Food addiction – could the Spud Fit Project be the answer?

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Addiction Editor

spud fit challengeEating potatoes for a year isn’t something you hear about very often but for Andrew Flinders Taylor it has become a reality since embarking on the Spud Fit Project.

The thirty-six-year-old Melbourne man has vowed to eat nothing but potatoes (and a little seasoning) for the whole of 2016, in a bid to stop binge eating. He says he began  the project to overcome an eating addiction.

Mr Taylor is now 50 days into the Spud Fit Project – a personal experiment and he has lost a whopping 17 kgs so far and on his YouTube video channel he says he’s feeling fantastic.
In a recent interview he said ‘I wanted to change the way I thought about food so that it’s not really controlling my life. Food is fuel kinda thing,’ he told 9news.com.au of the challenge, which he’s documenting on Facebook and YouTube.

However, he says he has been amazed by what he has learnt about potatoes and insists he will be able to get all the nutrients he needs from potatoes alone.

He is being supervised by a doctor and dietician and says he is getting all of the nutrients he needs by eating potatoes, only supplementing vitamin B12.

‘I’m getting 600% of my daily iron requirements and 400% of vitamin C requirements from potatoes,’ he said.

‘Potatoes have plenty of protein which I didn’t understand until I started doing research. The whole thing is incredible, they have so many nutrients. I can basically live off potatoes, it has everything I need.’

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness characterised by regular episodes of binge eating.
A person with Binge Eating Disorder will not use compensatory behaviours, such as self-induced vomiting or over-exercising after binge eating and many people with Binge Eating Disorder are overweight or obese.

Eating addictions will be discussed at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, held on the Gold Coast 19 – 20 May 2016. To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

The 3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Mantra on View, Gold Coast from the 16 – 17 May 2016. It will feature positive presentations on best practice approaches for the prevention, treatment and management of Eating Disorders and Obesity issues of the current day.

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