It's a fair question that comes up shortly after you put down your drug-of-choice. Without something to take the edge off, life becomes dull, dreary, depressing.
According to the textbook of Alcoholics Anonymous, people drink because they like the effect produced by alcohol. And they feel "restless, irritable, and discontent" when they try to quit.
I know that was true for me. Food was my fun. My entertainment. My hiding place. My comforter. There was nothing wrong with me a Snickers wouldn't cure.
My first diet in elementary school opened a lifetime of high-highs and low-lows associated with the punishment and rewards of dieting. Spending your life trying to fix something that isn't broken is crazy-making. And NO fun.
For those of you who struggle with food, compulsive overeating, chronic dieting, or other eating disorders, there is a support group (closed to passers-by) on Facebookgroups/dreamsnotdrama where I hang out in my off hours.
It is how I stay sane and sober with a hectic travel schedule.
You can too!
Kim Halsey is a Human Resource professional, author, speaker, and Executive Coach certified in multiple disciplines to help people overcome life damaging habits and restore family relationships.