First, I had to get past the mourning stage. I arrived at OA grieving the loss of my best friend, lover, and confidante—my go-to for any emotional relationship. Compulsive overeating had replaced many important relationships in my life, leaving me in a turbulent, one-sided, love-hate situation. OA was gentle in guiding me to a healthier state of mind, putting food into the category of “fuel” and encouraging me to turn over my food-dependence so I could investigate the deeper spiritual journey awaiting an abstinent woman in her 50s. After the seriousness of being under the disease’s influence, I found myself really

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