im in the Food Addicts in Recovery program here in the east coast. I started almost 10 months ago & have lost a little over 60lbs.
I like the support & really like weighing/measuring my food. I'm almost at maintenance now. The problem I have with the program is the variance of food plans based on a sponsors experience. For instance, I can't have nuts or brown rice cakes or any dried fruit because my sponsor's sponsor's sponsor found those addictive. when I ask about it they respond with "why is (insert food item here) so important to you? It's not that it's important to me, I just know that I would be able to eat them within my food plan (and have!) without breaking or causing cravings. This seems to be a BIG Barrier for me in program- not so much the food as is the "my sponsor finds this addictive so you can't have it" mentality.
I was overweight for sure but I never binged on any particular item. I grazed/starved myself & ate at night. now all those habits & cravings are gone (one day at a time!) and my abstinence is so important to me that I don't want to jeopardize it by leaving FA but I feel like I want more freedom in my abstinent food based on my own experiences & not someone else's binges.
on a side note, my food is so beautiful, yummy & abstinebt that some people who have extremely simple food plans (one vegetable at a time, no seasonings, etc) think it's not abstinent, but it's ok with my sponsor. She actually asks me for recipes! The food is simple to me because I would good a lot before anyway- slaving away at the stove...but now, my food is so clean, so abstinent & I no longer Slave in the kitchen. Bonus!