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The Powerful Freedom of Abstinence

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 by in Food addiction recovery | 12 comments

I wrote the following post soon after losing one hundred pounds–way before I ever learned about the science of food addiction, dopamine receptors, and the addictive power of metabolic wastes.

Back then, I just knew from experience and many failures throughout the years that compromises (aka crossing boundary lines) didn’t work. The compromises always broke my resolve. But, I had no clue why.

However, today, there is science to prove by one bite of an addictive substance truly does open the floodgates of cravings–maybe not instantly–but eventually, they will take over. In future posts, I’ll be teaching the science behind food addiction and why those compromises cause us to fall flat on our faces.


The Powerful Freedom of Abstinence

(c) by Emily Boller


Abstinence is staying within the picket fence around us called “boundaries.”

The purpose of a boundary is to keep us safe.

The nutritional wisdom and guidelines in Dr. Fuhrman’s books, if followed, keep us safe — free from food addiction and disease.

There are also many pleasurable perks within the picket fence: a clear mind, boundless energy, clothes that fit, medications tossed, money saved . . . the list can go on for miles.

Seeds of abstinence sown into the soil of our lives will eventually produce a harvest of freedom from addiction.

We may have imperfect “slip ups,” especially in those first few weeks and months of getting rid of toxins that have built up in our bodies throughout the years.

However, the key to success is to recognize and acknowledge the slip up when it happens and quickly continue on the path toward freedom.

If one has sown seeds of compromise for several days, weeks, or even months, now is the time to stop.

Stop immediately – and continue on.

If you wait until tomorrow, you will have another excuse tomorrow to put it off yet another day.

Forget the past.

The past is the past.

Let it go.

There’s nothing that can be done about it and dwelling on the misery is counterproductive to freedom and optimal health.

Get up.

Dust the dirt off and roll up the sleeves.

Fix the nicks and dents in the picket fence by reviewing articles or books that have helped you in the past.

Establish clear boundary lines again.

Ask for help from like-minded friends so they can support you.

Abstain from making fancy desserts, or going places that entice compromises until the tastebuds have readjusted to enjoy the subtle flavors of vegetables again.

Turn off the news and/or Facebook and go outside for a walk instead.

Embrace the mindset to nurture and gently care for your body – the backbone of superior health.

It may take several weeks or months to get back to living in complete freedom from addiction again, but it will be well worth it!

There is freedom in boundaries.

Abstinence is the key to success.

Let’s all enjoy living within the picket fence today!

The freedom that comes from abstinence is not a “have to” . . . but a “get to!”

Freedom to all!


Disclaimer: Although I am an alumna of Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Education Institute and have passed the certificate programs in Basic Nutrition and The Science of the Nutritarian Diet — I am not a physician. A health care professional should be consulted if you are requiring medical attention.

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  1. Thanks so much, Emily!

    • You are welcome, Jean.

  2. Thanks Emily. I’ve been benefiting from your wisdom for years through Dr. Fuhrman’s Member Center. I’m so grateful for your new blog.

    • Thank you, Donnella. I’ve enjoyed you “stopping in” from time to time.

      You are still in my prayers.

  3. Emily,
    Thank you so much. I love this article. Finding it on DiseaseProof several years ago was a turning point for me. I’m so glad it is available again. I know from experience what you advocate is sound, possible, recommended! I look forward to learning from you here more about the science and practice of high nutrient eating. Thank you again. And best wishes for your book and blog!

    • Thank you, Lisa. I’m glad the writing was a turning point for you several years ago!

      All the continual best to you!

  4. You always have such great insight, Emily! So glad you have a new blog – I look forward to reading each and every one! 🙂

    • Thank you, Sarah. It’s wonderful to have the past five years behind me — thank you very much for your ongoing support through it all.

  5. Thank you for reposting this!

    • You are welcome, Pam.

  6. So many powerful words in this post!

    • Thank you.

      Unfortunately, it has become socially acceptable in our culture to be addicted to food.

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