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Sprinting to the last chocolate donut–hoping for something else

Hi Ellen,

I thought you might enjoy this story. I’ve developed an interest in chocolate donuts from SuperAmerica. Even though I’ve used my skills and asked myself “what am I asking the food to do for me”, I still crave the donut from time to time. The chocolate just seems to hit the spot.

Today was a day when I REALLY wanted one. It was about 3:00 when I went to SA, so it occurred to me that they may be out of donuts. When I entered the store, I saw that there was one left. I sprinted to the donut case and yelled “everybody stand back, that donut is mine!” Good thing the yelling was in my head and not out loud, especially since there wasn’t anyone near the donut case. OK, I didn’t really sprint, but I know I picked up my pace to be sure and get the donut before anyone else.

To top it all off, the donut didn’t taste very good (yes, I know, I’m trying to capture some situation or feeling of happiness that I’ve associated with the donut in the past). The story seems so ludicrous, so I had to write and share it with you.



Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in emotional and binge eating issues. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”,

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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