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Food bender

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: food can be an addiction. It can be just as big an addiction as drugs or alcohol. I don’t think people realize that. But I know this very well.

Like other addicts, people who are addicted to food will go on a bender from time to time. This is usually called “binging,” but I hate that term. I like the term “food bender.” It seems much more appropriate.

A food bender is very similar to an alcoholic’s bender. It starts innocently enough, with maybe too big a meal, or an extra snack, or a candy bar. But then it rapidly escalates, and over the course of a day or a week, the person ends up overeating in amazing quantities.

Food benders are pretty much how I ended up at my current weight. I do fine with meals and controlled snacks. But I’ll go off on a food bender. The most recent time this happened, I ate most of a box of Oreo cookies by myself. Over the course of two days. When I finished, I was shocked at what I had done. And mortified. How could one person eat that many cookies?

Not surprisingly, my weight went up a lot that week.

If I can control the benders, if I can either keep myself from getting into one, or make myself realize what I am doing and stop while I am in the middle of one, then things will work out the way I want.

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