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Social Media Addiction

What is it about social media that causes people to spend so much of their precious time trading information with friends, family and even giant corporations? Of course, we already know the answer; it’s fun and can be rewarding both socially and financially. The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked social media users questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like Facebook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many people appear to be, shall we say, obsessed with checking in with their social media circles throughout the day and even the night.

Social Media All Through the Night

Not only do social media fanatics check Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, almost half of the respondents said they check in on the social media scene in bed, during the night or as soon as they wake up in the morning. Naturally, younger social media users said they tweet by night more than those over 25.

Will Twitter Kill the Morning News Shows?

Among social media users, it appears almost half are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check in the first thing in the morning. With 16% of social media users saying this is how they get their morning “news,” could we be witnessing the first signs of social media services beginning to replace “Good Morning America” on TV as the source for what’s going on in the world? Can they also provide more stimulation than a morning cup of coffee?

Are iPhone Owners More Social?

You have to agree, iPhone owners do think different. We don’t know if it’s the device making it so easy to do social media things or the personality of an iPhone owner but iPhone owners stand out in this study as more involved with social media; they use Facebook and Twitter more often and in more places.

Social Media Anonymous

Need more evidence that social media can be habit forming? How about the fact that 56% of social media users need to check Facebook at least once a day? Even more impressive are the 12% who check in every couple of hours.

We Interrupt This Dinner for an Important Message

Just to round out the picture, the Gadgetology study asked consumers how they felt about being interrupted at various times and occasions for an electronic message. With everyone texting away on their phones these days, we weren’t surprised to see over 40% of respondents saying they didn’t mind being interrupted for a message. In fact, 32% said a meal was not off limits while 7% said they’d even check out a message during an intimate moment.


We’re not qualified to declare a societal, social media crisis but when almost half of social media users say they check Facebook or Twitter sometime during the night or when they first wake up, you have to wonder if these people aren’t suffering from some sort of addiction to social media. From this study, it also appears that social media may have begun to replace more conventional sources for news with many social media users saying tweets trump their CRT, LCD, or Plasma TV for that morning cup of news.

Food Addiction

Yes, if you are gluten intolerant even the smallest bite of gluten or 1 piece of bread can do serious damage to your body. Thankfully, the body is an amazing thing and can usually repair damage resulting from gluten ingestion with proper care and feeding. The real issue here is: how to not take the first bite of foods that we know contain gluten? And how do we keep up our gluten-free lifestyles long-term?

I am going to step out on a limb here and call choosing to eat bread when you know you are gluten intolerant “gluten addiction.” For many the idea of being addicted to food is new, but food addiction is a real and culturally pervasive problem that can have devastating physical, psychologically, neurological, emotional, and financial consequences-especially if you are gluten intolerant and can’t stop eating gluten long-term. Many people with gluten intolerance are underemployed because of the devastating health consequences of gluten consumption.

I know first-hand how challenging it is to give up gluten when it is EVERYWHERE. I struggled to keep gluten out of my diet even after I got the test results that said I was gluten intolerant. It took me 3 months to string more than 2 weeks gluten-free together. I was constantly in a state of withdrawal and craving for those 3 months and suffering a lot of physical consequences not to mention the psychological suffering of thinking I was crazy for putting poison in my mouth.

There are many reasons why we choose to pick up the gluten poison. These reasons range from social to biological to emotional. On the social side, gluten is a socially supported poison that is marketed as ‘healthy ‘; i.e. Whole Wheat Bread and we tend to unconsciously mimic the behavior of our social groups. Thus, if our friends and family are gluten eaters we are going to have a harder time giving it up. Many of us also have a emotional addiction to gluten products, for many of us the emotional dependence on foods starts when we are quite small. For instance, we may have had a rough time of things growing up and used food to comfort and numb intense, negative emotions. From a biological standpoint gluten contains exorpins which bind to the opiate receptors in the brain of gluten intolerant folks that results in a sense of well-being and numbs pain-similar to the impact the endorphins that your body naturally produces. When you are taking in exorphin containing foods your body’s ability to produce endorphins is impaired, so you crave exorphin foods to make you feel good. A cycle of craving and addiction ensues, you need the bread or pasta to feel good and not having it results in pain. And if you are gluten intolerant and consuming gluten, your body is probably in a lot of pain.

How do we get off the gluten craving rollercoaster so the pain can stop and we can start feeling good? Here is what has helped me:

Flood your body with easy to digest nutrients!!! Instead of the bagel (even the gluten free variety) or the yogurt for breakfast, have a green supefood smoothie. Try out blended soups of brightly colored vegetables mixed with herbs, raw organic coconut oil, garlic and sea salt. These nutrient rich foods will stop cravings in their tracks and the blending pre-digests the food, making them very soothing to inflamed digestive tracks. That means the nutrients are more easily absorbed than solid foods that require more work for the digestive system to break down.

