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Are you bingeing on junk food on a regular basis? Maybe it’s the TV grazing, comfort eating, or late night snacking that’s getting out of control. If eating junk food is starting to feel like an addiction for you, you’re probably not happy with the results. Compulsive eating of any food is likely to expand your waistline, but overindulging in unhealthy food will quickly show in your complexion and energy levels, not to mention your cholesterol and blood glucose counts.
Many people inadvertently turn junk food into a reward or solace, which can lead to both an emotional addiction to overeating, and physical cravings for sugar, salt and fat. The odd cheeky treat may seem harmless — but before long, you may feel powerless to stop. If that’s the case for you, it might be time to seek professional help.
The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have experience treating all kinds of addiction and eating disorders. We can work with you at the clinic in Highett, or you can book an online session for counselling from the comfort of your home.
We also recommend you download our targeted self hypnosis MP3 recording for junk food addiction to complement your therapy. Whichever way you decide to get help, making the decision to address your unhealthy relationship with junk food is the most important step.
Give us a call to find out how we may be able to help you.
But can you really be addicted to junk food?
To be addicted means that you’re unable to resist using or consuming something, despite the fact that it’s doing you harm — to be dependent on an activity or substance for happiness or equilibrium. Food is a primeval driver for any living thing. Because food can change our mood for the better, it can become something come to rely on when we’re stressed or anxious. And most people don’t choose fruit or steamed vegetables for a quick boost. Eating large amounts of sugar and fat on a regular basis makes you crave more, which is easy to find in today’s world of around the clock fast food.
But the sugar-laden sweets or take-away junk food most people turn to for comfort are bereft of nutritional value. The calories, sugar, salt, and trans-fats junk food does have will leave you overweight and listless, but still hungry. As the medical community never tires of repeating, there are many risks associated with obesity, such as heart disease, sore joints, diabetes, elevated blood pressure and increased probability of stroke. So this is not a trivial addiction.
Trying to derail a dependence on food alone often results in feelings of deprivation, withdrawal, and depression — it’s very difficult to realign entrenched mental and metabolic patterns at the same time. Therapy may be what you need to establish healthier eating habits over the long term. What do you have to lose if you put off taking action?
How does Bayside Psychotherapy treat junk food addiction?
At Bayside Psychotherapy, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all approaches or band-aid solutions. Our therapists‘ broad training and experience in a range of treatment methods enable us to tailor programs to individual clients’ needs. After your initial consultation, your practitioner will devise a personalised program from one or a combination of approaches, which may include mindfulness training, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), among others. Your therapist will evaluate your progress regularly in case your program needs to be tweaked. We can work with you in our Highett office, online, or a combination of the two.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment for junk food addiction can take effect quite quickly. Some people are able to change their habits after just a few therapy sessions, with techniques such as neuro linguistic programming, which can help you change how you think about junk food and how you react to anxiety. Everyone has different underlying reasons for their compulsive behaviour, and some may need more time than others to investigate them thoroughly. The duration of your treatment will also depend on how willing you are to commit to therapy. We offer a safe and non-judgemental environment and skilled counsellors to maximise your chances of success. The rest is up to you.
Set up your appointment by calling (03) 9557 9113 or enquire using our contact form. You can also download a self hypnosis MP3 recording for junk food addiction to help you get on your way. Your call is completely confidential and there’s absolutely no obligation.
If you know you’re ready to start, you can book your initial session here.
Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.
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