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I went to a 12-step program for food addiction. I believe one reason why it delivered such great results was that it checked off so many boxes for me that other programs I’d tried before didn’t.

  • the food plan consisted of normal food I could buy at pretty any grocery store
  • I didn’t have to count calories
  • It was free…I could let my guard down and really trust because there was no ulterior motive
  • I wasn’t hungry unless I was supposed to be (right before meal time) because the meals were full and satisfying
  • I knew exactly how much to eat because we weighed and measured how much it was
  • It made logical sense
  • The scale kept going down
  • I didn’t have to think about food all the time because it was just 3 meals a day with no snacks
  • It delivered results to me and to anyone I saw that worked the program
  • It addressed emotional eating with H.A.L.T.S. (hungry, angry, lonely, tired, stressed)
  • It helped me be aware of my triggers (my strongest ones from HALTS were hungry and lonely)
  • I ate a lot of food and a lot of veggies. Way more food than normal, but way more nutritious foods also
  • It was based on principles that taught me a lot outside of addiction and eating
  • It relaxed my obsession with food
  • The food tastes good (this was hard to believe, but your taste buds can change!)
  • There was no exercise plan, so if you didn’t exercise and you still kept losing weight, you knew the food was the primary reason why
  • I actually learned how to eat! (this was huge)

I’m thankful I decided to go this route. There are still more problems to solve for me, but this program changed me forever. Once you see that this simple solution actually delivers tremendous results, it’s hard to turn your back on it. It’s like turning your back on the truth. To be struggling with something for 20 years, and have the problem just dissolve month by month from simple habits you put in place feels like 🤯

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Category: solutions, weight loss

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