About 15 years ago I had a true love for sugar. It was a love affair with chocolate covered cinnamon bears. I had no willpower when it came to these little chocolate morsels. I knew I had a problem when I was exercising like a mad woman to offset the calories consumed from my chocolate addiction. I tried everything to overcome this terrible habit, self talk, restriction, only allowing it one day a week. But nothing was working and I needed help. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Hale from Blomquest and Hale consulting. We were working on a workshop called powerful mind power nutrition. He explained, that one reason we have struggled with self-defeating habits is that we have merely tried to stop them. That’s the same thing as trying to stop the firing of the habit pathway once the trigger has fired it. Telling ourselves over and over again to “STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!” is a woefully inadequate strategy. Even if you form a fixed determination to never repeat the habit in the future, you may find that stopping the habit is extremely difficult to pull off.
What is much easier instead is to grow a new habit pathway that is attached to the same trigger as the old pathway. If we practice that pathway (in a special way) until it becomes automatic and gains predominance, the new habit will become the easy choice. When I stopped resisting against sugar and created a new habit and thought pattern I finally changed. I began to tell everyone around me that “I really didn’t enjoy it. I prefer other foods over sugar any day.” At first I didn’t believe myself and I had those days when I gave into those little bears. But no matter what I was consistent with what I repeated in my head and to those around me. Then one day a miracle happen I was cured from my little bear addiction. Still to this day I’m shocked that such a simple change of how I spoke of sugar kicked my habit. I’m happy to say I’m chocolate bear free for over 15 years…
We all have these little addictions to our favorite foods. It’s one of the reasons I wrote the 30 day cleanse. In the first 7 days you will kick start new habits, clean up your diet addictions and feel lighter than ever before.
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