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Recovering Food Addicts Want You to Know

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Emotional eater, chronic overeater. Call it what you will. I prefer Recovering Food Addict because it implies the depth of my struggle, but that I AM fighting it. And the people who care about me play a huge part in that fight. It's not always easy to speak up to people when you know they mean well, but here is the run down of what needs to be said.

1. No it's not heroin or alcohol but it IS an addiction and beating it is hard. There is no "cold turkey" option for me. I must learn to continue using, but in moderation.

2. "Just one bite/piece/slice WILL hurt me. One leads to another and another or at the very least reawakening a painful craving.

3. I don't expect you to follow my diet or hide in a closet every time you eat something I can't but PLEASE try to be respectful and not make this process harder on me than it has to be.

On the positive side praise and encouragement are SO helpful. Thank you for each kind word. Each thoughtful healthy snack shared. Each time you went to bat for me when others were less than helpful.

And thanks SPARKPEOPLE ; you saved me.
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    Thank you for your insights! I am thinking of myself in recovery also and have begun to notice how many "food pushers" surround me. I went to dinner with a group tonight and one person kept saying "oh come on, you deserve to enjoy yourself", "you can have some", "it's just one night." I held firm and said there have been thousands of "one nights" that have led me to an unhealthy weight. I'm choosing a better path for myself now (and will enjoy myself more because of it). Gratitude is such a powerful state of mind - I especially like that you thanked those who supported you with healthy snacks, etc. Perhaps, I should have thanked the "food pusher" who allowed us to change to a restaurant that offered more healthy options. It really helped me stay on track.
    1524 days ago
    It's so true! I find people just don't get that I can't eat certain foods in moderation. Just acknowledging that is a huge step forward emoticon
    1525 days ago
    You said it all so perfectly. So many just don't get it. My husband means well but he seems convinced that healthier options (like skim milk) taste bad or I am being deprived, so he's always trying to convince me to eat more fattening or sugar filled choices. He doesn't want me to not enjoy what I am eating/drinking. I always tell him that I like most of my choices but because he doesn't (even though he refuses to try them) I am just being brave. I remind him that arguing with me about my healthy choices is sabotaging me, then he backs off (until the next time) sighhhhh. He truly wants me healthy but he worries I'll be unhappy.
    Thank you for a great blog. emoticon emoticon
    1527 days ago
    You are courageous and strong and I can read it between the lines. I also know binging, how else I became so heavy? We actually are feeling better when we fight the urge to eat and make a health choice and these small 'victories' add together and then the next time we even have more energy to stay on track... emoticon
    1527 days ago
    Very emoticon . To those who don't respect your choices - sometimes they need to be reminded to.

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    1531 days ago
    Thank you for giving me the words to convey to my family, as they just don't understand and maybe your blog might shake them up a bit! Again thank you!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1531 days ago
    Great blog and congratulation for being in the spotlight.
    1532 days ago
    Great blog !!! Very well said
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    WOW! YOU put it ALL Out There!

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    GOOD LUCK!!!!

    1532 days ago
    emoticon Keep up the good fight!
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    1532 days ago
    Love your blog. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you good luck with the Winter 5% Challenge.
    1532 days ago
    What an insightful blog THANBK YOU!
    1533 days ago
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