I am a food addict and I realized this due to being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a very common condition and it is caused due to hormonal imbalance due to wrong lifestyle. The temptation of eating a bag of chips, biscuits or a pastry is an every meal issue. My worst weight gain happened when I gained 33 kilos over my normal weight range. This made my PCOS worse. I lost 10 kilos by making modifications in my lifestyle. I am still a food addict but I am in a better place now than where I was when I started my journey in 2016.
I dealt with my food addiction in the following ways:
When we are faced with a crisis or we are stuck in a difficult situation, the most important thing is to accept the situation. It took me some time to accept that I am a food addict before I could start working on reversing the situation.
2. Building faith in yourself
Trusting yourself is the hardest thing to do when you have suffered a loss or are in the midst of a disaster or have been diagnosed with a disease. Everyday when I achieved victory over my doubts and cravings, I gained more confidence. From walking at home for 15 minutes a day, I got to a point where I could complete a 45 minute exercise program 4 days a week.
During this journey, I enrolled myself in a 7 day yoga camp at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai (India). By the end of the camp, my spirits were high and the depression was gone.
4. Letting go of the baggage
A lot of youngsters are being treated for back pain, frozen shoulders and spondylitis. I was suffering from spondylitis when I gained weight. Apart from the physiotherapist sessions, it is important to learn the art of forgiving. We carry too many grudges, which eventually burden our bodies. Yoga helps you release this baggage. You cannot control an external situation or other people’s behavior. But you can work on your mind. Gaining control over your senses helps you understand that nothing lasts forever. No matter how much you try to control others or circumstances, you will simply fail. The only thing you can control is YOU.
5. Support Group
Dealing with any type of addiction requires support from your loved ones. For me, my husband, my parents and my friends are the support group that encourage me to live a healthier life. My husband and I joined a gym and we work out together to motivate each other.
6. Love yourself
The journey of hating yourself to falling in love with yourself is not easy but if you can’t love yourself then no one else will. I began to notice small positive changes in my life that encouraged me to love myself. I forgave myself for the mistakes I’d made. I started cooking food that I loved to eat more often rather than eating out every other day. When you fall in love with yourself, you feel alive and happy.
7. Never give up
My journey is ongoing and I have resolved to never give up. There will be good days and there will be bad days but the winner is only the one who does not give up. Everyday you have to try to do better than yesterday. A new year party or bingeing on a holiday should not make you give up. Enjoy the journey that you make from the point you started. I am on this journey to change my lifestyle, get rid of the food addiction and reverse the PCOS. I am not that close yet but I have started and will not give up till I get to the place I want to be in.
The greatest lesson I have learnt while dealing with food addiction is that “I Can if I Think I Can”. It is very easy to shift in the disbelief zone and blame external circumstances for your situation. If you have a good heart, you work hard and you are honest then you can face any disaster and emerge victorious.