I have followed Abel James for several years now. He is the creator of The Wild Diet – sells an amazing weight-loss book, plan, cookbooks, and even does a podcast and blog to share this information.
If people like popping things into categories, I guess you would say this is Paleo. But with a much more interesting flavor!! Abel believes in eating top-notch ingredients and using fabulous recipes that taste amazing and satisfy! Take a look at this blog to read more about The Wild Diet.
He’s successful enough (and his plan works) that you can find recipes, meal plans, tips, tricks, and plans anywhere on the interwebs. Pinterest has pics of his delicious recipes – and it’s all free! I snag his stuff wherever I can, although I have invested in his book and his Fat Burning Tribe group – it’s worth it!
So today – let’s talk about Food Addictions. I think I must be a very addictive-type personality. I often eat the same lunch for months at a time – when it’s something I really love, then I will switch it up, and eat THAT for 3 months. I don’t know why – I just find I like things and want them daily. Until I want something else.
It’s all good unless it’s Junk Food – carbs, sweets, unhealthy stuff that does my body no good. Here are Abel’s tips for stopping those addictions and food cravings! Good to know this time of year –
Here’s his latest post on the topic!
So you may know that I studied brain sciences during my college days (…yep, I’m a nerd). I’m always trying to “hack” my brain and body to improve performance, burn fat, and reduce cravings.
But did you know that some “bad” foods can be more addictive than cocaine?
In fact, recent research suggests that food addictions engage similar brain pathways as drugs and alcohol.
I doubt Cheetos are more addictive than crack. But clearly, unhealthy foods have a real and sinister effect on the way our brains work.
In a viscous cycle, junk food addicts may actually be eating too much junk as a self-medication to balance levels of the chemicals that are disrupted by… eating too much junk food. Thanks Monsanto!
Most traditional diets fail because they are based on calorie-restriction and don’t address the mechanism of addiction that leads people to overeat in the first place.
Fortunately, there are alternative systems available for a healthy lifestyle that can be realistically maintained long-term. Here are some tips to get you on the right track…
How to Hack Your Brain to Free Yourself from Junk Food Addiction
Naturally boost dopamine levels. Being active and social increases levels of dopamine, as do new and pleasurable experiences such as hitting the local watering hole, whipping up a new recipe, or jamming to music.
Naturally boost serotonin levels. Altruistic activities such as helping others, giving compliments, and playing with pets up your serotonin considerably.
Baby steps. If you can’t go cold turkey, swap one junk food for a healthy food at a time. It’s really not that difficult – just stop buying Oreos and buy an apple instead. You crave what is around you.
Expose yourself to healthy foods. (And by “expose yourself,” I’m talking about eating foods, not flashing them.) Pro tip – it takes at least 10 exposures to a healthy food before you begin to crave it in the same way that you craved junk foods. That’s why I crave kale while many crave Krispy Kreme.
Eliminate mindless eating. Don’t eat in front of the TV, reading, driving, or anything else. Not only will you overeat because your brain is distracted, you will also begin to associate activities with foods (such as soda with driving, candy with talking on the phone, or popcorn with TV) which increases cravings.
Indulge occasionally – guilt-free. We all want to be perfect, but we’re all human. As long as you are making good choices the vast majority of the time, give yourself permission to indulge in foods you truly love on occasion.
Hey, it’s cheat day. I think I’ll go upregulate my dopamine and serotonin with some cheesecake…
P.S. – If you like “brainy” stuff like this, you’ll definitely like The Wild Diet 30 Day Fat Loss System. You’ll learn exactly how to burn fat, build muscle, and have fun in the process.”