I just read through this thread, and it was VERY enlightening, and all too familiar...I've always had a food addiction. I've told my boyfriend this before and he never believes me. When i was 14 (and ate like any 14 year old girl generally would, ie refined processed foods, no knowledge of proper nutrition etc) i found that everytime i ate i just could not stop eating...so i figured, if i never start i dont have to worry about stopping. Then i developed anorexia. This experience led me to the gym, and to expanding my knowledge on proper eating training etc...now im 22. I've discovered i have an addiction to sugar. I've always told people that i dont eat sugar because it acts like a drug to me, so its great to see this thread and know im not "crazy." I took the principle i came up with when i was 14 and used it again, just in a smarter way. And now i havent eaten anything sugar (desserts, dairy, baked goods etc) for two years. I ate myself sick for the last time and thought...if everytime i take a bite i cant stop, then im never gonna take a bite. Abstinence is key i believe. You could wave a piece of cake in my face, and its not a problem of willpower or self control for me until i take a bite. Once i take that first bite i get shaky, extremely irritable, and stressed if i dont give my body more. So at that point i quit. I have the desire, but not the craving until i take a bite of the trigger food. sometimes i feel confident that id be able to control myself if i allowed myself to have a bite, but in the back of my mind i KNOW what will happen, so i just dont start. Just like Erik said: "According to what I've read, you need to remove the trigger foods completely. You can't have just a little ... It's just like an alcoholic. Having just one drink is risky"