According to Dictionary.com the definition of Willpower is;
Control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control (noun)
The definition of Addiction is;
The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.(noun)
So if you are struggling with problems of feeling out of control, and are wondering what it is that is keeping you in this trap of unhealthy habits, perhaps it is not a matter of will power.
You may make a decision that you are going to eat healthily, give up smoking, give up alcohol, or come off certain addictive drugs.
You have used your will power to make the decision.
Then you have to tackle the addiction.
Giving up smoking, alcohol (if you have become aware of a problem in your life with this substance) and drugs is certainly not easy.
I have been through giving up smoking and coming off anti-depressants.
I tackled them with recognising the problems they were causing me. (Decision to use will power)
Then I was forced to recognise that will power on it’s own was not enough, I was addicted!
I had to recognise this because of the pain I experienced when stopping.
After a lot of struggle and difficulty I did it. But I had support from the GP and certain nicotine aids.
I recognised that I had an addiction that needed to be changed.
But there is another problem that society is not getting to grips with.
You can get help and support for coming off drugs, alcohol and smoking, but are you getting support for the food addiction?
The folllowing is a typical scenario.
You have been told to eat more healthily. The reasons may be varied, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes or certain bowel disorders just for a start.
You may get more appointments to see the practice nurse, diabetes clinician, or even a dietician. But they are for the illness or disease.
Most times the professional does not recognise that you have an addiction to food! They believe that it is all in the mind and you just have to use willpower!
Which brings us back to what I was saying about willpower and addiction.
The decision to eat in a healthy way lies with you! No one else can make this decision for you.
Now comes the hard bit. Everyone is giving you different advice, the media, friends, diet books, the NHS or other government bodies. No-one can agree with what is best. When you go back to the nurse or clinician, you feel a failure because you have not stuck to the diet!
There you are in the middle and don’t know where to turn.
But even with all the advice in the world you are still not being recognised as a FOOD ADDICT.
Yes, there is such a thing.
Yes, you will have withdrawal symptoms when you give up sugar, and all the other junk that is in a product that is called food, but actually is not real food!
No! It is not just a matter of willpower!
So the secret is to recognise the ADDICTION, Own it and ask yourself what help you are going to get?
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I cannot cure you, or make the decision for you. I will not tell you what to do.
But I can guide you in the right direction, help you to find resources and be a mentor in your day to day experiences.
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