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Natural And Simple Ways To End Addictions
There are so many things that we are addicted to that are really not good for us. The foods that we eat, the beverages we drink, and the negativity that we toss around whenever we can – all this is beginning to add up.
When you are addicted to so many things, it is time to make some changes. You have to eat food and drink liquids every day in order to exist, so that would be the best place to start. Other areas are more serious, such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs.
Here is a list of things we are addicted to and some natural ways we can end them.
1. Diet soda
Diet soda has absolutely no merit whatsoever. It is not good for you, and instead of feeling like you are drinking real soda (which isn’t good for you either), it just tricks your blood sugar levels so that you feel like you are drinking sugar and you want more and more. The main problem with diet soda is it has sweeteners that are bad for you. Aspartame and sucralose are all terrible for your body. Synthetic sweeteners are just filling your body with dangerous chemicals that will make you sick sooner rather than later. Switch to ice cold filtered water, and if you want a little extra flavor, add pieces of fresh fruit and let it steep so you can enjoy real refreshment without any of the chemicals that will harm you.
Our society has become addicted to drive-thrus and the horrible food they dispense since 1975. The food is filled with sugar, salt, and plenty of additives. One meal will provide you with more than the number of calories you should eat all day. It has become much too easy to swing through a drive-thru any time you are hungry and don’t want to take the time to find something healthy to eat. Decide to spend one afternoon each week prepping your food for the week. Get all your vegetables cut up and stored in baggies so you can put together a beautiful salad in the morning before going to work.
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When you take the sugar you add to your coffee, tea, and breakfast cereal and combine that with the sugar that is added to just about any food product on the grocery store shelves, you will be surprised to find out exactly how much sugar you are consuming in a year. It actually comes to about 150 pounds! Start reading labels to see how much sugar is in everything you eat or drink. You can go cold turkey and proceed directly to fresh fruits and vegetables for a start. The bad news is the more sugar you eat, the more you want. The good news is it works both ways: The less sugar you eat, the less you will crave it.
Treat yourself to a little experiment: Don’t watch television for one week and see if you feel better. Once you have gone without it for a week, it will be easy to go for longer periods of time. There is hardly any good news, and the bad news seems to get worse and worse. If you are going to watch television, at least be particular as to what you spend your time viewing. Watch educational shows, comedies, or anything that will better your life. Tape an exercise show, find a cooking show you might like, make notes when you watch a show where people remodel houses.
It seems that negativity in our society is at an all-time high. The news never has anything good to showcase, and the Internet is even worse. If you ever read comments on the Internet, you will really be surprised at the level of negativity that runs rampant. Make a conscious effort to stay away from people you know never have anything good to say about anything or anyone. Really, what will you be missing? Replace them with people who are successful, kind, fun, and interesting. People who are happy and confident are good role models and usually have no desire to fill their lives with negative words or actions.
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While smoking is a very strong addiction, many companies are making it easier and cheaper to quit. If you can’t afford the prescribed treatments, there are some companies that offer their services for free. No matter what physical condition you are in, whenever you have a physical, they always ask if you smoke. Ask friends and family members what worked for them and see if it is something that could help you quit as well. Replace cigarettes and booze with a healthy dinner and great conversations with family members and good friends. You’ll feel better, and you may actually become addicted to feeling good about yourself.
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Drugs are a serious addiction requires a commitment and dedication to break. Think back to when you first starting doing drugs to see what made you start in the first place. Many people have a solid reason as to why they started, but until they make peace with that reason they will always be addicted. Reach out to programs or rehabilitation facilities that can help you in a one-on-one basis. Make the commitment once and for all, and get your real life back on track.
Apr 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
This article is insulting to people honestly struggling to break free of addiction. An addiction is, by definition, a chronic, compulsive self-defeating behavior. Chronic means long-term. Compulsion is an overwhelming urge in act and defies all logic and reason.If there were simple ways to end addictions, we would have found them long ago. Addiction is genetically and environmentally triggered and is a complex illness with physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual negative involvement. As an addict recovering from chronic compulsive self-defeating behaviors (all perfectly legal in my case) used to mood/mind alter, I feel discounted and ripped off by this article. Try again….