Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ Sponsors & Committing Food

As part of a 12 Step Program, a food sponsor is usually another food addict who is abstinent themselves. They are a guide in defining a surrendered food plan. Equally important, they can offer structure and support in the day-to-day practice of surrendering to the plan. One simple common process generally works like this:

  1. Write down your food for the day specifically, before eating
  2. Read your committed foods for the day to your sponsor
  3. Go to any length to keep your commitment (checking back with your sponsor if a problem arises)
  4. Be rigorously honest with your sponsor about whether or not you kept your commitment, after you eat your meals.

As with other aspects of abstinence, there are many variations in practice. Some begin by just committing “bottom lines.” Some people just write their food down and don’t commit it. Some begin committing specifically, but later commit generically. Some write their food down and check in with a sponsor afterwards in order to be accountable. It is useful information, though, that a majority of food addicts with long term abstinence commit their food very specifically on a daily basis to a sponsor.

Committing your food to a sponsor has many advantages. First, it means that we are not trying to deal with our food alone. For food addicts, not dealing with our food alone makes a lot of sense.

Second, the process of committing our food and keeping our commitment builds a whole new set of habits and attitudes over time. In the planning, preparing, eating and cleaning up after our meals there are dozens of small actions, many of which need to be changed over time.

Third, the simple act of not making decisions about our food by ourselves is, for the food addicts, one of the best ways to practice surrender. Since for many of us a surrendered abstinence is the only thing that works with our food, it is always a plus to develop our spiritual muscles.

© Phil Werdell, M.A.


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Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~All About Food Plans

Diets vs. Food Plan

In the long term, diets do not work for people struggling with food, but we still need a way to give structure and support to our physical recovery. Since we have become powerless over food, a food plan must be used in a spiritual context. Thus, a food plan is a spiritual tool; it is an instrument for implementing “surrendered” food abstinence. 

Everyone’s nutritional requirements are subtly different, but there are general principles and patterns which work for most people. When the food addict is looking for an effective food plan, the situation is similar. Every food addict must look to his or her own food history and be rigorously honest about what has worked and what has not worked. Each of us must check out for ourselves whether a particular food plan works for us in practice. Yet there are principles and patterns which have developed in our collective experience and these provide a helpful guide to food addicts wanting to choose the best food plan for their recovery program.

Why Use the Term “Food Plan”?

Since most of us have been unable to eat or diet like normal eaters, we choose not to use the word “diet”. To us, diets mean something we can follow by reason and will power alone. We have come to accept that we cannot manage our food by self-control alone. Willpower failed us utterly, so we surrender to our powerlessness over food. The purpose of the food plan is to make this surrender more specific.

Few food addicts chose a food plan because this is always the way they want to eat the rest of their life. Rather, we chose to surrender to a specific food plan because we have surrendered to the fact that we are powerless over food. There is real choice in deciding to use a food plan and what specific plan to use, but the first and most important decision is choosing to use a food plan – and practice surrendering to it – that works for the specific ways we are addicted to food.

There are some choices which are not available to each of us.

Most abstinent food addicts have an abundance of choice regarding what they eat. There are over two hundred different foods in most grocery stores, and only a handful are foods most of us find addictive. However, there is no choice about which food plans or principle will work and which will not. If you are addicted to a specific food, for example, it is not likely you will be able to include this food in your plan and have an abstinence that works.

Most food addicts would like to be able to eat everything they want, exactly the way that they want, and suffer no consequences. Most of us would like to eat like normal eaters, but this choice is simply not available to us if we also want recovery. There is no such thing as surrendered food abstinence without giving up foods and ways of eating that your disease has long been wanting dearly.

© Phil Werdell, M.A.


If you are looking to start a food plan for yourself, you can reach out to us at and ask any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you can book a Free 30-Minute Consultation with Amanda, who can help guide you in the right direction.

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ Jumping January


By this point, you have probably seen our #JumpingJanuary hashtag going around and might be wondering to yourself what is Jumping January all about?


Jumping January is a dual-purpose theme. 


We all know the phrase “New Year, New Me.” While we absolutely do celebrate the notion behind using the turn of the new year to reflect internally and set goals for ourselves, we didn’t want to be exclusive to those kick starting their recovery.

Jumping January aims to celebrate those who are brand new to their recovery journey, jumping back into their recovery, while also acknowledging those who have been going steady and are reaffirming their existing program and direction. Starting your path to recovery is tough; staying in recovery is also tough and we want to express our admiration for both equally. It’s never too late to make the jump (no matter how large) and start towards your recovery one step at a time. It’s also never too late to jump your program up to another level.


What are some ways you can “Jump” this January?


Plan ahead – Commit your food daily.

Incorporate daily movement into your routine – Stretch, go for a walk.

Practice self care – Read a book, get sufficient rest, meditate.

Increase support – Call your sponsor, join support groups & programs, ask for help.


Whether you are taking the first step on your path to recovery, or jumping things up to the next level, Jumping January is all about reaffirming your commitment to recovery, putting systems in place, and creating routine to ensure that you have a happy and healthy year.


