I am just posting for fun today as I think playing and laughing are as important as oxygen in life. But since I tend to be over-serious by moment (…) there will be a message for you in this post…
I will go against the mainstream idea that “being near, looking at, thinking of, call it whatever you want, being WITH sweets is a bad idea” if you want to get your carb cravings under control.
Let me explain. There is a technique called “behavior therapy” which, as you can guess by the name, has for purpose to change the way you react to a situation. It is not always an easy method but, well applied, you can learn to stop smoking, cut adding sugar to your coffee or quit any bad habit. It is like reprogramming your reactions to the “cues” that initiate the habit you want to stop.
Knowing the “cues” is the first thing to look for. Usually, they are related to senses such as a smell, the sight of the wanted object, the sound of a place and even the company of friends with who you like to indulge. For a smoker or a drinker, entering a noisy bar can create the perfect cues to consume. For a sugar addict, it can be picking up a plate at an all-u-can eat dessert buffet. Cues are numerous and can be very personal, from experiences in infancy to sad or joyful events of life.
If one suggests to carb addict “staying away from sweets as the best way for not eating sweets”, most folks would think it is logical and full of common sense. But studies show it is NOT that true. Real ZC’s will tell you they keep sugar in their house, even cookies and candies ‘for the guests”, and they are not scare of these items because they have overcome the “fear of relapse”.
To apply the “behavior technique” to control cravings for sweets, you have to expose yourselves to these sweets (the cues), enjoy there aromas and look, do whatever you need to stimulate an irresistible need for them, then BANG, you move away from them. It is not an easy thing to do, I agree. But repeating this, even if there are relapses, will rewire your brain so next time you encounters your cues, the craving reaction should go down and eventually disappear.
The best test to know if your have overcome your carb problem on ZC would be to cook yourself some sweets, measuring, mixing sugar, flower and other ingredients without reacting a bit to the situation. Then you can enjoy the sight of your guests “killing” themselves while they congratulate your cooking skills.
And you take a photo and post it so we can all have a good laugh together!!!!!!!!!!!!!