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Just one bite DOES matter.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

It's been almost five months since I've eaten sweets or desserts. More amazingly, I no longer want them.

I work in an environment in which treats are provided by coworkers if not daily, then at least a couple of times of week. Before abstaining, cravings for these treats interfered with my concentration and consumed my thoughts. In effect, the treats called to me all day long.

The dialog in my head BEFORE: Oh look. Cookies! But I'm not going to have one. (Pause.) You know you want one. Come on...just have one. You know you want it. Eat one...EAT ONE! Just one. You know you want one.

Of course, I couldn't ignore the cravings for a full 10-hour shift and would have one. And then another. And another.

The dialog in my head NOW: Oh look. Cookies. Do you want one? No (WOW!), no I don't want one.

Three seconds later, I've forgotten they are even sitting on the counter. Life for me is so much easier when my thoughts aren't constantly consumed by cravings. It is a tremendous incentive for me to continue abstaining from sweets and treats.

I know there continues to be a great debate about whether or not people should eliminate certain categories of food from their food repertoire, but for some of us whose thoughts and cravings for those foods interfere with daily activities, I think it is a necessity.

It wasn't easy getting to where I am now. The first two weeks were awful. But after that, it seemed to get easier every day. When I think about dessert now, I know that it would taste good (even great), but I truly don't want it. So I don't have it. It is not worth the risk of awakening the cravings I've put to rest. Fortunately, sweets and desserts don't provide essential nutrients, so I'm not risking my health. If anything, I'm emotionally (as well as physically) healthier than I've ever been.

I've tried to eliminate sweets in the past. I thought I could have a dessert once a month and be OK. Once a month turned into once a week, which turned into once a day, which turned into cravings after each meal and all day long.

For some of us, just one bite DOES matter.
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  • AMITY68
    Thats great, congrats! I am in the process of deciding whether to cut the junk food or not. I do eat mostly natural foods but I have had problems with binge eating. I am in a much better place now and not sure whether avoiding junk food altogether is a good idea or if it would leave me feeling deprived and at more risk of binge eating on those foods if I don't let myself have them in small amounts every now and then. Any thoughts/ideas you have would be greatly appreciated!
    1044 days ago
    I'm late seeing your blog but really really related to it. It's very clear to me that I cannot have just one bite of anything sweet. Thank you for giving me hope that it's possible to do without the sugar.

    1548 days ago
    Great job giving up desserts, I may need to follow your example here soon! We have a candy jar at work that just keeps "magically" getting filled and it's so tempting, but I have gone through days of passing it by, so I know it can be done!
    1627 days ago
    I completely agree with your post that some people need to abstain completely from certain foods or types of foods in order to maintain control but how do you combat the guilt or anxiety that might accompany the occasional indulgence? How do we move beyond an "all or nothing" mentality? Is it even possible? I ask these questions because I struggle with the same issues.
    1631 days ago
    emoticon emoticon with that attitude you'll succeed and improve your health! emoticon
    1631 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/1/2013 3:34:39 PM
    emoticon emoticon You show great discipline and determination to improve your health and now have no problem with unneeded sweets!
    1631 days ago
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