Independence Day Is Over…Or Is It?

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Independence Day Is Over…Or Is It?

The bunting and old glory have been put away for
another year. The fireworks are but a memory. The
marathons have been run. You had your best time ever.
The barbeque, hot dogs, potato salad, and deviled eggs
were plentiful—maybe a little too plentiful. And the
brownies seemed bigger than last year—a lot bigger.

Independence Day. It’s a time to declare yourindependence.
To reflect on the tremendous freedoms, we enjoy. And the
meals and conversations that are shared over picnic tables,
in backyards, and nearby parks. But it’s tough to share in
those special occasions when you’re battling an eating
disorder.

Somehow the words independence and freedom are far
from your thoughts. Instead, you’re caught in the day-to-day
struggle with guilt and conflict. Facing another 4th of July
with all the hots dogs, corn on the cob, and apple pie you
can eat is not your idea of fun. It’s agony! As a matter of fact,
you’re relieved it’s over. Finished. History. A piece of your
dreaded past.

But wait!  Stop for a moment. Let’s go back in time. What if?
And we know it’s a big what if…but let’s say you find yourself
with friends this Independence Day. Guilt and conflict are the
furthest things from your mind. For once you’re enjoying
yourself. Food is no longer that oppressive foe. That monster
that taunts and deceives you. The dark cloud that has kept you
from a carefree existence.

The word food has taken on a whole new meaning. Now it’s about
enjoyment and finding pleasure in sharing a meal with friends.
You’re nourishing your body. Your soul is at ease and at last food
is something you look forward to, not something you dread.

Well, what if is not as far away as you think. What if is getting the
help you need so Independence Day becomes something you
celebrate every day of the year!