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How I Failed at Becoming an Alcoholic

By |February 13th, 2014|

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At the age of 24 I moved to Nelson, BC to attend the Kootenay School of Art.  I knew no one in the town or even at the art school yet.  Being a student I had to live in economical housing.  I had a room in a rooming house without a kitchen or living room and had to share a bathroom with a number of others. There was a hot plate and fridge in my small room, not much fun for the already cook I was.  It truly was a depressing situation to find myself in.

In those days living in Nelson, I liked dry red wine so I would buy a bottle and drink it all alone in my room getting inebriated every night.  I thought I might as well become an alcoholic; as it was in the family to be one.

Family of Alcoholics 

Having graduated in Social Work I learned that my father, grandparents and uncles were not simply beer lovers they were alcoholics.  The definition that I grew up with did not fit them as they did not fall or shout or even have the shakes if they did not have their alcohol for a couple of days.  My father would say ‘I just like the taste of beer.’ Even my mother’s father and grandfather were alcoholics so I come from a long line of them.

Big Problem 

Soon my bladder and kidneys began to react and I was in so much pain that I had to stop after only two weeks of drinking wine nightly and could not resume my activity to become an alcoholic.  I failed at becoming an alcoholic.

Still I was able to have the occasional glass of wine at parties and dinners without any problem that I could see.

Later… 

When I became very ill with Fibromyalgia and Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I did not drink alcohol ever; I found it increased being weak.

As I began to get better I was at a birthday party in a Japanese restaurant with a group of friends. I remember how much I liked sake when I was in Japan so I ordered one and then another and then another. After three servings of Sake one of the people at the table ordered a bottle of sake so I had three more.  I did not feel anything, which was interesting because when I was younger my friends would always joke about what a cheap drunk I was; after one or two glasses of wine I would be telling jokes and be very funny.

After six servings of sake I was not at all inebriated. No funny Diana, telling jokes. When I went to the washroom and looked in the mirror; I saw a very red face.  That was the only sign I had at that moment from the alcohol.  If only that was the only side effect.  What happened after that is memorable enough to put me off drinking forever.  I had a hangover for six months!

Do I ever drink alcohol now? 

No and I am not at all interested in having even one sip.  I know how it makes my body feel and value vibrant health more.  I do not miss it at all. No self control required.  That glass of expensive red wine does not look appealing to me not even for one sip. I can be silly and fun without it and be naturally high. No need for a substance to to that.  Best of all I am left full of vibrant energy after parties.

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Food Cravings VS Addictions VS Habits

By |February 7th, 2014|

Have you ever had cravings for chocolate or ice cream that would not go away?
Have you ever started eating cookies or potato chips and could not stop till you ate the whole bag?

Afterwards you feel like a failure because you did not control your craving.
You are not just being weak.  There are many reasons why this is happening.

 Cravings VS Addictions!

It is easy to think we are not addicted and simply overwhelmed with cravings.
A craving is a strong desire to consume a particular substance that we sometimes have control over and sometimes don’t. (my definition)

An addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance that interferes with your life despite the known consequences. (again my definition)

 I was a sugar addict and a chocolate addict!  That being said, sugar did not devastate my life the same way as heroin or alcohol could. I was not breaking into candy shops at night to steal sweets or spending every last penny to pay for a daily chocolate fix but it did affect my life.

I am happy to say I am no longer an addict.

 5 Reasons Your Addictions Are Not All Your Fault:

  1. When the body is deficient of the nutrients it needs to function, it will reach out for anything to get any form of nourishment. You cannot blame the body for being so hungry.
  2. If you have candida, bad bacteria or parasites; they are always very hungry and want quick nourishment right now!  They love sugar and refined starches the best.
  1. When you crave foods like cereals, grains, and sugar, you maybe addicted to them according to James Braly, MD, York Nutritional Laboratories and author of Food Allergy Relief.
  2. Food additives like MSG are often added to make you addicted to the foods that they are put in.
  3. The processed food industry spends huge sums of money to get us addicted to their food.  It is easier to get existing customers to eat more than to create new customers.

Causes of Cravings or Addictions

Chemical:
One view of cravings or addictions is that they are simply chemical in nature.
Chocolate and sugar for example, gives us a rush of serotonin and dopamine, the same kind of rush you get from street drugs.  We could achieve that same chemical result with healthier means. (see below)

Emotional:
Cravings are often linked to strong memories of past pleasure.  We want to re-experience that emotional feeling.  For example when you were a child, your Mommy may have fed you cookies when you were sad.  You are now trying to re-experience that safe comforting feeling from your childhood.

Spiritual:
Many people view addictions as an indication of a deep rooted void in life that needs to be filled. This will never totally work.  One really must be willing to work on themselves.  AA, for example, is a deeply spiritual program that has helped millions.

 Top Food Addictions.
These are some of the top food  addictions and cravings from our recent poll. Participate in the poll yourself and find out how you match with others.

  1. Sugar
  2. Salty Snacks
  3. Chocolate
  4. Caffeine
  5. Fatty foods.

To overcome my sugar addiction I learned how important it is to:

We may not be at fault for our addictions but we are responsible for dealing with them.
That means being strong and not giving in easily.
It is all about creating new habits which truly take time.

“Everything is habit forming, so make sure what […]