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So far Sandra Elia has created 16 blog entries.

Food is not the problem

Most food addicts, including myself, think that my only issue is food. It was hard for me to recognize that I was maladapted to life. I used food as my only coping mechanism, and every area of my life suffered. Including my relationships. It would be so easy to believe that because I was in [...]


Healthy boundaries with family

Do you have healthy boundaries with your family?   I was raised by a mom who suffered from Bio-Polar disorder and was a morbidly obese food addict. She was sick for most of my life, and her mental health issues meant I would be neglected. She told me regularly that I was responsible for taking [...]


What is the single most important relationship you will ever have in your lifetime?

What is the single most important relationship you will ever have in your lifetime? This relationship will determine the state of your health, relationships, and finances. It is often given very little attention, time or nourishment. I am talking about the relationship you have with yourself, of course! What I know for sure, is that [...]


My Story

Let me take you back to 2001: I was 29 years old and weighed 262 pounds (I am 5 feet 2 inches). It was a dark, sad, rock-bottom place. I binged 3-4 times a day. I used food as my only source of strength, comfort, and eventually, my almighty drug. Though I used tremendous amounts [...]


It all starts with Self Love

Let’s look at food. Food is a means to nourish and care for our bodies. When we carry excess weight, or obsess about what we are eating or are not eating, we are using food in an unnatural way. When using food has become a coping skill for life, this stunts our emotional maturity. We [...]


Are you a Food Addict?

Not sure if you are a Food Addict? Ask yourself the following questions from the book “The Truth About Food Addiction – Food Junkies” by Dr. Vera Tarman Have you ever wanted to stop eating and found you just couldn’t? Do you think about food or your weight constantly? Do you find yourself attempting one [...]