Breaking many bad habits

In an attempt to feel better — more energized and less bloated — I saw a clinical nutritionist three weeks ago. After finding out mono was active in my system and that I had vitamin B and D deficiencies, he gave me a handful of supplements and put me on a detox diet.

detox-phase-1

The diet required me to give up the following in a snap, all of which I was consuming plenty of before the detox:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sweets

I get tired fairly easily, especially when reading, so a cup of coffee always game me a jolt. I socialize with friends over some beers and enjoy a few glasses of wine when I’m working, writing, or watching a movie in the evening. And I binge on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s on the weekends, almost ceremoniously. I’m also slightly addicted to dates (not allowed on the diet).

So I’ve given up all these things and now I’m trying to do even more in an attempt to feel even better:

  • Not consume anything dinner, not even herbal tea, except on weekends. (Largely inspired by the research referenced in this video).
  • Not check my email first thing in the morning (I’ve stopped checking it on my phone for a while and feel better. Deleting your email app makes this easy)

I know not doing these things will make me happier in the long term, but breaking the habits now is painful. (While writing this, I have a fierce and strong desire to click the Gmail link in my browser to check my email.)

To help me make the right decision now so I can have a better tomorrow, I keep the following quotes in mind:

Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.

That one isn’t by me, but this one is. It’s pretty much become a (long) mantra.

Make good choices in the moment.

These are simple sayings but incredibly hard to implement. But when you do, ensuing days feel lighter and, from making sacrifices, you appreciate more: the food you eat, bird chirps riding the wind, sunshine, walking and looking around — so many things.

You can appreciate these things more because you are less burdened by checking devices, eating food, consuming stimulants/depressants, and quick dopamine punches in general.

Cravings subside, allowing perspectives to elevate. You see things anew. Clearer. More positively. At least after you make the right decisions. Before you make them, it’s like you’re suffocating. The bad habits are pulling you in. They are easy to follow, but only in the moment. After you give in the chains to those things you crave strengthen and it gets harder and harder to escape.

Yes, this is hard, but do it now for an easier tomorrow. And know that you are stronger than any synthetic craving. Your body doesn’t want you to consume, it wants you to get fat in case of starvation (something I don’t need to worry about in 2018). And that email doesn’t need your attention; you just want to feel important, even though you already are.

 

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