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The Shape of Me

The Shape of Me

by Christina Fisanick, Ph.D. I remember when I first heard the lyrics of Ed Sheeran’s smash pop hit, “The Shape of You.” I rarely listen to Top 40 these days, but I overheard it at a coffee shop one afternoon. The beat caught…

I Keep on Climbing

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by Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. The Optimistic Food Addict At least ten times during my ascent up the mountain I was sure that I wouldn’t make it. My son, husband, and I decided to hike to the top of Seneca Rocks, the only…

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…

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…

The Small Steps of Self-Care

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It’s cold in my bedroom, and I reach down for the cover, balled up somewhere at the end of the bed. I pull it over me and feel the scratchy threads of the decorative side of the blanket against my skin. It is…

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…

About Us

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.