Have you ever broken a habit before?
I'd assume so. Most of us have, whether it was the first habit of thumb sucking or that later habit of smoking, coffee, gummy bears or gluten. But with some things that we ingest, it goes beyond just breaking a habit, but breaking a chemical dependent addiction.
In my book UnDiet, I offer loads of guidance on how to break those habits and overcome addictions, at least to food. But what if the addiction is more harmful? More life threatening? And traumatic not just to the sufferer, but to those around her?
And that is what we're talking about today. It's not a super fun or funny topic, but it is an important one. How can you be the best support to the person or people you love who are working on breaking away from their addictions so they can be the most awesome version of themselves?
Today is a very special episode. With me to share her journey to getting and staying sober is my friend Jen McNeely. Jen is the creator behind the amazingly awesome and hilarious website She Does The City. Jen and I first met about five years ago when she joined a series of my plant-based cooking classes. She famously declared that pulled pork would be her death row meal, and then proceeded to mock me, in the best way, for declaring dried mango my worst vice.
Jen offers four helpful ways that you can be the best support for the person you know in recovery, plus:
- Jen shares her story of coming out in the open with her addiction.
- What you should be asking.
- How you can help in a positive way.
- What you should not do!
- The most kind thing you can do in support of their healing.
Jen wrote an amazing review for my book UnDiet. I was happy to be able to share some health inspiration with her gaggle of awesome women, and I knew Jen had loads of wisdom to share with mine.
Thank you so much to Jen for being so open. And as life marches on, things do change. We filmed this video in September, 2013. Jen and her partner Jamie of the Good Food Revolution are expecting a baby this spring! I LOVED what she had to say about being preggers.
It's truly amazing what unfolds in our lives when we hop on the path towards health, with the right support around us.
Have you overcome an addiction or helped someone get through it? What did you learn from the experience?