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An Allergy?!

Step 1:  “We admitted we were powerless over food – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

At first read of Step 1, I nearly lost my mind.  How was I to admit powerlessness over food when I had so very thoroughly followed strict diets and exercise routines for months at a time?  I wasn’t powerless as much as I certainly was baffled at how there seemed no longer term solution to my problem!  OA was wrong, I had decided, and that was simply that.  I wasn’t powerless over food, period.  They had no idea what they were talking about…or did they?

A woman at a meeting said to me, “Look, I did all the diets out there: Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Jenny Craig, Dr. Oz’s Prehistoric diet, the Diet Cookie, oh Lord – I could keep listing them.  And I was committed to those diets, too.  But, it never failed me, that if ever I once ate something sweet and sugary, I craved for more and more of it.  Willpower was never my problem because I had a ton of willpower.  My problem is that I am allergic to sugar and white flour.  When I eat sugar and white flour I become obsessed with it and crazy.  Absolutely crazy.  But, by the grace of this program, and my Higher Power, I have lived abstinent for over 2 years.”

I stared at her, shocked.  She smiled and continued talking, but I didn’t hear a word she said.  I was completely wrapped up in the concept of having an ALLERGY to sugar and white flour.

That day I went home and I found that she was right.  Whenever I ate food that was filled with sugar or white flour I literally felt a physiological change occur inside my body.  I wanted more…and more…and more…and more.

I decided I had to go back to OA and learn more about this allergy and my powerlessness.  At some point in her talking to me she told me that I, too, could be freed from my food addiction.  She told me that there is hope for someone like me.  I don’t have to suffer any longer…and neither do you!

See you at the next meeting!

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