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?