Master Food Addiction or It Will Master You


It’s the beginning of a new year. Many are off the starting blocks of eating for health. However, along the way there’s that nine-letter obstacle to overcome. ADDICTION. 

Addiction is that all-consuming craving that pulls one back into a bad habit. Another way of putting it is being continually “stuck in a rut.” Captured.

If you are caught in the continual cycle of food addiction and emotional eating, to break it, you MUST get radical. 

That means you must pay the price to get free. That means making continual choices every single day of your life, through thick or thin, to never allow the circumstances of life be the excuse to quit and give into unhealthy indulgences.

You must:

  • renew your mind continually by studying Dr. Fuhrman’s books and articles; and listen to his various teleconferences and programs
  • eat those greens whether you like them in the beginning or not
  • go for that walk whether you feel like it or not 
  • post your temptations and struggles and ask for help from others
  • and/or talk with others on the Tuesday night phone chats
  • ask Dr. Fuhrman questions on Ask the Doctor
  • stick to the plan; no matter what; no matter how you feel; no excuses

In other words, you must get radically aggressive. Don’t be a passive by-stander. Roll up your sleeves and get in there and fight. Fight hard. Contend for freedom. 

Know that cravings will subside significantly and then eventually go away as you continue to fill up on the wonderful bounty of nature’s delicious and nourishing foods: pomegranates, kiwis, berries, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, bok choy, roasted peppers and garlic, lentils, nuts and seeds.   In fact, when the addiction goes away, you'll naturally desire foods that promote optimal health.  That's the ultimate beauty of committing to Dr. Fuhrman's high nutrient diet-style!  

donuts and candy                      

You must master the cycle of food addiction and emotional eating or it will master you. 

There are no shortcuts. No magic pills. No easy ways out.

But it is so worth doing what it takes to get free. You will never regret any effort you put forth. The return investment will be the enjoyment of renewed health, vitality, and psychological freedom . . .for the rest of your life! 

Many have conquered the downward spiral of food addiction and emotional eating. YOU can overcome it also.

Rise up and be the conqueror today!

Stick to the plan. No matter what. No matter how you feel. No excuses.


Are you mastering food addiction and emotional eating? What practical step(s) do you need to take today to fortify your commitment to freedom and optimal health?


image credits: Emily Boller

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Ginny - January 13, 2010 7:22 AM

I so agree with this article. I have to renew my commitment every single morning, afternoon and evening. I forget easily. Is it not so much the food as the behavior. Sugar being very addictive to me, I will find a sneaky way to get it. I need to stay away from foods that I am most attracted to. It is a daily battle that only gets better with time. Thanks Emily for the reminder.

Nancy Oder - January 13, 2010 8:09 AM

My half-hearted attempts and inconsistencies have given me no results. I agree with your admonition to get radically aggressive in order to break the addiction. Today is a new day! Thank you for this good advice.

Jackie - January 13, 2010 10:52 AM

What great advice, Emily! Thank you!

Amanda - January 13, 2010 11:36 AM

I think I am finally breaking through the food addiction and getting on the road to optimal health. Thank you for sending out all of this helpful information!

Bonnie - January 13, 2010 11:56 AM

THANK YOU for the reminder. So true. "Fall 7 times, get up 8." I'm going to begin a food journal today. You've inspired me yet again. 2 years ago I got to my ideal weight and body size and fitness. At that time I really didn't want to eat non nutritious food. But I let it slowly slip away and it's so hard to get back. I can do better. It's worth it. I'm hitting the restart button.

Cindy - January 13, 2010 1:45 PM

Thanks, Emily. It's true. "Moderation" doesn't work where addiction is the problem.

As you said, continual reminders are important to maintaining commitment. Besides this blog and the forums, it's been very helpful to me to listen to EFH on CD in my car. Yes, the kids protest ("not THAT GUY again" -- sorry, Dr. Fuhrman) but maybe they'll learn something too!

