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Can A Plant-based Diet Cure Junk Food Addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Amelie Santos, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Amelie Santos

    Amelie Santos Active Contributor

    I hope I don't offend anyone when I use the word addiction in this context, but I feel like I am already dependent on junk food at this point. I'm a child of an alcoholic, but luckily, I didn't become one myself. My unhealthy relationship is with food. Junk food, in particular. I've been hearing about clean eating and a plant-based diet for a long time, but I'm a bit hesitant because cutting out junk food completely has never worked for me in the past. Any of you guys find success with it?
  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    A plant based diet can be healthy if done the right way. Most junk food won't fit into a plant based diet anyway. I admit I love junk food too but I do it in moderation. Plant based dieting or fasting cleans out your body or detoxes you also. I don't know if it will make you stop eating junk food for good tho. I didn't eat much junk food when I tried this diet myself and I noticed I had a lot more energy.
  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

  4. Amelie Santos

    Amelie Santos Active Contributor

    Thank you guys for the suggestions! @Tsky45 I wish I could be like you and do it in moderation. But alas, the addictive gene is alive and kicking inside me. I'm determined to try this, though, because I don't want this to define me any longer. As the saying goes, "If you don't want to be where you are, move. You are not a tree". Or something to that effect. @serenity I'm familiar with this website, but I haven't read this article yet. Thanks for the link!
  5. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Junk food addiction is real!
    You are right, eating healthy natural foods can change your gut flora and over time help stop cravings for junk food.
  6. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    A plant based diet can cure cancer. Of course it can 'cure' junk food addiction. During the years of watching people and their addictions i realized that the best cure for any addiction is some sort of terminal illness that is not yet developed to be fatal soon. After hearing the horrible news people come out from the docs office new persons. If a doctor said to you that another big mac will cause some kind of reaction that can kill you or damage your body beyond repairing it is most likely you will stop eating junk food and only eat boiled veggies. My father had high blood pressure, cholesterol and three heart attacks. After surviving all of that my mother cooked him just boiled veggies for two years. We are talking about person who ate a kilo of pork for meal and thus his illnesses. He swore he would never stop eating like that but he wasn't complaining for those two years after which his parameters were like mine.
  7. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I usually drink wheat grass in the morning and it is good for the liver and for cleaning the body and can be cheap to buy depending on where you buy it from and usually spend a few dollars on it a week, and drink it in the morning at around 8 am or earlier if possible and can have a nice taste. It is nice to have something which is good for the body and vegetables which are boiled are usually good and can add some flavor to it, and the junk food may seem nice or a quick meal which may fill the body but not good in the long run. It is important to minimize the unhealthy food as it can help your health get better and plant food can take some time to get used to it, and the taste buds may not want to take it in and will need to force yourself.
  8. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    It is definitely worth a try. All the best to you. You can do this! Please keep us posted on your progress.
  9. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    You should really try to cut those junk foods consumption and eat healthy foods. You can try eating more of fruits and vegetables until you make it a habit of eating these foods. Keep yourself motivated. :)
  10. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I am pretty much of a junk food junkie myself. You become addicted to the salt, sugar and fat in junk foods in these foods and your body craves them. I think it is necessary to detox your body with healthy foods before swtiching to a plant based diet. I do try to eat healthy when possible so I am not as bad as some...but I do want to get healthy and I am going to have to seriously curtail the junk food.
  11. 111kg

    111kg Community Champion

    No, a veggie based food will not cure your junk food addiction, honestly. You need two things: to build some discipline, but also to understand your addiction. Find out what triggers it and how you handle it. Are you addicted to junk food because you don't have time to cook or don't know how to cook real food? There are solutions...
  12. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I would say do what is best for you with the help of a doctor. I don't know if everyone can do a plant based diet since a person may need other minerals and vitamins. But I believe once the addictive substances leave your body, it will be easier to slow down on the junk food. There are lots of websites that have recipes that you can try out if you want to substitute junk food for something that is healthier.
  13. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Junk food addiction is a very serious issue and you should take action as soon as possible. For me, it is way easier to avoid eating something because my diet/lifestyle "prohibits" it. That should work for you too, you just have to have some determination and willpower and you will succeed. Good luck!
  14. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I'm sure plants may help improving your health condition, but they won't modify your eating habits. Junk food addiction should also be treated from a mental health approach to get you finding why you have developed such addiction.

    Many times compulsive eating is associated to anxiety, and being child of an alcoholic, perhaps you subconscious mind is trying to get you having all that food to avoid falling in alcoholism.

    However it's not an inexorable written rule that all children of alcoholics with turn into alcoholics, so you shouldn't be afraid of it, which is what I figure out could be the root of your junk food addiction.
  15. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    I see no harm in opting for this method. The question is, what sort of plants do you intend to consume? It might shock your system if you suddenly set this plan into motion. Moderation, a balanced meal and the right kind of supplements may cut back your junk food cravings. You also have to add self-control to the equation.
  16. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Junk food, yeah I guess alcoholic parent(s) don't want to take the time to feed their kids properly. You can kick it. You need to eat more of it though in order to feel satisfied. 2300-3300 calories a day. You can't just eat salad and beans. You'll fold and eat the wrong thing. Tons of fruit will help break the junk food habit. Potatoes, rice, and something like this with salad. You want to have majority of the calories in fruit. The fructose in the fruit will satisfy you and you won't even think about any junk food.
  17. Amelie Santos

    Amelie Santos Active Contributor

    Hi @Adrianna! No, my parents fed me properly, and I was always given healthy, nutritious meals. :) Especially my dad (who was the alcoholic), who cooked very well and had a way of making even bitter melons taste good. Yes, I've started eating more fruits, so now I'm optimistic. Thank God I love the taste of fruits. :)
  18. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    The received wisdom in this matter is that making sudden, drastic alterations to a person's diet isn't a very good idea. However, I tend to disagree. I think that bad dietary choices can have extremely adverse effects on a person's health, and the only way to address an extreme problem is with an extreme solution. So in short, yes, switching to a plant based diet might be the dietary kick you need to straighten out your food choices. Good luck.
  19. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Woah woah woah Sir, please be mindful of how you word things.
    A proper diet can help lessen the chances of developing certain types of cancer, but it certainly cannot cure a malignancy after it has started. Once a cancer starts and your immune system does not stop it, the only proven and real way to cure it is via proper oncology. Mostly this is combination therapy (chemo, surgery, radiation ect ect) but certain cancers can be taken care of with just one type of therapy.
    There is an incredible amount of false information around cancer. There is no cure for cancer that your oncologist will not recommend.
  20. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    In my experience? I think that if you want to cut your junk food intake you should really start doing it little by little. That is how I am doing it, I hope that in the next months I can start eating more raw fruits and veggies. It's simple, but sometimes junk food is so tempting. I still plan to have some at least once a week, but that's it. I recommend you to read the Allen Carr's book on how to lose weight (he talks about junk food and how it affects our bodies, and more importantly how to cut back on that and start eating better).