Socialization: How a Food Addict Fills the Void

As a recovering food addict, I can honestly say that at times it is difficult. The temptation is always there – just lurking unless you can find a way to fill that void. I needed to replace food with something else. It is so easy to say, “I’ll just get a hobby or keep myself busy.” But it’s easier said than done. I knit and crochet, but I still found ways to knit and crochet and still over-eat.

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As a recovering food addict, I can honestly say that at times it is difficult. The temptation is always there – just lurking unless you can find a way to fill that void. I needed to replace food with something else. It is so easy to say, “I’ll just get a hobby or keep myself busy.” But it’s easier said than done. I knit and crochet, but I still found ways to knit and crochet and still over-eat.

Dr. Oz suggested that I meet a friend once a week, to get out of the house. Well, that suggestion was excellent, and I decided to take it! After the show aired some friends contacted me and now my calendar is filled. I now need to keep my appointment book handy. I have found a way to fill the void where food lived. I meet friends at least once a week and we go to a coffee shop and sip a cup of coffee and knit and chat. I usually chat more than I knit!

I bought a high-tech computer a year ago and never took advantage of learning the ins and outs of it. I always made excuses for why I could not take advantage of the 1-on-1 lessons. I finally signed up to take these lessons and had my first lesson today. I had to get up, get dressed and drive to the mall. It felt so good and I learned a lot. Being out amongst other people was great. My instructor was helpful and I booked another lesson for next week. There is a whole world out there that I was hiding from. No more hiding for me!

Meeting friends, taking computer lessons, simply keeping myself busy by getting out of house where food is lurking is filling that void in such a positive manner. Socialization is exactly what the doctor ordered, and exactly what I needed.

Last week I spoke about meal planning and I mentioned how important it is to plan your week. Below is this past week’s menu:

I always start off with a cup of soup and then a salad. This week I made Elmo’s Red Veggie Soup. It is delicious and easy to make!

Dinner Entrees: Sunday and Saturday: turkey meatballs and whole wheat pasta

Monday and Thursday: royal pasta primavera provencale

Tuesday and Friday: grilled tilapia

Remember to keep your menu simple and if possible make a double batch of the recipe so that you have enough for another meal, or to place in the freezer for a dinner the following week.

After 4 weeks, I have lost 21 pounds and 8 inches in my waist! Please follow me in my journey. You can contact me at Riare43a@aol.com. Have a great happy and healthy week.

Blog written by Maria Osnowitz
I am 54 years old, married, and the mother of two grown children. I have been unemployed since June of 2009, and since then have...