Addiction is powerful. With the Ketogenic lifestyle, once the physical cravings are gone, it is all you and your mind! Addiction doesn’t just live in your cells, it is in your brain. Your brain has stored all your bad thoughts, bad habits and destructive behavior. It is time to re-train it, educate it and give it tough love!![pullquote]Every time you make a decision, you make it easier to make the same type of decision next time.[/pullquote]
Choices. We make them, yet we don’t own them. We use words against ourselves and don’t realize how powerful they are. “I was starving and I had no choice…(so I ate Twinkies and chocolate milk because the convenience store had nothing I could eat). You were not starving, you lost control and you caved to the temper tantrum your addiction was throwing – it wanted carbs and sugar so you deceived yourself and caved. People in third world countries are starving, you were not starving. You felt physical hunger or possibly head hunger and you used it as an excuse to indulge in what you thought was going to be tasty or satisfying. Then you felt guilt and probably some physical discomfort and you got online and confessed. Or, it was the start of the downward spiral in to carb hell and you re-emerged 3 weeks or 3 months later ready to begin again.[pullquote]Success does require a wee bit of obsession.[/pullquote]
Every time you make a decision, you make it easier to make the same type of decision next time. That is a two way street though – bad decision=more bad decisions – good decision=more good decisions. If you have been away from home for hours and you find yourself hungry, in my mind you have two choices.
- Wait it out until you get home and can eat something on plan
- Stop and get something that is on plan
If you can find a convenience store, chances are you can find fast food nearby. Fast food? Yeah, not ideal, but even they have salads with chicken or you can get a sandwich without the bun. Is it the best choice? No, but it is the best choice for right then. It is the better choice over Twinkies or French fries, etc. There is really NO valid excuse for eating off plan. You do it because you CHOOSE to do it and for no other reason.
[pullquote]You really do need to fall in love with taking care of yourself.[/pullquote]To find self control you need to be a master of your moods and watch the words you say and think. What you say and think will determine how you feel and ultimately will determine the actions you take. If you allow your brain to fixate on cheesecake or French bread, your body will eventually follow. You will eat that cheesecake and you will eat that French bread. By the same token, if you continually remind yourself that those types of food are toxic poisons your body doesn’t need, you will be stronger each time you encounter them. Whenever I come across the bakery at the grocery store, I really don’t even look and if I do and an old tape starts to play I immediately tell myself, “Yuck! That is poison and it gave me Diabetes and made me fat!” Seriously, it sounds kind of silly but that is what I have to do to stay on track. I can’t entertain the food fantasies, or self control will go by the wayside.
You really do need to fall in love with taking care of yourself. Success does require a wee bit of obsession. We have it down on the negative end. We were obsessed with carbs and sugar and successfully ingested it regularly and were successful in weight gain and disease. Now you flip it on its head for a different, positive type of success. When you catch yourself reaching to put the Oreos in your grocery cart, stop, think and ask yourself, “What could happen? Is this what I want?”
The difference between what you want and what you need, is self control.