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The Myth of Moderation

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My problem with food is that once I develop cravings, it’s impossible for me to moderate my eating. When cravings set in, I only get more and more extreme in my obsession with food. My body has an allergy to sugar, flour, alcohol, and highly processed foods; these trigger the mental illness of my addiction, which in turn makes me more compulsive about food as my life becomes harder and more unmanageable.

Possible solutions that might’ve worked for me before I became a full-blown compulsive overeater would all have included some kind of moderation. I would never have considered fully setting aside specific foods. Today, I can say that I truly believe I’m no longer able to hold off my disease through moderation. My best chance at a sane and moderate life—one not consumed by my addictions—is to accept inflexibility with the majority of my eating plan.

The bright line of my weighed-and-measured plan of eating shows me when the disease is gaining ground and directs me back toward the solution of the Twelve Steps. These are the actions I can take right now: be abstinent, be honest, and be thorough about following directions, and work the Steps. I’m grateful to have a program that allows me to replace the myth of moderation with abstinence and self-respect.

Sarah K., Bellevue, Washington USA

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