What are you doing to jump this January?

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ Find Your Food Freedom

As we are starting up our new Cohort of our Food Freedom Program on January 18th, we felt it would be helpful to do a brief overview of what you can expect from the course!

Food Freedom is our new self paced, online program. The program has been designed so that you can work on your struggle with food in the privacy of your own home, while still getting a step by step program with the unprecedented experience and support from the SHiFT team.  

The program helps you identify and eliminate the foods that specifically trigger your obsessions and overeating. We work towards eliminating them while maintaining a balanced and satisfying way of eating that offers the freedom and control you have always been looking for, as well as balancing your body and mind connection.

It gets you out of the diet culture cycle and into sustainable food recovery. This program is a lifestyle change that doesn’t have an end date and guides you through changing your relationship with food so you can thrive in the food recovery culture.

The SHiFT Food Freedom Program is not a diet.  A diet is something you do for a certain period of time before returning to your regular eating habits. Food Freedom is a way of life. It is not something you begin then stop after a certain period of time. In order to experience true food freedom, you’ll work to create a food plan that you can live with for the rest of your life one day at a time. The SHiFT Food Freedom Program will guide you in understanding the reasons why you eat the way you do, identifying the type of eater you are, creating a program that works to support your needs, developing ways to remove the obstacles that get in the way of losing weight, and setting up healthy habits that will last a lifetime.  These things are very different from a traditional “pay and weigh” program where you are given a diet and told to follow it.

In the program you can expect:

Coaching Videos


Food Plans

A Supportive Online Community

SHiFT Team Support

And Weekly Coaching Calls


If you would like to participate in the Food Freedom Program, click below to register before January 18th and receive $150 off your program!


Register Here

Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ 2020: The Year Of Adversity


What’s one thing that you learned in 2020?


2020 was a year full of growth and learning for me. It reminded me how important acceptance and flexibility are.

It forced us at SHiFT to rapidly pivot our business and change the way we deliver our programs and services entirely. None of this was easy, and yet as a team we pulled through and will be stronger going forward as a result. Adversity is nothing new for those of us in recovery though, all of us fight our own battles everyday.

At SHiFT, we are a purpose-driven company, and that purpose is to support people up and out of the depths of food addiction into food freedom. Over the last 26 years we have helped thousands of people do just that and we are immensely dedicated to continue this ground breaking work in 2021, all while tackling whatever new challenges life throws at us.

We continue to believe we are building something special here together with you at SHiFT, and thank each and every one of you for having the courage to let us into your recovery journey. We see you all as members of our family, and strive to have you reciprocate that same sentiment.

We  are excited about the new year and look forward to being in recovery with you, one day at a time. I wish you all much peace, joy and abstinence in 2021. Should you need any help or support, you know where to find us 🙂

Here’s to a beautiful and unique 2021, whatever it ends up looking like.

Happy New Year,


Sharing SHiFTs by Amanda ~ Get Ready For The Holidays!

The holidays are right around the corner! I’m not sure about you, but it feels like they crept up so fast this year. No matter how you plan on celebrating the holidays this year, you deserve to be abstinent. That being said, we have provided you with a tasty abstinent Turkey Dinner recipe below.

Remember, no gravy or stuffing**

Holiday Dinner:

Roast Turkey (Butterball tied turkey breast roast in freezer) 

 (0.33lb raw equals approx. 4oz cooked)

Take turkey out of plastic packaging; keep the string wrapped around the turkey.

Throw the gravy mixture away.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.

Place in a crock pot. 2 roasts can go into one crock pot.

Fill your crock pot with chicken broth until it covers about half the turkey. Turn on high and cook for approximately 5 hours. Don’t want to cook much longer as it will dry out. Slice and serve.


Roasted Baby Potatoes 

Serving size – weigh out 6oz raw for every 4oz cooked needed

Heat oven to 375

Cut baby potatoes in half.

Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Place in a single layer on foil & sprayed cookie sheet.


Bake for approx. 45 – 60mins.


Carrot & Turnip Mash

Serving size – weigh out 6oz raw for every 4oz cooked needed

Peel all veg and cut into chunks.

Cut approx. same size so cooks evenly.

Put all in a steamer and steam until soft.

Save the water and use as liquid when mashing.

Mash all together with leftover liquid, salt & pepper.

You can also use veggie or chicken broth as liquid.


Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

(2lbs uncooked makes about 20oz cooked)

  • 2lbs brussels sprouts quartered
  • Olive oil spray
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt

Heat oven to 400.

Place quartered brussels sprouts in a large bowl.

Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. 


Bake for 20 – 30mins. 

If you prefer crispier, bake longer.


We hope you enjoy this meal should you choose to try it. If you like these recipes, here’s a reminder that you can order our Abstinent Cookbook Here which includes this recipe and many more!


Have a lovely holiday, however you are spending it! From the entire SHiFT Recovery family to you, we wish you and your family health and happiness during this special time.