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Can you become addicted to chocolate?
- By Michael Craig Miller, M.D., Senior Editor, Mental Health Publishing, Harvard Health Publishing
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Or if you’re a smoker as well as a chocoholic, you can can deal with two addictions at once. I picked up an electronic cigarette kit and some chocolate flavour e-liquid. I wasn’t really expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Not only have I cut out cigarettes but I don’t feel as much need to binge-snack late at night when the combined nicotine/chocolate cravings hit. I mean I still do get the cravings but they’ve definitely gone down. I’ve given up smoking twice before for about 6 months each time and put on about 4kgs each time, mainly through compensating by eating Snickers bars and warm choc brownies to distract myself from the cigarette withdrawals. But since my most recent and hopefully final quit attempt using these chocolate e-cigs, I’ve only gained about half a kilo in 6 weeks so I’m pretty happy with that. Hope I can keep it up! Anyone looking quit chocs and/or cigs, seriously, give this method a try. Most countries have e-cigs legally available, just do search online to find a local store or have them delivered to you. Good luck!
I agree entirely that addiction to food and medicines is sort of totally different. As a healer, my approach to addiction can vary between the 2
I agree that chocolate has a two edged appeal — wonderful taste that gives both sugar (carbohydrates) and fat; two of our most enjoyed food groups. But addiction is a craving for something we think we must have to feel good! However, I would bet we could feel just as good if we ate some other fat and sugar food(s)that have good taste too. My first option would be to try caramel(sugar) and old fashioned cocktail peanuts, lightly salted (fat).
I agree entirely that addiction to food and drugs is quite different. As a therapist, my approach to addiction will vary between the two. Stopping smoking, for example, can be done by correcting the subconscious habits and associations developed with smoking, and disposing of the subconscious belief that nicotine is needed or useful in someway. With food, we need address more underlying causes as to why someone feels the need to overeat or experiences uncontrollable cravings.
Thank you so much for this research.This is really a great reaserch on chocolates on how we should addicted to the chocolates.
great reaserch on chocolates that how we should addicted to the chocolates a a athank you very much…By fittodo
Chocolates contain chemicals that make you addictive if you indulge it too much. Habits take 7 weeks to form so, the “sufferer” must be committed to letting go of dependence on it
Interesting resarch, and useful tips for managing cravings for sweets and other unhealthy habits.
Processed food is the main factor in modern obesity. If you ate nothing but lean meat, fruits and vegetables all day and 2 oz of dark chocolate was your only empty calories I doubt a body’d be fat.
I agree with him, even vegetables are full of chemicals. You better eat organic foods but it cost much. Sometimes eating too much sweets can make you lose your appetite when you get old.
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