Confessions of a Food Addict
Glo's writer opens up about her out-of-control eating habits and how she finally learned to deal with her addiction
So many feelings come up once you detox from sugar and white flour. All those years of tamping down emotions while you inhaled the food come to an end; no more binge eating to take your mind off money problems, relationship problems—life problems. It's scary and overwhelming. Now I have to face my problems, sit with them, work through them. I'm not saying any of this is easy—just essential.
And I need other people to understand this. Would you ask an alcoholic, "Just one sip"? Would you tell an addict, "But I bought this heroin especially for you! I'll feel terrible if you don't try just a little"?
Don't make your children clean their plates. Don't make meals a battlefield. Don't get hurt if someone refuses "a little something" with that cup of coffee or tea; it doesn't mean she or he doesn't love you.
It may seem that I'm following a draconian regimen, and you'd be right. However, paradoxically, being so structured with my food means I can be that much freer with my life. I'm not continuously obsessing about food. If my mind wanders in food-related directions, I tell myself: You don't get to eat again till next meal, so you might as well stop thinking about it.
Usually, I do. And life, which was once concerned with the injustice of my slice of cake being smaller than yours, is now about so much more.
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