January 7th, 2019 Without A Doubt
Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
Janet writes: "Sean, you claim to be a food addict and a lot of what you write is about a recovery plan instead of a diet plan. I relate to so much of what you share. Some days your posts hit me right between my eyes. Still, I haven't decided if I'm a food addict. Two questions: How can I know for sure if I am? Why am I so scared of the idea that I might be a food addict?"
Janet, thank you for your email! ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services has a wonderful set of questions titled, "Am I A Food Addict?" Honestly answering those might help you. You can go directly to that page by clicking here.
Without a doubt, based on my experiences and behaviors, I am a food addict. I've often written in very serious and dramatic ways about what this means. It is serious and it is dramatic. For me, a diet will never work. My disease of food addiction/compulsive overeating requires something more than another diet. In order for me to arrest the harmful effects, I must stay connected with a recovery plan, recovery perspective, and a daily practice of intentional actions supporting those two things. Coming to terms with your personal truth is a process. There's good news either way. How?
If you're not, then great! Certainly, some of the practices in accountability and support, plus creating a food plan you can carry on and enjoy indefinitely, will help anyone with creating consistency, regardless.
If you are, then great! Now you know! There can be a sense of relief with this realization because suddenly, this knowledge can help you create a daily practice that works above and beyond any diet you've ever tried. It's all in perspective, Janet. If we look at it with dread and fear, it's going to be a very rough go. If we choose to look at it with an embrace and an open mind, we can start to see how it is possible to find a path toward a better life, where the insanity is calmed and a measure of peace and stability is found.
I hope you'll check out that list of questions. I sincerely hope it helps you.
Mom and I enjoyed a nice visit, dinner, and a store trip last night. We laughed a lot and that's always a wonderful thing.
It's back to work for me this morning!
Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
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