Food Addicts Anonymous Review

Editor's Review: 3.7 / 5.0

What You Should Know

Click Here To See Our Highest Rated Review

Food Addicts Anonymous appears to be modeled after the traditional structure of Alcoholics Anonymous, with a similar twelve step program and recovery process. The premise behind Food Addict Anonymous is that eating disorders and obesity are often caused by food addiction. By abstaining from the “addictive” foods, one can regain control of their eating habits and drop excess pounds in the process. However, it should be noted that Food Addicts Anonymous is not touted as another weight loss program; in fact, it is available to anyone who has an issue with food, whether they are underweight, overweight or battling an eating disorder.

Food Addicts Anonymous is completely free to join, with the program supported by voluntary contributions of its members. There is plenty of information available on the FAA website, but interested persons are encouraged to find a Food Addicts Anonymous meeting in their area and connect with a sponsor at the meeting who can walk them through the abstinence process. Certain foods are treated like alcohol or other addictive substances – as things that should be avoided at all costs. These foods apparently include sugar, wheat and flour. Members are also instructed to avoid caffeinated foods, since these are also considered addictive.

Ingredients

The diet recommended by Food Addicts Anonymous is a strict one that does not include any sugar or caffeine and greatly restricts the types of grains that can be eaten. Portions must be measured, menus must be followed to the letter and ingredient lists must be carefully studied. This may turn off a number of dieters, simply because the program is complicated and time consuming, at least at the beginning. However, the focus on the program is on overcoming the food “addiction” and abstinence from these substances is to be celebrated as success.

Product Features

There is no fee to join Food Addicts Anonymous; however, it may be difficult to find a meeting location in your area. Interested persons who can’t find a meeting spot are encouraged to start one of their own or sign on for online counseling with the Food Addicts Anonymous website.

See Our Featured Diet

Advantages

  • Food Addicts Anonymous provides consistent support online and in person.
  • The program is free to join.

Disadvantages

  • Many dieters may be turned off by the rigidity of the program.
  • The plan is not specifically touted for weight loss.
  • The food program may be time consuming and complicated.

Conclusion

For those who are dealing with bigger food issues than just weight loss, Food Addicts Anonymous may provide the necessary support to help them overcome their issues. However, there are less complicated methods of weight loss that incorporate a low calorie diet and daily exercise with an effective weight loss supplement for best results. We recommend that the majority of folks interested in weight loss try one of those first before investing the time and effort into Food Addicts Anonymous.

GD Star Rating
loading...
Editor: Paul Blake

Have a comment or question about Food Addicts Anonymous?

45 User Reviews about Food Addicts Anonymous

  • 1
    Beth

    I’ve finally found it. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 5 years old. I went into eating program after eating program, counseling for an eating disorder, weight watchers, optifast, Atkins, South Beach, none of them worked in providing long-term weight loss for me. If you are a food addict, FAA is the right path for you, I promise. It doesn’t cost anything, but it is strict. If you’ve ever felt it was easier to abstain from a food completely than to eat a small portion of it, FAA is for you. There is hope and help in recovery from sugar, flour and wheat. I resisted FAA for years (while knowing I was a food addict) because I couldn’t stand the thought of giving up caffeine and sugar substitutes. Please hear me, FAA works, it can change your life. I’m 60 days in to my recovery and 20+ pounds down. It is difficult and time consuming at first, but it certainly is no worse than the continual feeling of disgust and unhappiness associated with being obese. The people of FAA want to help you be successful, it is not a cult, nor some bizarre religious sect. The participation is voluntary and costs nothing. I wish you all the best and hope you can find recovery from addiction as I have. It is incredible!

