How a Binge Eater in Recovery Packs for a Trip

by Bill Brenner on May 12, 2010

The author’s program of recovery from addiction makes travel more interesting. Here’s how.

Mood music for this post: “White Trash Circus” by Motley Crue:


Traveling was easier when I had my face in the junk food. I would just buy whatever poison I wanted to binge on and that was that. Of course, in doing so I had practically no drive to get out there and live.

A couple years into my 12-Step Recovery program, there’s a lot more preparation to be done on the food front. Breakfast and lunch for each day of the trip gets packed in advance. I’ll do the restaurant thing at dinnertime each evening, but my choices will be limited to my plan.

Otherwise, my meals look like this:


8 ounces of Greek yogurt

2 Ounces of granola

1 bannana


–10 ounces of vegetable (6 ounces cooked, 4 ounces raw)

–2 ounces of potato

–4 ounces of protein (meat)

Clean livin’ aint easy, my friends. But it beats the hell out of the alternative.

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armorguy May 12, 2010 at 7:16 am

I’m amazed at the level of discipline you’ve brought into, and manage to maintain, in your life. Thanks for the inspiration!

Christy May 14, 2010 at 4:38 am

So, now instead of living to eat, you are eating to live. This is very inspirational to me. I would love to be there but I need to start!!

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