Dealing with an addiction is never easy, but when you’re addicted to something you can’t live without – food – your plight may seem virtually impossible to overcome. Since you can’t abstain from all food forever, the foodaholics – or food addict – diet is designed to keep you away from foods that may trigger binge eating, thus giving you the power to overcome your addiction and get your weight under control.
Alcoholics have a simple choice: to drink or not to drink. For people with a food addiction, the choice isn’t so simple. Since we all need food every day to fuel our bodies and give us energy, staying away from it isn’t an option.
However, Food Addicts Anonymous has identified certain trigger foods that may contribute to binge eating and food cravings – wheat, flour and sugar. The Food Addicts Anonymous plan focuses on abstinence from these foods as a way to break the cycle of addiction and gain control over eating.
The plan is not just a weight-loss plan, but also a way to break the cycle of addiction and chronic overeating. The plan encourages participants to completely abstain from consuming anything with sugar, flour or wheat and focuses on eating small, sensible meals.
Daily Diet Plan
The plan suggests participants to eat specific servings of the major food groups at each meal.
- For breakfast, the diet calls for one protein, one dairy, and one fruit or vegetable.
- For lunch, participants are encouraged to eat one protein, one cooked vegetable and one fresh vegetable.
- Dinner consists of one protein, one cooked vegetable, one fresh vegetable and one grain, such as beans.
Since participants are encouraged to steer clear of wheat or flour – eliminate pasta, breads and most carbohydrates.
The menu plans and recipes in the Manna Diet e-book is a perfect example.
Fruits and their natural sugars are allowed and encouraged during certain times of the day according to the plan. Sugars that occur naturally in foods do not have the same effect on food cravings, according to the group, but participants should limit fruit intake to breakfast and a post-dinner snack.
Oils, like olive oil, grape seed, canola, coconut and peanut oil with your food can help to keep you satisfied for longer, but as oils are high in calories, you need to limit it to not more than 30% of your diet.
As a fluctuation of blood sugar levels are the main cause of food addiction and overeating, you will need a product like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to reduce the glycemic index of anything you eat by up to 43%, thus helping to control blood sugar levels so that you don’t often think of food.
The plan strongly encourages participants to plan out their meals in advance and write down every food eaten throughout the day in order to track cravings and other problems that may lead to food addiction. As with any diet, you should talk to your doctor before making any major changes to the way you eat.