    [Reply]

  • 2
    Heidi

    I’ve been to a few FA meetings, and seen a lot of people who seem to have found it the way to lose weight and keep it off. But the whole thing reminded me of Scientology or other cults because of how much time you are expected to devote and how you have to turn over control of your health to a non-medically-qualified “sponsor.” Unlike FAA, which publishes a basic food plan to follow, FA claims they do not advocate any particular food plan except abstinence from flour and sugar. This is because the sponsor decides what you will eat, which it turns out is what that person chose to eat, which in turn is what their sponsor told them to eat. They have no use for vegetarians, who they instruct to eat meat anyway with comments like “since protein is an integral component of the food plan we just have to learn that killing animals is necessary for health.” Which is a little ridiculous to most vegetarians who tend to be healthier in general, but offensive to others who don’t kill animals for religious and/or ethical beliefs.

    I’m really happy for anyone in FA who are happy with the FA program. But a person can abstain from flour and sugar, lose weight and keep it off, and even get support from 12-step groups FAA or OA without giving over control of their life. And for many of us, whose “higher power” resides within, we can learn healthier eating habits without giving over our wills to “God” or FA.

    [Reply]

    Cyndi

    I agree with you, completely. I tried this for four months. Although I felt much better, I didn’t find it possible to live my lifestyle running around the state to make three meetings a week, and I think I should have seen a dr. Not a ding dong who had been there a few months longer than myself. I detoxes in the first few days and had no idea that would happen, I needed medical supervision, or at least a warning. Also, I have a dairy allergy and the response was decided among a couple chubbier that I should use rice milk instead. Towards the end I wanted to stare blankly and repeat take me to your leader. It felt like a cult to me. I’m quiet and because that didn’t receive much support from the group. I’m much happier with my therapist who deals in eating disorders. Ifood issues should not be about deprivation.

    [Reply]

  • 3
    Tammy

    I think some people on this thread are confusing FAA (Food Addicts Anonymous) with FA (Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous). FA is a cult in my opinion and FAA is a 12-step recovery group (all of which seem a little culty, but are far healthier than FA. FAA also has a very healthy food plan which you can find online (FA would never publish their food plan online because they’re too much into secrecy

    [Reply]

    Cyndi

    Yes, secrecy. That alone makes FA in Recovery bizarre.

    [Reply]

    Em

    FA does not publish a food plan because it is individual to each person. Nothing to do with secrecy.

    [Reply]

    Em

    PS, I am a vegetarian and there are many vegetarians and vegans in my area who are long-term FA members. Sorry to hear your experience was so bad.

    [Reply]

  • 4
    Wendy

    Do you know of any FAA groups in Vancouver area, Canada? thanks

    [Reply]

  • 5
    Dorothy

    I want to go to FAA but take public transportation and between work and pub trasptn I can’t get to 3 meetings a week. Should I not go to FAA then-will they tell me not to go unless I go to three meetings a week?

    [Reply]

  • 6
    Angelina

    I’ve been with FA for almost a month an i have lost 13lbs i do not have a sponsor yet although i am going to get one. No Flour! No sugar! although as human being i do have those moments where i want a lice of pizza or some godiva chocolates i think of diabetes and obesity.

    When I first started going i knew for sure that I wasn’t addicted to food I was just eating wrong only eating dinner and not breakfast or lunch. FA gives you structure and a plan. I thought why not since all the other alternatives weren’t working (weight loss pills and my drive to work out.. wink wink). I for one doesn’t think it takes over your life, but that’s only if you allow it to. at first i was a little intimidated but now that i see it working I’m happy. in my comment box i will put FA plan down so maybe you can follow it. and hopefully join in.

    [Reply]

    Angelina

    GET A FOOD SCALE (BED BATH AND BEYOND HAS ONE)
    BREAKFAST 6-7:30AM
    1OZ OATMEAL
    4OZ FRUIT
    8OZ PLAIN YOGURT (MOUNTAIN HIGH) you will have to get use to it. I mix my fruit with it so it taste better.

