Dealing with a Sweet Tooth

Some people claim not to have a sweet tooth at all, but I suspect they are lying.  Tito and I have great big sweet teeth.  Tito gets his from his mum’s side.  I’ll always remember giving Glavis a glass of very dry wine and then catching her covertly stirring teaspoons full of sugar into it: ingenious (the thought would have never occurred to me) but very, very naughty.    

The trick, I have discovered, to dealing with a sweet tooth is not to feed it.  Of course, you must have dessert and chocolate when you feel like it, and really enjoy it.  But why feed your desire for sugar by trickling in a constant stream of it in your breakfast cereal, your tea or coffee, squash, fizzy drinks and juice?  Let alone biscuits, sweets, etc.  Lose the addiction that your body has to receiving a certain amount of sugar everyday. I now enjoy tea and coffee with or without sugar, with or without milk.  I’m easy.  I usually just drink herbal tea which doesn’t require sugar or milk.  So, throughout the day my body not only doesn’t have to deal with sugar, but it also doesn’t have to process lactose or caffeine either.  I absolutely adore herbal tea now… but more on tea in another post! 

It’s easy to change a small habit when you get into the right frame of mind.  Allen Carr, of ‘Easy Way to Stop Smoking’ fame also wrote a book called ‘Easy Weigh to Lose Weight’.  The main precept that stands out from this book is that what you believe to be your favourite foods tend to be the ones you eat the most.  Conversely, Allen argues, if you eat more of something, you will tend to develop a taste for it, and you can thus re-educate your taste buds.  Likewise, self-improvement guru Steve Pavlina touches on this idea in his excellent post ‘How to Stop Complaining’: “Consider how the foods you eat condition your body.  You aren’t really going to become the next meal you eat, but that meal is going to influence your physiology, and if you keep eating the same meals over and over, they’ll have a major impact on your body over time.  Your body will crave and expect those same foods.” 

Steve’s point is regarding the pattern of negative thinking, and thus complaining.  “If you keep holding negative thoughts, you condition your mind to expect and even crave those continued inputs.”  Allen’s point about food (and smoking!) is essentially the same – we condition ourselves to expect certain foods.  To give something up which is bad for us should cause elation, not a sense of deprivation.   

I believe that we need to change constantly in order to evolve.  It’s actually really enjoyable to just change a small thing, like your sugar consumption, and find that it wasn’t such a small thing after all.

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