Elizabeth's Story of Recovery

I grew up in a German family big on meat and potato meals. You also ate everything on your plate or you did not leave the table.

My Dad and I ate a large bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup every night. It was something special with my Dad and I—our ice cream time together. A neighbor introduced me to “fun size” candy bars and always sent me home with Andes candies. As I got older, I got more and more plump—hormones and candies catching up with me.

Elizabeth before food addiction recovery

Ice cream comforted and soothed me. Even when I became lactose intolerant, there was always dairy free ice cream. As an adult, I developed anxiety and depression. Loved ones became ill and passed from this world. I wore myself out worrying about the future rather than living in the present. Sugar offered temporary emotional comfort and satisfaction, but that satisfaction often turned into despair and self-loathing. I could not get enough ice cream—I ate until I felt sick and yet I did not want to stop even then. At this bottom point I knew I needed help. I had asked my Dr. for help in the past and was told, “You know what you should and should not eat.”  I looked up out of control eating online and found COR Retreat. I thought what have I got to lose?

I lost the feeling of being alone. COR Retreat taught me I had a disease—compulsive overeating and sugar addiction. There were others like me! I learned what the Dr. could not teach me, how to have boundaries with food. I found the support I needed and was looking for. I could forgive myself—I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Alone I was powerless, but with COR support I had a strength that I never had before. I wanted to get well and now had the hope it was possible. The 12-step program helped me heal my body, mind and heart. I learned that food is nourishment for my body—not meant to comfort me. I ate because I was too weak to face my problems—instead I ate through them. I learned I don’t have to be perfect. I just need to get through one day, one meal at a time and now I confront problems head on.

Elizabeth successful food addiction recovery

I wanted what the COR speakers had. They all had this aura of serenity about them. I thought, you were like me once, filled with anxiety and you experienced insanity around your eating?

What I gained from my COR experience is far more than weight loss. I gained a priceless serenity and a COR family of support. I will never walk this journey alone again. COR Retreat is life changing.

The McIver Center

  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN
  • The McIver Center, Wayzata, MN

COR Retreat participants spend five days and four nights together at the McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. The McIver Center is located just 15 minutes west of Minneapolis, MN.

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