What is the HOW program?

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HOW® stands for Health through Oral Wellness®. It’s a unique, patient-centered program that encourages an open, collaborative patient-dentist relationship. By taking a simple assessment and seeing your dentist for preventive oral care based on your individual needs, you can take charge of your oral health.

How much does Overeaters Anonymous cost?

Overeaters Anonymous (OA), a fellowship based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the oldest and most accessible resources for people with eating disorders, and it’s free.

What is an Overeaters Anonymous meeting like?

We gather around a table or in a circle of chairs. Our meetings follow a format (like a script) that a volunteer leader reads. The format usually includes reading the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Other OA literature may also be read.

What is an EDA meeting?

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.

Is Overeaters Anonymous for anorexia?

Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet in order to help solve a common problem – compulsive overeating, which includes obesity, anorexia and bulimia The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

Are there alternatives to Overeaters Anonymous?

Greysheeters Anonymous (GSA) is similar to OA, except they provide a meal plan that involves weighing and measuring three meals per day. While they’re not as widespread as OA, they offer phone and Skype meetings. Other groups include Food Addicts Anonymous (FAA) and Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA).

What is the OA diet plan?

OA has created a Plan of Eating to help people recover from compulsive eating behaviors. The plan aims to identify specific eating patterns and guide healthy eating decisions. The plan is individualized. It doesn’t provide any specific suggestions for foods, calorie totals, or other restrictions.

How long do OA meetings last?

Meetings usually last between one and one and a half hours. Before and after the meeting, feel free to ask questions and pick up some OA literature to help you learn about the program.

What should I expect at my first OA meeting?

You’ll meet others like you with a simple first name introduction and be genuinely welcomed. Get yourself settled with the group to enjoy various readings, members sharing their journeys, and learning more about OA. Participate as much or as little as you want.

What is the difference between OA and EDA?

In OA, food addicts are required to abstain from specific foods that may be triggering and to adopt specific disciplines around eating. In EDA, any rigidity around food is avoided. Members are devoted to helping each other build more resilient relationships with themselves, others and food.

What is a GREY sheeter?

Distributed by Overeaters Anonymous to its members until 1986, the Grey Sheet Diet was a meal plan that received its name from the grey-colored paper on which it was printed.

Is OA free?

There are no dues or fees for members; we are self- supporting through our own contributions, neither soliciting nor accepting outside donations. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine; we take no position on outside issues.

What is an OA footsteps meeting?

We are a virtual intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous, and welcome you to join us! Welcome Home! Please scroll down for our weekly Meetings Schedule, and feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or inquiries.

How do you deal with food addiction?

  1. Decide that you want to change.
  2. Precisely articulate what triggers your cravings.
  3. Make a meal plan.
  4. Find yourself a distraction tactic.
  5. Write out and regularly re-read your goals.
  6. Don’t keep temping food in the house.
  7. Get you’re family & friends on board.
  8. Keep a food diary.

What is the purpose of Overeaters Anonymous?

OA’s primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer.

How do you know if you are an overeater?

  1. Making self-defeating statements about how much food one eats.
  2. No longer participating in activities one once enjoyed.
  3. Social isolation.
  4. Eating uncontrollably, even when not hungry.
  5. Eating much more rapidly than is considered normal.
  6. Eating alone.
  7. Hiding food.

Can I do Overeaters Anonymous online?

Yes. Go to our Find a Meeting page for information and assistance in finding an online or telephone meeting.

What does abstinence mean in Overeaters Anonymous?

What is abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous? Current Definition: Abstinence: The action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight.

How do you introduce yourself in Overeaters Anonymous?

“Who would like to read the Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous?” [Pause for reading.] “Are there any compulsive eaters here besides myself? We will now go around and introduce ourselves. Please introduce yourself by first name only.”

Is Overeaters Anonymous religious?

OA is not a religious organization. OA members are people of many religious faiths as well as atheists and agnostics. The OA recovery program is based on acceptance of certain spiritual principles.

How do I get an OA sponsor?

A great starting place to find a sponsor is at a meeting in your local area. Attend as many meetings as you can to find candidates. Look for people at meetings you identify with and who have what you want. You may need to attend several meetings before you find a sponsor.

Who goes to Overeaters Anonymous?

In Overeaters Anonymous, you’ll find members who are extremely overweight, even morbidly obese, moderately overweight, average weight, underweight, still maintaining periodic control over their eating behavior, or totally unable to control their compulsive eating.

What is a 90 day OA meeting?

The term “90-day meetings” refers to OA meeting formats that asks people with 90 days or more of continuous abstinence to share, and those who don’t to listen at first. Just like drinking, compulsive eating places us in a state of diminished capacity, clouds our thinking, and makes life unmanageable.

What is the difference between an open and closed OA meeting?

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.” Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

How do you eat a program?

HOW-OA is for people seeking a structured program. HOW has a basic weighed and measured food plan with abstinence from sugars and refined flour. Modification of the food plan by health care providers is acceptable. A sponsor is required prior to receiving the HOW food plan.

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