Making peace with food and a Sober, Healthy Lifestyle

I realize some of you have been slaying it in the kitchen for years! Effortlessly whipping up fresh, clean foods. This was NOT my story.

True, I would spend hours creating elaborate desserts (that I would eat most of?). But as far as healthy meals or meal planning went, I rode the struggle bus for years & it was HARD to get off of.

Eventually, I conceded that this was part of a larger problem-namely, chaos & unmanageability in my life.

I wasn’t going to fix the FOOD PROBLEM until I fixed my LIFE PROBLEM. Even though I had gotten sober, other old familiar problems & habits remained, deeply ingrained.

Waiting for me to dive in & dig deeper. Scary, but necessary for growth!

?The food piece is often another lingering problem for those of us in recovery. And it can feel overwhelming & as if we’ve made enough changes!!

How can we possibly do more???

?Leaving the drink or the drug behind is usually just the 1st step of MANY that need to be made.

Looking at how we spend our time, the state of our finances, our love lives….these are some other major areas that will have been effected by our addiction. It’s never JUST getting rid of the substance.

It’s an amazing first step towards balance in our lives!! But I would encourage you to look at the BIG PICTURE & see where you need to take the next right step.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been a HUGE part of not just my sobriety, but also getting healthier in other areas of my life. I’ve been very blessed to be a part of the AA community for almost a decade and I can tell you honestly that it has improved not just my own life & health, but that of my family as well.

I got sober on May 5, 2015 after trying for about 5 years before that. The past decade has been a time of learning to get honest with myself and others about my behaviors, attitudes, and patterns. And while it’s true that food addiction may not be on the same level as substance abuse, it’s always a good idea to look at our whole life and how we use and abuse other substances in order to rest, take away discomfort, and escape from pain.

I’m 2.5 years into this new, deeper phase of honesty & change with my diet. I’m growing & learning lots as I attempt to slow down, eat out less, rest more, be more intentional with my finances & simply take better care of myself!!!

It’s a battle worth stepping up to. Start today with an attitude of gratitude for the opportunity to learn & improve.