In the long term, diets do not work for compulsive eaters and food addicts, but we still need a way to give structure and support to our physical recovery. Since we have become powerless over food, a food plan must be used in a spiritual context. When the food addict is looking for an effective food plan, the situation is similar. Every food addict must look to his or her own food history and be rigorously honest about what has worked and what has not worked. Each of us must check out for ourselves whether a particular food plan works for us in practice. Yet there are principles and patterns which have developed in our collective experience and these provide a helpful guide to compulsive eaters wanting to choose the best food plan for their recovery program. It is helpful first to see that we can separate the important issues about nutrition and general health from the issue of compulsive eating and food addiction. While these two types of issues can often over lap, it is practical to consider them separately. Nutrition is an evolving science, and there is still much controversy about basic questions like — What is a healthy weight? What food groups are essential and in what balance? What are the most effective strategies for weight loss or gain and long term maintenance?
NOTE: Tomato juice or vegetable cocktail juice without sugar may be used as a cooked vegetable substitute. Note: We offer this food plan as a guide to suffering food addicts. It is not meant as a diet, but a lifestyle change in our eating habits. You are not alone. Please seek us out and learn about our fellowship. See the sidebars for specific foods. Remember, no sugar, flour or wheat.
I tell you this because you are probably conquered by — or addicted to — something, too. Perhaps you’re a shopper or a boozer or a gambler or an exerciser or an overworker; or maybe you drown your problems in a snow pile of coke or have some variation on my food issues. We all have crappy coping mechanisms. At least four nights a month, I sit on my couch, overtaken with a bodily feeling that I must eat something. It feels like a lack in my blood vessels that can be assuaged only by food. Frosting is my crack. Like many, I am saved by the fact that my crappy coping strategy is invisible. But a few years back, in a rush of book and article deadlines, the above was my life, and I reached the point where I couldn’t stop eating.
Five daily within blocks of my apartment. I did not, as members implied, immediately spiral into a godless world of addiction. Any spice or sauce that is sugar-free, alcohol-free or wheat-free including, but not limited to, mustard, tamari, salsa, non-fat yogurt, lemon juice, etc.