Sunday, May 8, 2016

Jack Canfield, The 30 Day Sobriety Solution and a Private Virtual Book Club

Remember that I told you that there was a lot going on with me that I wasn't sharing on Healthy Girl's Kitchen? Well, I'm going to share with you one piece of it right now.

No, this is not a post about me "coming out" as an alcoholic. Food is and has always been my drug-of -choice.

If you are anything like me, you know exactly what to eat to lose weight, but sometimes or oftentimes, you just can't seem to make good decisions in the moment. Don't beat yourself up about it because you are not certainly not alone. This problem is happening in EPIC proportions.

A few months ago I was listening to an online summit about yoga and addiction recovery (the Recovery 2.0 Conference by Tommy Rosen) and I heard an interview with Jack Canfield. He has just published a book, with his co-author Dave Andrews, about recovery from alcohol addiction using a very unique method. Something about what he was saying during the interview really connected with me at a VERY deep level, and I jumped to get the book.

I can't get you access to that interview, but here is Jack Canfield on Rich Roll's Podcast.

Once it arrived, I literally could not put the book down. I began working the program and all of the action steps in earnest. I loved it. By the end of the program, I was completely confident that this work had the HGK stamp of approval.

The authors really impress upon the reader this idea of "thriving in sobriety." When you give up your crutch, in my case, excess food/sugar/flour/night eating, what is left to make you feel good at the end of a hard day? That's where work like this comes in. We've got to create a full and complete life for ourselves where we are thriving in food sobriety, where the joys in our lives fill us up in a way that food never even could.

Now, you've got to give up your drug of choice. That's step number one. but after that, well, how would anyone know what to do with themselves? How do you feel good again? This book fills that gap. I would say that it brings life coaching to the field of sobriety and from my experience, it's a well needed program.

Am I going to promise you that this book is the answer to all of the problems you have ever had in your life? Heck no. But what I can tell you is that for the vast majority of people, if you are not working some program to repair the stinkin' thinkin' that got you in this mess to begin with, no amount of education about nutrition is going to get you out.

And this program, it is AMAZING. I highly recommend reading the reviews of the book on Amazon.

"The 30-Day Sobriety Solution grew out of Jack Canfield’s decades-long work in self-esteem and success training. Its principles were carefully developed into a program by Dave Andrews and tested by thousands whose amazing stories of recovery are shared throughout the book. Organized into five phases that span 30-day periods, this book guides you through each day with practical exercises that, over time, allow you to more easily make positive choices again and again. “The Sobriety System” is an empowerment program that moves systematically from beliefs (including limiting ones) to feelings and emotions to concrete actions and behaviors that promote better outcomes.

Integrating neuroscience, cognitive therapy, proven tools, and teachings, The 30-Day Sobriety Solution is a clear, practical daily program that will help you achieve your goals—whether that’s getting sober or just cutting back—and create positive, permanent change in your life."

If you have already said goodbye to sugar, flour and alcohol in order to heal your brain, or you really want to, this might be a book and program that could really help you on your journey. If you'd like to do work like this but you're just not sure that you have the wherewithal to complete it on your own, I have just the thing for you.

I'm totally going out on a limb here and doing something that I have never done before . . .

because I feel so strongly about the efficacy of doing work like this as it relates to recovery.

I'm opening a private Facebook group for HGK followers who want to work this program virtually for sugar/flour/food addiction together. One action step at a time, one day at a time. I'd love to have you all in my living room, but this is the next best thing!

Action steps take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, so you want to commit to having some time in your day and space in your life to actually do the work (Monday through Friday) and then come to the Facebook group to share your work, thoughts and impressions about the step. You have to be willing to open up.

The book is obviously written for alcoholics, with references to drinking and alcohol on every page. I simply took a pencil and everywhere that alcohol or drinking was mentioned, I crossed it out and replace the word(s) with overeating, binge eating, food, sugar and flour, etc., etc. It was actually kind of a fun part of the process.

I WILL NOT BE "WORKING THIS PROGRAM" WITH OUR GROUP IN 30 DAYS. I have found that when working with a group of people, it is better to take it pretty slowly (this is also addressed by the authors who give suggestions for 60 day and 90 day paces). We will be doing one action step per day, Monday-Friday, and taking the weekends off. This means that the program will take at least 4 months to complete in this private book club style format. I love the slower pace because engaging in this type of mind work is something that I feel needs to be a part of our daily lives, so there is no harm in taking it slowly and doing this kind of work for a long period of time. When I finished the book the first time, I did it in 30 days, and I couldn't wait to start all over again. It doesn't get boring, but it is deep emotional work.

I will lead you, guide you, be your cheerleader, be an example and keep you motivated to stick with it. We will laugh together and cry together.

The cost of the guided journey with me is $199. You have to acquire your own copy of the book and commit to reading each short chapter (30 in all--so that's one short chapter read every 3-5 days) and to doing one short exercise ("action step") per day.

If you are interested in participating in my guided journey through the 30 Day action steps, please send an e-mail to a.s.a.p. with the words "30 Day" in the subject line.

The tentative start date for the book club is June 1st, so you have plenty of time to acquire the book and read the introduction and first chapter.

You can see what people are saying about the program here on amazon and purchase the book:

Since I've never done anything like this before, and I have absolutely no idea what the response from you guys is going to be, I reserve the right to limit the number of participants if I feel like it's too many. So if you are interested in going deeper into what it really takes to recover, please don't hesitate to reach out to me immediately.
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