The typical eat less, move more strategy does not address the unique mental, physical, spiritual and biological hunger of food addiction. We have a reward system in the brain that plays a very important role. It propels us forward to be motivated and curious and creative. The problem for many of us is that chronic exposure to the modern convenience food supply has “hijacked” our reward system and turned our neurochemistry against us.
The days of throwing every overweight person on a 1200 calorie diet are over. We have to treat food addiction.
In some ways, recovery from food addiction is harder than recovery from drugs, cigarettes and alcohol because these are not needed for survival. You can’t be abstinent from food. Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics know what they have to do: Just say no. With food addiction, abstinence in not an option. We walk amongst our “drugs” every day in the supermarket, at the gas station, at the department store checkout and even at sports events.
So, we need a Sugar Addiction Recovery System. That is what The Sugar Buster Program is about. The goal is to put science on our side and teach our brain to derive as much pleasure – and eventually more – from indulging in positive, life-affirming healthy habits such as massage, whole foods, meditation and sleeping as it does from the negative health-defeating habits of sugar and processed food. We learn to swap good lifestyle choices for bad, and reclaim control of our body, mind and our life.
It is a lifelong process of recovery that can get easier as we practice new habits that change the chemistry of our body.
See PART 3 for HOW we do this!