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Breaking the Mental Hold of Chocolate

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Last week I decided to do a 30-day kindness practice this month, so today's day 1. Each day I look for ways to be of service; my intention is to share experience, strength, and hope. Please let me know how I can support you by commenting here or sending me a Sparkmail.

There was a question on MyFitnessPal that I thought would be useful here too. The question was by a person who's a couple weeks into making healthful changes and she's missing chocolate. She wanted help on how to break the psychological hold on food since food was a source of comfort. Here are the tips I shared:

- Find comfort, pleasure, indulgence, joy that's not food. You mentioned in your original post that 'food was really a comfort.' Where in your life can you experience comfort?

- Practice missing chocolate. The better you get at feeling the emotions you have when you DON'T have chocolate, the easier it'll be when you don't eat it. (That's kind of a clunky sentence; hope it makes sense haha.)

- Constantly remind yourself of why you're making healthful changes in the first place. A compelling "why" will help keep you motivated over time. Notice which is powerful for you: Is a fear-based reason (I'm afraid of disease, being judged, etc.) more motivating than a love-based reason (I want to be an example to my kids/family, I want to love myself, etc.)?

Comment or send me a sparkmail and let me know what you want help with. I love talking about the mental side of change: willpower, motivation, consistency, staying positive, limiting beliefs.

Happy December!
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    Thanks for the tips. Hope I soon find someway to curve my cereal addiction. emoticon
    1385 days ago
    I had to stop and comment as I consider myself a Chocolate person - I just like chocolate.

    I went without chocolate for 2 weeks, and during a very stressful time of life. It can be done.

    However, a square of dark chocolate (85%) every day or two keeps me away from those other chocolates with more sugar and fat that do more damage to me, I have decided that is a tool for me and I just keep it in check. E.g. If I reach for more than 2 squares in a day I stop and go ok, what is really going on and what do I really need.

    I do a lot of that "stop and what do I really need". That makes a huge difference on eating the best food that my body needs for fuel at that time or even doing something else as it is not about food.

    While chocolate of all kinds looks good, I typically really don't want to eat it other than my dark chocolate squares. It just looks good and is the idea of chocolate....
    1394 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2016 7:10:51 PM
    Those are excellent tips!! emoticon
    1434 days ago
    What helps me is not focusing so much on what I can't have, but on what I can have instead. It's just an alternative approach that works for me so far.
    1443 days ago
    Happy December !!! Spark on !!!
    1443 days ago
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