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Food Addicts Anonymous Meal Plan, Day 1

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I watched the show "Ruby" the other night and sat here broasting (do they make Broasted Chicken anymore) the entire time, full of resentment.

I am fed up to here with watching people get a free ride when I have been begging, pleading, threatening my insurance company to agree to pay (at least some of) for me to get help like they offered to her and her friends at the Shades of Hope treatment center. Checking online, the cost for the 6-day program they attended starts at over $2,000.

Since fuming over what's not fair in the world does me no good whatsoever, I ventured online to first find out where they were on the show, and then tried to find info on their meal plan.

I had no luck, but during my travels I found the meal plan used by Food Addicts Anonymous. (Should you be interested, here's the link:

Being no stranger to counting, weighing, measuring, and 'exchanges', I found it easy to understand.

Here's what sticks out:
1. No wheat, no sugar, no flour
2. Portion Police are on duty :)
3. Balanced protein (no zany no-carb-all-protein craziness) with veg, grains, starch.
4. Low-fat while requiring SOME fat daily.

It appears healthy and sensible. That means it probably works. :-D

Now, I know me well enough to know that 1 cup of raw veg and 1 cup cooked veg at lunch is not enough food for me at my current size. While I know (and agree) that portion control is a key to recovery from the food addiction, I'm going to start off by allowing "free" vegs. These will be the innocent lettuces, celery, broccoli, asparagus, cucumbers, radishes, cabbages that wouldn't hurt a fly. No one's ever going to eat themselves numb on any of those, so my plan is that in order to stay satisfied, I'm going to allow extra quantities of those for the time being. Anything that was "free" for WW will be free with me for the time being. Not included in the free vegs will be carrots, beets, onions, squash, peas, corn, sweet peppers etc. as those items contain more natural sugars and/or starch than the ones on the free list. Those items will be measured and will not exceed the allowed amount.

The other change I'm making is that the amount of seafood/shellfish allowed will be doubled per exchange. Under WW, you can eat 8 oz shrimp/fish for 4 points, while 4 oz of chicken is 4 points. So, for my purposes while the plan says one serving of protein is 4 oz fish or shellfish, I know that I can double that and have the same amount of cals/fat as 4 oz chicken.

And there we have it. I'm thinking it might be a rough couple of days since my body/brain is probably going to crave the wheat/sugar, but hopefully I will feel much healthier very soon, and the cravings to self-medicate with food will subside as time goes by.

I would love someone to join me in this process. Let me know if you're interested.
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    Hi Newmoon
    just checking to see if you are still here doing the FAA food plan

    278 days ago
  • SBLD1231
    I have worked this plan and did REALLY well on it. I have to admit that I have caved on the wheat and flours thing, but I still eat that rarely, like when I go out. I still avoid sugar unless on occasion at a family outing. I will see how I do longterm, I know I do have some pounds to take back off, so I'm working harder at it right now. If I remind myself I'm an addict in recovery, it helps me avoid certain things and use portion control.
    1981 days ago
    Hi Newmoom! I just started reading your blog and am also an avid 'Ruby' fan. I definitely agree with what you have to say about watching people get things for free. I would love to be able to afford to do that intensive 6 day program. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I am heading over to the OEA website right now to check out that meal plan. I may be on board with you, let me check it out first and I'll get back to you.
    2870 days ago
    Wow sounds interesting.I dont know if i can follow it as i find it very restrictive.It is a reasonable diet but i am not at the poinnt right now.I am here to support you though.Lisa
    2877 days ago
    I too will consider doing this with you. I don't have enough time to check it out right now but I will chek it out soon. Good luck! ...and yes they do still make/sell broasted chicken.
    2877 days ago
    Sounds like you have a plan! Good luck! I may consider joining you, but I need to check out the plan a little more, first.
    2878 days ago
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