Food craving, addictions and neurofeedback (biofeedback for the brain)
anonymous Asks ...
I am interested in learning more about biofeedback for food addiction. I have very strong food cravings and urges to eat and these are very physical in nature. Would you agree that biofeedback can help a person to master her cravings by learning to control the physical sensations that lay beneath the metal processes? So does biofeedback work for food addicts or not. I confess I can’t understand the research that was sent to me by a friend. If it works how long does it take for biofeedback to ‘cure’ my very strong cravings?
Loren Gelberg-Goff Says ...
Let's start with the fact that the purpose of any addiction is to keep you away from your feelings... or to keep you from feeling your feelings. For you it's food. Your underlying urges for food and to eat are so strong that they seem irresistible. I have to ask what you are desperately trying to avoid dealing with?
You are asking about biofeedback which is different from neurofeedback. I am not sure what information your friend sent to you, but I encourage you to read about neurofeedback and how it works to help balance the right and left hemispheres of your brain so that internal reactions and responses to stimuli changes. However, since addiction to food is a very emotional and complex issue, I encourage you to seek out a qualified therapist in this area... there are many good therapists who can help you to deal with what has triggered your intense connection to food and eating. There are also a variety of interventions that can be helpful in your search to quiet your cravings, eliminate your addictive behavior with food and help you to feel more in control and centered, especially when it come to handling your particular food issues. You can look into hypnotherapy, changing your relationship with food in general and focusing on your self-esteem and self-empowerment which will also have a huge impact on how you handle your food cravings.
I hope that this gives you some clarity and focus as you move forward toward your goal of taking good care of yourself. There is no quick fix though there are options for getting the support you need and deserve to deal more effectively with the issues in your life. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.