We all have our 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 that can make us a shell of who we really are. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘶𝘮𝘢. But also could develop due to cultural/environmental influences. Hey there 2020. I know you’ve caused a lot of individuals to reach into the escapism bucket. But check this; bad habits develop over time and 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘹𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴. People don’t just decide on
Let’s continue our discussion on addictions. The most common belief paradigm around addiction is that addiction is a disease. That there is someone wrong with your brain and that you will be an addict for the rest of your life. Therefore avoiding the drug of choice is the only solution, since you can’t control yourself. This is the belief peddled by the ASAM and used in all 12-step programs. It’s complete bullshit. It’s not based on any evidence and leads to consistent relaps
Let’s talk about food addictions. Food addictions are incredibly similar to drug addictions, even if they operate on a lower risk / reward level. All addictions are habit loops that form within the brain due to positive reward feedback. It doesn’t matter if you abuse food, alcohol, or amphetamines, sex, gambling—all of them hit your pleasure centers in the same way. The only difference is the extent to which they hit your pleasure centers, which is why it is much easier to re
A hedonic reset where you purposely make your diet bland so as to help reset your palate and re-establish normal taste preferences. Sounds lame huh. Well hold on, and we will explain why it may be a good thing for you! The modern obesogenic environment is full of hyperpalatable (delicious) foods that are rich in sugars, fats, salt, and flavorings that facilitate overeating and weight gain. Chronically eating these foods can essentially raise your baseline expectations where y
Cravings. The bane of everyones dieting. This force comes over you and pushes you to shove all pleasurable things in your mouth. Craving defined: an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing. Ask anyone what foods they crave, and most people will be able to list off at least a couple without hesitation. Ask them while they are dieting and due to our natural preoccupation with food, and heightened anxiety during these phases, we will be able to spit them out more quickly.
No one wants to be uncomfortable or feel pain. We all desire those feel good feels. I have several ways I attempt to make my life more acceptable, and methods I use to numb out. My brain just goes on autopilot and a force comes over me. It’s really beautiful how the mind attempts to protect us from hurt and pain. But check this: the exact methods our brain uses to numb out, cause more pain long term — all in an attempt to reduce immediate pain. I don’t know about you, but I’m
I’m sure you all have heard the “everything in moderation” advice regurgitated by all the gurus — and most likely your grandmother. But just because everyone spouts it off — doesn't’ mean it’s true, or even a helpful use of words. It does appear on the surface to be wise advice because anything extreme is crazy, right? But get this — this entire concept could be the very reason you can’t maintain or lose weight. Moderation is an interesting idea in theory. The amount of peopl