The Real Reason You’re Obsessed With Food

Parsley Health
October 17, 2016

One of the statements I hear most frequently from Parsley Health members and private clients is: “I’m addicted to carbs, chocolate… (insert your vice of choice). I just can’t control myself when it’s around.”

This is almost always followed by a question: “Do you have any tips that can help me stop feeling so crazy around food?”

I have many tips, most of which have nothing to do with food, because the truth is: your obsession with food has nothing to do with food.

Instead, your obsession with food is directly related to what you think about food and your body.

It’s easy to think that food is the problem because it’s tangible, and tempting, but the reason you feel out of control around bread, sugar, chocolate or any other food is due to diet mentality – categorizing food as good or bad, and eating for weight loss.

Eating carbs, chocolate, or any other food only becomes a problem when we categorize them as bad and create categories of the things we should and shouldn’t be eating.

The more you try to control what you what you eat, the more you’ll crave the foods you’ve labeled as bad. Similarly, the more you try to control the size of your body, the more you’ll feel out of control around food. It’s a double edged sword.

How Can We Fix Our Obsession With Food?

  1. Eat food that makes you feel nourished, satisfied and well, instead of following general dieting advice. Every body is different – what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.
  2. Eat well because you care about your health and well-being, not to change your outward appearance.
  3. Stop trying to control your weight, and learn to accept your body at the weight it settles upon naturally, without extreme dieting or exercising.

When we learn to take care of ourselves for reasons other than weight loss, and stop trying to control our bodies, our obsession with food naturally starts to fall away and food becomes much less important.

Parsley Health

Parsley Health is the doctor that helps you live healthier, longer, by treating the root cause of symptoms and conditions. Our medical teams—staffed by leading clinicians and health coaches—spend more time with you, order the right tests, and prescribe food, sleep and movement alongside medications so you can get better—and feel better.

Read full bio
readiness quiz

Get a snapshot of your health - right now.

Take our quiz to get your symptom score and start uncovering the why behind your symptoms.

Related Posts
12 Gifts For The Well-Being Seekers In Your Life
Get “Prescription for Happiness” and Reach a New Level of Energy, Clarity, and Calm
How to Select the Right Health Coach for You
Four Smart Ways to Track Your Heart Health Today
10 TikTok Health Trends Worth Trying—and Avoiding
Doctor examining patient


Our leading medical providers and health coaches heal the root cause of health concerns with a personalized care plan and year-round support. Our root-cause resolution medicine has helped thousands feel better, with 85% of members reducing symptoms in their first year.

Parsley Health medical providers are trained to treat the root cause of complex, chronic conditions and symptoms. Ready to start feeling better?

Get Symptom Score