A few thoughts about eating and 12-step programs.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
A few blog entries back I made reference to sobering up in AA and a few of you responded positively to that. Some even suggested that I write about how to apply the techniques of AA to weight-loss and the control of eating.
I have a few thoughts and observations.
There are several principles and techniques in AA that work well for me in managing my eating. "One day at a time" is a huge concept that helps me. It reminds me not to get ahead of myself. I don't have to worry TODAY about what will I do at my sister's wedding or what will I eat when we go out to the company dinner. Today, I am not at a wedding. I am not at a banquet. All I have is the present - right now. All I need to do is choose healthy food right now. Tonight, is another matter. Tomorrow is another matter. All I need to do is eat sensibly NOW.
I am not a religious person. That does not mean that I am blind to moral value in some religious teaching. Jesus said in what is generally called The Lord's Prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread." He did not ask for next month's bread, or next week's bread. He did not even ask for tomorrow's bread. Just today's. In another parable, Jesus told his disciples to be like lilies of the field that do not have care for tomorrow.
The way I apply this is to avoid getting caught up in future -- or past -- drama. All I have is right now. I just need to not drink right now. And for eating, I just need to eat sensibly right now. I will deal with the next meal when that time comes.
That is not to say that I should not make plans. TODAY's duty is to plan. It is not to obsess. I plan tomorrow's meal and then move on to something else. I don't need to worry about it and be caught up in what I did wrong or what I might face in some setting. Just plan reasonably and move on.
Next time, I'll write about how AA principles don't apply so well to my eating.
Let me remind you, I do not speak for AA and I certainly do not speak for Overeaters Anonymous (OA). I have never attended an OA meeting.
These remarks merely reflect my own "experience, strength, and hope" through almost 35 years of sobriety in AA.