I read about dopamine in connection to food/brain reward pathways all the time.
My question is about folks trying to break free of SAD patterns/cravings. People in such a position will be trying to eat paleo whole foods that don't provide the same immediate reward spikes that habitually snacking on SAD foods would.
So, should they console their dopamine-deprived brain with dopamine hits from non-food sources in their life - taking up an exciting hobby, for example? And if so, what are some healthy ways to keep the dopamine flowing appropriately? Is this non-food dopamine drip a means toward eventually decreasing dopamine - or does it constitute a reasonable lifelong habit?
OR: is it better to get the brain to get used to a much lower level of dopamine in the first place without any replacement non-food pathways? If one goes cold turkey, what are good ways to manage dopamine withdrawal?