Have you ever been drunk? I’m not talking about alcohol – I’m talking about being drunk on food.
Instead of having one piece of bread – you had three. Not a couple of bites of cake – but the whole slice. Not half of the French onion soup – but every single drop of it and the cheese baked on the top of the cup.
To be honest, there have been more times than not that I wasn’t even hungry. Times when I felt stuffed but I kept on tasting. I couldn’t stop eating; it was as if I was never going to get the opportunity to have bread and dessert again.
And, just like with alcohol, comes the hangover.
Puffy. Swollen. Depressed. Exhausted. Defeated.
I asked myself – is this an emotional hunger? Am I trying to fill some deep, empty, spiritual hole in my spirit?
The answer for me is no.
My truth knows drunk is drunk and a hangover is a hangover.
It’s all an addiction, whether it is food, alcohol or hooked in a bad relationship with someone you know does not care who you are. These are all habits we have to break.
If I can stop smoking, I can break this addiction to food.
Here’s what has worked for me in the past.
- When I would have the urge to smoke – I would get up and do something different.
- Brush my teeth.
- Take a walk (even in the dead of winter).
- Chew sugar free gum.
- Sing – dance – anything until the craving went away – and it did go away. And, slowly but surely, the cravings got further and further apart until today, I don’t give cigarettes a second thought.
- Stay away from triggers; for me, this was switching from coffee in the morning to sugar free chocolate or popping a piece of sugar free candy when getting on the telephone. This also means watching food triggers such as all-you-can-eat buffets and friends who insist you have “just a little piece” when you both know you can’t stop with one!
I have a colleague and friend (diabetic educator) who promises me that if I can break this sugar habit for 21 days, my body won’t crave it like an addiction. She promises that I won’t even like high fat – high sugar treats anymore.
While I’m going to give it a try, here is another thought . . .
Forgiveness is essential so that we can move on when we fall off the wagon, get up, understand where we are and keep moving forward.
Let’s get drunk on kindness, gratitude, service and giving. Imagine the hangover that would give you!
Instead of depression, disappointment, fatigue or fluid retention, we could have peace, joy, fulfillment and purpose.
We can do this.
Let’s give it a try and stop the addictions in our life.
“…man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8: 3