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If you listen to or read news reports, you are likely to have heard about the “obesity epidemic”.  Obesity costs the nation more than $150 billion in preventable health care costs and contributes to many different health problems. This does not count the emotional time and effort and struggle and pain that obesity causes.

These numbers can say a variety of things, but to me they say that our treatments for obesity are not working over the larger scale or the longer term.


One reason, as I noted last week, is that obesity is the symptom, the cause, or the result of some other problem. Whatever we use to try to heal our obesity problem is not getting to the real problem.

What do you think we ought to do about that? In these articles, I hope to help you figure out what might be the problem for you. Each if us is an individual, and we deserve to have our own plan of action.

So, not knowing some of you at all, I want to make three suggestions to begin. First, as I began saying last week, stop beating yourself up over it! The one thing you can do to make this problem bigger and harder to fix is to say rude words to yourself about the problem. If you blame your own stupidity, poor judgement, lack of will power, or hopelessness here, you keep yourself from looking for what the real problem is!

And if you look at any kind of spiritual literature, you are likely to be told that what we say when we talk to ourselves brings those very things we are thinking about into our lives, whether or not they are what we really want.

Wayne Dyer (you know he is one of my favorite teachers, right?) says that what you think about in the last five minutes before you fall asleep at night, are the most important words you say all day. The subconscious mind marinates in those words while you sleep, and thinks it is its job to get you that. It does not place a value judgement on it; if you say, “I am fat, stupid and ugly and hopeless at losing weight” your subconscious mind will believe that this is what you want and will work to bring more obesity and stupidity into your life.

The first thing I want you to do is to change what you tell yourself. Create five sentences that say in a positive present tense way, what you want to draw into your life. What do you really want to attract into your life? Health? Sanity? Peace of mind? Weight loss or gain? Or to be free of the struggle? Strength? Power? Fitness? Choose carefully. Remember, positive and present tense. Simplify them in a way that makes them believable to you. And then send them to me, either in the comments or at We will talk more about them next week.

And the second thing that I think contributes to the obesity epidemic in our country today is the incredible variety of refined, processed, and man-made foods we eat. We have so many processed and prepared foods in our diets that we are eating less and less whole and real foods every day.

Just for this week, read the labels on all the foods you eat. If you don’t understand the ingredient words, I don’t recommend you eat the food, but I’d love it if you send me the label. And next week, we will talk about label reading. What I want to do in this blog is to teach you how to choose foods that are good for your body. Everybody is different and I really believe we have to make each person’s food plan and choices a bit different from the next person’s. But I want to teach you some of the principles of label reading and good nutrition and healthy food choices and solving your own eating problems. If you have questions, feel free to email me the Nutrition Facts panel from the label and we can discuss it.

So that is two areas where I am asking for your help: send the Nutrition Facts panels you don’t understand, and write and send the five positive sentences you are writing for yourself. That way we can talk about them some more.

And I want you to drink your water, while you speak kindly to yourself. The body really needs them both!

Blessings to you,



  1. Cari Heumann October 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

    In my life, I would like:
    1. To continue to lose weight while following my food plan, remaining abstinent, and being free of food cravings.
    2. Good health
    3. To significantly reduce and manage anxiety provoking stressors
    4. To feel an increasing sense of meaning and make a difference in others lives
    5. To have a satisfying and meaningful connection with my Higher Power.

  2. June DiDesidero October 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    I would like to have peace in my life w/an abstinent food plan.

    Ask my higher power, God, to help me stay abstinent.

    Make the time to have a abstinent food in the house.

    Tell myself daily that I am enough.

    Be honest w/my sponsor.

    To maintain my weight & lose 5 – 10 lbs.

    Stay connected w/strong recovery & abstinent members, people that will encourage me.

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