10th Step Inventory Checklist for Food Addicts

by Kay Sheppard, LMHC

According to A.A. literature, there are three forms of the 10th Step inventory checklist: in the evening before bed, on the spot when needed, and the ones taken with our sponsor.

Whichever form we use, the 10th Step is a powerful tool in avoiding relapse. This inventory gives us the information we need to avoid developing self-destructive patterns that will lead us back into the disease.

Here are a number of threats to recovery. Add your own relapse warning signs to develop a daily inventory checklist.

* Weekly home meeting

* Additional meetings ____ times weekly

* Food plan/abstinence: plan, report, commit; weigh and measure

* Sponsor contact

* Literature

* Journal

* Gratitude list

* Step 10 checklist

* Telephone contacts

* Pray daily

* Weigh once a month

* Exercise 45 minutes maximum

* Service

* Ask for help


Finally, check on these:

* Overwork

* Ego problems

* Fatigue

* Compulsive behavior

* Lifestyle changes

* Making time for me

* HALT (Am I too hungry, angry, lonely, tired?)

* Depression

* Late for meetings

* Judging, criticizing, and blaming others

* Unnecessary spending

* Dangerous people and places

* Compulsive eating

* Spontaneous eating

* Under-eating

* Overeating

* Eating trigger food

* Addictive eating: sugar, flour, wheat