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8 Symptons You Might Be A Food Addict

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Ok, so I have been doing a lot of reading lately on food addictions and the effects of food on certain people. Depending on where you are at on the cravings scale for certain food, this might be one thing keeping you from freeing yourself to lose the excess weight. Maybe you crave chips and soda where as other people crave chocolate and peanut butter cookies. Maybe it’s pizza from the local pizza kitchen down the street or the pastries your company provides on Friday mornings.

Research shows that processed junk foods have a powerful effect on the “reward” centers in the brain, involving brain neurotransmitters like dopamine. The foods that seem to be the most problematic include typical “junk foods,” are the foods that contain sugar or wheat or both.

Food addiction is not about a lack of willpower or anything like that, it is caused by the intense dopamine signal “hijacking” the biochemistry of the brain.

8 Symptons of Food Addiction:

1. You frequently get cravings for certain foods, despite feeling full and having just finished a nutritious meal.

2. When you give in and start eating a food you were craving, you often find yourself eating much more than you intended to.

3. When you eat a food you were craving, you sometimes eat to the point of feeling excessively “stuffed.

4. You often feel guilty after eating particular foods, yet find yourself eating them again soon after.

5. You sometimes make excuses in your head about why you should eat something that you are craving.

6. You have repeatedly tried to quit eating or setting rules (includes cheat meals/days) about certain foods, but been unsuccessful.

7. You often hide your consumption of unhealthy foods from others.

8. You feel unable to control your consumption of unhealthy foods, despite knowing that they are causing you physical harm (includes weight gain).

If you can relate to 4-5 of these, then you probably do have a serious problem with food. If you can relate to 6 or more, then you are most likely a food addict.

Next week, let’s tackle how you to deal with this problem. Meanwhile, Keep Grinding…

 

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3 Back To School Work Out Tips For Parents

With the kids going back to school, it is a great time to get back into the your workout routine that often goes astray during the summer. Summer can be super busy time with kids out of school, vacations, amusement parks, sleep-overs and well just so much to do! But if you don’t get into the exercise habit before the holidays get here…well you know what can happen there so do I really need to say more?

So be sure to use these 5 tips to get you back on track:

Make A Plan That You Can Stick To

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It’s really important that you plan ahead and get prepared for your workouts. By identifying a specific time for your workouts, you are more keen to follow through with them. You can get a really good workout out knocked out in 20 to 30 minutes.

 

Do Something You Enjoy

It makes no sense to do some horrible workout that you can’t stand doing. If you are a runner, then run. If you like the group kickboxing, then go kickboxing. If you would rather press play on a home workout video, then press play. Whatever you fits your personality, get started with that.

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Involve Your Kids In Your Workout

Watching TV and playing video games shouldn’t be the typical family activities. These activities are simply a great way NOT to lose weight and to show your kids how to live an inactive lifestyle. Not good! Instead, get up and move around. It could be practicing a sport, going for a bikexercising-with-your-kidse ride together, or playing on the playground with your little one. Whatever activity you choose, be sure to include the whole family and yes that means you too!

 

 

 

School is almost back in session on so let’s get back On The Grind!