Celebrating 25 years of food addiction treatment and recovery!

ASK ME ANYTHING!

 

 

Join me and world renowned food addiction expert Phil Werdell on Thursday Sept 6 at 7pm EST for a chat about all things food addiction.

Got questions about:

  • Why you can’t stop eating
  • How I lost 140+ pounds and am off all diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure medications
  • What is food addiction
  • How do I know if I’m a food addict
  • What’s the solution and how do I stop my crazy eating behaviours
  • What’s the upcoming 5 Day retreat in San Diego all about

Join us and ask us anything! For more information you can email me directly at aleith@foodaddiction.com and to get  the link for the calls please email rmccumber@foodaddiction.com.

There is no cost to you and best of all, you will receive a 10% discount towards your first ACORN event.

 

 

REMINDER 7:00 PM EST. TODAY: Don’t miss session “2” of the Q & A with Phil and Amanda! 

Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. EST.  Session 2 Q & A with Phil and Amanda (click the highlighted link below to join us)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/7776123099
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,7776123099#  or +16468769923,,7776123099#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 777 612 3099
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/cmziYAOkt

Thank you and I hope you will join us for one or both of the sessions!

Please, forward to anyone you think may be interested in either of the sessions!

5-Day Food Addiction Retreat comes to San Diego

“Summer freedom” – I’m not sure if prior to my recovery I would have included those two words in the same sentence and really meant them.

Summer means sunshine, warmth, outdoor fun, beautiful flowers filling the air with exquisite scents, daylight lasting until after 9 p.m., swim suits, shorts and tank tops.  For me, before recovery, my “summer freedom” equaled profuse sweating, with perspiration rolling down my neck and face and my hair sticking to my forehead–a very sexy look!  Added to that was an uncomfortable heat rash, meaning major chafing between my legs and under my stomach roll … painful, and often smelly, not to mention amusing!  When I thought no one was looking, I walked as if a beach ball were stuffed between my legs so my thighs wouldn’t rub together and exacerbate the rash. “Summer freedom” also meant avoiding the beach and pools at all costs–or going only when I was basically the only other human being there because if people saw me in my bathing suit, they would know I was overweight (Ummm, I think it was pretty obvious fully clothed, Amanda). “Summer freedom” also meant lying to my friends when they invited me to places like the beach. It meant camping, which I actually really enjoyed until the sadness crept in, mainly because camping included eating junk food all day and night. As the rest of the world became excited and energized, connecting with others in the picturesque outdoors, I stood on the sidelines watching–sad, lonely, and ashamed–and all the while desperately trying to portray that all was good and that my life was great.

The truth was my life was far from great as I was tethered to my obsession with food, body and weight. No, freedom was not a word I would use to describe my life, and certainly not a word I would use to describe summer.

Today “freedom” is exactly the word I would use to describe the feelings I’ve been experiencing this summer. I have the “freedom” to take my niece, Georgia, hiking up Grouse Mountain and know that when she gets tired and “can’t walk anymore,” as is almost a guarantee with any four-year-old, I have the ability to hoist her onto my shoulders and keep going. (I know Georgia doesn’t look too impressed in this picture, but I promise we had a super fun day–this was just after her dramatic experience of “being cold, wanting to go home, and not being able to take one more step,” which was followed two minutes later by her “having so much fun!”)

 

I have the freedom to hop on my bike with my Dad and go for a spin around beautiful Vancouver.

 

 

 

And I’ve saved the best for last:  I have the freedom to snuggle with my niece and feel the pure contentment, peace and utter joy that this little human being is in my life. Yes, I could have done this before, as well as all the other things listed above.  However, they would have been far more physically challenging–I didn’t really have a lap that my niece could sit on!  More importantly, I would not have been truly present, as my mind would have been hijacked either by obsessing over how I looked or what I was going to be able to eat next–or even more devastating, how much I hated  myself and my life!

Yes, recovery has brought me freedom to live a life beyond my wildest dreams, including all the ups, downs, and in-betweens that make up life in our magnificent world. It has allowed me to show up for my niece and for everyone else in my life in an authentic, integral way.

Today I am truly grateful that I can honestly say “summer” and “freedom” in the same sentence and know they truly fit together.


Join me in beautiful San Diego September 21-26 for five life-changing days. 

5-Day Food Addiction Retreat
Date:  September 21-26
Includes: 4 delicious, home-cooked meals a day, lodging in a beautiful San Diego home, daily yoga, and the tools needed to begin your journey of food freedom.

For more information please email me directly at aleith@foodaddiction.com or visit our website at https://foodaddiction.com/programs/events/

Q & A with Phil and Amanda Sunday, Sept 2 and Thursday, Sept 6

https://mailchi.mp/c6373a7005df/am-i-a-food-addict-1329201

Do you have questions about food addiction or the ACORN Primary Intensive?

Hello,

I would like to take a moment to welcome you to ACORN and thank you for contacting us. This MAY be your first step to Recovery!

I know you have probably received our “welcome” letter with attachments regarding the ACORN Primary Intensive© but, I would like to take this one step further to answer your questions and be sure you understand what you can expect during this lifesaving program.

We have scheduled two Question & Answer sessions with Phil Werdell (ACORN founder and facilitator) and Amanda Leith (ACORN facilitator). In this session, we will give an overview of what to expect at an ACORN Primary Intensive and leave time for your questions toward the end.

