My Dysfunctional Relationship with Food

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the New Year and doing what needs to be done without over-thinking it. ;)

I am asked almost daily about my eating habits and behaviours. For some reason, certain people are interested what, why and how I eat. As you’re about to discover (if you keep reading), food and I have had an interesting, and not always healthy or positive, relationship over the years. So, rather than re-write something I’ve already explored in some detail in my last book, I thought I would re-publish (with thanks to Penguin Publishing) the following extract. It’s long-ish for a blog post (about 1,700 words) but if you have food issues, you’ll probably find it to be a worthwhile investment of your time.

I hope you enjoy it….

Chapter 7: Change Your Relationship with Food

So, what kind of relationship do you have with food?

Healthy? Unhealthy? On again, off again? Is she your high-calorie, high-guilt lover? Do the two of you get together late at night? Under the cover of darkness? Away from prying eyes? Do you find yourself day-dreaming about her? Does she call out your name from behind her seductive wrapper? Is she your escape? Your medication? Your distraction?  Your drug of choice?  Is she your dirty little secret?

Over the years, she’s been all of that (and more) in my life.

Food and I have had a torrid and tempestuous affair for as long as I can remember. She wooed me with her tastes, textures and smells when I was but a child. A fat child. As a kid, I was a total foodie. I loved food and I mean l-o-v-e-d it. And not in a healthy way. I thought about it, lied about it, planned for it, bargained for it (at school) and consumed it at every opportunity. I even hid it. Like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter.

A fat, sneaky teenage squirrel.

For a long time, food represented pleasure in my life. Instant, glorious, sensory pleasure. It was my drug of choice. My escape. Interestingly, I would later discover (as an adult) that the moment certain foods pass my lips, a roller-coaster of feel-good chemical reactions are triggered. Not unlike the experience of a drug addict.

Amazing huh?

Addicted to Pleasure

Interestingly, alcohol, drugs, food, sex (and a bunch of other things) are very similar on a level, in that they can all produce an almost-instant feel-good chemical response. If you’re a dog lover, even lying on the floor with your canine buddy can facilitate biochemical changes throughout your entire body in a matter of seconds. Dopamine (a chemical associated with pleasure) is released in certain areas of the brain (specifically, the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex) by, not just addicts using their drug of choice, but also by the guy inhaling donuts at his desk. And the couple sharing their nightly glass of wine. Or five. No wonder addiction is such a huge problem in our society.

In reality, the addiction is actually pleasure. It’s only the mechanism that varies.

One day, while peering out of my fat teenage body, I experienced something of a paradigm shift. A realisation. Things changed. Or, more accurately, I began to change. Because of my ever-expanding body (and the subsequent issues and challenges), I started to associate food with pain. Emotional pain. Psychological pain. Sociological pain.

And then to ease all that pain, I’d eat. Of course I did. I’d numb the emotional pain (of being a fat kid) with some momentary physical pleasure. Namely, food. In hindsight, not a great strategy. And something of a vicious cycle. But then I was never that smart around the pantry or the fridge.

Okay, not smart in general.

A Glorious Distraction

And that story is the reality for many over-eaters. It’s a messy cycle of reactions, emotions and regrettable decisions. I was not (am not) unique. It’s curious that the same thing can be the source of both pleasure and pain. For the same person. And more often than not, all in the space of five minutes. Of course, we don’t always eat because we need food. No, we eat because it makes us feel great. For a moment. For many people, food is a glorious distraction.

From the crap. The pain. The reality of a certain situation.

For years as an adult, I ignored much of what I knew about health and intelligent nutrition. Unbeknown to most people in my world, I was constantly alternating from healthy choices and behaviours around food to unhealthy ones. I constantly did what I knew I shouldn’t do. And then I would rationalise my destructive habits. If there’s one thing I excelled at, it was rationalising bad behaviour and poor choices. I could justify anything to anyone.

Including myself.

I remember a time in the nineties, I was in my late twenties, when I had a thriving personal training business (probably the busiest in Australia), was a well-known trainer and educator and when nobody was looking, I was eating my arse off. Or, more accurately, eating it on. One day, I stepped on the scales at work and the number said 117kgs. 257lbs.

