Celebrating 25 years of food addiction treatment and recovery!

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ National Cookbook Month!

October is National Cookbook Month and we’re celebrating by announcing that we will be publishing a SHiFT – Recovery by Acorn Cookbook in November! All proceeds from the cookbook will go to benefit the SHiFT Scholarship Fund to help food addicts find recovery.

In addition to purchasing a cookbook when it’s available, you can help by contributing an abstinent recipe. The recipe must follow the Acorn Food Plan and we will give credit to anyone who shares a recipe.

We are super excited about this project and believe that it will help many food addicts to sustain and find recovery. Enjoying your food in recovery is important for long-term abstinence.  The recipes in this book will help recovering food addicts to experience variety while still following a nonaddictive food plan.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please email it to contact@foodaddiction.com.

Thank you in advance for helping still-suffering food addicts to find recovery.

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ SHiFT Miracles!

I’m thinking about miracles this week!  With our Acorn Intensive in Florida staring on October 11 and the one in Vancouver just recently over, I’ve been even more aware than usual of the miracles that happen in early recovery. I am truly honored to see miracles every day but they are especially obvious when I watch how much food addicts change during our week-long programs.

For example, the biggest miracle most food addicts experience when they come to our Intensives is a profound sense of relief. With all of the confusing information about weight loss out there, they believe they are weak and lacking willpower. It’s an enormous relief for them to discover that there’s a physical reason for the overwhelming desire to eat they experience.

Along with this, another miracle we see is genuine gratitude that there is a solution to this life-long issue. Usually by the time they come to us, most food addicts have tried too many weight-loss programs for them to even remember. They are completely defeated and have given up all hope of ever having a different life.  Our program is the last chance and for some, the last option before taking drastic action to end their lives.

To see people who once had no hope whatsoever SHiFT into genuine joy and gratitude is the greatest miracle I have ever experienced. This SHiFT into Sobriety, Hope, Freedom, and Transformation is usually profound and swift.

Take a few minutes today to think about the miracles in your life.  I know you won’t be sorry you did!

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ Let’s Dance!!!

Photo courtesy of American Dance Movement

Let’s get moving!!! Tomorrow is National Dance Day!  This annual celebration, dedicated to dance, is sponsored by the American Dance Movement an organization that “believes participation in dance connects the mind and body, promotes health and well-being, connects us with others and enables us to find joy through dance and movement.”

For food addicts, finding joy through movement of any kind is a true miracle. Before recovery, most food addicts had limited mobility. In recovery, however, all of that changes. Where once climbing a flight of stairs was a challenge, now so much more is possible.

Have you always wanted to dance but are afraid of what people will think or what you’ll look like? Take a risk. If it feels safer, go into a room by yourself and shut the blinds then put on some music and move your body in a way that feels good. It doesn’t have to be perfect or look beautiful. This is about appreciating your body exactly the way that it is.

Photo courtesy of American Dance Movement

Even more important, it’s worth thinking about how amazing the human body is. We regularly see food addicts who once weighed over 300 pounds now restored to total health and fitness after following a food plan for a sustained period of time. Think about where you came from and where you are now.  Doesn’t your body deserve appreciation and gratitude for getting you through all of those years while you were in your addiction?

Take some time tomorrow and celebrate your body!

Dance!  Dance!  Dance!

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ National Sober Day!

Tomorrow is National Sober Day and we’re proud to take part in “celebrating the sober life and bringing awareness to addiction.”  For food addicts, sobriety is often called abstinence but the meaning is the same – abstaining from addictive substances.  Food addiction is just like drug and alcohol addiction. Addiction happens when the body has become biochemically dependent on a particular substance and needs that substance in order to function “normally.”

As with all addictions, food addiction is a brain disease. For food addicts, changing what and how we eat takes much more than good intentions, strong will, or even therapy. Once a person is addicted to certain foods, those foods actually change the brain in ways that make abstaining from them very difficult — even for those who desperately want to stop.

In the case of food addiction, the body has become dependent on certain foods or eating behaviors. The most common addictive foods are sugar, flour, high fat, high salt, certain grains, or a combination of these. The most common addictive eating behaviors are bingeing, purging, grazing, and volume eating.

At SHiFT, we know that it’s possible to become and remain sober and abstinent.  We’ve helped thousands of food addicts find recovery and watched with great joy as their lives SHiFTed from hopelessness into Sobriety, Hope, Freedom and Transformation.

The best way to celebrate National Sober Day tomorrow is to stay or become abstinent.  One day leads to another which turns into long-term sobriety.   And that is certainly something worth celebrating!

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ We’re Celebrating National Recovery Month!

It’s National Recovery Month and we’re celebrating! The event, is designed “to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.”

At SHiFT, we understand how important joining together in recovery is and we work hard to support food addiction recovery for everyone. On Saturday, we’ll be at Recovery Day in New Westminster, BC (6th Street & 6th Avenue) providing information about food addiction. We hope you can stop by and see us.

In addition to this, there are several ways that you can receive regular free food addiction support and inspiration from us.

To begin, in addition to this weekly blog, and as a service to all food addicts and those interested in learning about food addiction, we maintain a Facebook page where we post inspirational memes, informative articles, and helpful personal stories twice daily.  You can like us here –

We also publish a free bi-monthly email newsletter that provides information about food addiction recovery including an abstinent recipe in each issue.  You can subscribe to that at our website – https://foodaddiction.com.

Also at our website, we provide information about food addiction, personal stories and testimonials from food addicts in recovery as well as resources for additional information. There’s also a quiz to help you find out if you’re a food addict.

In addition to these free services, we also offer self-paid programs including our 5 week food addiction treatment program. This program includes the Acorn Intensive, a powerful 6-day residential program, followed by 30 days of home-based aftercare.  We also offer 3 Days with SHiFT weekend recharge programs for you to deepen your recovery as you progress.

It is our honor to help food addicts with recovery and we hope that you find these services helpful.  Take time this month to begin or strengthen your food addiction recovery and let us know if we can help.

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda – “Opt Out? You Bet!”

As many people are looking forward to a three-day weekend, some food addicts are dreading attending food-centered picnics and events. Newly-recovered food addicts and even those who have been in recovery for years, can sometimes be reluctant to attend events where there is a lot of food. This is normal and understandable.

Oftentimes food addicts can get so caught up in trying to please everyone else that they forget to stop and think about what they need. It’s okay to opt out of a holiday picnic or event where they’ll be a lot of food. It’s perfectly acceptable to choose a less-food centered way to celebrate the upcoming holiday such as going to the beach, spending time in nature or going for a hike. And, it’s even okay to decide not to recognize the holiday at all.

Opting out of gatherings that have the potential to trigger a relapse is not only a smart thing to do, it’s necessary for long-term recovery. At times, certain holidays or people can cause deep emotional reactions or extreme stress due to family dynamics or old behavior patterns that trigger binge behaviors. As recovering food addicts, it’s important to avoid people, places and things that are associated with overeating, addictive habits.

The important thing is for the decision to be based on healthy, recovery actions rather than obligation. In other words, it’s important for each food addict to figure out his or her needs and honor them. For some, attending holiday events is okay as long as they pack their own abstinent meal. For others, spending the time in a different way doing something they like will work better. Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy the day!