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Brain Vulnerability Quiz

Is your brain irresistibly attracted to certain foods?

Neuroscience has proven that the brain has the ability to block weight loss. If you’ve always had weight issues, or if you constantly think about food (even if you’re thin), you may have a brain that is vulnerable to being hijacked by certain foods.

Let’s ask your brain

Current science has established that it takes — on average! — 66 consecutive days [that’s 10 weeks or 2.5 months] to form a habit. Once a habit is established, the brain never forgets it. Although the habit may become dormant, it is never completely erased.

So, with this in mind, think of a period of at least 2 to 3 months when your eating felt the most out of control, or when you thought the most about food. You might have gained some weight during that time, or exercised intensively to compensate for overeating.

Take a moment, close your eyes, and go back to that period. Be that person again. Are you there?

Now, from this space, answer the following questions as if you were still in that period.

Please select the answer that BEST represents your experience.

In a hurry? If you’d rather do the QUICK version of this quiz (only 13 questions!), click here.

NOTE: The expression «those foods» refers to any type of food you have a hard time controlling your intake of, such as sweets, pastries, ice cream, pasta, pizza, bread, fries, burgers, bacon, soda… It could even be something considered healthy like nuts/seeds and their butters, rice cakes, dried fruit….

Brain Vulnerability Quiz

1. When I started to eat [those foods], i ate much more than planned(Required)
2. I continued to eat [those foods] even though I was no longer hungry.(Required)
3. I ate [those foods] to the point where i felt physically sick.(Required)
4. I worried about cutting down on [those foods], but I ate them anyways.(Required)
5. I spent a lot of time feeling sluggish or tired from overeating [those foods].(Required)
6. I spent a lot of time eating [those foods] throughout the day.(Required)
7. When [those foods] were not available, i went out of my way to obtain them.(Required)
8. I ate [those foods] so often — or in such large amounts — that I stopped doing other important things, like working or spending time with family/friends.(Required)
9. I had problems with my family or friends because of my eating.(Required)
10. I avoided work, school or social activities because I was afraid I would overeat there.(Required)
11. When I cut down on or stopped eating [those foods], I felt irritable, nervous or sad.(Required)
12. If I had physical symptoms because I hadn’t eaten [those foods], I would eat [those foods] to feel better.(Required)
13. If I had emotional problems because I hadn’t eaten [those foods], I would eat [those foods] to feel better.(Required)
14. When I cut down on or stopped eating [those foods], I had physical symptoms, like headaches or fatigue.(Required)
15. When I cut down or stopped eating [those foods], I had strong cravings for them.(Required)
16. My eating behaviour caused me distress.(Required)
17. I had significant problems in my life because of food and eating, such as problems with my daily routine, work, school, friends, family, or health.(Required)
18. I felt so bad about overeating that I didn’t do other important things, such as working or spending time with family/friends.(Required)
19. My overeating got in the way of me taking care of my family or doing household chores.(Required)
20. I avoided work, school or social functions because I could not eat [those foods] there.(Required)
21. I avoided social situations because people wouldn’t approve of how much I ate.(Required)
22. I kept eating in the same way even though my eating caused emotional problems.(Required)
23. I kept eating the same way even though my eating caused physical problems.(Required)
24. Eating the same amount of food did not give me as much enjoyment as it used to.(Required)
25. I really wanted to cut down on or stop eating [those foods], but I just couldn’t.(Required)
26. I needed to eat more and more to get the feelings I wanted from eating, such as reducing negative emotions like sadness, or increasing pleasure.(Required)
27. I didn’t do well at work or school because I was eating too much.(Required)
28. I kept eating [those foods] even though I knew it was physically dangerous. For example, I kept eating sweets even though I had diabetes. Or I kept eating fatty foods despite having heart disease.(Required)
29. I had such strong urges to eat [those foods] that I couldn’t think of anything else.(Required)
30. I had such intense cravings for [those foods] that I felt like I had to eat them right away.(Required)
31. I tried to cut down on or not eat [those foods], but I wasn’t successful.(Required)
32. I tried and failed to cut down on or stop eating [those foods].(Required)
33. I was so distracted by eating that I could have been hurt, like when driving a car, crossing the street, or operating machinery.(Required)
34. I was so distracted by thinking about food that I could have been hurt, like when driving a car, crossing the street, or operating machinery.(Required)
35. My friends or family were worried about how much I food I ate.(Required)
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Your Name(Required)

Quizzical kisses,

Sheryl-Anne xx

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