To put that number in perspective, my weight today is 83kgs (183lbs). In that moment, I felt sick at the sight of those three numbers: 1, 1 and 7. Sick and disgusted. And ashamed. The days of living in baggy trackpants and big sweat shirts had to come to an end. The only thing that stopped people from realising how fat I actually was (the fat trainer; not a great career move), was my muscle mass and my baggy wardrobe.

Yes, my biceps were big. But sadly, my gut was bigger.

Big, Fat, Fraud

For years, I felt conflicted about food. How could one thing be the source of so many emotions and issues? I knew what to do but I didn’t do what I knew. I often felt like a fraud and a fake. And in many ways, I was. There were many times when I was all or nothing. Years, in fact. I was either eating like a competitive bodybuilder (lean and clean) or a bear about to hibernate for the winter.

A bear with food issues.

I was about thirty years old when I became significantly more aware of (and proactive about) my relationship with food. I acknowledged that, for me, it was more about the emotional and less about the physical. I stopped waiting for my food issue to ‘sort itself out’.

Finally.

Over time, I came to explore and understand the concept of conscious eating. Of listening to, and respecting, my body. Of delaying gratification (that was massive for me). Of owning up and stepping up. To my behaviours and my decisions. Of course there were ups and downs. Peaks and troughs. Physically and emotionally. All part of the transformation process. My unhealthy relationship with food was so long-standing that it would have been unrealistic and ignorant of me to expect a ‘quick-fix’.

And don’t we love quick-fixes.

I came to acknowledge publically that I had an issue with food. Not dissimilar to admitting alcoholism or drug addiction. I acknowledged that I had behaved erratically around food. For a long time. Too long. That I had destructive and unhealthy habits. That I needed to change my relationship with food.

Uniquely Wired… or Maybe Uniquely Weird?

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that we all have our own unique relationship with food. Some of us have a healthy relationship, some unhealthy and some, somewhere in the middle. My experience has taught me that there is no single best strategy when it comes to the issue of food or changing our relationship with it. Clearly, different things work for different people. Which is why no single program or product has a one hundred percent success rate. The way we each feel, behave and react around food is influenced by many things: physical, emotional, psychological and sociological.

It might interest you to know that over the last twenty (plus) years I’ve worked with numerous doctors, psychologists, trainers, dieticians and professional athletes who have struggled with food issues. Their eating habits typically sitting somewhere on the scale between ‘disordered eating’ and ‘eating disorder’. And while education and knowledge might influence behaviour and outcomes, they certainly don’t determine it. People who believe that the solution to our current obesity problem is education (alone) clearly don’t understand the depth or the complexity of all the relevant issues.

More importantly, they don’t understand the way people behave around food.

Abstinence?

One of the obvious challenges for a ‘foodie’ (me) is that I can’t avoid it or remove it from my life; as is the strategy with many other addictions. Therefore, I need an eating strategy and philosophy that works for me both practically and emotionally. For example, over the last few years, I’ve discovered that I’m better off avoiding certain things altogether (cheesecake for example), than to have the occasional piece. When I don’t eat it at all, I don’t miss it (honestly) but when I do open the cheesecake door, it’s like I flick some kind of chemical switch that’s almost impossible to shut down. As crazy as it sounds, it’s more enjoyable for me to have none, than ‘just a small piece’.

For years, people have told me “Craig, one piece won’t kill you”. In a literal sense, they’re right. Obviously. But can you imagine telling an alcoholic to have ‘just one beer’? Of course, I don’t recommend this approach for everyone, but for me, when it comes to certain foods, abstinence works best. Over the years, I have learned to shift my attention from what I’m missing (five minutes of taste-bud nirvana) to what I’m gaining (a lean, strong, functional body).

Nothing tastes as good as being in shape feels.

Interestingly, more often than not, the person trying to force-feed me cake is an overweight, unhealthy friend who hates their body.

There’s some irony for you.

Still Learning

When it comes to the matter of food, like most people, I’m still a work in progress and will always be. And to be honest, I like that. These days I never feel deprived, I rarely struggle around food and I’m arguably in the best shape of my life. Of course, I still enjoy my food immensely (albeit a different diet) but it’s fair to say that the nature of our relationship has changed.

