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happy-new-year-1158488-638x465Thanks for following my blog all year. Here is to 2016.

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Holidays can prove to be challenging when it comes to fighting addictions. For those who struggle with food problems and binge eating, New Year’s Eve and day can prove most difficult.

Food abounds and is the focus of celebration. Both the evening before and day of the new year are opportunities to rack up the calories.

If this happens to you, put it behind you and do a reboot after the weekend. Begin with a fresh slate, refusing to wallow in guilt and regret.

For those of you struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, the stakes are higher. The New Year celebrations are triggers for relapse. So here are a few recommendations to get you through the night and day.

1) You can completely forget the holiday and do something that won’t trigger your urge to drink or use. Don’t do what everyone else is doing–celebrating with drinks, parties, etc. If you are a person of faith, your safest place is in church if you can find one that holds a New Year’s Eve service.

2) Don’t be alone. It is too tempting to feel sorry for yourself and use. Find someone to spend the evening with who will help keep you accountable.

3) Attend a 12 step meeting. You will find plenty of people joining you!

4) Have your sponsor’s number with you and on speed dial. Use the support you know you may need.

5) Rehearse your Serenity Prayer and remember your 12 steps and tags like, “Let Go and Let God.”

6) Take this one day at a time. It will soon pass and you will feel so good and strong that you didn’t give in to the moment and blow your sobriety.

7) Finally, pray in the New Year. Thank God for his blessings, provisions, healing, and strength. You are not alone in this process! Remember, when you are weak, He is strong. Lean on that strength through prayer and Bible reading.

Now ring in the New Year sober, mindful and strong!

plate-with-chinese-food-1479803-1599x1437Honestly, I thought it was a joke when I read about the Oberlin College students who registered complaints about their food being racist!

Sadly, it is not a joke, but certainly another example of political correctness running amuck once again.

Yes, we all know the jokes about college cafeteria food. We used to call one of our entrees, “mystery meat.” But the food offenses registered at Oberlin were not related to the quality of food served. No, some students felt the meals were culturally insensitive.

Here’s the beef (pun intended).

The students didn’t like that cafeteria workers “appropriated” and “misrepresented” the foods from other cultures and did not prepare the foods properly. For example, if a Pad Thai dish was not prepared to Thai standards, that would be culturally insensitive. I am not making this up!

In fact, the view of some students was that the cafeteria workers had no right to prepare certain cultural dishes if they didn’t belong to that culture. The students want a “cultural-appropriation-free space” for food.

Their position is: don’t tamper with a food if you don’t know exactly how to cook it or belong to that culture. I guess this means no creativity allowed–no Asian/Cuban fusion or any other tainting of a dish that belongs to a culture because, hey, that is just culturally insensitive. Look out Food Channel.

I have few words for these students except to say, get a life and perhaps counseling! Your college bubble will quickly burst and you will not be prepared for the real world. In the real world, you do not get to DEMAND that people change to your liking because you are offended. In the real world, emotional reasoning will get you into trouble. And good luck finding a job with an employer who will cater to your need to never be offended.

If this weren’t so tragic, it would be funny. But the coddling of the American mind appears to be alive and well on our campuses of higher education. And it frightens me that no one is speaking sense to these students! This is simply ridiculous and needs to stop, because hey, it offends me!

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