Weight Loss Organizations

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Losing and maintaining weight is a difficult and intimately personal struggle, but it’s not one that anyone needs to go through alone. There are literally millions of people forging their own paths to their better selves, and together, they offer support, advice, and inspiration to one another.

The Twelve Steps

Most recovery programs, including many for food and weight-loss related support, are based onrepparttar Twelve Steps. Despite inherent religious references, Twelve Step groups welcome members of all faiths, or even none at all. Roughly, these steps are, followingrepparttar 149556 tradition of Compulsive Eaters Anonymous (described more below) :

1. We admitted we were powerless over food–that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over torepparttar 149557 care of God as we understood Him. 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human beingrepparttar 149558 exact nature of our wrongs. 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us andrepparttar 149559 power to carry that out. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening asrepparttar 149560 result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive eaters, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Compulsive Eaters Anonymous HOW (CEA-HOW)

For those struggling with overeating, CEA-HOW offers support and guidance to help you to end your battle with food. By adoptingrepparttar 149561 Twelve Steps, members encourage and remind one another to focus on their goals and userepparttar 149562 tools ofrepparttar 149563 group to gain strength. Focus not on negative issues, but rather on sharing recovery feedback and stories and discussingrepparttar 149564 weighing and measuring three healthy meals per day with no snacking in-between, and relies largely on a phone tree for support. They offer both in-person and online support groups with no dues or fees aroundrepparttar 149565 world. The group is self-supported through contributions. And their online meetings host chats, scheduled at various times to meet many needs. Some literature is available for free download. In all,repparttar 149566 program reaches out to focus on three main areas; spiritual, physical, emotional. More information can be found at http://www.ceahow.org .

Eating Addictions Anonymous/SANE (EAA/SANE)

Eating Addictions Anonymous helps people dealing with a wide range of body image disorders, ranging from anorexics to bulimics to compulsive overeaters and everyone in-between. They stress that a spiritual, holistic approach is absolutely necessary to overcoming this disease, and pledge, using their 12-steps, to spend each day refraining from using food as a drug-type alternative and addressing body image issues. In addition torepparttar 149567 Twelve Steps,repparttar 149568 group focuses onrepparttar 149569 SANE philosophy or method—Spiritual Surrender, Absolute Commitment, Necessary Action and Emotional Healing. There are no fees or dues. For locations near you, contact Eating Addictions Anonymous, General Service Office, PO Box 8151, Silver Spring , MD 20907-8151. USA Telephone: (202) 882-6528. For more information, visit http://www.eatingaddictionsanonymous.org .

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)

The only requirement for joining Eating Disorders Anonymous is a desire to end one’s struggle with an eating disorder. Their goal is balance, not abstinence. This self-supporting agency has no fees, dues or food plans. They invite people with disorders of all types and severity come together to find common ground and reach common goals. The group stresses that one can end an eating disorder withrepparttar 149570 right support andrepparttar 149571 right steps. Members are empowered to see past food and begin living withrepparttar 149572 ability to see and make alternate choices. Find a meeting location online or email: info@eatingdisordersanonymous.org . For more information, recovery stories downloadable at no-charge in Microsoft Word format, pdf brochures, and more, visit http://www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org .

Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA)

Food Addicts Anonymous relies onrepparttar 149573 Twelve Steps and a food plan (not a diet) to conquer addictions to food, specifically sugar, flour and wheat. Fats and high-carbohydrate refined, processed foods are also on their watch list, eliminating binging, cravings and shame. Instead, members focus on progress a single day at a time and are empowered withrepparttar 149574 understanding that being addicted to food is like a chemical dependency; as with any other drug,repparttar 149575 only way to fightrepparttar 149576 addiction is to stop ingestingrepparttar 149577 chemical. There are no special foods to buy; simple, regular grocery store food is used. There are over 150 FAA chapters aroundrepparttar 149578 world to join. For more information, meeting locations and times, chatroom meetings,repparttar 149579 Online Loop (a Yahoo email-based daily communication network) and more, visit http://www.foodaddictsanonymous.org .

Convenience Food Tips

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While it would be ideal to make all of our own snacks and meals from scratch everyday,repparttar plain and simple truth is that most of us simply don’t have that kind of time. This is where we turn to convenience foods to meet our dietary and weight loss needs. However,repparttar 149555 right convenience foods inrepparttar 149556 right amounts can easily be integrated into almost any diet.

Shop Smart - Never shop on an empty stomach. This will only make it harder for you to make choices that are in your best interests. Always be prepared with a thorough shopping list and do not divert from it. If an aisle is full of tempting goodies but has nothing on your list, simply walk right by it, instead of down it. If you see something healthy that you would like, but it’s not on your list, jot it down and add it torepparttar 149557 list next time. This will provide you with something to look forward to. Reach forrepparttar 149558 smaller bags and boxes of what you need when possible. The less food you have leftover in your kitchen translates into less temptation.

Read Labels - All convenience foods are notrepparttar 149559 same. Depending on your chosen diet, some will fit much better into your routine than others. This is why it’s important to become an informed consumer and never place anything in your grocery basket unless you’ve readrepparttar 149560 label and determined it’s in your best interests to buy it. Many snack foods come in different versions—low fat, reduced fat, low calorie, low carbohydrate, low salt, etc. Chooserepparttar 149561 variety that best fits your dieting needs.

Remember that different labels can mean entirely different things. The following list may help you discern between them:

No calorie: Less than 5 calories per serving Low calorie: Less than 40 calories per serving (or less than 120 calories per meal) Reduced calorie: 25% less calories thanrepparttar 149562 same amount of a similar food

No fat: Less than 0.5g fat per serving Low fat: Less than 3g fat per serving (less than 30% of calories from fat per meal) Low saturated fat: Less than 1g fat per serving Reduced fat: 25% less fat thanrepparttar 149563 same amount of a similar food

No cholesterol: Less than 2mg cholesterol per serving Low cholesterol: Less than 20mg cholesterol per serving Reduced cholesterol: 25% less cholesterol thanrepparttar 149564 same amount of a similar food

No salt: Less than 5mg sodium per serving Low salt: Less than 140mg sodium per serving Reduced salt: 25% less sodium thanrepparttar 149565 same amount of a similar food

No sugar: Less than 0.5g sugar per serving Low sugar: No requirements—make sure to readrepparttar 149566 label Reduced sugar: 25% less sugar thanrepparttar 149567 same amount of a similar food

As you can see, eating six servings of a no-fat food can actually total as much as 3g of fat. For someone who is severely restricting their fat intake, this can greatly hinder their progress. It’s best to be informed and make wise shopping decisions. Take charge and be responsible.

Trimrepparttar 149568 Fat - Just because a macaroni and cheese frozen dinner is oozing extra cheese doesn’t mean you have to eat it. A common sense approach to preparing and consuming convenience foods can go a long way to making them healthier. When you take a frozen meal out halfway to stir it, remove or blot away any excess oils and fats. Transfer to a real plate when finished, so you can discardrepparttar 149569 excess sauces.

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