    LUNCH 11:30-1:00PM
    4OZ OF PROTEIN (MEAT) 1-2OZ CHEESE
    6OZ OF VEGETABLES
    6OZ OF SALAD(2TBLSPN OF OIL 1TBLSPN VINEGAR)

    DINNER 5-6:30
    4OZ OF PROTEIN 1-2 OZ OF CHEESE
    6OZ OF VEGETABLES
    6OZ OF SALAD (2TBLSPN OIL 1TBLSPN VINEGAR)

    [Reply]

    Laura

    This is not the food plan that my sponsor gave to me. Each sponsor gives out the plan that is given to them. So the plan is quite different depending on individual sponsor.

    [Reply]

  • 7
    Jude Roberts

    I just got home from my first FAA meeting. I lasted 2 minutes. The description of an addict, that one was allergic to wheat and sugar, just made me revolt. This is an opinion, this allergy stuff. Why make such an unsupported remark as the touchstone for your program? Not for me. Also, a male was the moderator for a roomful of women…not a good start either. Glad to cross this one off my list. Watch out if you have a particle of common sense.

    [Reply]

  • 8
    Patricia

    Please I need help restarting. Thank you, Patricia

    [Reply]

  • 9
    CAK

    I attended one meeting in my area, which I “think” was Food Addicts Anonymous, it was at a hospital. I have never been to an addiction meeting before. The ladies were all very nice and shared their stories; but. I felt like I was in a cult. The whole, “you can’t speak out during a meeting” thing, and everyone answering, “Thank you Jenny”, “thank you Lisa”, was very wierd to me and culty. But maybe that’s how an addiction group works I don’t know, and am not judging – that is just how I felt attending an addiction group for the first time. I realized through the stories of these people that I was not a food addict. I have no trouble cutting out any number of foods for any length of time, so that info helped me rule out what I was NOT. I found out I have Insulin Resistance, which my doctor said is the cause of my weight problem – excess insulin, the fat producing hormone is making me fat and without metformin, avoiding carbs, sugar and fake sugar, and alot of exercise, a diet is not the answer, addiction oriented or not. When I attended there, the group immediately tried to help me by signing me up for several AA meetings per week, because their rule was to attend 3 meetings per week. I knew at that moment it was not for me because I am very busy with family, children, a home- business, a volunteer job and also an actual job…and my husband works extended hours so I am not available to spend time on the phone with people every morning/noon/night and then spend more time with them at 3 meetings per week. I had to ask myself when I was going to get anything else done? The person I picked to sponsor me began insisting that I do what she said or I could not be in the program at all. I told her I had insulin resistance, but she was firm (polite but firm); she would not sponsor me unless I did exatly as told. I told them that before I committed, I thought it wise to see if I could even make it back to another meeting, which I have not attended since. I felt overwhelmed at their zeal in occupying me that many nights a week and felt/looked tearful at all of it. They would not tell me what was on the diet so I could not check with my doctor first to see if the diet was ok with my insulin resistance problem, and I did not think that was a sound way for me personally to approach the problem of my weight issue. Reading the above, that people have been advised to leave their other addiction groups is bad advice – if you have an addiction group that works for you, don’t leave it. When I got home, I had missed 3 hours of family time and decided not to re-attend in the future because my time is short with my family. A friend had warned me of this “nazi” motif earlier on, and I did not listen – I visited anyway, thinking she just had a “wierd” or unusual situation; she had attended and had lost weight, but had also felt very bossed around, she said her sponsor had come into her place of employment and chewed her out publically, which is highly inappropriate for anyone to do. So the “nazi” thing may be true. No one was a “nazi” to me however, but my gut feeling warned me that I was expected to do as told and felt very uncomfortable with this, and that’s another reason I felt “culty” about it, because even very over-zealous religions don’t do this to you the first moment you walk in the door (they wait til the 3rd week of attendance to start hitting you up for membership, money,volunteering, guilt, control, etc!) After I arrived home