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#125617 - 03/16/06 11:13 PM food addiction?
fhorns Offline

Registered: 08/10/02
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I eat junk food easily when under stress, or just when I am given the opportunity. I've chosen the health food route presently, but I am concerned about something.
I never carry money on me since I know I indulge in junk food if I can acquire it. It's easy, and I'm not heavy. I started going to Overeaters Anonymous about 2-3 years back, but dropped it. Lots of factors. Anyway, I should start carrying gas money on me since some people give me rides presently. I can't drive.
I think I should start carrying money to maybe learn consequences. In AA they say the addiction never really leaves. It grows over time, and we have to mind it. But is this dumb? The addiction hasn't disappeared. Will having available money sink me? Should I allow this? I have to have feedback.


#125618 - 03/16/06 11:59 PM Re: food addiction?
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The last time I gave up smoking, and I gave up for nearly 10 years, I made sure that I had a packet of smokes with me at all times during the early days.
The cravings when I hadn't got a smoke were 10 times worse.

But that technique aint working now, dammit!


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#125619 - 03/17/06 04:50 PM Re: food addiction?
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Registered: 05/02/05
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Loc: Carlisle, PA

When I was younger and trying to give up hard drugs, one thing I did was to clip the money in my wallet together with a red paperclip, which I chose as a symbol of how drugs were bleeding me to death both physically and emotionally. Every time I thought of buying a hit of acid or speed I knew I would have to reach into my wallet and see that red paperclip. Soon just carrying my wallet around served to remind me of that thing. At first I fumed at the times I stopped myself, thinking that I had missed out on another "good time". But soon things started shifting the other way and I didn't want to lose momentum. And as my head cleared (literally!) I began to realize how much drugs had harmed me, and the red paperclip reminded me of that as well. I still have that paperclip, and I have been clean off hard drugs for 30 years this year.

Overeating is a different problem, of course, but perhaps something symbolic would help you too. I just can't think of what might help.

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)


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