PIIP – Part ‘n’ – Junk Food is Addictive…

PIPracticeI am working to pay closer attention to my “unconscious eating habits”. Trying to determine certain “trigger” events, and what other circumstances are often involved with my eating.

One thing I have realized is that for me – junk food is addictive.

Maybe addictive is not the right word to use – because if I stay completely away from it I don’t necessarily crave it.

It’s just that after I have one piece – of anything, I won’t stop eating it. It’s as if they add something that makes you keep going back for more!

The bad thing is, when it comes to candy or sweets, I don’t discriminate too much. There is a limit to what I’ll pay for – what I’ll buy at the store, or out of the vending machine. But what is most problematic is the office sweets. You know, the lady around the cube wall who has a candy dish, or the leftover cookies from the meeting in the next room, deserts at the office potluck, that kind of thing.

In situations like that, if I can resist the first piece of sweet stuff then I’ll be Ok. If I have even one little tiny piece of anything sweet, I’ll be craving junk food for the rest of the day. It usually starts the nasty spiral of the sweet/salty cravings. That’s where I’ll alternate back and forth between anything sweet, and the “itos” family of salty snack chips.


I don’t like those damn “itos” fellas too much. They are not very kind to me. It would be Ok if they would just come for a brief visit to my taste buds – instead of the mad rush that doesn’t stop until they’ve long worn out their welcome.

I’m going to just avoid it totally. That doesn’t sound right though – it’s as if it comes anywhere within 5 feet of me it will automatically jump down my throat. How about “I will exercise my will power and refuse to eat junk food” – there. That sounds better.

My action plan for junk food is “Just Say NO!”.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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