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Russell Brand and Me...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Re-read Beth Donovan's blog (
) about how she controls a binge. And a lot of parallels to a "user" of illegal ways of managing pain. I read an interesting article a couple of mornings ago...

While I am not particularly a fan of Mr. Brand's "public persona" as an actor and entertainer, I had to admit he was every bit as human as we are. I know I have foods and habits that are hard to avoid as a " go to " for managing pain. Beth's tips in her blog are essentially the same kinds of strategies he mentions in his article above - in his terms: "don't pick up."

In another part of his article, he says "Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution." I could turn that around for me - "Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ice Cream and excessive inactivity are not my problem, reality is my problem."

He also mentions... "Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn't easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. " and for me, just substitute "cookies" or "ice cream" or "any tasty fattening food will do" and I still need to just "don't pick it up, one day at a time..."

(I started this a couple days ago, so now I can't remember some of the other thoughts I was thinking of... may have to edit later... and it's not only cookies, or ice cream, but can be anything really.).
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  • CARMEN327
    OMG, I just reread my comment!

    I am such a junky! Good grief, Sweetened Condensed Milk- YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!
    1806 days ago
  • CARMEN327
    What!? Alcohol is not a food group!

    Ha ha, just kidding.

    Beth's concept of a "clean house" is brilliant. I have known for a long time that I can't keep certain cold cereals (I am looking at you, Trader Joe), nutella, Nutter Butters, Fig Newtons, anything from Girl Scouts, ice-cream, icing, chocolate anything, or baked goods in the house.

    My last holdout is sweetened condensed milk. To date, I haven't yet consumed an entire can in one siting. My binge consists of a few tablespoons with powdered cocoa, and that isn't a diet-breaker. Its my methadone.
    1806 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/16/2013 10:40:41 AM
    Julia Thanks for sharing --Russell Brand's analogy really is helpful and insightful.
    1811 days ago
    Could you possibly send along a link or something to Ms. Donovan's blog? I really liked reading this, as I'm going through the same thoughts and feelings about my own habits lately.
    1811 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. And yes! We can only live one day at the time. Keep up the great work you are doing. emoticon Chelsea
    1812 days ago
    I agree with you. It does sound so simple but definitely not easy!But you can do it!
    1812 days ago
    Good ideas. I read Beth's blog, too, and lots of good advice and parallels from both of you.

    In many way, food is a very difficult "addiction" (don't know why I put it in quotes, because it really IS an addiction for some of us!) for the simple reason that we NEED it to survive, unlike alcohol or other substances.

    My favorite is the H.A.L.T. system (Ask yourself when you're reaching for food when you KNOW you shouldn't be hungery, Am I:

    H ungry
    A ngry
    L onely
    T ired.

    If it's anything but hunger, food isn't the fix.

    HUGS and thanks for this blog.

    1812 days ago
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    1812 days ago
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