What’s The Truth About Food Noise?

An interview on Food Noise with Angela Jayes, CNP:

Food noise. I’ve been hearing that phrase a lot lately, but I don’t really know what it means. Can you explain what food noise is?

So I actually had a lot of food noise before I started anything, the semaglutide GLP one, and it is an obsession with food constantly. In your mind you’re thinking about it. I woke up in the morning. Okay. Breakfast lunch, dinner. Oh my gosh. I have a meeting at 11:00. If I don’t eat before then I’m going to have to wait till one and I’m starving. But honestly, I wasn’t even hungry at that point. But it’s just your brain just constantly telling you I need food, I need food, I need food, when am I going to have my next meal? What am I going to have? So you’re just constantly obsessed with it.

Okay, um, honestly though, that kind of sounds like it’s made up. So like, is food noise real? Like, is it common or, you know, do people really experience food noise?

I think it’s actually very common. And I tons of people come into our clinic and I’ve talked to all of them about this and not everybody, but I think anybody that has actually struggled with weight at some point in their life has had to deal with the food noise. It is very similar to alcohol, drug addiction, you know, and somebody that’s never struggled with any of those doesn’t even have a clue as to what that means. So there’s tons of research, actual legit research out there that proves food noise is a thing.

Okay, okay, okay. Well, that’s very good to know. So if you have food noise then what’s going to trigger food noise. What triggers food noise?

So there’s a lot of different things that can trigger it. One is stress. You could have you know environmental we’re very social people. But you know so environmental is you walk into your favorite restaurant or you’re driving by your favorite restaurant or, you know, mine is ice cream. Oh, there’s dairy Queen. I’m just going to stop and get me a cone. You know, it’s it’s just those environmental, the stressors, just things out there, you know, when we’re stressed. Hey, there’s candy jar there. What are we going to do, right? Or just habit very habitual in what we do, especially our eating. So, you know me, I wasn’t hungry. I wasn’t even thinking about it. But then that obsession kick in. Oh, you’re stressed. This is not going your way. You better eat that chocolate or you better stop and have that ice cream. So prior to Semaglutide is what you hear different ways of saying it, but prior to those GLP-1’s, you just dealt with it. You had to struggle with it. You know, if anybody’s ever been addicted to pain meds or anything like that, it’s constantly in your mind. You’re constantly thinking about it. But every day you have to say, today is the day. I’m not going to do this. But then when you start these GLP ones or the Semaglutide, all of a sudden it calms it down. It’s not there anymore. I can go several hours and not even think about food anymore. Where before was like all the time constant, constant constant. Now it’s not there. And I never think about it. You know, last night the family’s like, oh, we should get ice cream. I’m like, you know what? No, I’m all right. That’s my weakness. Yeah, but I actually said no, which made everybody else say no. So cool. Yeah.

And change. That’s amazing. So you said Semaglutide then, is a huge reason that the food noise was subsided with you. Um, how does Semaglutide help fight food noise?

So it actually triggers a spot in your brain that tells you you’re not hungry, you’re not craving, slows down your digestion so you can’t eat as much, and then it also gets rid of your insulin resistance. But just that plain fact of shutting that down in your brain, where you’re just not thinking about it, not obsessing about it. So it’s a multifactorial way to calm things down.It’s kind of like a little extra boost helping you in your times of weakness.

Exactly, exactly. Very nice. So, um, what are the best tips that you have for somebody dealing with food noise?

Talk to a therapist. Start changing those habits. You have to change the habits. But one of the best things that you can do if you’ve struggled with weight, talk to a provider that is offering Semaglutide or see if your primary care can get it for you. It is amazing. It’s life changing, and once you’re on it, you don’t have to be on it forever. But once you’re on it, you just slowly start to change those habits. Start slowly changing your thought processes, which hopefully you can move into the rest of your life. Right?

So if you just gradually, slowly change them, it’s going to help you make a lifelong change where you won’t necessarily need it forever.

Exactly.But it’s a very good thing to help with. And it’s Healthy. They just actually I saw an article today that it’s kidney protective. It’s cardio protective. It really does help you get over, you know, all of those medical things that are out there. If you think of somebody who’s a diabetic, um, they have a lot of issues. They’re obese, their kidneys go bad, their site goes bad, their heart goes bad. Blood vessels, all these things go bad. If this is something that we can give a diabetic, why not prevent the diabetes from even happening in the first place by giving a medication that’s going to be effective and it’s going to help all of those other things as well. We need them to be healthy. And that’s why, you know, people will say, oh, this is a diabetic medication. Yes, it is. But you know what? It’s been approved for other things. What we’re doing in my clinic is not taking away from the diabetics. Right. That’s not the issue. This is just let’s prevent the diabetes. You know, our health care system is always worried about, you know, let’s treat, treat, treat, treat. Why not prevent why not? You know, let’s prevent it. Exactly. Yeah.

I mean, that’s that’s a good point. And if it’s, you know, like you were saying, if it’s going to help you with your kidneys and other things along with your weight loss, along with your food noise, it seems like a very beneficial thing to do this, this Semaglutide. Absolutely.

It’s very rarely do we have people that can’t tolerate the side effects. But then there’s other options out there. But if we can handle the side effects, which not everybody gets, you know, we’re really good at the clinic managing it and making sure that they don’t get it. But if we can do that, we’re really going to help people and we’re changing lives, which is just awesome.

Yeah, that is awesome. That’s awesome. Well, thank you so much for all your information on food noise.