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The Summer Of KIWANO

Hello! It is Tuesday July 17 and half of July has already passed. Has it been a good summer so far? Are you meeting your goals? How did you like the fresh peaches we discussed? I have another one for you. Have you ever seen this product?

The horned melon or kiwano is a strange-looking fruit native to Southern Africa. Kiwano lovers describe the flavor of the slimy green interior as a cross between cucumber, zucchini, and kiwifruit (though as it ripens, it tastes more like a banana).

It is said that kiwanos have many health benefits, including to improve cognitive ability, prevent certain types of chronic diseases, aid in weight loss, and boost the metabolism, and many others.

Have you ever tried one? Why not? I made my grandsons taste it this weekend. It was an interesting experience. Have you ever noticed how we reach for the foods that are familiar to us, that we have always eaten? I doubt there is anything I could write here that would make you go buy and try a kiwano.

Why is that? Because our habit is not to eat that. If you came from a country where everyone ate it, it would seem easy and familiar to you. And changing our behavior around food is very hard, even though we know we should.

Twelve Step programs and recovery food plans are like that too. The people speak a different language, use words we don’t really understand, and suggest behaviors that seem silly or useless. (“What do you mean? Stop eating this food? I can’t live without …..”)

As long as we continue the same behaviors, we will continue to get the same result. If that is what you want, great. If not, read on.

One of the things most difficult for me and my clients to accept is that we need others to help us with our food. Another is that we need to let go of some familiar foods and food behaviors for a time or forever. Another is that if we take care of other people well enough, they will turn around and meet our needs.

I am making this my self-care summer. You won’t catch me in the office this week. I am going to be at home doing some things I really want to do – and taking daily naps. Yes, we will still have the self-care group that begins this Tuesday; on the idea that we learn best when we teach things to others.

What do you really need for your recovery this summer? What changes do you need to make in your work life? In your home life? In your food life?  How can I help you?

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I hope you are having a wonderful summer; I hope you join us for the self-care group (call Allison for the Zoom form) I hope your abstinence is stable and your life is rewarding.

If it isn’t, tell us how we can help.

Blessings to you,


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