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Radical Versus Middle-of-the-Road

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 by in Food addiction recovery | 0 comments

(c) by Emily Boller


Wormsloe Plantation, Savannah, Georgia     Photo credit: Emily Boller


I had been tampering with impulsive lapses in judgment regarding food addiction for the past couple of weeks.

My schedule had been out-of-sync. I was carelessly participating in way too many social eating occasions back-to-back. [There’s absolutely nothing harmful about social eating–unless one continually eats when not hungry. When I am engaged in countless conversations while eating, I mindlessly put extra food into my mouth.]

Overeating in any form, whether it originates from food addiction, emotional eating, social eating, a binge eating disorder, or just plain “I love to eat!”. . . has the potential to add unwanted pounds, of course. And there’s no way around the fact that excess weight on the body fuels disease.

I don’t want preventable diseases. I don’t want my kids to be forced into unnecessary care giving responsibilities someday that were totally preventable by me.

This past weekend, I was walking down a street in a quaint town on Lake Michigan. I impulsively decided to buy a small raspberry sorbet. Everyone I passed on the street was eating a large cone.

So I stopped by the ice cream shop and bought the confectionery treat. I ate it. No big deal, right? No, except then I was one step closer to developing a “quitter’s mentality.”

You see, I’ve been educated by podcasts and videos about Navy SEALS. I’ve learned what sets elite warriors apart from the status quo.

Their secret is: they never quit.

Not compromising and not quitting go hand-in-hand. It only takes one compromise to begin to unravel resolve. (Ask any recovery alcoholic if they can safely sip one drink.)

Following through one’s resolve/commitment develops grit.

Grit is that passionate, perseverance-stuff that enables us to overcome obstacles that are on our path to success.

The antonyms of “radical” are middle-of-the-road, traditional, conventional.

If we want to enjoy radical health at age 84; if we want to be power walking instead of sitting in a wheelchair; if we want to be addiction-free, disease-free, and medication-free instead of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, depression, and the many adverse side effects of toxic drugs . . . then we have to be radical now.

We can’t be making middle-of-the-road decisions if we want to be living well at age 84.


“If we eat the same foods that most Americans eat, we will get the same diseases that most Americans get.”

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.


Last night, I attended a local, Celebrate Recovery support group in order to be in community with others. Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness. It is an opportunity to receive prayer and assistance in order to mend the lapses in judgment before they turn into major relapses and setbacks.

Let’s all continue to do whatever it may take in order to live disease-free in our older years.

How about you? Has your resolve weakened from subtle compromises? What practical step(s) will help you get back on track?


Related topics for more encouragement:

Let’s Set the Record Straight

Why a Plant Based Diet Doesn’t Work for Some People

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