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Learning a New Path from Books  

Day Two: Bringing books to the food fight. . . . Photo by Birgith Roosipuu on Unsplash

I know a key to success in habit formation, learning new things, and quitting outdated behaviours is “Knowing Your Why.” I won’t start this series with that exercise because that requires clear thought. I was ill last week and I’m still dealing with fatigue and brain fade. So I will do an easy assignment today.

As a visual learner, reading is an important component of anything I want to understand and accomplish. I grasp new facts, vocabulary, and strategies from these tomes of knowledge. Before I dive in with actual experience, I need the overview of what’s going on. And I like that helping hand, a book provides, of someone who has been there before me especially when I want to implement a new behavior.

So far I see two areas I’ll tackle with books in this 28-day journey of overcoming cravings.

Sugar addiction. I’ve heard that sugar is as addicting as cocaine. If so, it is obvious why my sugar and carb cravings are so overwhelmingly strong. Hopefully, I’ll get some techniques, encouragement, and ideas to overcome the cravings.

Books I’ll Start with.

  • The 40 Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve Schaub

Spiritual Component. As a Believer, I seek God’s help and wisdom. I am hoping the following two books will guide me in this quest.

Books I’ll Start with.

  • Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction by Asheritah Ciuciu
  • Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa Terkeurst

I will periodically report on insights, what I find helpful, or what I am struggling with in the material.

You are on Day #2 of the series: “No More Donuts for Breakfast: 28 Days to Overcoming Cravings.” The Table of Contents is here. #write28days

Your Turn . . .  Do you use books as an aid to changing behaviour and/or learning new things? . . . Is there a book you’ve found helpful about overcoming cravings? . . . How about joining me in this 28 days of overcoming cravings?

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I Need Help and I Want to Change

Day One of the food fight. . . . Photo by Birgith Roosipuu on Unsplash

Food has always played a larger than life presence in my day-to-day existence. I was born a preemie and so was bottle fed every 2 hours. My parents and I kept up that schedule even after I no longer took a bottle. Food was used for every emotion and occasion in my home.

  • Sad about a missing cat. Have some cookies and milk.
  • School was great and it’s time to share the happenings. Grab a Ding Dong and a glass of juice.
  • Friends are coming over for dinner. Bake a carrot cake for dessert.
  • Saturday morning cartoons are on TV. Several bowls of Captain Crunch pair nicely with that event.

And even now, food is used to pacify emotions, celebrate festive occasions, and deal with stress.

All this disordered eating has hurt my health: diabetes, fatigue, crankiness, and a sense of failure that I cannot have normal or even controlled eating.

No more! I am changing my ways (again). But this time there will be a long-term difference. I don’t know what the answer will be because it isn’t the end of the month yet.

Things I will do this month in no particular order. . . . . .  

  • Admit I need help and START a new way of life.
  • Breathe. I got this, one day at a time. Right?
  • Check out support groups.
  • Don’t let gratitude out of my sight.
  • Decide on and maintain a morning and evening schedule that promotes life.
  • Keep a food diary.
  • Journal what I want my eating and other habits to look like.
  • Look at my life in general to see what habits I could incorporate that would help stomp out cravings.
  • Pray using Scripture.
  • Read relevant books.
  • Take care of my diabetes.

Looking at this list of things to do is making me anxious. BUT, I give myself permission to NOT do them all.

For today, I am admitting I need help. I want to change. And this time, I will fight for it until I reach that freedom I am looking for.

You are on Day #1 of the series: “No More Donuts for Breakfast: 28 Days to Overcoming Cravings.” The Table of Contents is here. #write28days

Your Turn . . . What would you add to the above list? . . . Can you relate to my struggle? . . . Will you join me in this endeavor?

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