My Sugar Addiction - Part 2 - The Mind-Meld (The Prequel)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Well, I'm on a new path with my increased intake of proper supplements in regards to beating this horrendous sugar addiction of mine, but my brain just doesn't want to cooperate. It says, "Yeah, you go ahead and try, but I DESERVE to get what I want dang it!!".

So far, increasing my intake of Chromium, Niacin, Vit B complex, minerals and other essential supplemental ingredients has helped with my energy level and my lack of nagging, sugar-requesting, addiction-type brain responses, but I believe it won't just happen overnight. I want to, therefore, delve into the magical/ mystical realm of the mind. That sweet little spot in between cognitive reasoning and the impulsive neural responses that seem to 'make or break' your cranial thought-process which result in THE 'Ultimate Decision'.

First off, do you know exactly what processes have to fire off in the brain just for you to decide whether to wear the blue or brown shoes? I don't either. And I have a sneaking suspicion that 99.9% of the world's leading brain scientists (whatever that technical name may be for such a prestigious occupation. "Cerebral Neurologist"? There I took a stab at naming them) don't exactly know either. Based on some remedial research of mine into "How we decide", it seems that there are some subconscious-mind inclusions into the initial process, along with emotions. Actually, what I found in my brief research was that emotions play a HUGE part in our decision-making process. Being that I am a woman and inherently an emotional creature, I'll give that one a big thumbs up in the possible explanation for most of my past disaster-resulting decisions.

Have you ever thought about "how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns that have prevented you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health."? "Even though you may know what to think, actually changing those thinking habits that have been with you since childhood might be somewhat challenging." ("Excuses be gone", by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Copyright, May 26th, 2009).

I know that reading "The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People" changed my life immediately upon reading it. I quickly realized that I blamed others for my mistakes. I blamed my surroundings for my past, present and future. The author, Stephen R. Covey, showed me how I was in charge of my ultimate destiny, in regards to my decision making and that pointing the finger was doing absolutely nothing in terms of current and future personal growth.

So, all of that out of the way, let's come up with a plan to 'reprogram our minds' in order to accurately apply new eating habits that can reprogram our genes, thus leading us to a healthier and more fulfilling life, shall we?!

Now, I'm no psychologist, doctor, mental-health expert, or even pretend to be one, so I would greatly appreciate any and all help on mapping out the steps that we all need to take toward better decision-making skills, so I need your help.

I'll do some research, but in the meantime, I'd like to hear from you. What do you find to be the best process to reprogramming your brain? Do you have a self-defeating attitude? Do you let your fear drive your decisions or do you lie to yourself to rationalize what you want versus what should be done? Do you recognize this behavior and if so, what steps do you, or have you, taken to nip this behavior in the bud?

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