I searched for the “Food Addicts” diet and found it, and printed it out. Tried it a few days, then forgot about it due to a very busy life; I have re-discovered the print out and have stuck with it for 3 weeks. I lost about 3 pounds, and have decided that it is a very good, wholesome plan that is healthy and nutritious. I am going to give the food plan a whirl for a few months and also try to increase my exercise again. Maybe I will loose some weight without having to go on metformin. The plan says not to weigh in except monthly, so I think I should at least give the plan one month. I have opted to try to keep to it for 6 months, including through the holidays. I have a journal, and will bring it to my doctor in december. One thing in my life is, “I” HAVE to be in control, not someone else. The minute someone else controls me, I am very uncomfortable with the situation. I am glad I found a low-carb/low sugar food program that lists out all the fake sugars for me (I did not know what they were to avoid them), and have not GAINED any weight from this program; THAT’S at least a blessing to be able to eat and NOT GAIN. Now if I would just loose a few more pounds, waiting to see if this helps get off some weight; anyone else battling insulin resistance who has tried this plan out, but is NOT addicted to food/other things? p.s. to the girl who was told to skip communion, that is none of their business, why on earth would you tell them that? If your religion asks you to have communion, it’s ok to have it unless you are an alcoholic, then speak with the priest and he may be able to help you; otherwise attend a Baptist church, they serve grape juice that is non-alcoholic. If you are not an alcoholic and take communion, just follow it up with the corrct meal. If it is less than a tablespoon, and it is for a religious reason, it simply does not count. But that’s how I am, I go into the program knowing in advance that I won’t tell certain things, which I think are private and no one’s business but my own. (That’s one area I would flunk out of in confession if I were Catholic because I would not tell things I thought were no one’s business except mine/God’s.) I felt like, as was said above, that this Food Addicts club sort of was promoted to REPLACE religion – they had a book about the size of a bible which was for sale, they asked for donations, they all talked about getting closer to God, yet, to do so was to follow the program and read THEIR BOOK, and the amount of attendance per week was way MORE than church (AND I live in the BIBLE BELT, where church attendance/volunteerism/financial giving are like…..the ONLY THING PEOPLE DO, DAY AFTER BLESSED DAY! It’s easy to get sucked into a cult, even if it is a “good” cult, religion, or helpful to you. I did not want my life taken over by one group instead of another. (I had been sucked into church before, and it was a full time job!) I had really narrowed my church activities down and gotten over the ‘guilt’ laid on me for not displaying full obedience, and was not going to let another organization replace that rather negative experience, which was with the Southern Baptist Convention. Long story short? The Food PLAN itself seems decent. The people who attended were sincere and caring, but perhaps over-zealous; The non-food participation requirements were beyond my ability as a mother, wife, business owner, etc., and I have already learned that guilt tripping me does not work, so I’m immuned to all that. I made a decision to stick to the food plan religiously for 6 months and add in 30 minutes per day on my elyptical machine and some weights. We shall see what happens. To me the food plan is EASY. You can get chicken breasts, and tilapia fillets that are pre-measured in 4 oz shrink wrapped individual pieces, frozen vegetables, fresh or frozen fruit, oatmeal, and pre-cook/freeze in portion sizes your grain option, so to me, it’s as easy as microwaving a burrito; I’m not that into cooking, so I’m glad I can zap a chicken breast and a cup of green beans in the micro, and add a salad with a TBSP of olive oil and a squirt of lemon juice and be done. I don’t have time to cook and hate the clean up. For me this is easy. I hope i loose some weight on this. Thanks for listening!

    [Reply]

  • 10
    Judi

    Its saved my life I’ve been an abstaining member of FAA for over 17 yrs. Their solution of no sugar, flour and wheat works. This includes all artificial sweeteners. Addiction is the problem, don’t let dieting be the solution.