Nicholina - January 13, 2010 2:05 PM

I know unhealthy eating is an addition for me. I've found, over time, that, even with the best of intentions, I'll slip back if I allow myself that sometimes treat. So, I've really had to finally say, "No, I just don't eat sugar," and, because it helps me to stay on track, "I'm a vegan. Period."

Also, I find that just reading one book over and over doesn't help because I get bored, but reading books with similar outlooks and figuring out what seems best to me out of them really helps. So, I've read McDougall, Barnard, and the two Esselstyns' books, among others.

CJ - January 13, 2010 3:01 PM

If I can stop myself and think about what I'm about to do, before making a rash decision to gobble down unhealthy foods without any forethought, or worse yet, with the thought that I do not care "right now" then I am more able to control my eating. I have to stop and count to 10 and really analyze my intentions and in doing so can usually move past my knee jerk reaction.


Lillian - January 13, 2010 4:40 PM

Thank you Emily for a wonderful article. I have to commit everyday and keep away from the foods I crave. I totally agree with your article. Thanks again for your help.

Doug - January 13, 2010 5:20 PM

I have printed and posted on my refrigerator! Excellent, straightforward, "no bull", Just do it-no excuses.


Emily Boller - January 13, 2010 9:38 PM

Neil Steinberg, author of "Drunkard; a Hard-Drinking Life" penned a description of addiction so beautifully in the Author's Note at the beginning of his book:

"Well into middle age, when I thought everything in my life was settled, an unexpected visitor arrived and moved in, so slowly that I barely noticed until he was part of me, our souls merged, until his seemingly inseparable presence forced me to go on a journey that changed the type of person I am."

If you are one who has been caught in the tangled web of addiction, you most likely can relate to Steinberg's words.

Acknowledging the addiction; not denying the fact that you are currently caught, or could easily get caught in the powerful grip of food addiction and emotional eating . . . .is the best place to start.

Thanks everyone for your honesty. Gut level honesty will help you get free and stay free . . . . for life!

Keep up the great work ~ cheers of freedom to all!

Matt - January 14, 2010 2:17 PM

The timing for this was perfect for me. My eating has been "clean" this year until yesterday. Oops, fell down again, need to get back up.

An "interesting" inner dialogue happened yesterday. I wasn't going through physiological craving, it was 100% mental. Many people call it "emotional eating" but I wasn't going through anything particularly troubling. I wasn't feeling lonely or sad or angry or afraid. It was all habit. I drove to a friend's home and stopped at the doughnut shop that I always stop at whenever I go to her place. I didn't particularly crave a doughnut, it was just the thing I always have done. Crazy.

It reminds me of those funny stop-smoking commercials on TV. The guy runs out on the street with a cigarette in his hand and steals a car. The caption is something like, "just because you always smoke when you drive doesn't mean you always drive when you smoke". These behavioral habits need to be broken too.

ESPECIALLY when the physiological craving or emotional circumstances aren't present. The more we chose healthy behavior, the easier it'll be to continuously choose healthy behavior. Momentum in this regard is critical. Don't break it!

Next time, I'm not stopping.
I'm sure I won't regret it.

Monty - January 15, 2010 12:49 PM

Addictions are generally started through a process of operant conditioning, in which the person's capacity for conscious mental function is extinguished, reducing one's actions to conditioned reflex responses. As a result, the person needs to be reconditioned from harmful to beneficial behaviors until the conditioning can wear off and normal thought processes are restored. I am not an authority on how to do this.

Lynneta - January 15, 2010 4:37 PM

great advice.. Em.. I agree sometimes you just have to be radical with your approach and be firm with yourself where it comes to exercise and eating healthy.. there is no quick fix, hard work , determination and the want and desire to change your life.YOU are the magic bullet.. You nothing else..

if you need a great support site.. I belong to a site called its a big supporter of DR F as well and hes eating for nutrition approach..

Emily Boller - January 16, 2010 7:25 AM

Lynneta, thanks for the kind words. I want to clarify that my name is Emily, not Em. Thanks. :)

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