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Shift the Script and Realize You’re Doing an Amazing Job

After breaking up with sugar and flour for four months, Sara still needs to accept that the little voice urging her to binge on something will still show up after her meals. After 25 years of having an unhealthy relationship with food, four months of recovery is not that much time if you think about it. Discomfort after eating is more than normal: it is expected.

In this episode of What You’re Craving Podcast, Molly welcomes Sara to discuss her journey with the Breaking Up with Sugar community. Sara shares this sort of emotional urge to keep eating after her meals (specifically breakfast), and Molly advises her to try to shift the script a little. What is uncomfortable can also be exciting.

When someone is going through some kind of change in life, especially when it comes to healing food or alcohol addictions, it’s easy to get caught up in perfectionism. We may feel like everything has to be perfect and easy, and no setbacks or unpleasant feelings are allowed. It is not going to be like that. It is a process, and creating too many rules and conditions in order to feel that you’re doing an amazing job won’t help.

Episode Quotes

  • “When we take the cravings so seriously, it’s when they become problematic.”
  • “Shame is protecting us from rejection.”

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the BeaconProgram, 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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