Please, let me know if you are interested in either of these dates/time as we will only take a limited number for the first session. If you have questions before the Q & A sessions, let me know and I will do my best to answer!

This session will be no cost to you and best of all you, will receive a 10% discount for your first ACORN Primary Intensive.


Sunday, September 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Session 1 Q & A with Phil and Amanda (click the highlighted link below to join us)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/7776123099
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,7776123099#  or +16468769923,,7776123099#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 777 612 3099


Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. EST.  Session 2 Q & A with Phil and Amanda (click the highlighted link below to join us)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/7776123099
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,7776123099#  or +16468769923,,7776123099#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 777 612 3099
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/cmziYAOkt


Thank you and I hope you will join us for one or both of the sessions!

Please, forward to anyone you think may be interested in either of the sessions!

Thank you,
Raynea


NEW EVENTS! NEW LOCATIONS!

September 21 – 26 ~  Primary Intensive – San Diego, CA
October 9 – 14  ~ Primary Intensive – Bradenton, FL
October 15 – 20 ~   Living In Recovery – Bradenton, FL
November 23 – 25 ~  Alumni Weekend – Codependency for Food Addicts – Vancouver, B.C.
November 27 – December 2 ~  Primary Intensive – Vancouver, B.C.
December 3 – 9 ~  Living In Recovery  – Vancouver, B.C.
January 18 – 23 ~  Primary Intensive  – Bradenton, FL
January 24 – 30 ~   Living In Recovery – Bradenton, FL
Feb 1 – 3 ~  Alumni Weekend – Bradenton, FL
Feb 8 – 13 ~  Primary Intensive – Private Group – Bradenton, FL

July is Self-Care Month/New Schedule/New Locations!

Happy July!

I hope your start to summer has been peaceful, abstinent and fun. Mine has been great. I have been in Vancouver for the last couple of weeks which has been nice….friends, family and lots of sunshine. I am heading back to Florida to facilitate our three upcoming programs; the 5-day Primary Intensive followed by a week of Living In Recovery and to wrap it up, an alumni weekend on Body Image. I am looking forward to these life-changing events and all the people who show up because they know they are worth it!

“I am worth it”…this is not something many of us say very often. For me feeling I am worth anything has been a struggle for my entire life. If I think I am worthless, it is going to be next to impossible to look after myself. July 24th is International Self-Care Day. The International Self-Care Foundation picked this day to symbolize that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7).

What the heck is self-care? I had very mixed up ideas about this throughout my life…these ideas included calling in sick to stay home binging and watching TV all day, buying myself an ice cream cone because I deserved it, missing exercise class because I was “too tired and went last week” and buying new clothes instead of using my money to go to the dentist as clothes made me “look good”. These are all warped ideas and they were the best I could come up with prior to recovery…to me, self-care used to mean doing anything I wanted and that made me “feel good”. Interesting that the theme for this year’s Self-Care Day is “Feel Good”.

“Feeling good” now comes to me very differently than it used to. The things that truly fill me up and therefore leave me feeling happy, peaceful and content now include:

  • Following through when I say I will do something
  • Rigorously eating my abstinent food plan every day
  • Walking in nature
  • Riding my bike, flying down a hill
  • Connection to my Higher Power through daily meditation and prayer
  • Playing with my 5-year old niece, Georgia ( you knew I had to get that one in there)
  • Laughing until my stomach hurts with my Mom
  • Making my bed every morning
  • Doing the dishes after each meal
  • Being compassionate to others in pain due to food addiction
  • Telling the truth

And I could go on and on…that actually surprised me. When I started writing this list I couldn’t think of much and then once I started they just kept flowing. Wow! My life is pretty amazing and I “feel good” so much more than I ever used to. Even when I am struggling (which let’s be real…is often, for the simple fact that I am a human being which means I will have challenges every day of my life) I can still feel good and look after myself. It’s actually imperative that I practice good self-care, I believe that recovery is just that…self-care and looking after myself! So these things actually are life-saving for me. What actions are life-saving for you? What makes you “feel good” and what is your personal definition of “self-care”?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

We have some amazing events coming up on the West and East coast for the remainder of 2018.

Check them out on the below or visit our website at https://www.foodaddiction.com.

Hope to see you soon,
Amanda


NEW EVENTS! NEW LOCATIONS!

August 17 – 19   3-Days with ACORN    North Hampton, NH
September 21 – 26    Primary Intensive    San Diego, CA
September 28 – 30    Alumni Retreat    San Diego, CA
October 9 – 14    Primary Intensive    Bradenton, FL
October 15 – 20     Living In Recovery    Bradenton, FL
November 30 – December 5    Primary Intensive    Vancouver, B.C.
December 6 – 12    Living In Recovery    Vancouver, B.C.
January 2019 (TBA)    Primary Intensive    Bradenton, FL


Weekly Teleconference “Nuts & Bolts”
Please join us Wednesday evenings for recovery support!

This no-cost abstinence support group is open to all. Led by Sherri Goodman, professional trainee. thereveals@frontier.com

Wednesdays at 7 pm (EST.)
Conference call-in number:

(605) 468-8002

Access Number 1014962#