No more lies, no more secrets and no more baggy track pants.

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Nicole Lambert January 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hey Craig!

This post is, as usual timely for me. My 10 year old son took to comfort eating 4 years ago as he dealt with my ex husband and I separating and the death of his grandparents, along with a lot of other little things along the way. he had severe separation anxiety and was seeing a psychologist to help him cope. He sneaky eats. At the time, he was even sneaking out of the class room and eating food out of other kids lunch boxes.

As a result over the past 4 years, he has put on a large amount of weight. At 10 years old, he wears mens size 30 pants. I’ve taken him to the docs, the pediatrician, a pediatric dietician, even a chinese medicine man (acupuncturist). The trouble I have is that my ex has the kids 50/50 and any diet or eating plan he is on is only followed for the week he is with me and the food he eats at his dads is far less than ideal. We aren’t getting anywhere at all, in fact its getting worse.

I have tried paying him money to get him to move his body and even resorted to not buying certain foods like tomato sauce and honey because he over uses it.

I have to admit I’m feeling a little helpless at the moment. I know what its like also to be overweight and I desperately want more for him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

x

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Hi Nic. Hmmm… it’s tricky and there’s no sure-fire solution but… I would try to find something that’s both fun-based and calorie-burning and possibly… find an activity that mum and son can do together… even if only until he gains some traction… :)

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Nicole Lambert January 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

Thanks Craig. Yeah, we do that. I have to keep changing the activity because he’ll do something a few times and then dig his heals in and refuse to go. His self esteem is low and he is as stubborn as a mule. If he can’t do something well the first time or if its slightly uncomfortable, he’ll refuse to do it. I know we need to work on his self efficacy. That is one of the major players in the whole situation. Its very very slow going. Thanks for your advice. x

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Cathy S January 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Hi Craig,
Wow! I admire and respect your courage to write so openly and honestly about something so personal.
I too have had a dysfunctional relationship with food for as long as I can remember. I know I haven’t come to terms with all my issues with food as yet but I’m certainly more conscious and aware than I was. Reading your article resonated so strongly with me that I had a rather emotional response to it. It helps to know that other people have been in the same place facing similar challenges but were able to overcome them. You’re an inspiration! :)

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Cathy. Most lasting behavioural change starts with honesty, acknowledgement and self-awareness (not self-loathing) so it sounds like you’re on your way… :)

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Cathy S January 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm

PS Would you be willing to post one of your fat pics at some stage?

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

You mean I haven’t revealed enough? Okay… maybe. ;)

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Cathy S January 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

LOL……just a request….not a demand…some of us are more visual than others…..only if you’re comfortable…..providing you’re not wearing a mankini….there’s revealing and there’s revealing. ;)

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chebbieanne January 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I accept that I have no idea what my best diet is. It changes constantly, it does not follow the scientific rules, my calories are on two for one deal, I am broken, my hormones are broken and my mind and body live on different planets. I will happily go without alcohol, drugs, sex ( sorry dear husband but I can get better cardio in a gym – it’s not personal really it’s not – but I am just so tired from all this exercise) even food I don’t much care about – it is just a boring mathematical exercise in protein carbs and fats. But my dogs – never. I can’t give them up. OK I probably can’t get up if I get down on the floor with them ( because of the dodgy knee sports injury) but I can invite them onto the couch for a cuddle and go for long walks in the moonlight. Maybe they are making me fat. Is it always about the food?

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hi Chebbieanne… “my hormones are broken”… might have something to do with it (maybe your doctor husband can help?) and no, it’s not always about the food… :)

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chebbieanne January 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Thank god. I thought you would think my mind and body on different planets was an issue or my two for one calorie deal was. I am relieved. Thank you

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Susan January 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hey Craig,
You are truly a presenter. To be honest I’m always short on food choices and feel as if there are very limited options. I have a decent metabolism rate , so never had a conflict with any food.
Off late I have started to be very choosy about the food and struggle to find the right choice everyday. I guess you have a resolution after 30 years of game with food and its a complete antithesis for me.

Great article and all the words that you have chosen to describe your journey are just perfect. You are truly an inspiration for the people out here.

