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She Gave FA a Second Chance

August 7, 2018 12:19 am Published by

Embracing the FA Program in its Entirety Put Paula on the Road to Recovery

When Paula walked into a Food Addicts meeting four months ago, it was not her first experience with the organization. Ten years ago, she had attended a few Food Addicts meetings, had a sponsor, and a food plan, but did not fully commit to the program. She was working full time and raising three children, and attending only one meeting a week. She did not make phone calls, read any literature, do any writing, take any quiet time, or prepare food in advance. Paula soon left the program, thinking there must be an easier way, but she never found another program. Instead, she found herself gaining and losing weight, and then gaining it back again.

Ten years later, Paula found herself in a different place. Her children were grown. She was working part-time. She had a profound feeling of, “If not now, when?” When she walked into her first meeting, she saw only thin people who welcomed her with open arms. At her third meeting she found a sponsor and began to feel hope. Read More…

 


 

True to Myself, July/August 2018

August 5, 2018 3:50 pm Published by

July/August 2018 DOUBLE ISSUE is here!! Remember to always be true to yourself, to honor your disease of food addiction, and to listen to that quiet, inner voice of your Higher Power.

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No Longer Eating to Hide Feelings

July 13, 2018 8:33 pm Published by

FA Tools and Other Members Help Margo Stop Using Food to Avoid Her Feelings

Before finding FA, Margo’s first reaction to life was to soothe herself with food. It didn’t matter if she was tired, lonely, bored, anxious, or afraid. Almost before she realized what she was feeling, she found herself reaching for food.

The feelings could be about something as major as the death of a family member or as minor as running late for an appointment. A parking ticket could lead her to a fast-food drive-through. Anxiety about a work issue could find her in the refrigerator at 2 a.m. Read More…

 


 

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Bulimia Sufferer Finds She Never Has to Go it Alone

June 14, 2018 11:34 pm Published by

Woman Gets Over Initial Reluctance to Phone FA Fellows, She Realized it Outweighs Continuing with Bulimia

As a teenager, Susan was socially awkward, and avoided talking with her peers. On school trips, she would avoid conversation by reading or pretending to sleep, all the while appearing fine on the outside, but lonely and ashamed on the inside. In her early twenties, she was better able to converse with people, but had resorted to bulimia, becoming dependent on food to stabilize her emotions. Food gave Susan something to look forward to.

Bulimia and Isolation

On a road trip with her aunt and uncle in a tiny camper with a tiny kitchen, Susan had no control over food, which caused her to feel terrified. When her aunt and uncle were out sightseeing, Susan had a panic attack, realizing she couldn’t use food to ease her stress. She was glad when they arrived at a cousin’s house for a big holiday dinner and she could binge and purge. Although she was around family, she recalls feeling that her family was invisible to her. All Susan focused on was herself and the fact that she had a thin body. Read More…

 


 

A Quiet Place, June 2018 Issue

June 3, 2018 7:21 pm Published by

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Accepting She Was a Food Addict Was Easy. Knowing What to Do About It Was the Problem

June 1, 2018 9:25 pm Published by

After 59 years of being addicted to sugar, Regina finds success — and peace — with FA program

It was easy for Regina to accept that she was a food addict. She just didn’t know what to do about it.

She had known for a long time that she was addicted to sugar. Quick trips to the drive-thru never satisfied her. She knew the locations of all the fast-food restaurants on her normal driving routes, often buying desserts at each until she reached her destination.

Regina compares her addiction to sugar to a love affair. So, it wasn’t surprising that two weeks into the FA program, as Regina sat waiting for a meeting to start, Michael Bolton’s song, “How am I supposed to live without you, now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long?” was playing in her head. His song was about unrequited love, but Regina’s connection to it was about her love affair with food, especially sugar, that had been going on for 59 years. Read More…

 


 

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Coming to Terms with Uncontrolled Eating and Obesity

May 22, 2018 4:51 am Published by

FA Member Finds Courage to Face Her Food Addiction and the Impact it Had on the Lives of Those Who Loved Her

Twelve years ago, Clare felt deeply lost, even though from all appearances, she had a good life. She had achieved most of her goals, had a loving partner, two beautiful young daughters, and had successfully relocated to Australia from California to support an ill parent. However, Clare admits she felt all alone, angry, and miserable most of the time.

She was overwhelmed, overworked, overweight, and in denial about her uncontrolled eating. She began to deal with her denial the day she was told she would be admitted into a six-week rehab program for compulsive eating. Clare was the primary source of income for her family, had just stopped breastfeeding her youngest daughter, and could not accept being locked away in rehab for six weeks. Read More…

 


 

Understand, stop running from, overcome food, eating addictions – with FA

Scott Discovered That Food Won’t Fill That Empty Space

May 9, 2018 9:44 pm Published by

After Multiple Attempts to Stick to FA Program, Scott Realizes He Cannot Handle His Food Addiction Alone

Over a period of eight years, Scott joined and left the FA program seven times. The first time he left within days of reaching his goal weight, returning immediately to his old way of eating. Another time he left because being in a thin body and attractive made him uncomfortable. Each time he left, he regained his weight back and more.

As the cycle continued, Scott found himself withdrawing more and more from life. He would tell himself he could lose the weight on his own, but that was a lie. The larger he became in size, the smaller his world became.

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FA Program Gives Mother-of-the-Bride Hope and Freedom from Shame

May 3, 2018 10:23 pm Published by

When Catherine’s son got married, she was over 200 pounds (90.7k) and had to wear a dress in a size that she hoped never to see again. She was ashamed that she could not lose weight for such an important event.

When it was time for her daughter’s wedding, she found herself in the same situation. She had been dieting for nearly a year and had gone from hovering between 201 to 203 (91.1 to 92 k) pounds to 207 (93.9 k) pounds. Her daughter had helped her pick out a special designer dress for the wedding nearly a year before. She had to lose 10 to 15 (4.5 to 6.8 k) pounds to fit into it and no idea how.

A friend had been telling Catherine about FA for months. She had dismissed it because she’d tried other diet programs and failed. However, now faced with the upcoming wedding, she went to an FA meeting. She wondered if the attendees would understand how trapped she felt, how obsessed she was with food, and how she used food to get through the day. Hearing their stories and seeing how happy they were, gave Catherine hope. A woman offered to be Catherine’s sponsor. She agreed to call the woman the following day. Read More…

 


 

A Simple Life, May 2018 Issue

May 2, 2018 6:33 pm Published by

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