April P. from Vancouver, BC, Canada attended her first ACORN Intensive (Primary Intensive) earlier this month in Vancouver. She tells us about her experience here. Thank you, April, for sharing your story!
After 3.5 years in a 12-Step fellowship for compulsive eating, I have not experienced a change sufficient enough to achieve and maintain abstinence. In that time, my disease has continued to progress. I have lost all joy in food, and I have lost all control. In my desperation, I surrendered to seeking more structure and support: I signed up for my first ACORN Primary Intensive.
The program ran from March 8-13, 2019, and although six days is a relatively short amount of time to be in treatment, I had no idea that the time spent here would have such a positive impact on my life.
Hi. I’m Emily. I normally would say “and I’m a food addict” as part of this introduction, but sitting here writing this right now as I am laying on my bed…I truly forget if I am or not. I feel scared as I write that statement. Why is this? Well, about two months ago I wrote another article with all of the background information on my disease and I explained very clearly why I am a food addict, click the link to that article: https://foodaddiction.com/how-do-i-know-if-i-am-addicted-emilys-story-10-off-november-27-dec-2-intensive/. But today, I actually am unsure if I am or not. So why is this all relevant? It is the main reason why in a couple of days I am re-entering an ACORN Primary Intensive event. I picked up the food last week. I have been in relapse for about a week and I am in strong denial once again about my disease.
It was January of 2015. I was morbidly obese, incredibly depressed, hopeless and had no faith that anything would ever really change. I was resigned to being fat and miserable for the rest of my life. Which, as I was only 42, could be a long time, as long as my obesity related health concerns didn’t kill me sooner which was highly probable. (more…)
Happy 2019!…Wishing everyone 365 days of abstinence and inner peace one day at a time.
Want to start this year full of peace, serenity and abstinence? (yes, please!). Check out the 5 reasons to attend a Acorn Intensive below and then register for one of our upcoming events. What a huge gift you would be giving yourself, your friends and your family. (more…)
1) Food Plan = Are you confused about what to eat? Have you visited multiple nutritionists and questioned yourself unable to follow the plan they give you? Are you eating uncontrollably and feel absolutely no sense of ‘willpower’ around the food? Have you been to a “food” 12 Step program and hear people talk about abstinence? What is abstinence anyway? There is a solution. Attendance at the Acorn Intensive guarantees that you will leave with a food plan that’s personal to you, that’s easy to understand, that will ensure you reach a healthy body weight, that includes specific guidance and clarity around what to eat on a daily basis and an understanding of what abstinence truly means. Doesn’t this sound freeing? (more…)
Do you need help with out of control eating or with the inability to stop eating certain foods once you’ve started? Do you spend way too much time focusing on what you’re going to eat, what you’re not going to eat or what your body weight is? Do you often have the thought, “what is wrong with me, why can’t I stop eating”? We at SHiFT all asked ourselves these questions over and over for years! Finally, we got an answer and we want to share it with you!! Actually, it is our mission at SHiFT to share all we have learned with as many people as possible so people don’t have to suffer with the relentless food/eating/body obsession that plagues millions of us.
Based on the above questions and our own personal experiences with food dependency we created, the Acorn Intensive over 25 years ago and since have supported thousands of people up and out of the depths of this brutal disorder.
The goal of the Acorn Intensive is for people to walk away with a personal food plan and a structured path for long term recovery. The 7 days will include education on what food addiction really is, what the most common addictive food ingredients are, what the difference between an eating disorder, food addiction and a “normal” eater who is struggling with weight issues is and why it can be so hard to change our eating habits. It will include several process groups daily where individuals can share their stories and gain support from others that are struggling with the same issues. Having eating and weight issues causes deep shame for many of us so to be actually sitting in a room with others who are literally sharing “our” story can be incredibly liberating and freeing.
During the 7 days participants will be introduced to a food plan that has worked for thousands of people to reach a healthy body weight, stop food obsessions, be free of cravings and finally end the war with food. Participants will work with staff to create a food plan that supports their personal long-term recovery.
The program takes place in a cozy home in a residential neighborhood. During the event we have delicious home cooked meals, go on walks around the neighborhood and enjoy much laughter, joy and tears. This program has literally saved hundreds of lives and we are passionate and dedicated to each participants long term success.
Whether you know you are a food addict or not, whether you are over -weight, under-weight or a “normal weight, whether you’re in relapse or just starting on this recovery journey we can help. If food and eating has become your master we understand and we can help.