Category Archives: food addiction

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…

Measuring Recovery Progress without the Scale

Measuring Recovery Progress without the Scale

by Christina Fisanick Greer, The Optimistic Addict For years my daily mood was measured not by my health or by daily activities but by the bathroom scale. That number could send me soaring into happy heights or drowning in a pit of sorrow…

Enough is Enough

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I apologize for the gap between my last email and this one, but I was working hard on finishing up my book, The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder. It is now with my publisher being edited. We are planning for…

Beating a Snowstorm Binge

Beating a Winter Storm Binge

“Oh the weather is mighty frightful…” At least it is here on the east coast of the United States. Many of us are battling heavy snow and wind this weekend, keeping us inside for far more hours than usual. The temptation to make…

My Body Was Rotting from the Inside Out

My Body Was Rotting From the Inside out

My body was rotting from the inside out. Twenty-eight years of bingeing and dieting had finally caught up to me, and the results were obvious to anyone who came near me. I stank. My gastrointestinal track was so diseased that I had constant…

Minding the Body

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Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to make peace with my body.  If I will ever be able to appreciate it for all its bumps and bulges and disproptions.  I want to love every inch of it, but I often…

“If you can’t learn, you’ve got to feel.”

Learn to Feel

My Grandmother Jean was known for being a big talker. She told family stories, horror stories, funny stories. Although her specialty was dirty jokes, I remember her most for her words of wisdom. She repeated the same clichés that we all do, like…

It’s Okay to be Hungry

It's OKAy TO BE HUngry

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.” ~Harold Kushner I’m a woman of many hungers. I hunger…

Mending My Mind-Body Split

Repairing the Mind-Body Split

I’d been struggling. Not bingeing or breaking my abstinence, but getting sloppier and sloppier with my portions and “allowable” foods. I was taking chances with my recovery, and the dam finally broke one Friday night. Looking back now, I am surprised it held…

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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.