Your patience pays off. After standing in line for nearly 20 minutes, the baker hands you a fresh, warm donut with cream oozing out the sides. The heat from the donut radiates from your hands, up your arms, chest, and neck, and finally to your lips and tongue. In anticipation of this sugary snack, your mouth releases an excess of saliva, which overflows at the corners of your lips and runs down your chin. You can’t take it anymore—that donut needs to be inside you.
You throw the cash on the counter and dart out of the store as fast as you can. Before your feet hit the pavement, you take your first bite. The sense of euphoria overtakes you. Is this what cocaine feels like? The cream sticking to and around your lips doesn’t deter from continuing to ravenously devour the donut—it’s gone within seconds. Why can’t this last forever? As you swallow your last bite, the feeling of enjoyment and love for the donut begins to waiver. What have I done? Suddenly, you feel queasy, not from the 40 g of sugar, but out of disgust from eating something you know is unhealthy. Goodbye six pack. Hello love handles, man boobs, and double chin!
Let’s face it, we all have indulged in ...
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... will notice that your perception of pain and pleasure will change. Consequently, so will your behaviors!
Good luck and keep in mind:
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
• It’s difficult to banish unhealthy foods from your diet–they are readily available, very affordable, and taste so damn good.
• Changing unhealthy food habits is difficult, but not impossible.
• In order to change your unhealthy eating behaviors, you have to redefine what you associate with pain and pleasure. You are your own master!
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