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.