How to give up unwanted eating behaviors

Regardless of whether a person has a food addiction or eating disorder or simply wants to improve their intake of nutritious foods, they may wish to give up unwanted eating behaviors. 

Seek help: Anyone who suspects that they have an eating disorder or food addiction can contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) helpline at 800-931-2237. People looking for help with their nutritional intake can also seek the guidance of a registered dietitian. Alongside the appropriate therapy, nutritional advice can help people manage their health. 

Modify the environment: Environmental cues, which include the sight, smell, and even appearance of foods, may trigger food cravings. 

Individuals can adjust their environment without creating restrictions by: 

portioning adequate amounts of food for meals, and then storing the remainder away and out of sight 

sitting away from buffet tables and reframing the dining experience to focus on the social aspects of human engagement and conversation rather than the foods available 

placing nutritious foods in visible places to serve as reminders and encouragement for healthy eating — for example, putting fruits in a bowl or plate on the kitchen counter 

increasing the intake of whole foods and nonstarchy vegetables in preference to highly processed foods, when possible 

Small changes go a long way: It is important to resist the urge to try fad diets that promise rapid results in a short time, as most people who have dieted to lose weight regain the majority of this weight within five years. 

Instead, a person should plan to make gradual but sustainable dietary and lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, to support good health and disease management. 

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/is-food-addiction 

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