When does an obsession with food become an unhealthy addiction and how to fix it.
Hey guys, welcome to the conquer food podcast. I’m your host today, Craig Williams. this is one of my little solo cus I do one of these every week as well as, an interview, or I get the panel down from, from the conquer food group and, and chat things or that. And today I’ve got a question that was paused by one of our longstanding conquer food members, Claire from the Facebook group.
And it’s quite an interesting topic. So stay tuned if you are somebody who. It’s got an unhealthy obsession with something, then you could definitely going to want to listen to this. Okay. So, before we dive into that, I want to point you in the direction of our conquer food and fitness community on Facebook.
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So she put, there are times when you have to become obsessed about something in order to master it or to succeed. But when does obsession become an addiction? And in terms of health and fitness and food, can that ever be a good thing? In other words, is it healthy to replace an obsession or addiction to food, for example, with addiction or obsession to something that helps you deal with it?
Okay, so it’s a great question. I do feel like there’s a massive breakthrough here from Claire. I think only the only person that has potentially found an alternative to a previous addiction or obsession, would write something like this. If that’s the case. Let me know. And big massive Pat on the back.
So let’s, let’s just chat, and let’s break it down into its little parts right now. And I’ve not put too much thought to this. I normally like to put like little frameworks together and give you, sorry for the dog’s going nuts in the background, but give you a little mental model that you can use.
To, you know, to process this kind of stuff. And I haven’t done that today cause it’s just a quick solo cast myself, I’m on the podcast so I’m just gonna shoot from the hip and just gonna run at it. But I want to break it down and teach a little bit. So when does something that you’re obsessed about?
Become an addiction. Okay. And I think the key thing there is loads of different definitions of the word addiction and actually what addiction is. But one of the ones that I really love is an addiction is an obsession that has become unhealthy. Do you know? And I think it’s that unhealthy aspect.
And it can be unhealthy, not just in food and fitness, but also in all other aspects of life, business, relationships, your spirituality, your, your mindset, all these kinds of things. You know, even money, you know, you can have a, it can be unhealthy in all across all those terms or in individual, terms in their own, right.
So, for example, if you, you know, if you do far too much fitness training and it affects your work. That’s gonna potentially become unhealthy because it’s not the right balance. Things need to be balanced out in a diff, you know, in a different way to that. So, so that’s the first part. And I think everybody should just have a little look at their obsessions and just sort of thinking about what are you going on?
And, and now that I’m kind of running that program, what is the second and third and consequences of what I’m doing. Quite often we do things because we get like instant gratification, little bit reward little dog, I mean squirt or whatever. And that’s why we do it. You know, because we are w we are, it’s called the law of expedience.
We are the Lord of expediency where we want instant gratification. You know, we will always take the path of least resistance to kind of get that little bit of happiness or whatever. the problem is, and certainly what I’ve learned is that. If you’ve got something that’s front-loaded like that. So you do something, let’s say, you know the real obvious example areas is chocolate.
So you have chocolate and you eat chocolate. You know, we, we talk all the time about, you know, the number one reason why we eat, it’s not because we’re hungry. It’s not because, you know, we need these nutrients in our body. It’s because we want to change the state that we’re in. We’re bored, we’re frustrated, we’re depressed.
Sometimes we’re even happy. We want to celebrate whatever it is. We want to change the state we’re in. We want to change the emotion, and that is the first and consequences. We get a little spike in dopamine. We get a little bit of, you know, a happy drug released into the brain or whatever, and everything’s great.
However, downstream from that. What are the second and third and consequences? So second and consequences is where you’re going to start piling on the where. If you eat too much chocolate, if this obsession with, with chocolate and indeed making yourself feel better through food, you know that what’s coming next.
If you do that over and over again, what’s coming next is you’re going to pile on the weight, the third unconscious, and then there’s everything that’s attributed to that, you know? And, and. Yeah. It’s not great. It’s a hard life when you’re overwhelmed. We all know that the next part is your third, and the consequences are all the health.
The downside is your health. And the fact, you know, we’re in the middle of this pandemic right now, and the people getting smashed by this Coronavirus are the ones with underlying health issues. So what starts off as just like, Oh, the odd bit of chocolate to suppress a little bit of depression or frustration or whatever.
