Now that you have a plan to get rid of food addiction and lifestyle that supports it, it’s time to correct the thing that made you susceptible to addictive foods in the first place. If you manage that, you will have the most effective relapse-prevention tool available.
Get to the root of the problem
In many cases, there is an underlying cause, a reason why some people are more likely to become addicted than others. Often it has to do with one’s sense of self-worth and purpose in life. There’s no simple manual for everyone here but these are a few questions to ask yourself.
- Do you have good-hearted and stimulating people in your life?
- Do you find meaning in your work? Are you working towards your personal and professional goals?
- Are you helping others achieve their goals?
- Do you have enough time and space to be creative, adventurous, and curious?
- Do you have little things you can look forward to in your daily life?
- Can you be authentic and yourself at work, at home, and when socializing?
It seems like common sense that everyone is doing all of these. Unfortunately, these are some of the hardest things to fix. It’s relatively easy to start exercising or go on a diet. But to quit your job and start a new career if you’re already well established in your current one? Ending a toxic relationship? Changing how one reacts in certain situations? Finding time for something that doesn’t seem important at first in a busy schedule? It’s not easy at all. Try focusing on one area where you feel you’re lacking the most. Making meaningful change will pay off over the long term. Being more satisfied with yourself and how you live your life might just be the thing you need to stop your food addiction.