After more than eight years in OA, I can say I have learned a lot about the nature of my illness. I had never heard of a “binge food” or “trigger food.” In OA I learned the difference between the two items. I had never made a list of foods I cannot eat without craving more of that substance. I never dreamed I would give up my favorite binge food of all time. I used to eat this dessert for breakfast before I knew I had a problem with food. I have learned that I’m a compulsive overeater and food addict, and there is no relief other than maintaining my abstinence.
I was completely hopeless before OA, convinced I would always be obese. I tried many different diets and weight-loss organizations. These are expensive and give “guarantees” you will lose weight Well, that never happened. I never learned anything about appropriate foods or portion sizes since those programs gave you packaged foods to eat.
I never knew I could devise a food plan with the help of my sponsor. I can use that plan and be happy with it all my life while maintaining my abstinence.
Yes, I know now I will never graduate from Overeaters Anonymous, and I will always need the support of my fellow problem eaters.
~ Glenda , Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio USA
From Lifeline Magazine, July 2014