Thanks

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Thank you Susan :)

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Anonymous January 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Thanks for a lovely piece of writing! You made me smile, but in fact a dysfunctional relationship with food is more tragedy than comedy. I’m very glad that you have these days sorted these issues out (and hope I can do the same). Congratulations on ditching the cheesecake! Today I have an appointment with the dietician, who is helping me reduce my cholesterol level. Generally, she approves of my diet, but losing weight is not easy. There has been a kind of ratchet effect where I’ve yoyoed from a (relatively) slender 20 year old (unhappy with her shape, so tinkering with her diet) to a morbidly obese 45 year old (attempting to eat sensibly and healthily). Either way, there is an ongoing fascination with food, which I guess is not surprising – it’s not putting it too strongly to say that, fundamentally, eating is a matter of life or death!

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Craig January 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi Anon, like me, you’re a work in progress. :)

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Pip January 8, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hi Craig, happy 2014!
Great piece of writing and well done on finding what works for you best!

I think I’ve gone on sometimes at length a bit in previous posts about umm several weeks/months sorta binges and yo-yoing. If ‘in the zone’ forging ahead nicely, honestly not craving shit or excess, training hard while trying to work on other areas of life. ‘Out of the zone’….cram it all in, crack down again ‘soon’, can’t be bothered, undoing progress, numbing it out by short term pleasure of eating beyond need etc…..until I’m sooo annoyed feeling, fat old and frumpy that I ‘crack down’ again and created momentum for as long as it lasted till I next lost focus……
I’m not in great shape by any means now, but surprisingly started 2014 5.5kg less than I did 2013, (and it was nearly 4 months since last weigh in) and the net result a little fitter going by a few things. With some of my network of close friends now abstinence would cause conflict/issues/attention……ya know when you meet the ‘family’ for a weeks holiday, they have been famous for their cooking so it’s all served, on the table before I even get there. As much as I appreciate the effort, I’d be happy to go for a run or Crossfit workout, hide, then eat my homemade thai beef salad. I felt the easiest way to go about that was at least avoid the soft drink, saying that water best compliments the cooking, go for a run at least every second morning, do a couple of sets of pushups and plank or similar in day, – oh well at least that stops bingeing and minimises weight gain while on holiday.
Soooo, – abstinence or moderation or yo-yo for me? It’s a hard one between the first 2 as I love abstinence, that challenge, (I am very all/nothing) but it requires total commitment, strain on some relationships, (guess it depends on how you value them). With moderation, you can have a bit of ‘it all’ but try to balance it, (enough to feel in control and probably stay away from obesity, – a good accomplishment!)
I think I’ve actually fallen into the mould of moderation more than slightly…..but still will do Febfast!

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 6:54 am

Nice to hear from you Pip… been a while :)

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Stace January 8, 2014 at 3:13 am

Thank you for this post today. I know that my eating habits go from bad to worse depending on the day, my mood or my environment. I think to say I am addicted to food or eating is a good way to put it and I agree with you that maybe like every addiction I should stay away from those particular food groups alltogether (chocolate is my downfall) my question is how to stay strong and stay away from those foods when Im at a low point or a high point? As always thank you Craig.

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

Hi Stace. You’re welcome.

Re your question… over the long term, will power doesn’t work. It’s good for a while but not the rest of your life. What’s required is a change in your relationship with food (or some foods anyway). We each need to figure out what works for us individually on an emotional and psychological level and for me, what works is avoiding certain foods altogether. When I “shut the door” (totally) on certain things then it’s easier for me to maintain a healthier mindset and habits. :)

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Natalie January 8, 2014 at 6:24 am

I’ve become a fat personal trainer who has a dysfunctional relationship with food. As my weight was gaining I would ‘joke’ with my clients that every kilo they lost I found for them. 6 months ago I sought help from a psychologist. Yes, food is my secret lover and I’m trying to break a lifetime habit (started at 13, I’m now 44) of using food as an emotional crutch. The journey is not easy, but 6 months ago I even struggled to tell the psychologist why I needed her help, so I’ve finally passed the acknowledgement stage of recovery. Thank you Craig for helping me with the recovery process – knowing that a fitness industry leader has overcome similar issues! My respect for you is huge!

