Food addiction cannot be ‘cured.’ It can only be put into remission, and we are vulnerable to relapse. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep food addiction in remission for a lifetime. The Food Addiction Intensive Training breaks-down an extensive field of knowledge into easy, rewarding steps.
The Intensive Training gives participants the easy-to-use concept of protecting ourselves from relapse. The approach is built from Dr. Ifland's appraisal of over 6,000 studies over 10 years and 20 years of her own recovery and experience in teaching food addicts.
The Six Kinds of Self-Protections are:
1. Recognizing symptoms of food addiction.
2. Making the connection to diet-related diseases.
3. Learning easy, fun meals.
4. Restoring health through exercise and sleep.
5. Preventing relapse through trigger avoidance.
6. Helping children recover.
As shown below, you will get highly practical routines to create your program of self-protection and enjoy lasting recovery.
Planning for Self-Protection
Self-test for food addiction. You will self-test using the 'gold standard' for addiction diagnosis to tell if you have been given food addiction. These criteria have been developed over 50 years and published by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic Manual. Having the right self-diagnosis opens the door to the right treatment and freedom from chronic overeating. This is part of the Application process and free to everyone. This helps you decide how to build your program of protection against food addiction.
Self-assessment for severity. You will find out how severely you may have been affected. It’s is a relief to know because finally, you’ll have a plan that is comprehensive enough to give you a long-term ‘win’ over food addiction. In the self-assessment, you will also learn how much food addiction has ‘cost’ you and how much you have to gain from beating it. This is also part of the application process and free to everyone. This important task shows you how strong your self-protection program needs to be. Inadequate self-protection from triggers may be the leading cause of relapse.
A beautiful, delicious, simple food plan. This food plan was first developed in the 1960s in Overeaters Anonymous. It is balanced and fully-portioned. It is designed to keep you from being hungry, to keep you comfortable, and to avoid weight regain. You will learn routines to save time and money, while producing lovely meals. A beautiful food plan is our first defense.
Strategies for avoiding untested food additives. You will learn how to easily prepare food free from addictive additives according to your time and budget. This is a very important element of your self-protection program as additives may be contributing to food addiction.
Exercise/Sleep Help us Protect Ourselves.
Exercise and sleep routines. Research shows that exercise and sleep help promote brain health. For food addiction, this means fewer cravings, better ability to withstand exposure to triggers, and improved chances for success. You will get an exercise routine that fits into your lifestyle. You will learn the difference between the harmful practice of exercising to ‘burn calories’ versus stop cravings. You will get support for restful sleep. Having a strong Exercise/Sleep Program supports a great quality of life.
The who, what, where, and when of triggers. Triggers such as reminders of processed foods and strong emotions have been shown to be a leading cause of relapse into overeating. However, most ‘weight-loss’ programs expose participants to triggers. You will learn how to use the powerful tool of trigger-avoidance to protect yourself from relapse. Your Trigger Avoidance Program may make all the difference to your success.
Practices for protecting your children. Research shows that children can develop food addiction through exposure to processed foods and food additives. Transitioning children to unprocessed food can be done with the right guidance and support. You will learn how to avoid harmful control of children in favor of helpful support to protect your loved-ones. Helping your children stay 'clean' may improve their behavior and strengthen your own Trigger Avoidance Program.
Choices for Recovery Activities. Research shows that there are many ways to quiet cravings. The Intensive Training offers each member the ability to build a fun activities program that fits into their own lifestyle. While one member may be able to incorporate church and prayer, another might prefer 12 Step programs and art, while another might like writing and meditation. The Food Addiction Intensive Training teaches how to use many recovery methods.
Access to support 24/7. Research shows that we are happier if we eat like the people around us. This training gives you a group of fellow ‘clean-eaters’ through a confidential Facebook Group that you can access through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. No more relying on friends and family who just don't understand. You can be in your Group in an instant anywhere you access Facebook. This access can make all the difference to your Recovery Activities.
Motivation for long-term recovery. Research shows that the brain-conditioning underlying food addiction is permanent and can only suppressed, not eliminated. Risk of relapse is for a lifetime and consequences are severe. Success comes from learning how to maintain new conditioning to reduce sensitivity of the brain to processed foods. Learning how to self-protect for a lifetime is a gift. This gives new meaning to family health care.
Now that you’ve read about what you will get from the Food Addiction Intensive Training, ask yourself if past attempts to control eating have failed because you didn’t know about food addiction. Or maybe you knew, but just didn’t have enough information and support to beat food addiction. Food addiction is a serious condition that takes the right knowledge to conquer. Today, we have the research to show us how to keep ourselves safe from food addiction.