By Rachel M. Anderson
(Twin Cities) - The holidays are just around the corner and for many it’s going to be a time for overindulgence and weight gain. But that’s not going to happen to Michelle Goldberger of Eagan, Minn. She has been abstinent from sugar and white flour for nine Christmases now.
“Eight years ago, my mother removed the plate of Christmas cookies from in front of me to the other side of the table,” said Goldberger. “There was no one there to eat them. She was trying to help me. I was furious! I thought to myself at the time, ‘Doesn’t she know that this will be the last time I will ever have Christmas cookies, for the rest of my life?’”
Nine holiday seasons later that has proven to be true. “I cannot say for sure that I won’t have any cookies this Christmas. What I do know is that as long as I keep doing what I’m doing to stay abstinent, my record shows the desire for them has been removed! I no longer have to fight the urge to have cookies! This is the only way for me to live free of sugar and white flour. I love it too much!”
This holiday season, Goldberger will spend a significant amount of time helping fellow food addicts develop the ability to remain abstinent as she has done. Goldberger is the Program Director for COR Retreat – A Food Recovery program started in 2011 by Twin Cities businessman Burt Nordstrand. Like Goldberger, he had struggled with food addiction for years before discovering a spiritual solution that works. He started up COR Retreat to help others find the road to recovery.
COR Retreat is a five-day, four-night program offered monthly at the McIver Center in Wayzata, Minn., where participants learn how to free themselves from the hold food has over them. “Holidays in the past, for me, I struggled a lot more,” said Goldberger. “I wasn’t free from the idea that I could just have some treats today and stop tomorrow. Yet, every time I ran that experiment, tomorrow never came. It was only ever today!”
Goldberger says telling yourself you’ll just have one piece of cake or one cookie for this one special occasion and you can go to the gym tomorrow doesn’t do any good. “I can’t stop eating treats once I start,” she said.
These days if Goldberger finds herself complaining about not being able to partake in the holiday treats, she reminds herself of this reality: “I can have one, if I want to end up 60 pounds overweight and obsessed over food like I was eight years ago. The truth is that I don’t want a Christmas cookie.”
To learn more about COR Retreat, log on to www.cormn.org. The next couple of retreats are scheduled for Dec. 11 – 15, 2013, Jan. 8 – 12, 2014 and Feb. 12 – 16, 2014.
About the Author
Rachel M. Anderson is a freelance writer from the Twin Cities.