Since posting those beautiful words from the international program of Overeaters Anonymous, I have learned that there is a subset of OA called OA-HOW. This program offers very strong recommendations for foods to eat and foods to abstain from -recommendations which align strikingly with those of the specific carbohydrate diet used to heal the mental, physical, and emotional symptoms associated with gut and psychology syndrome. The HOW eating plan is modified for each person based on any medical requirements or other needs. Each individual develops their own daily menu based on the recommended foods and amounts, while engaging in specific reflections, writings, and other actions.
When a person starts GAPS’ Intro, I recommend eating very often, and in whatever amounts feels good to the body. Early Intro is an incredibly healing stage, and the body thrives with an infusion of nutrition as it detoxes, adjusts to new fuel sources, and repairs itself. I stand by this.
But if you have been on Full GAPS for over six months, are overeating its carbohydrate options or otherwise eating more than is actually helpful to your body or eating as a result of emotional needs, the OA-HOW program is a solid option for experiencing the benefits of an eating plan suitable for:
- healing gut and psychology syndrome;
- learning to moderate your food intake so that you are accessing sufficient nutrition without overeating;
- returning to a reliance on protein, fat, and non-starchy vegetables rather than starches;
- exploring triggers for poor eating choices;
- learning new ways to address triggers; and
- building friendships with other people eating similarly
…all within the context of donation-based meetings held worldwide live, over the phone, and over the internet!
The world renowned Dr Abram Hoffer treated many people who had been diagnosed with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia. I was one of these people. His recommendation to me twenty years ago was to avoid sugar, wheat, and anything else I came to learn I was allergic to, while also infusing my body with sufficient nutrition. He was spot on. In an Addictions post on this blog, I learned from Gerald that Dr Hoffer was a great friend of Bill W, co-founder of the original 12-Step program. From Dr Hoffer, Bill W learned about the importance of nutrition in people suffering from compulsive drinking and spent his remaining years advocating this path.
This is all linked. Dr Hoffer and Bill W knew this decades ago. Their wisdom is as fitting now as ever before.
If you feel you need more support to stay on your optimal eating program, I propose that OA-HOW is one excellent option, especially for those interested in simultaneously exploring their psychological and emotional experiences in the context of spirituality (as defined by oneself).
To find an OA HOW meeting, click here then choose OA HOW under ‘Special Topics’.
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