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Food & Mood: When Food and Eating is a Problem in Life

Food & Mood: When Food and Eating is a Problem in Life

By Ralph Carson, PHD, RD, LD

1.5 CE's

There is a great deal of confusion among dieters over the concept of a food addiction and abstinence from sugar and white flour. Many emotions and behaviors are tied into the overweight and eating disorder patient’s relationship with food. In this presentation by Dr. Carson, deals with neurophysiological basis of how trigger foods may control a person’s life to the point it takes on characteristics of an addiction. Though there is little scientific evidence that one is addicted to sugar or white flour, the possibility of addiction to the sensory aspects of trigger foods will be explored. If those controlling foods are removed from the person’s diet, there needs to be similar constructive alternatives to take their place or recovery is short lived.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to differentiate between a chemical addiction and a process addiction.
  2. Participants will be able to identify pathways through which emotions are transformed into neurochemical messages.
  3. Participants will be able to suggest substitutes for food cravings that elicit equal neurochemical responses.
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