Do you have processed food addiction?

One of my friends used to work for the processed food industry and told me she spent her time devising foods that people could not stop eating. The people who worked there tried to find the bliss point, where people felt they were in some sort of momentary heaven. There used to be an advertising slogan for one of these concoctions- “one nibble and you’re nobbled”

I used to eat like this
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Cereal or toast for breakfast, a wholemeal sandwich for lunch and maybe a chocolate bar as a treat and a home cooked tea/dinner, preceded by 2 pieces of toast while I cooked it, and then my meal itself with pasta, potatoes or rice. Sometimes I would have a few biscuits in the morning, and often some crisps or nuts with drinks if someone came round for dinner (which was not often). My meals were always home cooked, and I would have condiments with them, without thinking about it. I especially loved mint sauce with lamb, and horseradish sauce with beef. I didn’t think of myself as someone who had processed food addiction. I thought I had a healthy diet because I home cooked my main meals, and ate whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat cereal and whole-wheat pasta (if the children didn’t complain too much!). I tried to balance my eating with an active lifestyle. I played golf and often had a cereal bar on the way round, with a can of diet cola. I climbed mountains and took sandwiches and cake for a meal in the middle of the climb.

The truth was that I ate a lot of processed food and that contained a lot of sugar, or starch that changes into sugar. It was no wonder I gained 2 stone in weight. I am going to reprint the above paragraph and highlight all the foods that are processed. Look at this:

I used to eat like this: cereal or toast for breakfast, a wholemeal sandwich for lunch and maybe a chocolate bar as a treat and a home cooked tea/dinner, preceded by 2 pieces of toast while I cooked it, and then my meal itself with pasta, potatoes or rice. Sometimes I would have a few biscuits in the morning, and often some crisps or nuts with drinks if someone came round for dinner. My meals were always home cooked, and I would have condiments with them, without thinking about it. I especially loved mint sauce with lamb, and horseradish sauce with beef. I didn’t think of myself as someone who had processed food addiction. I thought I had a healthy diet because I home cooked my main meals, and ate whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat cereal and whole-wheat pasta (if the children didn’t complain too much!). I tried to balance my eating with an active lifestyle. I played golf and often had a cereal bar on the way round, with a can of diet cola. I climbed mountains and took sandwiches and cake as a meal in the middle of the climb. I didn’t mention alcohol, which is a processed product and should be considered as something that is very ‘more-ish’ and stimulates your appetite to eat more processed food, and drink more of itself! It also reduces your inhibitions in relation to eating more…; you’ve guessed it and I don’t need to say it.

My life was punctuated by processed food, but I never would have thought I had a processed food addiction. I even made my own processed food with white flour and sugar!
I never thought I could have given it up, but I did, as explained on the front page of this website. I enjoy my food a lot now, eat it with relish and it gives me great pleasure, and I no longer feel drawn to the processed stuff. Think about how you are going to do it, and believe me when I say 4 years on, that it is worth it, and the cravings left long ago.