Wednesday, March 25, 2009

From Cindy Seeking Recovery

When you find as much pleasure in not eating as you do eating, you have overcome the addiction.” --Fred Bisci

I just returned from a very nice five days in Portland, Oregon, staying with my children at the Oxford Suites. They serve breakfast and a dinner appetizer menu which is free, included with the room. It was very convenient and had I been very disciplined I could have stayed fairly pure. As it was, I did have large platters of raw veggies and salads almost exclusively for dinner and several days I managed to stick with just bananas and apple sauce for breakfast. I also worked out faithfully each morning in the gym provided.

However, there were huge opportunities for discrepancies. :-)


And those opportunities were seized upon on several occasions. Things I noticed: waking up with extremely puffy eyes and a very sour taste in my very dry mouth. Gut aches.

Other than that, it's back to the races now that I'm home in downstate New York. It's bright and sunny and we are about to shop for fresh produce. In the morning I have my standing appointment for a professional colonic. Needless to say, I need several servings of unfiltered apple juice with psyllium and an early afternoon cessation of my imbibement activities. (word?) Today, knowing I was entering territory of the raw and juice feast variety, had several goodies in that futile attempt to "satisfy" a mental obsession for sugar or chocolate.

Yes, it is futile. That temporary giving in only leads to a temporary change in mood sometimes if you're lucky. In my case I got a little pumped and got some paperwork done--this time. But most times, giving into a craving doesn't bring such luck. Usually disappointment followed by depression is all a big slice of chocolate cheesecake can promise.

On the upside of my trip, I did see progress from way back in my early teenage years when I first got entangled in overeating. Progress since that time has been varied. One aspect is I no longer eat secretly. I don't hide food. *smiles* and my quantities are quite significantly smaller so that a "binge" today more resembles a normal size portion with seconds. :-) But! The blow to one's morale for not following a rational food plan can still hit quite hard.

Today's economic times being trying as they are, I've begun an anti-aging, anti-cancer regime in earnest. A desire to "show up" for my family and be totally available mean sticking to a modest and simple food plan. Along the way, when I notice the difficulty in staying consistent without falling off the wagon, I become more interested than ever in the concepts of emotional eating and how to find freedom in an unfree world.

The quote from Paul Nison, below, hits home. Additionally, I haven't read it yet but have heard great things about Angela Stoke's book "Raw Emotions". I've heard it's been quite helpful for many. Meanwhile, many a time when I've eaten poorly during the day but managed to stop eating by 4, 5 or 6pm, I've helped reverse and recover from a poorly chosen day plan.

Calling it the Daylight Diet (formerly I think it was called the No-Dinner Diet) Paul Nison and Fred Bisci have wisdom to share. I don't take sides in the Raw Foods movement and I don't feel I judge anyone. We are all struggling souls and have to pick and choose what we are capable of coping with NOW, TODAY. Some can't make it without a good dehydrated kale chip and others only need an apple.


Myself? Several cups of chamomile tea at the moment. And a long walk ...

From Paul Nison's e-newsletter:

I understand gluttony well. For most of my life, prior to my revelation, I too was a glutton. However, unlike the majority, I became wise, obedient and disciplined. I stepped back from feeding that addiction. I remember Fred Bisci revealing to me a long time ago that one of the keys to eating healthy was to eat very little and not focus on the temporary pleasure food brings. I’ll never forget what he said, “When you find as much pleasure in not eating as you do eating, you have overcome the addiction.” I know some people who force themselves to not overindulge and they are not happy. They miss the pleasure of food too much. They would rather live with that pain from overindulgence instead of taking away the temporary pleasure. Once you understand how eating less is better for your health, it makes it more enjoyable to not consume as much.

I have experienced how stepping back makes it much easier to see the full picture. When you are caught in the daily cycle of giving in to addictions, it appears as a matrix. It’s almost impossible to see what’s really happening. I have since discovered that practicing temperance while eating will rid most health issues and rejuvenate your whole body. Your goal should be to reduce the amount of meals you consume and reduce the amount of food in those meals, while making sure you are consuming the highest quality food. But the key to success is you must enjoy eating less! It shouldn’t be a daily struggle. I can attest that it may not be easy at first, but you must change your thinking along with your diet if you want to be successful.

Without changing any food in your diet, stop eating later in the day! You will get better sleep, have better digestion, slow down the aging process, have more energy and feel wonderful. Stop eating at nighttime and experience for yourself the great results.

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