Wow…It doesn’t seem possible that I haven’t updated OveractiveFork since August 8, 2010! But alas, ’tis true.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if my critics (a/k/a Carbohydrate Phobics) assumed that I had gone into a major relapse into active food addiction. Thanfully those who would make such a terrible assumption are 100% WRONG! In fact, my weight has continued to slowly (read: safely) drop during the time I stopped posting regularly to this blog. I don’t take credit for my success — as always I’ll give God the credit and also salute fellow addicts and others who have provided me with support that has helped me continue “to do just the next write thing” — One Day At A Time!

So what did I do while “vacationing” from OveractiveFork?  It was hardly a vacation! As I”ve written previously, my addiction never takes a vacation, so neither am I allowed to slack off on my recovery efforts. Indeed the result of slacking off would undoubtedly be relapse!

Over the past year and four months I’ve made a subtle but important shift in the approach I’m using to work my program of recovery from food addiction. I have shifted away from attendance at face-to-face Weight Watchers meetings and am relying more on support from Overeaters Anonymous members and other 12 Step fellowship’s members to help me.

Please note: I am NOT anti-Weight Watchers! Back in November 2010 W.W. introduced the newest version of their POINTS food plan that included several changes I’m not comfortable with. Thankfully with the approval and support of my dietitian/diabetes educator, I continue to follow the previous version of the W.W food plan. My motto is “If it works, don’t fix it!” and in this case that means “If it works, don’t change it!” The previous food plan IS still working just fine, so I have NO need to fix it.

I still respect and incorporate into my recovery effort lots of ideas I learned from my many years of attending face-to-face W.W. meetings. But the overall underlying philosophy that guides my recovery comes from the 12 Steps that are the basis of the Overeaters Anonymous program of recovery AND the understanding of the “disease concept” and how 12 Step recovery is supposed to work as found in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. N.A. literature continues to provide me with the core of how I work and live the 12 Steps, one day at a time.

In addition to walking, I still exercise with the help of Richard Simmons’ videos (Sweatin’ To The Oldies and other ones he’s produced).

But above and beyond organizations and individuals, my recovery is guided by my Christian faith. I’m not saying that you have to be a Christian in order to recover from food (or any other sort of) addiction. I just don’t know of any better source for help to recover than I find in my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I’ve also started a Facebook-based group for both men and women who follow the Weight Watchers food plan (whichever version of it they choose to follow). Believing in the importance of providing a safe emotional space for MEN who struggle with food addiction, I’m also in the process of rolling out a new 12 Step fellowship known as Male Food Addicts Anonymous, which takes the place of the One Bite Fellowship.

Other than that, I’ve not been busy at all!  LOL!  😀

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Carbohydrates...YUMMY!!!

This past Friday I met for the first time with a diabetes educator (who also happens to be a dietician). The main item on her agenda item to modify the Weight Watchers POINTS food plan for me so it gives me more direction in terms of how many grams of total carbohydrates I should consume each day. The more appropriate my carbohydrate intake, the better control I should have over my diabetes.

So yes, I’ve actually been ORDERED (by a health care professional no less!) to EAT CARBOHYDRATES…In fact to eat 330 grams of carbohydrates EVERY day!!! <I just heard an Adkins Diet devotee or some other carbohrate phobic SCREAM in terror of the mere thought that even so much as one gram of carbohydrate would dare touch my lips…or my hips!!!>

If you’ve read some of my journal entries, then you probably have figured out that I am NOT a “carbohydrate phobic” in any sense of the term. In fact, just like my hero Jared Fogle, I eat some bread EVERY day! I’ve lost around 85 pounds thus far and Jared has lost 235 pounds, so maybe the carbs are NOT the problem?!?  Maybe the (food) addiction IS the problem?!? Maybe the ADDICTION is what the 12 Steps treats, while I have the freedom to eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates, One Day At A Time?!?

Yes, I have a resentment. DUH!!! I greatly resent those cabohydrate phobic addicts who act as if their food plan is the ONLY food plan for the rest of us. Whether they are part of the H.O.W. Movement cult within Overeaters Anonymous or part of some other 12 Step fellowship (I can think of at least four such organizations that insist on ONLY ONE anti-carb food plan for their members), they really irritate the snot out of me!

Addicts (myself included) should NEVER play dietician to other addicts! My experience is that recovery works BEST when addicts trust direction for their food plan to a professional! I know, most of these professionals are “earth people” (e.g., people who don’t share and not fully understand my disease of addiction)…but they DO understand what constitutes SANE eating…which is more than we addicts can do!

To quote the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous), “When it comes to [food[ we [addicts] are strangely insane.” Amen? Amen! I would no sooner trust myself (or any other addict) with my choice of food plan than I would trust a pyromaniac to work as a fireman. It just ain’t a good idea!

A word about Weight Watchers POINTS food plan…As I’ve stated previously, I believe this plan is the sanest, most flexible, most moderate and nutritionally sound food plan ever written. The reason I needed my diabetes educator to “modify” it is because I am a diabetic. And while non-diabetics don’t usually need to keep track of their carbohydrate intake, as a diabetic I need to do this to help me maintain the maximum control of my blood sugar.  The POINTS food plan takes into consideration three values for each food: calories, dietary fiber and total fat content. As a diabetic, with the help of my diabetes-savvy dietician, I also now know how many grams of carbohydrate I should ingest each day to manage my sugar.

NOTE that I am NOT to avoid any food altogether — not even sugar and flour — in order to manage my diabetes. Instead I’ve been instructed to eat a MODERATE amount of carbs and (when possible) choose foods that are rich in fiber (examples: choose whole grain bread over bread made with bleached wheat; choose solid ftuit over food juice). Above all, even though NO food is totally off limits, I am to limit my carb intake to 285 grams per day.

ANOTHER NOTE: 285 grams of carbohydrates is a value appropriate for ME, NOT for you. If you are a diabetic, please follow my example and meet with a diabetes-savvy dietician who knows your specific medical history. Please follow their advice and NOT the advice given to me by my dietician!