Tag Archives: abstinence

Memphis, Chapter 3

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Memphis Reader feedback: Thank you so much for your feedback! I agree that Chapter 2 needs expanding so we understand Memphis better. My original intent with this book was to make it a romance novel, but as it evolved it became a more…

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…

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…

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…

“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 clich├ęs that we all do, like…

Learning to Love Imperfect Recovery

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I took a week hiatus at the beach with my son. It was a long overdue trip, and I needed it more than I can express. This year has had major ups and downs, and I longed for the kind of rebirth that…

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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.