Quiz: Are You a Food Addict?

These eight simple questions will help you zero in on the trigger foods that set you off.

By High Voltage from Sugar Savvy Solution (Reader's Digest Association Books) and
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    What are your trigger foods?

    Some people can have bags of potato chips in the house till they go stale from neglect, but can’t leave ice cream in the freezer without it disappearing in a single sitting. Answer yes or no to the following questions from my new book Sugar Savvy, which teaches you how to detox from sugar and helps you lose weight, and see what kind of trigger foods you should avoid.

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    If you reach for one cookie or chip, is the bag empty before you know it?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Can you control your food intake during meals, but lose it when you start to snack, especially on chips and crackers?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Are you tired all the time? Are there things you’d love to do, but you just don’t have the energy?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Do you spend the day on a roller coaster of snacking highs and lows, hitting the doughnuts in the morning, the vending machine chips or candy in the afternoon, and the ice cream at night?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Did you answer Yes to two or more questions?

    Your food addiction likely lies with sweets and/or salty snacks—foods like cookies, chips, and cakes—that have been carefully engineered to keep you eating and eating and eating. You’ll need to find snacks and desserts that don’t set you off. Even then, though, avoid keeping them in your house; just enjoy a few occasionally when you go out. Next: More food triggers you might have »

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    Can you easily skip dessert, but empty the bread basket—and the pasta platter?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    When you want to lose weight, is it easier to skip meals altogether rather than just eat smaller ones?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Once you’ve had “just a taste” of bread, bagels, muffins, crackers, pasta, and rice, can you stop? Or do you keep going back for second (or third) helpings?

    a) Yes, I can stop
    b) No, I go for more

    Do you eat healthy when around other people, but lose it when you’re alone?

    a) Yes
    b) No

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    Did you answer Yes to two or more of these questions?

    If so, you are highly susceptible to the addictive powers of white flour (which acts a whole lot like sugar in your system)! Like me and many others, you need to kick all refined foods to the curb, probably permanently. Since desserts and snacks are not always a problem, you may be able to cautiously add back certain “treats” that are not triggers for you. But it may take trial and error. Note: If your food triggers are sweet and salty AND white-flour foods, you, like me, are highly susceptible to food addiction, period! That means you’re in danger of overeating pretty much all “bliss point” types of foods.

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