Recently, I posted a quick exercise for developing conviction on the Quitting Sugar Facebook page. I think having conviction is critical for quitting sugar and staying strong enough to resist temptation. In fact, if your conviction is strong enough, temptations and cravings can be greatly reduced or even eliminated altogether.
Yes, I know it seems unlikely that you can eliminate the feeling of temptation, and you’re probably thinking, “Scott just doesn’t understand! I cannot live without [favorite sugary treat]!” Maybe you’re right. But I was in your shoes once. Read my post, “Me: On The Floor In A Blissful Sugary Fog” and see what I mean. I never even entertained the possibility of giving up sugar until fate handed me a powerful wake-up call that changed my life. If I can do this, you can do this too.
Below is a brief exercise that will only take a few minutes. You may want to record yourself reading the steps and play them back or find a partner and take turns reading it to each other so you can focus completely on getting into the right state of mind.
I have a love for chocolate, specifically, and sweets, generally, that has always been a problem when I start any new diet. Sugar is my cocaine, the bane of my existence, my reaper. If any good is to come of banishing sugar, then I’m going to have to fight for it!
Sweets, ultimately, have been my downfall, time and again. Therefore, it’s with ample past experience I decided that in order for me to be successful, I wasn’t going to restrict sweets, but eliminate them completely, hence, quitting sugar. Moderation wasn’t going to work for me. I’ve been crushed by Cane, the mythical sugar giant from Carbohydrate Isle, far too many times. But I’m stronger now. I’m experienced…defiant.
That said, I will experiment in the future to see if I can get away with having a slice of cake on my birthday, for example. Will it throw me into a sugary stupor where I’ll lose myself for days on end, in a carbohydrate fog of bliss