Fundamental Concepts

  • Normal Eater, Emotional Eater, Food Addict NORMAL EATER, EMOTIONAL EATER, FOOD ADDICT © NORMAL EATER (problems of obesity) EMOTIONAL EATER (eating disorders) FOOD ADDICT (chemical dependency) The Problem is Physical: Excess Weight The Problem is Physical and Emotional: Binge eating, restricting, and/or purging over feelings Unresolved trauma And possible weight issues (either over-or- underweight) The Problem is Physical and Emotional and Spiritual: Abnormal response to specific foods Physical craving ...
  • Sugar & Flour: Addictive Substances for Food Addicts As food addicts, most of us find we have to pay a great deal of attention to what is in the content of the food we eat. Unlike alcoholics and drug addicts, we cannot just “stop eating.” However, we do have to surrender our binge foods and addictive eating habits as part of our recovery. After ...
  • The Difference Between a Diet and a Food Plan Why Use the Term “Food Plan”? Since most of us have been unable to eat or diet like normal eaters, we choose not to use the word “diet”. To us, diets mean something we can follow by reason and will power alone. We have come to accept that we cannot manage our food ...
  • Abstinence First, Absolutely Beginning the Process of Abstinence There are two schools of thought about the strategy for surrendering to a food plan. One says that it is best to proceed incrementally. The other says that it is best eliminate all dangerous food and triggers at once. There is an abundance of experience that both of ...
  • Practical Reasons for Weighing and Measuring Your Food While every food addict does not need to weigh and measure their food, there are some very compelling reasons for doing so: 1. Weighing and measuring simplifies portion control. There is no question of how much of each food to eat. 2. For the food addict who is weighing and measuring, it is ...
  • The Phenomenon of Craving (False Starving) A food addict is distinctly different than a normal eater or an emotional eater. A food addict has a chemical dependency like an alcoholic or drug addict. Specific foods or food in general can trigger a process of physical craving. The food addict often thinks this is hunger, but it isn’t. It ...
  • Levels of Denial Food addicts experience denial at different levels: inability to distinguish between hunger and the false starving impulse of physical craving, confusion between sane thinking and the false rationalizations associated with compulsions regarding eating, and distortion of will and sense of self in relationship to food and life as a whole. Before ...
  • The Process of Abstinence is Surrender The initial surrender necessary for recovery from food addiction is to accept completely that you are a food addict. This means that you have a progressive disease that is physical, mental-emotional and spiritual in nature. Because it is a disease of the mind, there are times when you cannot trust your own ...
  • A Food Plan As a Spiritual Tool 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. Thus, a food plan is a ...
  • Steps to a Slip Inventory A “food slip” begins with a spiritual disconnection (from being in “fit spiritual condition”); followed by emotional disconnection (trying to be the “director” and control events); and then the obsession (false craving) with food, which leads to addictive eating. Recognizing that a slip begins long before the food is eaten, this tool will ...
  • Am I a Food Addict? Assessing Whether or Not You are Food Dependent In the popular language, the term “food addict” can mean anything from eating a lot of packaged snacks – as in “junk food junkie,”- to having a really a serious disease like alcoholism or addiction to other drugs. However, unlike for those with alcohol and ...