One thing I learned in my recovery process is that I cannot diet. As tempting as it may be as I get older, I know that I risk slipping back into my old mentality and obsessive compulsive patterns. I eat well most days, and some days I don’t. That is all I can do. My recovery was based on spiritual principles that taught me to focus on all of the dimensions of my life not just my physical being.
Sometimes I get really annoyed that people talk so much about dieting, as if it is some kind of righteously ordained activity that makes one a better person. I understand that improving one’s diet can be a life-altering improvement for people that struggle with obesity, but there are far too many people that are merely unhappy with their body type who end up in a pattern of dieting that does more harm than good.