    [Reply]

    Tina

    Hi EVERYONE !
    PLEASE READ MY COMMENTS !!
    I was in FA for over 6 years and I believe it is a cult. Long term FA members are secretive about the extent to which FA will infiltrate the “newcommers” life. Sponsors do not tell newcommers what they are getting themselves into. FA preys on vulnerable people. The sponsors are often totally misguided. My sponsor was totally “hardline” and chastised me for even thinking about missing a meeting even if it was for my child’s school concert or sports carnival. This kind of crazy controlling is extremely abusive. My children suffered terribly and I still feel guilty for what I put them through. I was always preoccupied when I was in FA. I was anxious all the time. I couldn’t happily go on holidays because my whole life was spent focused on the food. FA robbed me of valuable time with my precious young children. FA poisoned my relationship with God because it spread it’s poisonous tentacles into my spiritual world. And physically it was a disaster. I was thinner than ever BUT I couldn’t concentrate because I was so hungry. Because of the hunger, I flew into rages (that’s a very dangerous thing when you are responsible for children !!!!!. Because of FA, I developed a permanent vascular constriction problem which resulted in reduced blood flow to the hands and feet due to rapid weight loss. This is known as Raynodes Syndrome and was a direct result of FA. I was dizzy due to lack of food. I had a metallic taste in my mouth due to the muscles in my body breaking down. I stopped menstruating for over 3 years.

    FA masquerades as a 12 step program but it is nothing of the sort. The truely honest “FA” members known in their hearts that really they are just blindly following a prescribed program. They are not qualified to help people with eating disorders. Basically it is a program where the “blind lead the blind”.

    Whatever you do, DON’T join FA. It is a CULT a very very DANGEROUS CULT that masquerades as a “Health Program”.
    Remember !!!! Looks can be deceiving.

    Don’t just look at the physical weight loss of members. Look what the program asks you to give up….. precious family time with your partner and children, restricted holidays, you are answerable to your sponsor’s beliefs on work choices, hours of work, where you go on holidays. And these things are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Before FA my kids used to come into bed with me and snuggle in and I had them with me. Once I joined my sponsor insisted that I meditate first thing and my kids would be banging on my bedroom door begging to have a hug. My sponsor said I wasn’t allowed to go to them and that I needed to teach not to disturb me when I was meditating for 30 minutes. Them I had to call my sponsor everyday for 15 minutes also in the morning which stole away a total of 45 minute lovely morning time with my darlings. Then there was the food restriction, the hunger, the mental torment of constantly thinking about “staying abstinent” OH YES and the FEAR of breaking ones abstinence and “GOING BACK TO DAY 1″ being shamed by the group and loosing your credibility and dignity because you may have inadvertantly slipped up or got so damned hungry that you eat something off your foodplan. I was always going to meetings !! I was away for 3 hours at a time (because of travelling time), 3 times a week.
    I can’t stress more the dangers of this program.

    [Reply]

    Tammy

    It is such a relief to have others talk about this. I can corroborate everything you say. FA is definitely a cult. I am sure there will be members who get on here to defend it and refute your assertions – I would have been one of these sad brainwashed people a few years ago. I was in the group for about 7 years and it took over my life. When I left the group I was mortified to discover that my old life had been destroyed, I had lost touch with all my old friends and I had nothing because of course once I had left other FA members didn’t want anything to do with me. They always used to say that if people left the group that they would struggle with their eating. What they didn’t say was that the struggle was directly linked to FAs teachings. Even after 4 years I find it difficult to think rationally or healthily about food – FA taught me anorexic skills (it reinforced all or nothing thinking that I had practiced before I joined and took it to a whole other level). I am gradually recovering from FA, but in the early days after it was leaving. I want to reiterate what the original poster said DO NOT JOIN THIS GROUP. It may seem good at first to become very thin (which most overweight people crave. I admit I was on a high for a long time because I never imagined I could be so thin) but in FA there is a very high price to pay for that – hunger, ill health and mental distress.

