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And what do you want to be free from? I hope that many will read this blog, and I am no magician, only a dietitian. What do you want? What is your goal? A million dollars? A house on a hill? Or freedom? Freedom from being the wrong body weight? Freedom from constant thoughts about food? Freedom from the obsessions? The cravings? Freedom from being distracted by conscious thoughts about what to eat?

Or do you want for the positive: Peace of mind? Peace of heart? The right body weight? Energy? Joy?  Being able to think clearly? Being able to use your mind and heart and body to create a life you love? Transforming yourself into the person you have always wanted to become?

Take a minute right now and write down three things you want your life to become. (If you aim at nothing, you are very likely to hit it!) What are three real goals for you?

We have been talking about food addiction and how it messes up our lives. I want you to look at the list below. What are the foods that are problems for you? Which foods, when you start to eat them, make you want to eat more and more? Which foods live in your mind and offer themselves as solutions to your feelings?

Which are the foods that make you want to eat everything that isn’t nailed down and doesn’t bite back?

Which are the foods you crave and want more and more of?

When you don’t have them, which are the foods that you long for, have headaches about, that live in your brain and make you able to think only of them?

I call these your drug foods. Your body is uniquely sensitive to them or to a substance in them. First, let me help you identify the categories:

Sugar                                                     Alcohol

Sugar analogs                                      Chocolate

Sugar alcohols                                     Nutrasweet

Flours of all kinds                               Sugar substitutes

Wheat, gluten                                      Volume, just more

Fat and fatty food                               Creamy texture

Salt and salty food                              Crunchy textures

Dairy products                                    Chewy texture

Caffeine and stimulants



Sugar comes by many names. If you don’t have it yet, call or email me and I will send you 137 names for sugar. The purpose here is to identify which foods or groups of foods, cause you the most trouble.  If jelly beans and gummy bears are your choice of binge food, sugar is the problem.

If ice cream is your problem, we’re looking at sugar and fat and maybe chocolate. And do you like little crunchy things in your ice cream or do you like it smooth? That’s a texture issue.

If pizza is your problem, is it the wheat, the gluten, the dairy, or the fat or creamy texture in the cheese? Or certain toppings?

Think carefully here. Be honest with yourself about your preferences and behavior. What are your best binge foods? Write them down.

People often tell me that it is easier for people with other addictions, because the objects at issue are clearly defined. That can be true, but indulge me here and see for yourself what your real drug foods are. I promise this will help long term.

No, you may not want to give them up. With your own power, a greater power, and the right support, you may, at some point, choose to kick them out of your food plan.

Our goal of course is your freedom.

Now I want you to make a commitment to yourself. I want you to make the decision that you will read the ingredient list on every food you buy and eat. If you are unwilling or unable to read the ingredient list, I don’t want you to eat the food! If it contains the foods you just decided give you trouble, do not buy or eat it.

If the food contains ingredients that you know you shouldn’t have, what are you going to do? That is your decision for right now. But this is what I want you to do this week. Here are seven rules:

  1. Drink 84 to 104 ounces of calorie and artificial sweetener free fluid per day.
  2. Eat 3 fruits, 6 ounces each, every day.
  3. Eat three cups of vegetables, raw or cooked, each day.
  4. Eat within two hours of rising, and every three to five hours after that.
  5. Speak politely to your body; if you would not say it to your boss, your child, or your best friend, you are not to say it to yourself.
  6. Get all your binge and drug foods out of your house, your office, wherever you are, all day. Hide whatever has to be there.
  7. Avoid your binge and drug foods by every way possible.

Pick a rule to follow every day. Pick one rule for every day; follow that rule. Follow as many rules as you can every day. Why? It will begin your moving forward, give your body nutrients, give you some success.

Soon, I am going to offer an online course, to help you with this, and we are going to keep working on this, but I have a few other things to tell you first.

Have a wonderful week. Please write a comment and tell me your thoughts about this.

Blessings to you,




  1. Bre Levy April 10, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us, Theresa. We are so blessed to have you. And I am personally so grateful for your love and wisdom. Have a blessed day, my dear friend.

    • H. Theresa Wright April 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

      You’re welcome. You have come a long way. I am honored by your trust in me. Blessings to you, too.

  2. Jennifer Bailey April 10, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you so much for these helpful blogs Theresa! I enjoy reading these and I also enjoy my sessions with you. You are one of the many people I consider a blessing in my life. So, Thank you.

    • H. Theresa Wright April 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you. I am so grateful to be a blessing in your life!

  3. Anne Osada April 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Theresa – I love these posts! Looking forward to the next one!! Thank you!!

    • H. Theresa Wright April 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      Thank you! So glad you like them!

  4. Anita April 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    This is such good reinforcement for me. But why is it so hard for me to define three things I want my life to be?

    • H. Theresa Wright April 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      This could be different for everyone. It could be that years of struggle with the food have distracted you from what you really want; perhaps you are missing the forest by looking at the trees, or vice versa; perhaps we were never taught to do this; perhaps we focus so much on the routine and the chaos of daily life that we lose sight of the important and essential and rewarding things?

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