For years scientists have wondered if there is a connection between food and addiction. Turns out there is, says Dr. Pamela Peeke, health expert and author of The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.
“The brain’s reward system is ‘hijacked’ by what we call hyper-palettables - mountains of sugary, starchy, fatty and salty foods that you find everywhere – and dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter, gets confused,” Dr. Peeke said. “Then what ends up happening is you feel out of control.” Watch Dr. Peeke explain the important science behind food and addiction:
“The pre-frontal cortex is the executive place in the brain – your brain’s CEO – that helps you reign in impulsivity,” Dr. Peeke told genConnect. “It’s grossly impaired and cannot do its job when you are in full-on blow-out addictive mode. Suddenly, moderation is a moot point. You can’t control yourself.”
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Once these foods have “hijacked” your brain, it’s important to implement a recovery program for your body, similar to a detox program for a drug addict. Dr. Peeke’s new book, The Hunger Fix, offers food addicts practical tips, educational nutrition advice and inspiring stories of those who have successfully transformed their bodies. Everyday practices like meditation and reading food labels can make a big difference in overcoming your addiction to food.
Click play below for Dr. Peeke’s simple ways to get your addiction under control and begin your path to recovery:
Not sure if you have a food addiction? Get your copy of The Hunger Fix and take Dr. Peeke’s food quiz to help you identify your personal “trigger foods.” Also, take a look at your daily behavior when it comes to food.
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“You know you are out of control if you have a particular food in your hand and you can’t just enjoy it, walk away and say, ‘Ah, that was wonderful,’” Dr. Peeke explained. “If you find yourself rolling into a binge or a bender, that’s a ‘trigger’ food. Get it out of your life.”
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