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

We’re all a bit broken and all a bit amazing Natalie.

You’re just like me. :)

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Peta January 8, 2014 at 9:23 am

Craig, I have been to your “renovate your body” lecture, I’ve subscribed to your newsletter, on your fb page, written you an email etc etc .. In fact your latest book arrived in my letterbox just yesterday. I have to say that those 1700 words were by far the most thought provoking & helpful for me (as a nutritional studying-still overweight- haven’t quite got it right-seeing a psychologist-work in progress myself!). What I have learnt from you is far more valuable then any class I attend at school. I would love to read the follow on about the steps you took and the changes you made once you made that conscious decision to break that cycle..inclusive of pitfalls and challenges. There’s your next book! Everyone’s life and issues are different but the threads are all too similar and that is why your story resonates with so many. Your posts have such a knock on effect.. Thank you – now off to find more answers in that great book that arrived yesterday.

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hey Peta, glad it resonated and I hope you enjoy the book too. :)

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Naomi January 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

Wow… This article really hit a nerve with me. Especially the part about abstinence. I’ve tried every which way to moderate my night time love-fest (binge-fest) with junk food, and have finally realised that abstinence is the only approach for me. You clarified why perfectly when you described how you’d rather have no cheesecake than just a bite. Thank you!!! Now I understand as I have that same switch – one bite is extraordinarily frustrating and unsatisfying. It’s binge or nothing. And the pay-off is ‘nothing’ makes me feel better and happier about myself.

Awesome stuff Craig. Thank you.

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

You’re welcome Naomi. :)

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Michele January 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

Oh yes Craig, this resonates with me with a cherry on top. I’ve often pondered the term food addiction, and some people just pooh bah this. But like an alcoholic or drug addict and addiction to eating weird things (like that tv show where people eat chalk and dryer sheets’ blergh), it’s a visual addiction to me and it’s almost like I need someone in my back pocket encouraging me to NOT eat the cake. Yes, just one tim tam is not enough, jeez, if you’ve opened the packet and eaten a couple then got so down on yourself for even going there, then you find that you may as well punish yourself and eat the lot! I’m working on this through learning to love myself. Somewhere along the 45 years I had lost my worthiness, my self esteem and my pride. But, I believe that I’m slowly finding it through meditation, Yogalates, NLP (a close friend is a practitioner) an alternative doctor, and a supportive group of friends. I’ve also started doing exercise that I love (dancing) and next on my list is stand up paddle boarding. So exercise for me will be enjoyable and committed. Thanks for your story, it gives me hope.

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 10:37 am

And thanks for your story Michele :)

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Carolyn January 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

Hi Craig,

I recently saw you on ABC Breakfast and the way you spoke really resonated with me, as did this post.

Like a lot of people, food is my seductress (great metaphor, by the way!) when I’m feeling emotional. I had a light-bulb moment not long ago when I was having a bad day with the kids and found myself desperately searching the cupboard for a packet of biscuits! When I realised what I was doing it was like I’d been sleepwalking and woke up to find my head in the pantry! Being conscious is the key. I still find myself frantically searching for ice cream in the freezer from time to time if I’ve had an argument with my husband, but we try not to keep that sort of food in the house, so sometimes I have no option but to go for a walk!

Unfortunately, my teenage son also uses food as his emotional crutch but I’m now better equipped to teach him to also be conscious of what he eats and when.

For me, the only way I manage to lose/maintain weight is by recording my daily calorie intake and to exercise regularly and when I’m feeling emotional, I try to hit the road rather than the pantry!

Love your blog!

