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The Simplest Ways To Stop Food Addiction

The Simplest Ways To Stop Food Addiction

You’re not a dog. Don’t reward yourself with food.

Here are the major signs that you’re addicted to food, along with possible solutions.

1. Are your meals the highlight of your day?

Most people live from meal to meal. It seems like eating is the best thing that is happening to them. I remember that I used to just sit there and watch the clock waiting for it to be lunch or dinner or whatever.

This is a disease. This is no different from looking forward to your next chance to get high. This is no different from a junkie eagerly waiting to get a hit out of his precious little drug.

Solution?

Be more productive throughout the day. Engage in activities that you enjoy. Find other stuff to do with people other than eating. Read books.

I also handle this with meditation. The reason people think about food is that they’re looking for a way to escape their realities.

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Keep in mind that meditation does not mean sitting down saying “omm” a bunch of times.

I’m talking about putting yourself into a clear state of mind in the present moment and embracing whatever it is that you’re doing at that moment instead of escaping it by eating.

I believe people call it being mindful.

2. Do you select meals purely based on taste?

I understand that food is necessary for survival and we need to eat.

A lot of people might think that food can’t be a drug. Food can’t be the same as shooting up heroin in a bathroom stall, can it?

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It can. If you were truly eating for survival, then you wouldn’t be eating junk food all the time.

Eating something because it’s tasty means you’re eating something to feel good. That’s another way of saying that you’re purely eating to get high.

Solution?

Be honest with yourself about the reason why you eat the things you do.

Realize that food is nothing but energy. You should eat in order to have energy to accomplish your goals. Stop eating to get high.

You can’t decide if you’re hungry? Ask yourself if you want an apple. If the answer is no, then you’re probably bored instead of hungry.

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3. Do you ever eat until you can’t move?

I used to do this all the time and this is like hitting rock bottom. Eating until you can’t move is eating way beyond being full. If you do this, you have a problem.

This is the surest sign that you do not want to go back to your reality so you prefer to destroy your body by eating until it becomes unhealthy.

This may sound extreme but it is the truth. If I were exaggerating, then there wouldn’t be so many people depressed by the way they look and so many obese people walking around.

Just look at the television. Every other commercial is about food or about some easy way to lose weight. This is a major problem, but few people are doing anything about it.

Solution?

Realize that you have a problem and commit to changing your eating habits.

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People who hang around drug addicts know that quitting drugs for a couple of months doesn’t mean anything. Addicts are at risk of bouncing back at any moment.

The same applies to food. This is a life commitment. Start treating food for what it really is… food. This is fuel for the body.

Controlling your eating urges will give you the confidence and discipline to do the same with other areas of your life.

Remember this… Eat to live. Don’t live to eat.

This article will also help: What 500 Calories Really Looks Like

 

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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