Exploring the Problem

Our goal in this module will be to explore what you can do to begin the process of eating moderately. If it were as simple as finding a “diet” that works all by itself, you probably would have done it long ago.

So we’re going to assume that you have some idea of what a moderate meal is. We’ll look at that closer later, but for now all we need is to eat a little more moderately than before.

A more important question is how you’re going to follow that very rough eating plan. We will show later that eating addiction is a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual disorder, and so recovery will involve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual components. Even if you do not see yourself as an eating addict, these techniques may help a lot in attaining your goals.


The eating (meals, snacking, beverages, etc.) are part of the physical component. Your current weight and behavior, such as bingeing or purging, are also physical parts. Anything you actually do is physical, and your body’s direct reaction, such as metabolism, is part of it.

Physically, you have to change your eating patterns, and at least some of your behavior. The other components have to do with how you make it happen.


Eating addicts usually tie their eating to emotional states. We speak of “eating over” something. Or eating to celebrate, overcome boredom, or whatever.


There are lots of mental tricks we can use to excuse or justify not eating moderately. Here are just a few:

  • I’m in a hurry.
  • I’m too hungry.
  • I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
  • I’m just too hungry.
  • I’m just too fat.
  • I’ll start Monday.


We’re using spirituality here in a very general way. Whether or not you have a strong belief in a traditional or personal God or religion, we’re talking about cutting yourself off from any source of guidance, internal or external.

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