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Is food more addictive than heroin? 
Apr. 13, 2010 3:59 pm 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 12:13 am
Okay, I've seen it on the news, and you probably have too.  New studies suggest that food is actually as addictive as heroin.  Do you think there's any truth to that?

In my family, food is like the sun; we all kind of revolve around it.  We use food to celebrate, to comfort, to entertain--if there's more than one person in the house, there's probably something on the stove.  We swap recipes, trade ideas, give cookbooks as gifts (okay, that's mostly just me), use food as a reason to call one another.  To sum it up, it's the center of our family, just as the kitchen is the center of our home.  Are we wrong?

I admit it, I live to eat.  I'm not one of those elusive (and weird!) "eat to live" people.  I don't know anyone who is.  Am I addicted to food?  Absolutely.  I start thinking about dinner before I open my eyes in the morning.  I spend the day planning recipes in my head. I took an EatingWell quiz the other day that said I'm too obsessed with food and need to seek medical treatment immediately. lol.  Well, maybe so. 

Yes, I'm a food addict.  When I'm upset, I head straight for the fridge.  When I accomplish something and want to reward myself, I hit the fridge.  Bored?  Fridge.  And yep, I tend to overdo it, especially if I'm tired.  So what is the solution?  Moderation, of course, and a little bit of an attitude change, I'm sure.  At least if I fall off the diet wagon I can comfort myself with the fact that it's not my fault, I'm just a sad little addict.  Is there a 12 step program for me?
Apr. 13, 2010 4:22 pm
Great blog, I think we are so alike. If you read my profile, on there I am quoted as saying I live to eat. Food is certainly by vice.
Apr. 13, 2010 4:36 pm
I think this is a slippery slope here. When we start comparing food and drugs. Soon, the government will decide what's good for me(and everyone else)and what i can't have. I say-"Keep the government off my fryer!" I, too, am just like you. I love how food brings people, places, and things together. I enjoy ALL foods. We celebrate with food, mourn with food, congratulate with food, and empathize with food. I seem to think these studies do more harm than good.
Apr. 13, 2010 4:57 pm
Diner, you're funny! I also had the thought that this might have some negative consequences. Will it serve as a crutch to those out there who desperately need to lose weight but can't find the motivation?
Apr. 13, 2010 4:58 pm
Strudel, don't we all need a guilty pleasure of some sort? I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, but I do like my food!
Apr. 13, 2010 5:45 pm
Yes! Absolutely! Fodd is far more addictive than heroin. You can quit heroin and live a long life. Quit food and...
Apr. 14, 2010 9:19 pm truly have turned into your mother...Cooking from scratch....and making food the center of the way. I love the cookbooks that you send....Never change...Love Mom
Apr. 14, 2010 10:09 pm
We absolutely need food to fuel our bodies, build our cells, fight off infection. We need air, water and rest. I have had two separate incidents in my life where I had to fast for medical reasons. I got sustenince from IV's and/or a liquid diet. If food is a drug, then I went through a withdrawal. The worst part was re-eating. My metabolism went crazy. I was eating healthy foods in limited quantities and excercising for 1 hour each day. When I started to eat more foods like meat, cheese and starches, I started gaining weight faster than I lost it. I could not control it. At 800 calories a day, I was gaining 4 pounds a week. There is so much about the human body we still don't know. One thing I have learned since I've developed diabetes, is that we need food - good food at regular intervals, in quantities that our bodies can process to allow us to think, work and rest comfortably. And yes, we celebrate with food. We make our food with love. We entertain our friends with food. We need food after a funeral, wedding, and every milestone in our lives. These are practical ideas involving feeding everyone at the same time. Can't have a Brownie meeting without a snack or a social function without a coffee break. But I draw the line at movie house popcorn. I'm only in the theatre for less than 2 hours. I really can watch a movie without fried dough, pizza or popcorn. Jr. Mints are another story.
Jul. 15, 2010 5:11 pm
I find our days revolve around food aswell. I find when one meal ends, I think about what the next meal will be. I feel like there is not much time between meals and the bigger the family gets, the more time I spend in the kitchen. Lately with us being 7, I find the time in the kitchen has REALLY increased. Why is that? I really don't know, but I sometimes do dished 4 or 5 times a day in the effort to keep on top of it. I tend to bake 3 things once a week, 2 cookie batches and a cake or muffins. We have 1 main meal a day, usually around lunch time and other meals are cerial, toast, sandwiches or whatever. Yet I can't keep up it feel like. Everyone is well fed, but it's a battle to keep on top of it.
Jul. 15, 2010 5:12 pm
Are we addicted? I don't know, but we do need food and fuel to live.
Aug. 21, 2010 12:13 am
So glad to hear i'm not the only person thinking of dinner when I get up in the morning. I love food. I love to cook. I love to eat. I love to try out different recipes. I, too, am a complete food addict. And I'm ok with that.
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