Friday, July 31, 2009
A Little Known Addiction
As I am going through the month long preparation to start my field placement with the MICA (mentally ill and chemically addicted) population, I'm left feeling a pull to blog about an VERY common addiction. No, not pain killers...grrr... but the more common and less talked about addiction to food, particularly unhealthy, processed, fattening, comfort foods... and comfort being the operative word here. I preach about my dedication to the raw food, organic, vegan lifestyle (when permitting...I am not obsessive), but I understand how truly, truly, truly difficult it is for many individuals, no matter how strong their desires are or how dire their situations are, to maintain healthy lifestyles. The main reason why I believe it is very simple for me to make good choices is because I am emotionally stable and self-aware, using food as fuel and medicine, although that was not always the case for me. I was never addicted to food, but I did use food to fulfill a need that food should never be used to fulfill, and that was my need for control. After over a year in therapy, I reinvented my relationship with food, and if any of you out there who read my blog are struggling, I highly suggest some time with a mental health professional and/or some self-reflection on your own. It is nothing to be ashamed of and is a very common issue, so please never feel embarassed or ashamed, and do something wonderful for yourself by looking deep within and changing the relationship you have with the foods that nourish you and prevent and cure disease. It is possible!
I am always willing to be a listening ear, too, so feel more than free to contact me if you are struggling.