Tag Archives: dieting culture

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,…

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…

“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…

Loving THIS Body

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I dabble in all sorts of tools that could make my life better: law of attraction, moon theories, astrology, crystals, essential oils, and so on. I don’t take any of them too seriously, but sometimes I need an extra boost to keep me…

When Food No Longer “Works”

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I honestly never believed this day would come. Despite my major strides in recovery, I thought that food would always be there for me if I ever needed it. In fact, knowing that food would help me in times of great need is…

Celebrating Another Year in Recovery

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Two years ago on this very evening, I was sitting in this very chair. In my lap was a bowl of freshly made buttercream frosting, tinted robins-egg blue. It was my third bowl that night. Nine cups of powdered sugar. Three sticks of…

Ending the Tyranny of Day One: Stop Starting Over and Start Living Your Life in Recovery

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“I will start day one again on Monday.”  “I blew it! It’s back to day one tomorrow.”  “I am ready to get back to eating healthy. Day one starts today!” I hear those words often in recovery circles, and I try as hard as I…

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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.