The Cost of Being Healthy

Being healthy is important...

Taking care of your health is vital.  But what does that exactly mean?  Does being healthy mean that I am going to become vegetarian?  Does it mean I am exercising 12 times a day?  Actually, for right now, it doesn't mean either one.  But it means something MUCH worse... I have to give up caffeine.  And by saying caffeine, I actually mean.... chocolate.

No caffeine, no problem...

My adrenal glands have been taxed for a while, and I am really working on healing them and making them whole and healthy again.  I was watching a video a few weeks ago, and the person on the video said that the biggest detractors of healthy adrenals is caffeine and stimulants.  As I sat there, I thought hmm... I can give up caffeine.  I made the decision to give up my favorite Iced Tea.  Now mind you, I am not a big caffeine drinker.  I don't like soda pop, and I am not a fan of coffee at all.  I was so proud of myself after I had made it 10 days without caffeine, until my husband said...

What about your chocolate...

SCREECH!  HOLD THE PHONE!  Chocolate doesn't have caffeine in it, does it?  He stared at me.  Yes it does!  Crap, crap, crap!  I wanted to sit down and weep from my soul.  You mean in order to heal my adrenal glands I was going to have to give up chocolate, too?  Yes, he said.  Talk about some bad news! I think I knew in my heart it had caffeine, but in my mind it wasn't enough to make me have to give it up.  After all, it didn't have "that much" caffeine in it.  I was going to have to make a decision just how bad I wanted to be healthy.  

Chocolate eaters, beware...

I thought about it, and I decided it was time. Now, giving up chocolate seemed like a good idea until I realized that the BIG CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY is around the corner named Valentine's Day.  Chocolate ads, chocolate goodies, I can't get away from them!  The good news is that it veering toward being healthy also helps my diet, too.  I am learning that I don't miss chocolate quite as much as I thought.  Wait! What???  That's a pretty shocking revelation since I come from a long line of chocolate eaters.  However, being healthy, being able to sleep at night, and having energy is much more important to me than chocolate at this point.  

It does take 21 days to make a habit...

I am at day 15.  Not to far to go.  It's funny how the first 3 days were the hardest.  That doesn't mean that I have defeated chocolate.  It just means that for right now I am making a choice.  Caffeine and chocolate are less important to me than I had previously thought.  No more late night snacking of my favorite chocolate chips.  No more raw brownie dough eating.  That's like a dagger to the heart.  But it is worth being healthy.  I think it is worth it to be healthy.   What about you?


Warrior Chocolate-less!

~Suzanne~

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