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All the Drinks, All the Food

I'm starting to see parallels between my relationship with alcohol and food.

I have struggled with weight, body image, and food my entire life. I was six years old the first time I recall becoming self-conscious about my size. Over the past couple of years, I ascribed to a ketogenic diet, and it was the first time in my entire life I felt in control of food intake for more than a few months at a time. But time and self-care got away from me, and I didn't make it a priority to make on-plan foods. I subsisted on almonds and hamburgers, and my weight crept up while I became increasingly dissatisfied with my limited variety of food choices. After a few months, I decided to do a week-long fast for both spiritual and health reasons. I expected it would help my body do a "reset." At the end of it, I had lost six pounds and found myself eating well and on plan.

A week later, I had gained back all six pounds. So I decided to eat cereal. Bowl after bowl of sugary cereal with s…

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