Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breaking Addictions

If you've seen my previous post about quitting smoking, I make something of a hobby of breaking addictions. I am now 15 years without cigarettes, 6 years without Coca-Cola.

Now I am one month without chocolate, and it has been teeeerrrrriiiiibbbbbllllleeeeee. The other day, I was buying some ice cream and realized, I can't have chocolate ice cream. I can't have a chocolate eclair. I can't even have a chocolate donut. Never mind the dark chocolate that I love. I have given it all up.

Why? For years I have had this pain in my right side. When it first appeared, a doctor checked me for gall stones and liver disease and there was nothing there. But the pain was always there, sometimes bad, sometimes not, but always there. About a month ago, I had the idea that maybe it was something I was eating.

What is the one thing that I eat every day? After thinking about it for a long time, I realized that the only thing I ate every day, or almost every day, was chocolate. As an experiment, I quit eating chocolate. After about a week the pain in my side went away. I still get twinges, but for the most part it is gone. I also feel better overall.

But dear God in heaven, why did it have to be chocolate?


RB HAM said...

Chocolate? My dear Lord...that is one addiction I can't ever see me breaking.Ever! Heck, my coffee of choice is a Tim Horton's Cafe Mocha with whip cream and caramel drizzle. I usually have one at least once a day, sometimes more. And even though I'm 46 years old, I still only weigh 205 lbs. Being 6 foot 3, that's not too bad. My wife can't stand it. I was blessed with fast twitch muscles and a fast metabolism - just lucky, I guess...life without chocolate...hmmmmm...I'd have to give up smokin' the herb too! Sweets are my 'munchies' food...you're an amazing man, Jeff. Very disciplined - I'd have to say.

Jeff said...

It's all a matter of what you want. If you want something bad enough, you can do what it takes. Desire is the best discipline.

Anonymous said...

OMG! You sure are brave. I,for a matter could never ever, ever, ever (did I mention ever) live without CHOCOLATE !!!!!!! Well good luck with what ever you decide to quit next.My respects to you ,From a proud to be CHOCOHOLIC:)