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What a Difference A Day Makes

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Just some miscellaneous thoughts before I head out. Yesterday was a turning point for me with caffeine. I had my fingers on all kinds of exotic flavors of coffee on my way to the store's register. I even considered decaf, but that doesn't work for me. A helpful sparkfriend didn't even know how helpful she was being in telling me that she doesn't like coffee. That reminded me that I really didn't like the taste at the end (before I gave it up last week) either. So why then was I so fixated on it yesterday? Who cares why, but the bottom line is that I did not succumb and today I don't even want it or care. I think that was the day that I could have easily relapsed. With every good decision, I strengthen that resistance muscle.

I'm reading Dr. David Kessler's book, "The End of Overeating." He's got so much interesting information, including how sugar, fat and salt are engineered into our foods to make us addicted to coming back for more. (and more and more...) He notes that rats will work almost as hard to get to sugar as they do to get to cocaine. These are powerful substances that fire pleasure neurons in the brain. Oftentimes, it's not just willpower that will conquer them, but establishing new pathways for those pleasure neurons. It's a good read.

Have a wonderful day.
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  • VICIOUS421
    Congratulations on not getting the coffee! Way to go!
    3857 days ago
  • WOLFSPIRITS
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  • ALEXSGIRL1
    your blog was very insightful and true. the more sugar you have the more you want. i think i do better on my weight loss then most is because i don't do soda, or maybe one a month have a desert with sugar. i drink tea without sugar. and make most of my own dinners,and lunches so i don't get a lot of salt. my downfall is coffee only one cup a day with a little sugar. but i did notice that i had more energy when i didn't drink it and i weighed less also. good blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3858 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    I am glad you are feeling better. Keep up the good work! emoticon
    3858 days ago
  • BOO-SHAY
    Thanks for your message and I'm going to have to buy that book and read it. Take care and enjoy your bike ride.
    3858 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    This is very interesting -- and thought provoking!
    3858 days ago
  • no profile photo HOKU-ALOHI
    Great blog Jesse! I enjoy your exploration through the sensory pleasures of coffee and food in general. It's the bitter after effects of all food and drinks that catch us. Excellent job at dropping out of the vicious cycle.
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    3858 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Sounds like an interesting book. Yup, making almost all my own food is definitely part of my success -- just wish it wasn't so time-consuming -- but that way, at least I know what goes into it.
    3858 days ago
  • ANMAIREE
    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon
    3858 days ago
  • ANMAIREE
    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon
    3858 days ago
  • DDHEART
    Very interesting! Great work with stopping to think about what you were almost ready to do and why/why you shouldn't and then winning the battle.
    3859 days ago
  • JERSEYGIRL1950
    Wow sugar and cocaine..interesting stuff never had the latter but sure do know what an out of control crazy lady can do when she wants it and wants it NOW...nice job with the coffee ..I enjoy my coffee but I'm good one in the morning and one after dinner..nice blog keep up the good work
    3859 days ago
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