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Urge Surfing

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“What can I do instead of eating, when the urge arises?” In 1994, if someone had posed this question to me, my response would’ve been, “Don’t eat.” The result would probably have been compulsively eating and bingeing. This was prior to finding OA, and I was in a cycle of dieting, starving, compulsively overeating, restricting, self-loathing, and eating in secret. Today, things are different. Oh, my response might still be not to eat, but now, on a really good day, it comes more in the form of pausing and asking my Higher Power for help in dealing with the urge.

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