It's been almost one year now since I started applying, or maybe I should say, since I started to TRY to apply, the principles of the Bright Line Eating (BLE) program in my life.
The basic rules of BLE are
* No Sugar
* No Flour
* Eat 3 meals and no snacks (I modified it to 3 meals and 1 snack around 4 pm).
* Weigh or measure everything you eat
Given that I used to hop from one approach to another I am quite content that I've stuck with this program for so long. It's been the only program that helped me lose weight - 10 kg since I started - and that actually did give me freedom from cravings for a few months, which was GREAT and something I've longed for since I was a teen.
That freedom disappeared after I relapsed in September and since then it's been hard to stay on track for long enough to regain that 'food freedom' as BLE calls it. I have not given up on the program though because of those two feats.
I've noticed though that it seems like following those rules alone may not be enough. I missed a certain spiritual element, a 'bigger picture' beside following rules. Because even if I refrain from sugar and flour (and other binge foods, in my case, such as cocoa for example) and I eat a set amount of food at set times, I can still remain obsessed with the meals and the food and quantities I CAN eat.
So recently I've started reading a booklet called 'Just for Today' by Narcotics Anonymous. I figure that what is true for drug addicts might be interesting for food addicts too, and so far the book hasn't proven me wrong.
I may start posting reflections on what I read in the book on this blog now and then.
And I'm reading up about Overeaters Anonymous. So far I'd steered clear of it after taking part in two or three meetings many years ago. I felt a bit put off by the Christian terminology.
However now that I've been studying and working with my food issues from a point of view of food addiction I'm interested in the angle of a twelve step approach.
I came across a list (on Quora) by Leora Fulvio of articles about the pro's and cons of OA.
This is the Quora link - though you must register with Quora to get access I think:
These are some of the articles she mentioned:
Other interesting links:
From that last link:
"The only relief for compulsive eaters is abstinence from our triggers, our addictive foods/behaviors. It is difficult for us food addicts to identify our own trigger foods/behaviors because they differ from one OA member to another. Foods full of fat, sugar, salt, flour, or a combination of these ingredients, cause problems for many compulsive eaters, although some of us can eat them without being triggered. Behaviors such as eating over the sink, while driving, in front of the TV, late at night, while standing, going back for multiple portions, eating out of bags or containers, skipping meals, shoving in food, stepping on the scale several times a day, inducing vomiting, over-exercising, snacking excessively, and/or undereating, etc., also cause problems for some members."