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Old 05-26-2009, 09:27 AM   #16
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I'm still defining abstinence for myself. So far, it is not consuming "obvious" sugar. I just got the brochure "Dignity of Choice" but haven't read it yet. I am hoping there is some guidance in it!
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:19 AM   #17
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this helps me too, I now remember why I ran away from OA in the olden days can you imagine being that restrictive?
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:42 AM   #18
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Here is another thing that my sponsor suggest I do when I first started and I did do it and still use it.

Make three lines down a piece of paper.

First one list your green foods. These are foods you have no problem with . You can eat a serving and leave them alone and they don't set you off into your conplusion.

2nd list is yellow foods: These are foods you are not sure about. sometimes you eat them and you're okey and other times you eat too much. They are kind of middle of the road foods.

3rd list is red foods: These are foods you know are going to start you to never never land with the food binge.

If one is honest with food you can be honest with other things in your life as you aren't covering them up with food.

These lists are not written in concrete but on paper so they can change
Sometimes a green food will move to the yellow list sometime you will realize you need to move a yellow food to the green or red food list. It has been my experience so far that I never have moved a red food to another list. That's why they are on the red food list I don't eat them knowing if I do I'm a goner and into relapse I go.

I hope this helps someone. It's the old stop light trick, red you stop, yellow you think about it and green you go.

Have an abstinent day everyone.
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That is a great idea! I think I might do that. I'm just not sure if it will help me or not, as I have binged on almost every food. It's less food that triggers a binge for me, and more a way of thinking.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:04 PM   #19
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I think I'm with you on the way of thinking rather than the food. I can make ANYTHING a binge food. There are some that are easier than others, such as cookies, cake, ice cream, etc. and I think I will add those to my red list. The list idea is great as I didn't know how to get started and it seemed really overwhelming.
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:02 PM   #20
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Hi all..

I was a regular on a different forum but I dropped it as well as any attempts i had been making towards weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

I went to my first OA meeting on 7/1/09 and just celebrated 90 days of abstinence. Being able to see my life clearly is a gift. I am down 27 lbs since being in program. My abstinence is no fast food, no fried food, no table bread and no vending machine junk. My food plan is 3 meals and 2 optional snacks a day. I email my food in every night to a friend. I follow the general guidelines of WW but have not actually tracked points since July 1.

I hope that there are actually people on here posting...I do struggle and am always looking to both receive and give support.

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