On Nutella and Other Things..

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How often do you lose control over your temptations? Would you say your most irresistible temptation is food, attention, relationships or all three of them? This is not me trying to help you fight your addictions or break your bad habits; it’s the complete opposite actually.

I always thought of myself as the type of people that is prone for addiction.  I don’t get bored easily; sticking with whatever brings me comfort, be it a jar of Nutella, an interesting book that I would read and re-read until I have memorized my favorite parts of it or even a tiny Greek diner with two tables and a very limited menu.

Naturally, there’s no such thing as an endless supply of what you’re addicted to. It has to come to an end sooner or later and that’s when the agony starts and you frantically look for a replacement to the feeling that it gave you more than anything else.

Throughout the years, I started to pay more attention to the things I looked forward to at the end of everyday to proactively USE them instead of fighting them. That was the turning point for me, learning to use my addictions to turn the least attractive/most beneficial things -I needed to do- into habits.

Let me give you an example:

Addiction: I’m not a TV person and I didn’t even have one for the past 20 years, yet I was crazy about a certain TV series that I could spend 8 hours straight watching it on my phone.

Need: An hour of cardio everyday for a few months before the wedding to fit into the dress.

Fix: I decided to watch the TV series only while I was doing cardio at the gym- a few days later I couldn’t skip a day without doing at least one hour of cardio.

My point is- if you can’t break the habit, do something good with it instead of beating yourself up for all the things you can’t do.


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