    When I left I can’t begin to tell you how upset I was that I had let someone else tell me what to do – my so-called sponsor felt that she had a right to comment on every aspect of my life (you are encouraged to tell your sponsor absolutely everything, so you end up having no private thoughts or life) including how/where/what I studied, the work I did (I saw a sponsor discourage one person from taking a job because she thought it would interfere with their recovery. She could have been correct, but it wasn’t her right to make this decision for that person). My sponsor had a hand in my relationships. She once had me choose between my “recovery” and a man I was dating. I chose my recovery at the time because I was desperate, but it was a disastrous thing to do and she should never have given me that dilemma. I noticed that quite a few people who “do well” in that program were anorexics and it was quite a revelation to me to discover that I had anorexic tendencies myself as i had never experienced that in my life.
    They also discourage people from having therapy, or attending other 12 step groups.

    I am so happy that I left that group. They encourage you to stay for life I would love to sue them because I think that they are very dangerous. However they taught me a precious lesson about how being skinny isn’t the be all and end all in life, and that my freedom is precious and that I must guard it fearlessly – I will never let anybody control me again.

    [Reply]

    eiram

    Don’t stay in contact with any of them, if they’re still in the room. They’ll turn on you. It took me a few months to re-adjust to life again, but I continue to do 12 step without FA. I found a sound sponsor in OA who knows her boundaries and if she places herself as God over my life than I will get another sponsor. It doesn’t matter what program you’re in, someone will try to run your life. You have to set your boundaries. I didn’t leave the control of the food to be controlled by another food addict. HELL TO THE NO NO NO!

    Annie

    Tammy, your post really moved me. I left the program a couple times, only to go back. And the same thing happened, in that the “friends” I had in FA stopped speaking to me after I left. Now that I’m in FA, I have some “friends” but I’m cautious. And I put a lot more time and energy into friends I have outside of FA, people who don’t even know FA exists.

    I have a sponsor, who is quite nice, but always telling me what to do, and I listen to her, but I don’t always follow her “suggestions.” For this, I feel a little guilty, but less so after reading all these responses. It has helped me a lot.

    And it does change everything about the way I see food. When I left the program, I couldn’t look at food normally again. I still can’t. It messed with my head.

    I don’t recommend this program to others. There is only one woman I told that I’m in this program and that’s because that woman is close to 350 pounds and I figure this can help her. She thought it was crazy though, and she’s right on some levels.

    Karin

    WOW to the WOW your honest sharing is much appreciated! I too experienced much darkness in FA. I stayed for almost 8 years. Professionally they should be reported as they demand anyone with Mental Illness that they go off their medication, stating that it is a mood enhancer!!!! It took a strong act of God to call me out of those rooms. “CULT?” “If not, then very very close to being one.”
    I would love to say more but have run out of time.

    Brenda

    On the other program have you lost weight and if so how long have you kept it off?

    [Reply]

    Nat

    HOLY SHIT! After hearing you say you got Raynodes Syndrome from FA I am almost convinced that’s how I got it! I have it now, and it started when I was in FA. I got 6 months abstinence in FA (Aug 2007-Feb 2008). In that time, I lost all my weight in the first two months. I wasn’t very over weight. I also lost my period. After I relapsed, I gained the weight back, but my period didn’t come back for about 3 years also! I am so glad you posted this! I am also bulmic now. I just now finished another binge/purge and got all desperate and got online looking up FA (I always think of it when I’m desperate). I can’t believe the similarities in our stories. The Raynodes Syndrome HAS to be from FA. It’s too much a coincidence. It doenst happen to me all the time, but if I’m cold, and esp if I’m cold and drinking lots of icy cold diet soda, my fingers go white/yellow and numb and even running them under warm water doesnt bring them back to life right away. It’s more amusing than anything, and sort of annoying, lol.. but ya. That happend to me. Also, I got really fixatted on being under weight after FA, and I never achieved it, I never even got as low as I was in FA, but the obsession is something in its self. Oh ya, and when in FA, I manipulated myself, and my sponsor, into letting me be underweight. I am 5foot 8.5 inches and I weighed 133lbs in FA. I don’t think that was healthy for me. I lost 20 lbs the first month, 15 the second to get to that weight. It was way too fast. I wasn’t some obese person coming in w/ a bad metablosim. I was just an over eater, w/ a pretty good metabolism. My fam and I are all thin naturally. I had only gained the weight cuz I got sober in AA and transferred addiction onto food. Anyways, these days I’m now bulmic and fresh out of my first ED treatment center. I am still bulmic but I’m trying to take what I learned in treatment and appy it now that I’m out, but it’s hard, and when I’m weak, I almost feel like I NEED the Nazi-ness of a program like FA, but then I tell myself, “No, that’s bs! You’re just struggling, but you’ll get through this in time, w/ REAL recovery models/concepts, not restriction and cult like shit” lol . Anyways, that’s my story. Thanks for sharing yours!

