Thanks to a cable outage a few months ago, my son and I started a mild obsession with Ted Talks. Have you ever found yourself spending an obsessive amount of time watching these informative speakers? If not, here are a few great ones to get you started. Each of these relate to one of my favorite topics around here—food addiction.
A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit by Judson Brewer
On any typical day, we are working in a pattern of trigger, behavior, and then reward. Judson Brewer teaches how being mindful of the negatives (chemical taste, how it makes us feel…) while eating can help us become disenchanted with that chocolate cake that keeps calling us back to it.
I love the concept of mindfulness and how it relates to addiction so this Ted Talk was definitely one of my all time favorites.
Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work by Sandra Aamodt
This talk covers reasons why dieting is not the best route for our bodies, including how our inner thermometers work in choosing our weight. She discusses the difference between intuitive eaters and controlled eaters, sharing how to live less diet-obsessed and more intuitively.
You will learn how to improve health and longevity even if the weight is not coming off and some fantastic tips to share with daughters and other young people in your life.
The final video is actually a TEDx Talk but I wanted to include it as well. She covers sugar addiction specifically which is one of my biggest struggles.
Confessions of a Sugar Addict in a Sugar-Laden World by Laura Marquis
Laura shares her story of becoming a sugar addict and the 3 keys that helped her find freedom. This short video teaches several important thoughts we all need to take to heart such as “real food is our medicine and fake food is our poison.”
I hope these talks serve you well in your food addiction recovery. We can do this!
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This article is part of my Turning to Food series. You can learn more about my food addiction story in An Addict’s Journey or you may want to check out some of the other monthly updates.
Candace, this is sure helpful. I’ve bookmarked your post and will keep these talks in mind.
This is when the internet works for us.
Valentine’s Afternoon Blessings to you, lovely lady …
Hi Linda! I can’t believe it’s taken me over a week to respond. I hope you had a Valentine’s full of love ;). I’m obviously moving a little slow these days. Definitely check these out when you have more time. They are so helpful. The first one is great for breaking any sort of bad habit, not just food related.
All of these sound helpful, Candace. I don’t have time to watch them right now, but I’ll keep them in mind. I am especially drawn to the first one of being mindful of the negative. Thank you! Love and hugs to you!
The first one is wonderful, Trudy. If you only have time for one, definitely choose it. Love and hugs to you, my friend!
These were very interesting, especially the one on food addiction. I have been watching a youtube channel by Becca Bristow on Intuitive eating and it is something I would like to figure out, as well as mindful eating. But I wonder how sugar addiction fits into a lifestyle like that? Still working out God’s best plan for me. Right now I do low carb but still desserts on Sunday, which sometimes leads to more than I should be eating. I’ve lost over 50 lbs. in the last year, especially during DietBet games, but maintaining is always the real battle. Maybe start with mindfulness? Thanks for sharing these.
Fifty pounds is amazing, Sandy! Congratulations!! I’ll have to check out that youtube channel. Thanks for sharing it. That sounds really interesting. Desserts always lead to overeating for me as well. Sugar is not my friend, even in moderation. I think mindfulness is a great place to start! That’s what I’m working on right now as well.
These sound good! I just love finding inspiring talks like these that help keep me going when the going gets tough. Hugs to you my friend!
I love inspiring talks too, Jen. Our cable outage was my first real experience with Ted Talks and I’m pretty hooked now. My son really enjoys them too. Hugs to you, my friend!!
WOW these talks sound so good, Candace. I’m so glad you shared them. I have only seen a few Ted Talks and I KNOW there are so many I need to watch. I’m going to share the second one with my daughter, who struggles with her weight. THANK YOU!
I so wish I had watched that one when my daughter was a teen, Chris. It’s really great. Young girls are under way too much pressure these days. It can be overwhelming. I hope you both get a lot out of that talk, my friend!