Category Archives: food addiction

Surviving the Holidays Gratefully

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‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving in the food addict’s home. All the relatives were sleeping, and the food addict sat alone. “Should I eat some pie in this peace and quiet? Or should I be a good girl and stick to my diet?”…

The Power of Anger in Recovery

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by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. Optimistic Food Addict I was up late working, like usual, when a message popped up from a man that I dated 25 years ago. Although the conversation started out with both of us commiserating about being up late,…

The Ocean Gives Up Its Lesson

The Ocean Gives Up Its Lessonby Christina Fisanick Greer, PhD

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. Every single time I visit the ocean, I learn something new. I have learned how to grieve, I have learned how to let go, and I have learned how to accept the day-to-day fluctuations of recovery. So, I…

And Then I Stopped Breathing

And Then I Stopped Breathing

All fat people are out of shape. You know, they can’t walk too far. They can’t take the stairs. They can’t do much more than hold down the living room sofa with one hand in a bag of chips and the other on…

Working the Steps–Step One

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Most people familiar with addiction of any kind know about Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps. Those steps have been modified more than a dozen times for other addictions as well, including food addiction. I have worked through the steps–a series of questions…

Friending Your Inner Beast

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Not long ago I read Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict by Tsultrim Allione. In the book she reveals an ancient Buddhist practice of making peace with our inner demons–addiction, self-hatred, and so on. She makes the radical argument that…

Celebrating Three Years in Recovery

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Three years ago today I entered recovery for food addiction/binge eating disorder. The first year was like sitting on that proverbial pink cloud. After I got past the withdrawal from sugar and flour, life got easier. I continued to work one on one…

Coming to Terms with Relapse

Coming to Terms with relapse

Things I KNOW for sure about when I am faithfully abstinent: My brain works better…I am not in a fog My compulsive thoughts about food diminish or go away completely I have so much energy I am not very hungry…maybe at meal time…

Recovering on YOUR Terms

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Once again I had forgotten the number on the bottom of my foundation. As I stood at the counter sorting through bottles of beige make up that were each just slightly different than the other, I realized that I needed help. An associate…

Coping with the Shame of Food Addiction

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by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. Just hours old Newborn nurses, picking up my round legs giggle: “Look, mama, her thighs are so big.” Age 11 Mom, clearly disgusted by my behavior: “You’re having another bowl of potato salad? You just ate two. How…

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Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. is a writing professor and published author. Her goals are to help as many people in recovery as possible through writing and creativity. Christina can be reached at clfisanick@aol.com.

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Optimistic Food Addict

OptimisticFoodAddict.com is a website devoted to supporting recovery from Food Addiction and Binge Eating Disorder. Christina Greeer, Ph.D., the founder and editor of this site, is not a physician but a writer and food addict who aims to help all.