Carolyn

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

Hi Carolyn. Welcome! Glad my stuff resonates. :)

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DJ January 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

Hi Craig
Really interesting article. I particular can relate to the abstinence strategy. And like an alcoholic once I start I think ‘stuff it’ might as well keep going. And I also don’t miss the things that I never indulge in. Must remind myself of these things more often…
Many people can learn about what they ‘should’ do but not many actually follow through and do it so your story is inspirational in that regard and something for us all to aspire to!
Now if I can just break that habit of indulging every second day in office birthday cake… :D

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Craig January 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

Hey DJ… those bloody office birthdays! ;)

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Anonymous January 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

i have solo many issues with sugar free chewing gum and soft drinks and white sloppy creamy things like yogurt, cream cheese etc….people are jealous as they are deemed ‘healthy’ but I know they are not and the addiction angle is killing me…

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Maylene January 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Craig,
That article is what I find so refreshing about you. You keep it real. That is my story – I know the theory really, really well but I looooove food. It’s my comfort, pleasure etc. etc.
The flip side of the coin is all those people who (thanks to a government push on obesity) get on my case. They haven’t got a clue.
You speak from experience. You tell my story. Thanks to you I’m now not only eating more consciously but also being more conscious in the amount I move. (Thanks to the TV adtime suggestion that someone made!)

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Carmel January 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hi Craig. Great article! This is my 14 yr old son to a tee! I am almost certain he has an eating disorder and no “off” switch. I don’t think he has ever felt full despite eating more food than you would think possible. We eat very healthily at home, but he sneaks food and gorges himself every chance he gets. I am at the point of wanting to go into isolation just to limit his opportunities to over eat. I am VERY worried for his future. He is involved in lots of sport and enjoys physical activity, but I can’t get him to slow down his food intake. Any suggestions gratefully received!

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Nicole January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi Craig, thanks for sharing such a personal story. I like the idea of avoiding certain foods. I cant imagine doing it, but suspect that might be the answer for me with chocolate. Hmmm work in progress, as you say.
Cheers Nic

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Slim Birdy January 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Hit the nail on the head! Abstinence rules for obsessive compulsive/addictive types like you and me and many others it sounds like!! So for us the ‘moderation, balance, a little bit of everything’ mantra that is spouted by mainstream eating advisors is very damaging indeed. I spent many years in misery not being able to have ‘just one’ of certain foods and felt bad because it was deemed a lack or willpower, discipline or determination. I felt like a failure. It was just when I said “to hell with all of them, I’m doing it my way” and left what I call my ‘psycho foods’ out of my diet, that I ate like a normal person. It was like a miracle. I now make my own chocolate with raw cacao and maple syrup and can make a whole batch that will last a week, have one or two and easily leave the rest. No psycho effect at all. Where as commercial chocolate…my mother used to hide blocks around the house and I would find every single one and eat it all, then she would go to have one when she felt like and found…. nothing!!!! Aaaahhhhh. So glad those days are gone. And well done again Craig for finding a unique voice in amongst the advice that clearly doesn’t work for at least half the population.

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maja January 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi Craig,

I am a sugar and in particular chocolate addict. I loved this article because it is so true. I know at work whenever I’m stressed I reach straight for my chocolate. One would think I should be obese but I train enough and eat healthy enough most of the time to maintain a size 8 figure (I’m only 158cm).

I get so frustrated I let my emotions call the shots and I know it’s not healthy. I’m going to try your advice and quit chocolate.

This was a great article. Thank you!
Maja

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H. Campbell January 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hi Craig,

Your article is cute, while reading on it, I observe there is a smile on my face, its funny but true. Whenever we had a miss understanding with my boyfriend, what I did always is to go to restaurant and eat a lot just to forget for a while the pain in my heart. Now I can say I will change my relationship with food.

It feels better if I ate too much after having fought with my bf… Sorry to you bf, I have now a new relationship the FOOD. Eat all you can babe.

Just having fun reading your article Craig…but anyway I am eating a healthy food, just to maintain my figure…

Hope to have your ebook for free.

Thanks
Hanna

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Jan May 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

Hi Craig, today I typed “help I am a food addict” into my google search bar, and among all the answers I found yours. When I read the above article I realised it could have been me you were writing about. I have hit rock bottom. I have two damaged knees that are now so painful to walk on, and my specialist won’t do anything until I lose weight. I suffer from depression and restless legs syndrome, and constantly tired, and can’t exercise because of the pain in my knees. And yet, through it all, I manage to eat a whole packet of chocolate biscuits at a time; or call into McDonalds for a serve of fries; and so on. I just don’t want to give up the “foods” I love to eat so much. Oh and I do eat healthy foods, but then I add the unhealthy ones. Not sure where to go from here. Going to my GP today for a chat. I know I have to do something.

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