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Overcoming Food Addiction by Embracing Honesty and Humility

When it comes to breaking up with sugar, there is no “magic pill”, and one size definitely does not fit all.

Nancy Kaley BS, LADC is the Program Director and Facilitator of the COR Retreat, a food recovery program that teaches a way to live free from obsession with food and the excess weight it causes. Her story once again proves that the journey towards better health and wellness is one of self-determination and never giving up.

In this episode, Nancy and Molly discuss the limitations of “mindful” or “intuitive” eating and how her very first session at COR Retreat changed her entire paradigm around her addictions. They talk about why having support, combined with a large dose of honesty and humility, are the keys to sustained recovery once you walk out of the treatment center!

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Episode Quotes

  • “Addiction really convinces you that it is the solution, not the problem.” – Molly Carmel
  • “Your recovery needs to be as big as your addiction.” – Molly Carmel
  • “Before you react, take a breath so that you respond rather than react.” – Nancy Kaley

Key Highlights

  • When your life becomes more “important” than your recovery, it’s time to slow down and reassess your priorities. Keep the acronym SLIP (Sobriety Loses Its Priority) in mind to catch yourself at these critical moments;
  • There is not a lot of therapy you can do if you’re indulging in your addictions every day regardless;
  • On your road to recovery, focus on one meal at a time; then, commit to doing tomorrow what you did today;
  • Keep checking in with yourself to ensure that your recovery really is that important to you. You’re treating a primary illness, so it needs to be on top of your list of priorities at all times;
  • If you’re genuinely on the path to ridding yourself of food addiction, stay humble and compassionate. Avoid posturing as “healthier than thou”. You do not have the luxury to get offended by a food pusher!

About Nancy Kaley

Nancy Kaley BS, LADC is the Program Director and Facilitator of the COR Retreat, a food recovery program that teaches a way to live free from obsession with food and the excess weight it causes. She is an alumnus of the program and since participating in November 2014 has experienced and maintained a 100 pound weight loss, improved health, neutrality around food, enhanced relationships and newfound personal joy and empowerment. Nancy has also worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor for over 26 years. Her proficiencies and passion embrace the 12-Step model of addiction recovery incorporating education and understanding about the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of self while working to heal, grow and build support with others who are experiencing the same challenges and success.

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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