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…

Fat Girl on Deck

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. The Optimistic Food Addict My friends and I lived at the pool in the summers when I was a little girl. We get dropped off at the door right after lunch and get picked up, sun-baked and water-logged…

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creating a relapse-proof life

I firmly believe that our recovery is stronger and even easier when we help others. We can do that in a hundred different ways from volunteering at a homeless shelter to babysitting for a mom in need while she runs to the store…

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 Two

12 Step Work 2

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. For so many people in contemporary western culture, step two work can be incredibly challenging. Many of us believe that perhaps SOMETHING is out there greater than us, but we don’t really know what. More troubling, we have…

Of Outhouses and Humiliation

Of Outhouses and Humiliation

by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. I take a deep breath and squat, my skin barely touching the seat of the outhouse toilet. I pee as fast as possible, wipe, and toss. I nearly break into a run fleeing the small, reeking confines of…

Working the Steps–Step One

12 Step Work 1

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…

The Importance of Balanced Nutrition: Guest Post

The Importance

While I am a dietitian, I was not always a nutritious eater. Growing up, we had a garden and I did love my vegetables. However, aside from daily salads, I had my fair share of packaged processed snacks, sodas, and candy. I never…

Friending Your Inner Beast

Copy of Confirm

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

third year

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…

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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.