Eliminate dairy, soy, and sugar. These foods are highly allergenic and cause inflammation and pain in the body and also cause metabolic/hormonal imbalances. Further, Dairy contains exorphins making it highly addictive and also inhibits your body’s natural ability to produce feel good endorphins. Replace dairy and soy with nut and seed milks, nut and seed cheeses/pates, and raw, organic coconut products. Replace sugar with stevia and/or teeny bits of raw organic agave nectar, and fresh fruit. These replacement foods are full of essential nutrients. Don’t be afraid of the fats in the seeds and nuts. Your body needs the fat for energy to heal and many vitamins from foods are fat soluble, meaning if there is not enough fat in your diet your body won’t absorb the vitamins and you will pee out all the vitamins from that expensive organic food. To replace ice cream, I suggest freezing ripe bananas and blending them with carob powder, cocoa powder, or vanilla. This banana cream tastes just like soft serve.

Do EFT! This is a self-acupressure technique that works wonders for folks with all sorts of addictions. Go to http://www.emofree.com for a full tutorial. This technique helped me finally kick my gluten addiction for good.

Exercise: Moving the body will flood your body with feel good chemicals so you are less prone to go after gluten to feel good. It also speeds up the detox process, which means fewer and less intensive cravings.

Get Outside: At least 30 minutes a day flood your body the sunshine and vitamin D (a fat soluble vitamin by the way). You need an adequate amount of Vitamin D to maintain mental health and thus combat cravings and strengthen your willpower. Further, Vitamin D helps regulate blood sugar. Out of whack blood sugar is the cause of many uncontrollable cravings.

I recommend you go outside during non-peak sunshine hours so you don’t have to apply sunscreen that is usually filled with toxic chemicals. I recommend Aubrey Organics as good brand of pure and gluten-free sunscreen (yes, they sometimes put oat derived products and wheat protein in sunscreen!).

Get Support: Find gluten free buddies. Check out my resources page for links to gluten free online and face to face communities. I have found a lot of support for living a really healthy gluten free lifestyle in the online raw food community. Check out some raw food blogs on my resources page and you will find a ton of naturally gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar-free recipes.

If you need support putting the above tips into practice, or aren’t having the success you want going gluten-free, contact me.

Daniela Magozzi
Gluten Free Lifestyle and Food Addiction Expert

Computer Addiction

Really, what is computer addiction? Computer has added with it a slew of benefits, as it has additionally become a part and parcel of one’s life, however, excessive use of computer can generate a negative impact on individuals. When people get obsessed with computer and spend long hours before the computer, it can lead to computer addiction. Besides, addiction to computer can take place with other changes, where a person neglects his job, family and acquaintances, and makes use of his computer to get away from tension or to receive joy out of it.


It’s the reliance of a man or woman on his computer, where the person uses several hours in front of the computer for one reason or the other. There are computer addiction symptoms that help understand whether or not an individual is addicted to computer, and they differ from a person to another. Individuals with such symptoms show mood swings as well as irritability as when they don’t get the opportunity to use a computer. With monumental time being used up on the computer, a person lacks interest in other offline activities, as he also gets littered with sleep loss, where he also loses focus on other commitments. With the addiction to computer, the person lacks motivation and concentration to execute other work, as his eating habits also get affected due to this addiction. In addition, the wellbeing of such folks deteriorates, as the personal hygiene of the individual also takes a beating thanks to the addiction to computer. How to prevent computer addiction?


One can come across computer addiction treatment of different forms that drive away the addiction from an individual, however a person who is getting obsessed with computer can take efforts to manage the addiction together with his own efforts. The individual must seek out the underlying issues that drive him to search out a respite in the form of computer, as he ought to find helpful measures to get rid of the strains and the stresses that hit him hard. With the case relating to the treatment for computer addiction, therapy happens to be a perfect means to drive away the addiction, and the cognitive behavioral therapy, another of the effective means, aids a person to get faraway from the damaging effects of this addiction. When the one who is addicted to computer works with a therapist, he gets guided by this professional to change his behaviors and thoughts that surround the use of computer. The affected individual also learns concerning the effective coping skills to be sure to avert such nasty conditions.


The individual who needs to get far from addiction can get treated at one of the numerous computer addiction treatment centers, where good care supplied by the specialists and the effective counseling sessions offered by the center plays a very important part in assisting such individuals to get to normal terms and lead a standard life.



Irrespective of what you understand about Caffeine Addiction Symptoms as well as Computer Addiction Symptoms, visiting the addiction treatment website is highly suggested for you to realize how to manage all types of addiction.