Sun, 28 July 2013
If you want to work a successful spiritual program and are not sure how to do it, you will really enjoy Jim’s pitch. He talks about how his doctor friend suggested the OA program and how he originally resisted it. He talks about getting a sponsor and following directions, his first spiritual experience, doing the 11th step during his daily exercise program, and much, much more. Jim believes that a food plan is a critical part of the program and that compulsive overeating is a spiritual disease and there is nothing a doctor can do to fix it. He says that he needed to get a food plan that set up a spiritual boundary between eating and compulsive over eating. He daily commits his food to both his higher power and his sponsor. He uses the 12 steps to address the chemical reaction in his brain toward food. There are no foods that he is addicted to, only foods that are triggers and he eliminates them or reduces them at once after a discussion with his sponsor. Jim has his own contract with his Higher Power and shares each and every meal with Him. He stresses how this time with his Higher Power is very important and how safe, serene, and enjoyable it is. Today is Jim’s 15th birthday in OA and he stresses that a food plan has to have spiritual content or it isn’t going to work. Happy Birthday, Jim.