Updated: Feb 8
I received a beautiful big box of chocolate as a thank you for helping out with my son's football sessions. In the old days, that box would have been ripped open and I would have found the chocolate with caramel or white chocolate inside.
As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, the desire we have for chocolate or sugar is a conditioned response. You think the desire is so strong to eat the food that you have to have it. This overwhelming urge for the chocolate has been created by the brain.
Sugar in it's concentrated form increases the release of dopamine in our brains through causing an unnatural response in the brain that makes it think it is necessary for our survival. Then we reward the desire by eating the chocolate, which further strengthens the desire.
But instead I kept that box of chocolates in my car (it is cold in England), and had no urge to open the box at all.
The secret? I became skilled in processing my desires for chocolates. I allowed the feeling to be there and not act on it. In doing this, I managed to decondition that desire to 'just have one' (which generally resulted in a storm feeding frenzy of of 5 or 6). The only problem I have now is helping my children to develop the same skill! The box has been opened and they have managed to convince me that their bodies can handle 2 on the car ride home from school from time to time!
If you want to know more about how to process your desire for sugary foods and be able to have them in the house without succumbing to a feeding frenzy, get in touch.