Unlike other addictions, one cannot just abstain. An alcoholic achieves sobriety by staying completely away from booze. The recovering drug addict stays away from drugs -- but a person suffering from disordered eating cannot simply stay away from food.
We must reimagine our relationship with food, so it is our fuel rather than our focus. In other words: eating to live rather than living to eat.
Hope, Help & Healing for Eating Disorders, by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, is a helpful resource for pastors, counselors and friends of those struggling with food issues, and is a good tool for someone to begin the journey towards emotional healing.
"Food is meant to be your ally, meant to strengthen and sustain you;," notes Dr. Jantz, "it was never meant to be your enemy, your lover, your friend, or whatever you substitute it for."
(a complimentary issue of the book was provided to me by Waterbrook Press for review on this blog.)