Here are a couple of posts with some thoughts on early abstinence and recovery. They are adapted from answers given by Outreach Members in FAA's Online Support to newcomers to FAA. If you have any questions about getting abstinent, staying abstinent, or working the FAA program of recovery, please either reply to this post or start a new thread with the question. Welcome to FAA!
"Congratulations on three days of abstinence from sugar! You didn't mention flour or wheat, but in FAA we learned that as food addicts we have an addictive response to any form of flour or wheat (in addition to any form of sugar). FAA offers a suggested food plan that allows the toxic substances (for food addicts) of sugar, flour, and wheat to be completely removed from our bodies. We consult the list called 99 Names of Sugar to make sure we're not ingesting anything (sugar/flour/wheat) that acts as sugar in the food addict's body.
FAA food plan and the 99 Names of Sugar:
"A good way to stay focused is to start applying the recovery slogan One Day at a Time.
Just for today, I can take care of myself. I can prepare my abstinent food and eat it according to the time schedule I learned about in the Guide to Abstinence. The Guide to Abstinence is where the FAA food plan can be found. The information in the Guide to Abstinence supplements the food plan. It has lots of tips and also has the list of sugar/flour/wheat. To see it, follow this link:
Just for today, I can do some recovery actions. Suggestions of possible recovery actions to take can be found in the Tools for Recovery, pages 287-290 of the FAA Green Book.
Just for today, I choose abstinence from s/f/w over the insanity of active food addiction.
Just for today, I don't look for a way out, thinking I can always come back. There are no guarantees that the disease will allow me to come back after a relapse.
Just for today, I completely surrender to my powerlessness over sugar, flour, and wheat. I admit to myself that because of being in active food addiction, my life had become unmanageable.
Just for today, I will not eat sugar, flour or wheat in any form. Just for today."
If you have not received your literature yet, there are some writings on the literature in two of the other forums here in Online Support that you can read for inspiration. The forums are FAA's 12 Steps and FAA Literature (links below). Also here is a link for the area in the FAA Store that has literature specifically for newcomers.
Best wishes, and keep coming back!