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Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet in order to help solve a common problem - compulsive overeating, which includes obesity, anorexia and bulimia. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
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I am a compulsive eater and a food addict. The first type of craving I had to address was the physical craving for my addictive substances.
Refined carbohydrates make up most of those substances. I abstained from simple sugars early in my recovery but held on to grains. Not until I was willing to release grains, including whole grains, did my physical craving finally vanish.
The second type of craving was emotional. When I long for a connection with myself, I have something going on that I have not allowed my conscious mind to focus on. As long as I refuse to feel what I feel, those emotions have the power to harm and even kill me. They transform themselves into cravings, which can overwhelm me and send me back into the food. I’ve had to learn to sit still, feel my feelings, and allow them to be the energy in motion that they are rather than trying to avoid them. When I look at that issue, the craving leaves.
The third type of craving is a yearning for something other than food. Sometimes I need connection with another person. I need someone to bounce ideas off of or some reassurance that I am valued and loved by another human being. There are also times when the hankering is for connection with my Higher Power. Somehow the channel has become blocked, and I’ve lost conscious contact. When I want one of these connections, it often feels like a craving for more food.
How do I deal with craving? First and foremost, I refrain from ingesting my addictive substances. Then I check in with myself to see where the connection is broken. Do I need to feel my feelings, call a friend, or pray and meditate? When I figure that out and take the appropriate action, my hunger somehow magically disappears. For me, craving equals a need for connection.
— Nancy, North Carolina USA (Lifeline Sept/Oct 2014)