Wanna know my weakness?
I love the stuff. I could live on it (well, cheese and its BFF, red wine). As mentioned in a recent blog, when I began the Paleo Diet, I limited myself completely from any food labeled non-Paleo. As time passed, I decided to introduce cheese back into my diet in small doses. You see, I’m lactose-intolerant, so besides the normal cons of ingesting dairy, I have a whole other issue to cope with just a few minutes after indulging.
Recently, I surveyed my diet. In the two weeks approaching Thanksgiving, I had eaten cheese close to everyday….not a exorbitant amount, but everyday. It was no wonder that I was feeling bloated, gassy (yes, I said it), and just plain old…gross…
Last week, I proudly announced on Facebook that I would refrain from dairy for two weeks. This was more to hold myself accountable than it was for my FB friendship circle to take notice.
Well, I’m one week and one day strong. But allow me explain to you why I really did this…
You see, through my coaching, dietary counseling, and merely just examining my own diet and that of my family and friends, I have come to learn that food is a drug. Some drugs become addicting with one hit, while other addictions develop over time. Those which develop over time can often become addicting without the addict even noticing.
Through my examination of my recent diet, I noticed that I had developed a cheese addiction, but it actually didn’t become evident until I restricted myself. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have had to resist the urge to indulge in my satiating little friend over the past eight days. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to explain this dairy-less conviction to friends, colleagues, and family. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to have a conversation with myself aloud to stop myself from eating that which I said I would not. By restricting myself for a short period of time, I came to the realization of how often I was eating that which I shouldn’t, thus explaining why I was feeling horribly bloated, and…once again, just gross.
What is your drug? Could it be chocolate? Wheat thins? Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish? Cold beer? Facebook? Dysfunctional relationships? Television? Shopping?
If you feel that this addiction is affecting your life negatively, stop it. For two weeks… Test out the effect of this abstinence on your life’s activity.
This is not to say that you can never go back to your “drug” in small doses, but at least your temporary suspension from it, will make you cognizant of its role in your life.
You may just discover that “sobriety” is a greater reward than the substance itself…