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Threefold Abstinence

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Keeping things simple is helpful. Using OA’s definition of abstinence, I had to decide what I could refrain from, one day at a time, no matter where I was or what was happening. Two ingredients that repeated in my food inventory were sugar and white flour. So my definition of physical abstinence was simple: no sugar and no white flour. (My food plan contained the details about how much, when, and what for other foods.) Emotional and spiritual abstinence came later. My compulsive food behaviors included: eating in the car, standing at the sink shoving food in my mouth, dieting only to binge later

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