    [Reply]

  • 11
    Sandra

    I need help was a member before want to join again

    [Reply]

  • 12
    anon poster

    I think ‘past member’ (posted on nov 7th) is getting FAA (food addicts anonymous) and FA (Food addicts in recovery anonymous) confused. Food addicts in recovery is exactly as described, FAA is more relaxed than FA where a sponsor seems to think they can take control of your life.

    [Reply]

    tina

    The past member from Nov. 7th had been a member for two years! I’m sure she knows what’s she talking about. I know a former member and said the same thing.F.A. Took over her life.

    [Reply]

    TK

    Tina, this page is about FAA. Not FA. There are major differences between FA and FAA. They are totally different programs. FAA is a lot more laid-back. Sponsors trying to control your life is more of an FA thing, in my opinion, having been in both programs. FAA is not intended to be strict in a boot camp way, it’s intended to help the recovering addict detox completely and be craving free. In FA, even long-term members eat cereal with sugar products in them such as Uncle Sam’s cereal. That does not work for me. They do not have the awareness about the biochemical nature of food addiction. While on the FAA food plan, I have travelled internationally to 5 different countries, including 5 weeks in Europe. It’s completely doable. And by the way, I was 25. In my opinion, FAA is the most spiritual, non-judgemental yet structured food program. It does NOT feature a special food plan at the beginning to put your body in ketosis. I was in both, as I mentioned, and I lost MORE weight on MORE food in FAA in less time than I did on FA’s inital low-carbohydrate food plan. The thing I hate about FAA is what I love…it’s laid back. Nobody up in your face. And beeps and bloops on the phone meetings. But it’s my fave.

    -a veteran in NYC. LOL

    [Reply]

  • 13
    PastMember

    I was in this program for 2 years but gave it up. Sponsors are correctly refered to as Nazi’s because they control sponsees with an iron fist. You get in trouble and will be considered to have broken your abstinence for the following: not calling your sponsor in the morning, not being prepared for abstinance that morning, changing or not eating anything agreed to that morning, not eating meals 4-6 hours appart, no going to any of your e committed meeting/week, working too much, mixing food or trying to make concoctions with food. If you can live by your sponsors rules, you will loose the weight and keep it off. You will look and feel better than ever and really get to know yourself. The only thing is that they control your entire life and drove my husband crazy because I couldn’t do a lot of things because I couldn’t miss a meeting.

    [Reply]

  • 14
    timo

    Is there a difference between FA(Food Addicts) and FAA(Food Addicts Anonymous)? At a meeting last night(I’m new)a lady said there was a difference? Confused. Thanks.

