What is it Like to be Free from Food Addiction?

Felicia was recently interviewed on Onlyourhealth. [click here to read her interview]  She’s lost over 160 lbs in less than a year, and she’s still losing!  I asked her if she’d be willing to share what her life is like now that she's free from food addiction, and she wrote the following. May it inspire you with renewed hope and encouragement in your journey to live in the best health that’s possible!


What is it like to be free from food addiction?

by Felicia Ricks


The definition of addiction according to the dictionary is “a compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit forming substance.”

I never thought of food as a habit forming substance, but I always thought of it as a necessary requirement for the body to survive. It wasn’t until I heard Dr. Fuhrman talk about toxic hunger that I came to the realization that I had a food addiction and had a compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit forming substance.

When I initially started on Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian program, I experienced toxic hunger and I didn’t feel very well for several days. I asked myself, “Is this how drug addicts feel when they’re going through detoxification? This doesn’t feel good at all!” Although, I was experiencing some withdrawal symptoms I was determined to break the vicious cycle of food addiction by not eating the foods that caused the addiction. After enduring the “not so good days” I noticed that I wasn’t jittery, the headaches were non-existent and I didn’t feel the desire to put a Snickers bar in my mouth. I knew I was on the road to recovery.

Being free from my food addiction was an answered prayer because one of my prayers was to be self-controlled in my eating habits. However for many, many, years I was never able to consistently maintain self-control. It wasn’t until I totally committed to eating the foods that were originally intended for our bodies to absorb and digest such as, green vegetables, berries, onions, mushrooms, beans, seeds/nuts (GBOMBS) and COMPLETELY eliminated the refined, sugary, processed and synthetic foods and drinks, that I began to feel spiritually and physically liberated. I feel as though I am no longer bound and enslaved by the self-inflicted chains of food addiction and I am no longer defiling my body. I also feel as though a weight, figuratively and literally has been lifted from me and now I can honestly and unequivocally say that, “I am free indeed!”

Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for spreading the message and informing people about the benefits of healthy nutrition. Also for holding fast to the statement by Hippocrates, “Food shall be your medicine and your medicine shall be your food.”


“It will take strength. It will take effort. But the pleasure and rewards that you will get from a healthy life will be priceless.”
-Dr. Fuhrman






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Courtney B - May 7, 2013 4:27 PM

This is verbatim to what my Dad has experienced. After losing over 160 lbs since last February and gaining control of his life for the first time, he can finally live the way he has always wanted. He has normal blood pressure for the first time in 30 years, normal cholesterol and energy levels you see in teenagers. I am very happy for him and you, Felicia! What a world of difference it makes to your family.

It's a wonder more people don't jump on board to the nutritarian diet. After what my Dad has experiences and the complete reversal in his health, life and mental state, I truly believe there is no other way to live.

Shelby (Your Daughter) - May 7, 2013 5:12 PM

I am so proud of you! That is an excellent article. God has given you so much wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Thank you Dr. Fuhrman for letting my mom share her story.

Cathy (Your friend) - May 7, 2013 7:59 PM

This article made me cry. ...tears of joy and pride for you, my dear friend, Felicia. Although always beautiful to me, inside and out....your healthy body must be making God very proud and of course, your beautiful Shelby, too. What an inspiration you are for many people! You have been able to commit to something that is very difficult for many, me included. I'm going to share this story with my husband. We both need to look to you and Dr. Fuhrman as our mentors to help us slay the food addiction!Thank you Dr. Fuhrman, for inspiring my friend. :)

Lilly - May 7, 2013 10:31 PM

Thank you for sharing your inspiring wisdom and story, Felicia. Your comment about being spiritually and physically liberated really struck home with my personal goals. I'd lost touch with them. Thank you.

Donna McFarland - May 8, 2013 3:41 AM

Thank you thank you Felicia for sharing your truly inspirng journey! Countless numbers of us start and stop, start and stop in the quest to find what you have-the PEACE and reward, of STOPPING at last, the insanity of out of control eating habits. Thank you...is just not enough! What I'd LOVE to see, are a few samples of daily menu's...just to get the idea of how this works.

You're beautiful...and a real SUCCESS story!! xoxoxo

Kevin Smith - May 8, 2013 11:03 AM

Amen sister! I feel the same way!

Richard Wolfgang - May 9, 2013 4:15 AM

It's never easy walking down this path.However,the rewards that await one are worth every minute of it.That's inspiring Felicia,keep sharing your success story!

Sheila Flathers - May 9, 2013 8:38 AM

God's timing is amazing. A friend I opened up to yesterday about my addiction sent me this after our chat. It is such a blessing that our Father knows just what we need AND I NEEDED THIS. Thanks so much

Felicia - May 10, 2013 10:45 AM

I sincerely thank everyone for the encouraging comments. It wasn't easy for me to open up about this but knowing that it's helping and inspiring other people, it was worth it.

Donna, there are some wonderful recipes on Dr. Fuhrman's website. He also has meal plans in his book, Eat To Live.

Holly - May 13, 2013 2:40 PM

I have been a food addict since age 8. I have had success off and on in a 12-step program. However I was always starving before meals. Since being on the Nutritarian food plan I am full! I still go to my 12-step meetings but cannot introduce myself as a compulsive overeater because I do not do this any more. I can no longer overeat because I am too full!

Holly - May 13, 2013 2:46 PM

Hi Felicia, congratulations. I too have a weight loss of almost 100 pounds and it is staying off. I also discovered Dr. Fuhrman on PBS!Reading your story helps me stay committed!

Felicia - May 14, 2013 4:53 AM

Hi Holly,

Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the good work.

Aimee - May 24, 2013 10:22 AM

Felicia - Your story is very inspiring. I've been struggling with which plan to start on my weight loss/get healthy journey. I also need to loose 160 lbs. I've read all of Dr Fuhrman's books and watched him numerous times on PBS and I know this is the plan for me. I work such crazy hours and I'm away from home 14 hours a day between travel to and from work and I'm just trying to figure out how I can do this with my schedule. I'm determined and your story has lit a fire under me, so pray for me that my journey will begin soon and end as great as your. Thank you again for the inspiration!

Holly Levine - May 26, 2013 12:36 PM

Hi Felicia and Aimee! It takes a lot of planning. Its worth it. People tell me how great I look. I dont have rolls of fat. My skin is clear. NO FOOD CRAVINGS! I stop eating when Im full!I don't have internet at home. I come to the library when I can and these blog postings help me so much! I went to one of Dr. Fuhrman's nutritional trainers and he helps a lot. He has a blog.

Neil Butterfield - October 23, 2013 4:49 AM

So many people suffer from food addiction. I applaude anyone who shares information/testimonials to help people get rid of food addictions.

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