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The INFACT International School for Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment is the first and only training for sugar/food dependency counseling and treatment, which meets qualifications as a Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP) from the European Certification Board (ECB), and is now an U.S. National Certificate from the Addiction Professional Certification Board

Do You Have A Client or Patient Who Is A Food Addict?

Are you frustrated by repeated attempts to help your client or patient develop healthy eating habits? Have you tried everything you know to assist your patient in reaching a healthy weight? If so, we can help. The INFACT School is training counselors and medical professionals to treat those addicted to food. True food addiction can be clinically significant physical and psychological dependence on high fat, high sugar, and highly palatable foods. This is not the same as binge eating or binge eating disorder though it shares some similarities. Here are criteria that may indicate food addiction. At least three factors must be present to indicate food addiction.

When a person struggles with food addiction, there is significant impulsivity and compulsivity. For example, having difficulty thinking through long-term decisions; once focused on a thought, it becomes obsessive and intrusive, and they can only think about food. Treatment protocols for food addicts are different from those designed for eating disorders. At the INFACT School, we train counselors and medical professionals in therapeutic protocols to treat food addicts successfully.

How To Help Your Clients Or Patients Overcome Food Addiction

Our cutting-edge educational program includes proven therapeutic techniques designed to teach you how to help your clients or patients overcome their food addiction and live happy, productive lives.

We teach you how to get to the root of the issues behind their food addiction and focus on strategies to help you guide them in becoming addiction free. The goal is ultimately for them to be able to enjoy nonaddictive foods without feeling out of control.

The INFACT School’s program will provide insight into food addiction and the ability to pass this information on to your clients or patients. Many of our alums tell us that they have been able to help those clients or patients they once thought were beyond hope and that they, themselves, have experienced improved eating habits and behaviors.

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Is My Client/Patient A Food Addict??

Genetics and lifestyle factors may indicate something akin to food addiction for a tiny percentage of the population. True food addiction can be defined as “clinically significant physical and psychological dependence on high fat, high sugar, and highly palatable foods.” This means addictive eating behavior. This is not the same as binge eating or binge eating disorder though it shares some similarities and maybe a more extreme form of binge eating disorder.

Here are criteria that may indicate food addiction.

When a person struggles with food addiction, there is significant impulsivity and compulsivity. For example, food addicts have difficulty thinking through long-term decisions; they focus on a thought until it becomes obsessive and intrusive and can only think about food. Research on food addiction has also found that those meeting the criteria for food addiction have significantly higher body fat levels. In specific individuals with increased body fat and unique neurological and biological systems, the body fat works as a communicator to the brain and gut. In obesity, ghrelin (an appetite-stimulating hormone) does not decrease with food intake. Typically, ghrelin decreases after eating, which lets the body know it’s eaten and is now satisfied. Similarly, obese individuals have decreased leptin receptors and, thus, chronically elevated leptin levels. Leptin is the satiety hormone. A lack of leptin sensitivity means it takes more food to feel satiated, which also increases cravings. This makes it extremely difficult to eat when hungry and stop when packed as the body cues aren’t working correctly. It’s essential to differentiate your client/patient’s unique struggle because if food addiction is a concern, specific, proven, and effective treatment protocols must be implemented immediately. The INFACT School’s instructors and guest speakers have a total of over 200 years of experience training counselors and medical professionals to treat those addicted to food.

Overcoming Food & Sugar Addiction

Our approach to food addiction counseling training is to teach you how to guide your client/patient in discovering the root of the issue, help balance what is out of balance, and focus on strategies to regain power and feel in charge. The goal is ultimately to be able to enjoy foods without feeling addicted or out of control. In reality, there is not one cause for food addiction, nor is there one solution. A combination of factors is more likely to help your client/patient overcome food addiction:

At the heart of recovery is self-acceptance. That is, guiding your client/patient in truly knowing their worth, adequacy, deservedness, belonging, and lovableness as a human being. Willingness is another critical component. That is, the willingness to experience (and cope effectively with) painful feelings in service of a bigger life. At the INFACT School, we will provide you with proven therapeutic techniques to guide your client/patient in living a happy, productive life free from the obsession with food.

Increasing Pleasure in “Food Addiction Recovery”

One of the most critical factors to address in food addiction is a pleasure. In reality, highly processed foods are easy to overindulge in for anyone. Highly palatable foods increase the amount of dopamine in the brain, which is highly rewarding and pleasurable and perpetuates the cycle. This process can become compulsive when this is the only source of pleasure in one’s life. Further, as the behavior increases, the number of dopamine receptors in the brain may decrease, leading to more frequent seeking out highly rewarding foods.

Other activities include socializing, playing games, exercising, having sex, discovering new things, finishing tasks, and accomplishing goals (yes, write down your tasks and check them off for a dopamine boost!), creativity, meditation, and listening to music increase dopamine in the brain. When a deficit in naturally pleasurable activities, the balance gets tipped over to food. Food is comforting, accessible, and quick.

Excessive stress, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, lack of sleep, and vitamin and mineral deficiency can lead to dopamine depletion. To overcome food addiction, specific therapeutic protocols and techniques are needed. This means the most effective protection against food addiction is creating a recovery plan, working towards rewarding actions, activities, and ultimately, a lifestyle of fulfillment.

As you can imagine, issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma can make it challenging to pursue dopamine-boosting activities. Thus, addressing these factors and healing from trauma is an essential component of recovery.

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Esther H. Gudmundsdottir MSc.
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