Chocolate cravings are not easy to overcome. I know because I also love, love, love chocolate and crave it often. I don't know if I have an easy answer for you but let me give you my take on chocolate:
I read somewhere once that women MUST have chocolate. That there is scientific research that states that it is excellent for reducing anxiety/stress in women. If I thought I could NEVER have chocolate again, I would be angry, stressed and binge on it immediately! See the cycle? So, I don't DEPRIVE myself of a bite of chocolate occasionally. Note the two KEY WORDS: "bite" and "occasionally". If you can't exercise portion control over chocolate (in other words, you must have the entire candy bar instead of just a bite), then you MUST deprive yourself at least temporarily until you can re-train your tastebuds and re-gain control over your chocolate cravings. As Lysa mentions in Chapter One, "the more veggies and fruit I eat, the more veggies and fruit I crave. However, if I eat brownies and chips, I crave brownies and chips in the worst kind of way".
That being said, some things I had to do initially when my healthy journey began was to:
#1) First acknowledge that chocolate was a trigger food (red light food).
#2) Eliminate as much as possible accessibility to it. (none in house, stay away from vending machines, pay for gas outside at pump etc;)
#3) Pray and give it up to the Lord and ask for his help with it.
#4) Replace the real fatty type chocolate with alternate choices - in the beginning mine was Weight Watchers mini bars etc; Now, a skinny cow ice cream sandwich will do the trick and I don't have to have one every day like I used to.
I could go on and on but the key is to recognize your powerlessness over it and your need to surrender your will to God's will. The object of our desire needs to be God. Lysa cites the example of Eve in the Garden and the temptation that she was under and compares it to Jesus in the desert. (Chapter One - pg 22-23). You can do it, but it will be an ongoing process. Be patient and be steadfast in prayer.
I agree that diet sodas aren't a whole lot better and may even be worse than regular Mountain Dew....but all the caffiene that is in Mountain Dew is horrible for you as well. Since you crave chocolate also have you considered that you may have a caffiene addiction? When I weaned myself off of cokes, I had to dilute real coke with diet coke..first 1/3 diet + 2/3 real, then 1/2 diet + 1/2 real, then 2/3 diet + 1/3 real...you see my goal?
If you don't want to switch from Mountain Dew to Diet Mountain Dew than I would suggest that you try some lemon lime flavoring like Crystal Lite in your water, or maybe even try some LaCroix carbonated water.
Good luck and bless you for sharing. I'm sure you are not alone in your battle.
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