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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/15/13 10:53 A

@ASHAIXIM: Very strange reaction from the group. How on earth can they determine you have food allergies since you lost and regained weight? That makes no sense to me. Has a real doctor told you or evaluated for food allergies.

I'm not sure of your story and if you have an addiction, but I don't see how a relapse of your food addiction causing you to gain weight could be so easily dismissed by the group. People with addictions manage to "stay clean" for long periods of time and then something triggers a relapse and they fall back into old habits.

If you really believe you have a food addiction, I hope you are able to find another group or some other form of help.

ASHAIXIM Posts: 2,616
4/14/13 7:18 P

I went to an OA meeting with my sister to check it out and when they found I'd lost significant weight in the past they pretty much told me I wasn't at the right place.... I don't have food addictions, I have food allergies, so no not for me... I think they might be great for some people though. I know there have been a lot of folks who have been very helped by them including my sister's aunt-in-law with whom we went.

JAMIEBOYD328 SparkPoints: (9,077)
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4/14/13 11:51 A

I love OA, but where I live the nearest group is 1 hour away and has 2 members. I went to a meeting & I use the book & find inspiration in it. I wouldn't have learned about trigger foods without going to that 1 meeting. It has helped me greatly but I know I need to 12 step because the issue is deeper than just eating. I have a very unhelathy relationship with food.

NCOURAGEU SparkPoints: (1,481)
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4/13/13 10:10 P

I just found OA. I fit in even though I have "less to lose" and don't constantly compulsively overeat. I have enough of a problem!!!

So far I am enjoying--LOVING--the hope that I don't absolutely HAVE TO compulsively overeat.... that I can have freedom. I have been free for a week and I am using every tool of the program. There are a lot of tools. I am planning to keep going to two meetings a week. Others are far away for me. Also, I got a sponsor. I check in with her daily or leave her a text at least. Feels good because she's been very reassuring and had good ideas and perspective for me as I try hard to jump into recovery and really absorb this message of hope and learn how others have succeeded.

They say, "it works if you work it." "One day at a time."

RFISLAM1981 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/12 1:45 P

How do you find each day now that you attend OA meetings. Have you stopped bingeing I must confess since Saturday I've had two hinge sessions.

ORODEO73 Posts: 527
10/4/12 1:06 P

Thank you for sharing. Just remember to go into the meeting with and open mind. My first meeting was when I was hospitalized for being bulimic and throwing up everything and eventually I threw up so much my esophogus was ripped and I was volmiting blood. they put me in a facility that helped those of us who did this. I was put into OA. The first group I was with "annoyed" me. I asked to be moved. The next group was "boring." I asked to be moved. Finally, a one on one councelor came to me for a week and we talked about the other people in the other classes, not about me. It was weird, but after that week, I had an understanding as to why I felt that way about the two classes and was finally put into another one. I had a better understanding of people and they weren't annoying or boring, they were real. We were all real. Its hard to admit the things that were admitted. Its hard to explain yourself in full truth. Its hard to overcome. But it can be started with the right ears listening.

Edited by: ORODEO73 at: 10/6/2012 (14:43)
RFISLAM1981 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/3/12 7:39 A

I went to my first overeaters meeting last week and I am keen to go back.

I am in a position where over the last 7 years I have tried everything I possibly can to stop eating compulsively and have paid a lot of money for different therapists to try and fix me and simply found it hasn't worked.

This is my last attempt to stop forever and i hope it works for you too.

All the best.

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (94,861)
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5/20/12 10:54 A

I attended 1 meeting several years ago. I turned out to not be my thing, but definitely it works for some people.

TJANDJESS Posts: 672
5/20/12 8:14 A

For my substance abuse intervention class I have to attend 3 12 step meetings (AA, NA, Al-anon, OA, etc). For those that don't know OA stands for overeaters anonymous. I went to an OA meeting last week.The purpose of OA is to help people that have a compulsion to binge/overeat. These women were connected with each other and many of them shared their stories. Most had lost weight because they made a committment to not overeat. If anyone thinks this type of support might be helpful you can check out

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