Breaking my addiction to food has been more difficult than quitting smoking.
I quit smoking 15 years ago this month. After trying to quit many times, it was not until after reading an article about heart disease and realizing I probably will not survive to see my newborn son graduate high school unless I quit. That mentally pushed me over the edge. I quit and never smoked another cigarette.
Smoker's have tools though. They can chew nicotine gum. They can wear a patch. They can have little plastic thingy-ma-bob's to mimic a cigarette. Ultimately, they eventually lose the craving/habit and it's pretty much over.
Whereas breaking a food addiction is not the same.
Artwork by Oscar Ramos
Yes, I am mentally in the same spot - do or die - but there is no patch for this. I am unable to just stop eating like I just stopped smoking. I must look in my cupboards and fridge daily and consciously say 'no' a multitude number of times every day to all the foods I love(d).
We are bombarded with every tool imaginable to work against our plan, every time we turn on the TV, see billboards, food chains and grocery stores and we are expected to simply turn the addiction off with only peer support, mental willingness and perhaps an iph app. Nothing simple about it.
This has been the most difficult willpower challenge I have ever come across in my entire life and it is not easy at all. It's getting easier, but far from 'easy'. I keep looking for tomorrow, next week or next month knowing one day at a time, one week at a time - my addiction will be over.
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Dan Welyk has been a Licensed Real Estate Professional since 1999 and has grown up in the Real Estate Industry. FindNewDigs.com brings home buyer's and home owners together to find useful information, tools and ideas.
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