Groupies and Addictions…who is supporting you and what are you addicted to?
What is this? Foodies Anonymous? Maybe. Last week I told you I had developed the sugar habit again. I say “again” because it’s not the first time, not the second time and probably not even the 10th time I’ve done it. Don’t think sugar is addictive? Eat a treat everyday for 3 weeks and see if you can stop cold turkey. There is scientific proof that sugar triggers the same areas of the brain that other addictive substances like cocaine trigger. Seriously! Maybe you aren’t addicted to sugar, but what else are you addicted to? Nothing? Read the definition below and then answer again.
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Here is the 1st thing I am going to claim as being one of the 2 biggest factors in your (and my) success. If you want to create positive change then you have to replace unhealthy addictions (something done habitually) aka habits with new HEALTHY addictions or habits. Sweat for sweets. Gladness for sadness. Stress releasing for stress eating. Water for wine. That seems like an easy answer for a hard problem you say. Plus, water doesn’t give the same psychological result as wine, right? No, it doesn’t. So go a bit deeper with me. If you don’t replace a bad habit with a good habit that treats the NEED for the habit, you will easily go back to old ways. WHY did you pick up the habit in the first place? Why am I eating too much sugar? Why do you drink too much wine? Why do you overeat? Identifying the “why” will help you identify the trigger to the addiction. You need to treat the trigger point, not just try to “stop” the habit. That’s only a temporary fix.
In looking at my “why” for how I got the bad sugar habit THIS time, I really think it was because it’s been an incredibly stressful last few months AND I am super tired from having a baby and being up all night. Stress causes me to look for something to bring “peace” and being tired weakens my defenses. Being tired also causes the body to crave things with glucose (energy) and sugar gives a short quick burst of energy (although it drops and then you crave more.) Knowing my “why” allows me to make a good replacement. When I feel stressed and need some peace, I should find a replacement that is healthy. God is the only source of peace in the midst of utter chaos. Instead of standing at the counter and eating a cookie, I need to get on my knees and let Him fill me.