When you start obsessing over it and it becomes an addiction and you’re, and you’re, it’s got, it becomes unhealthy. The ultimate result could be death and, and, and all that is extreme. But I’m sure you kind of gets the idea. Okay. So moving on to the next part of it. is it, in other words, social basically in terms of how fitness and food, can that ever be a good thing?
It’s, can it ever be a good thing that you’re obsessed or something? Now I, I’m in agreement, we hear Claire, that in order to truly succeed a mastery, you must become obsessed with whatever it is that you’re looking to do. You must become obsessed and you know, because you are what you consistently do. And you will if you consistently do the things that you prioritize, that that’s going to dictate the results that you get.
so for example, one of our old trainers, Danny, was a massive bodybuilder and he was obsessed with being in the gym and eating to support the kind of training that he’s got. And he had a phenomenal physique and he was actually really, really gifted spine wise. You know, he did a lot of cage fighting and it was really, really talented in regards to like physically incredible physique.
Bought it. It consumed pretty much every aspect of his life. It had to in order to get the results that he got. Now flip that slightly, and I’m a little bit jealous sometimes of people that get obsessed because I don’t tend to get obsessed about too many things. I wish I did. Sometimes I wish I became obsessed with something and then became known for that thing.
You know, I’ve always been on this search for. The one thing, you know, when you read a lot of personal and professional development books, it’s like, you know, follow your passion, do the one thing and all this. And I don’t ever really feel that I’ve found that, that one thing. So I’m a little bit jealous.
However, I am free quite often from these unhealthy obsessions and addictions. You know, I have a lot of moderation in my life, including moderation. which, you know, for me, I love the fact that. I’m not out running for hours and hours every day, yet. I can still go and do big challenges and events. you know, without having the obsession.
I like the fact that I can maintain relatively healthy physiology without having to like to be super strict and, you know, eating Dust and drinking olive oil crushed by a thousand virgins in the hills of Italy. It’s silly or whatever you want. I’m just not that obsessed with the stuff. but I think, you know, if your goal is going to is, is a challenge, it’s going to require a certain amount of obsession, a certain amount of, you know, what?
Nothing is going to get in the mail by way of this. And if you’re in a partnership and perhaps a little bit of selfishness in order to be able to. To do the training that you need to do to eat the way that you want to eat. You know? And, so yeah, I agree that that sometimes you need it and sometimes it is a good thing.
A good friend of mine does a lot of work with Olympians and he says that you know, they’re, when they commit to stuff like nothing is getting in there were like, you know, their family did this, they just give up on so much. And in fact, when they’re, when they go to them pit games and it’s completely, they kind of sometimes have a little bit of.
I have a guilty complex because like my God, you know, I’ve done it now and with a lot of stuff there is a little bit of anticlimax as you, as you get to the end or a post-event, depressive fears and this sort of gold, God, was it worth it? Do you know? Cause it didn’t actually feel any different right now. So yeah, you, you’ve got to, sometimes you’ve gotta be obsessed.
And I would think that you know if your if you are looking to put a significant dent in your image. To lose a significant amount of weight. If you want to significantly change your health or indeed, massively boost your fitness, you are going to have to be obsessed even for a period of six to eight weeks to give yourself the headstart that you need.
You know, it really does. It really does need that. So, moving on to the third party, and the final part of your question, in other words, is it healthy to replace an obsession or addiction to food, for example? You know, addiction and obsession with something that helps you deal with it. And I think, you know, it’s a great question and, and it does give this little insight that you’re actually winning here, Claire, which, you know, I love, I love the sound of, and, and I think as long as you can do as long as you can, do.
What we call in the worlds of the world of new linguistic programming. Like checking your ecology, like you check the ecology of something. It’s like that. You check the entire environment around that decision and as long as everything sits all right with, with that decision that chose that thing that you’re doing, then a hundred percent roll with it.
You know, only when your second and third and consequences are starting to be, you know, be, unhealthy. And I use the weight on health. I don’t necessarily just mean. You know, you’re getting, you’re getting fat or you got a magnesium deficiency or you’ve got psoriasis or anything like that. What I mean is that your relationships are breaking down.
Is it that your, you know, it’s affecting work or business, is it affecting your ability to pay your bills? Is your home life all of the players, so you still maintaining contact with your loved ones? Are you spending too much time. Doing whatever you’re doing, you know, so, so really kind of think about the ecology, of the thing that you’re doing.
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