This morning, as I sit down to write today’s entry for this blog, I see in “hindsight,” as they call it, just what good might be coming from having “gone off the deep end” over the last four days. I can see that in this condition, I can write to you out of the midst of the hellish experience it is to be hung over from a major refined carbohydrate binge. For me as a food addict, eating like I have the last few days is the equivalent of an alcoholic or drug addict going off the deep end and trying to drown themselves. To use a scriptural phrase, it’s 100% exactly the equivalent of being “drunken [but] not with wine.” Those words are taken from Isaiah 29:9 in the Old Testament. I would invite you to turn to them and read not only verse 9, but 8 also. It is chillingly familiar—at least to me—to note how in verse 8 Isaiah uses figurative (symbolic) language that a food addict can identify with immediately: a hungry person who eats in a dream and then awakes and is still hungry.
No matter how much such a person eats it is never enough. This is exactly what I feel like. It is what it feels like to have developed an addiction toward certain kinds of food or ways of eating (binging, eating in secret, etc.) In fact, that kind of eating just triggers the insane need to eat more, and then more, and then more . . . It is very much like having an itch that gets worse the more you scratch it until by your efforts to satisfy the urge you have created an open wound.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you feel like you’re starting out at the bottom of a mountain trail, or at the bottom of a deep abyss, I’m right there with you. I’m going to be writing to you from inside a mutual climb out of the insanity and slavery or bondage of eating addiction. Life has brought me back to the beginning, one last time. At 62, I know this needs to be–in fact must be–my last time up the mountain. I’m excited for the journey. I’ve been along this path before–treating my unhealthy eating as an addiction–and I know beyond a doubt it leads into a brighter and brighter reality–not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.