

    Terms of Use Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Disclaimer Code of Conduct Contact Us © 2024 by Food Addiction Institute. Subscribe to FAI Updates Email* Yes, subscribe me to your newsletter. Submit The Food Addiction Institute, a 501c(3) tax-exempt US organization, forwards recognition of food addiction as a disease of substance abuse and universal access to effective, abstinence-based solutions.

  • Associations of Food Addiction Symptomatology and Disordered Eating Behaviors in a Pre-Surgical Bariatric Population

    Collected Research Primary Source Research And Reviews Current Status of Evidence for a New Diagnosis: Food Addiction-A Literature Review Vasiliu, Octavian. “Current Status of Evidence for a New Diagnosis: Food Addiction-A Literature Review.” Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 12, Jan. 2022, p. 824936. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.824936. MORE Associations of Food Addiction Symptomatology and Disordered Eating Behaviors in a Pre-Surgical Bariatric Population Butt, Melissa, et al. “Associations of Food Addiction Symptomatology and Disordered Eating Behaviors in a Pre-Surgical Bariatric Population.” Nutrients, vol. 15, no. 15, Aug. 2023, p. 3474. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15153474. MORE The concept of "food addiction" helps inform the understanding of overeating and obesity: Debate Consensus Gearhardt, Ashley N., and Johannes Hebebrand. “The Concept of ‘Food Addiction’ Helps Inform the Understanding of Overeating and Obesity: Debate Consensus.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 113, no. 2, Feb. 2021, pp. 274–76. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqaa345. MORE Addictive-like Eating: Interindividual Differences Matter De Luca, Arnaud, and Brunault, Paul . “Addictive-like Eating: Interindividual Differences Matter.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 114, no. 1, July 2021, pp. 393–94. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqab181. MORE Food Addiction: a Deep Dive into ‘Loss of Control’ and ‘Craving’ Whatnall, Megan, et al. “Food Addiction: A Deep Dive into ‘Loss of Control’ and ‘Craving.’” Current Addiction Reports, vol. 9, no. 4, July 2022, pp. 318–25. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-022-00431-w. MORE The “organic” path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations Schuldt, J., & Schwarz, N. (2010). The “organic” path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations. Judgment and Decision Making, 5(3), 144-150. doi:10.1017/S1930297500001017 MORE A Critical Examination of the Practical Implications Derived from the Food Addiction Concept Meule, A. A Critical Examination of the Practical Implications Derived from the Food Addiction Concept. Curr Obes Rep 8, 11–17 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-019-0326-2 MORE Food Addiction-Diagnosis and Treatment Dimitrijević, I., Popović, N., Sabljak, V., Škodrić-Trifunović, V., & Dimitrijević, N. (2015). Food addiction-diagnosis and treatment. Psychiatria Danubina, 27(1), 101–106. MORE An update on the prevalence of eating disorders in the general population Qian, Jie, et al. “An Update on the Prevalence of Eating Disorders in the General Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, vol. 27, no. 2, Mar. 2022, pp. 415–28. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01162-z. MORE Disentangling binge eating disorder and food addiction: di Giacomo, Ester, et al. “Disentangling Binge Eating Disorder and Food Addiction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, vol. 27, no. 6, Aug. 2022, pp. 1963–70. Springer Link, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01354-7. MORE Food addiction and bulimia nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev, 22(5), 331-337. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2306. ​ MORE Overeating and food addiction in Major Depressive Disorder: Links to peripheral dopamine. Appetite, 148, 104586. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104586. ​ MORE

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