Linda Lou's Story of Recovery
After being diagnosed with hypoglycemia and wheat sensitivity in 1971, I made some changes and felt a bit better. It became the story of my life, I was always making adjustments to how I felt in the world by using drugs, alcohol and food because what I was feeling was clearly not "normal." In 1989 I got clean and sober and began my journey to heal my body, mind and spirit. Over the years I was told I had fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, osteoarthritis, liver disease, aortic valve problems, sleep apnea, had both hips replaced and the list goes on. I felt diet and nutrition would help me, so I studied and learned about healing foods. I began making progress over the years but could never really stick to the healthy eating habits I worked so hard to learn. I felt doomed to suffer with these intense cravings for certain foods and sweets.
As soon as I saw the news story about the COR Retreat, I knew this was the only thing left to do. All the diets and willpower only worked for awhile. COR Retreat became my safe haven from all the obsessive thoughts that were plaguing my mind about food. Sugar and my trigger foods were killing me slowly. Every day was a struggle just to walk and do everyday things that people take for granted. Arthritic pain was restricting me to near crippling proportions because of the inflammatory reactions I was having from the food I was eating. What a relief to finally surrender and ask for help. I was able to let go of the secret loathing about these relentless thoughts about food. Burt and Michelle were so understanding and kind when taking me through this five-day journey. They continue to be a great source of support to this day.
My quality of life today is so much more than I expected. I've lost 40 pounds and started working out again. Many of my health issues have dropped away. My joint pain and range of motion have improved, my blood pressure medication has decreased by two thirds and my yearly trip to the hip specialist brought very reassuring news of improvement. My doctor stated, “I wish all my patients would do what you did!” I explained that I could not have done this alone. COR Retreat has given me the tried and true tools to overcome my obsession with food one day at a time. I will forever be grateful for my experience at the COR Retreat. I have been blessed with a new life. I have found a spiritual solution to a problem that couldn’t be solved by any human power.
About COR Retreat
COR Retreat is a residential retreat program that teaches a way to live free from the obsession with food through a 12 step program. COR Retreats are 5-day programs, scheduled each month at the McIver Center in Wayzata, MN.