    [Reply]

    April

    I have been in both and I find there are a few differences, besides the no wheat in FAA and quantities in FA They are both amazing programs, but I chose to go with FA instead. Although I’m sure there are many people with good recovery in FAA, in FA I saw a huge number of people with years and years of strong, successful recovery living their lives the way I wished mine was, and free from the obsession of food addiction. People in FA seem to focus on using the tools of the program more, making phone calls to fellows, writing, program literature, meetings, etc. and also people in FA stress living an abstinent life (including being free from all addictions, like shopping, etc) and not just on weight loss (or gain). While I saw people lose weight in both programs, it seems that every meeting I go to, whether it is in Boston, NY, California, DC, or anywhere, the rooms are filled with skinny, sane people who have kept off hundreds of pounds. Also I’m not sure how many members are in FAA but there are thousands in FA with meetings in quite a few countries. Whichever program you choose,put God first, and maybe you could pray and ask your Higher Power to guide you.

    [Reply]

  • 15
    jjk2010

    I also attended a few FAA meetings and was told to give up my sponsor and sponsees in another 12 step program that I have been in for 11 years now. I couldn’t believe it. It could be a good program but advice like this is a big turn off.

    [Reply]

    CAK

    That is TERRIBLE ADVICE. If you have success in a 12 step program and depend on it, why on earth would you stop going? I’d say to ask your 12 step program to help you with food addiction and not leave for another group.

    [Reply]

  • 16
    AMARA

    I am also in FA and have released 86 lbs in 9 months! No flour, no Sugar! Try it for 90 days and you will be hooked, by 90 I had already lost 40 lbs!

    [Reply]

    elyse

    Its hard to believe I could so this.

    [Reply]

  • 17
    dixie prather

    How can i get some clarity on which foods are okay to eat while working the F.A. food plan. PLEASE HELP THX, Dixie

    [Reply]

  • 18
    Rita Sewell

    As a recovering food addict I can report an 80 pound sustained weight loss by following the program. Abstinence from sugar flour and wheat is the foundation of the program and by removing thse addictive subatances we are freed from craving and the insanity of the disease. There is also phone support and on line support.

    [Reply]

    phyllis

    how do i find the phone support and online support. i need some help. thanks

    [Reply]

  • 19
    petrina

    I was a member I had to quit cause I was told by my sponser that I couldnt receive commuion at mass

    [Reply]

    Debra

    Petrina; Even well meaningful persons are falliable. Follow your heart.

    [Reply]

    April

    It is a difficult decision to not take communion, but when I am abstinent from flour/sugar and I am able to be present and not crazy into the food, then my relationship with God grows immensely because I am no longer worshiping/ idolizing the food instead of God.

    [Reply]

    Monica

    It’s one more example of how FA tries to replace GOD in your life; FA’s food plan is good but the 100% black-or-white, all-or-nothing thinking is inhuman. “Perfect Abstinence” is an unattainable goal and some of those hardline FA people are very harsh. I left after 1.5 years of struggle. If I could be perfectly abstinent, I wouldn’t need FA!

    [Reply]

    eiram

    Communion has nothing to do with food addiction. But that’s your choice to be led astray!

    [Reply]

    Heidi

    Communion is partaking of the body and blood of Christ, and not exactly a big gulp at that. If this seems like anything but spiritual food to FA, they are wrong.

    [Reply]

    S. Jones

    You need another sponsor. Or try Food Addicts in Recovery (FA), which allows a little more flexibility.

    [Reply]

    eiram

    No FA is worst. They’ve made themselves God in the Flesh. Well I guess it is how deep your into the food, will determine what length you go to have what they have… I do not need these asshole insanity. The whole food plan is a starvation plan. I am all for the no flour/sugar, weighted, measured blah blah, but you lose between 8-12lbs montly every month with no exercise. If you only go down 4 pounds that month than your sponsor wants to change your food plan. Is this about recovery or about weight loss. Isn’t the focus on not picking up the addictive food and not dropping exessive amount of weight. I left and now I am implementing the true program, which the AA book says to Trust God, Clean House and Be of service to others. However, the phone meetings do help when the craving arises but I will take my chance without a sponsor or a cultish meeting.

    [Reply]