Many of us get into recovery from food addiction seeking one benefit and one benefit only: weight loss. It’s nice that there are other benefits but we really just want to be thin. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that attitude (being thin is better for almost all of our bodies), it’s usually not enough to keep us in recovery. Why? Because our food plan in recovery then becomes another diet, not a way of living.
So if we can fully embrace all or even some of the other benefits of recovery from food addiction, we may have a much better chance of staying abstinent, however we define that. Here are the benefits I’ve identified as important to me:
- Freedom from craving sugary foods
- Freedom from self-loathing because I can’t eat the way I want to
- Freedom from guilt because I’m poisoning my body
- Feeling in integrity with my word (doing what I promise myself and others)
- Healthier joints
- Great blood work (healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels)
- Greatly reduced possibility of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease
- Better sleep
- Easier time exercising
- One size of clothes in my closet
All of these possibilities help me remember why I want to eat better and eat less.
What benefits are helping keep you abstinent?