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I Need to Change My Vices

Smoking, eating too many unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol or coffee, gambling, spending too much time on social media, and watching too much television—these are all unhealthy vices. On National Develop Alternative Vices Day, people replace their vices with ones that are less destructive to their bodies and minds. It is not a day to give up all fun; it's just a day find alternative ways to have it.

Let us start by exploring what vices I have:

1) Spending nearly every waking moment on the computer
2) Drinking 3-6 cans of Coke Zero a day
3) Two small cups of coffee a day or 1 large & 1 small cup  depending on what I have
4) Allow myself to get too hungry so when I finally eat I don't stop eating for a couple of hours or more
5) Eat something on my bad list at least once a day. Sugar Addict here!

OK so an easy five I suppose I am not the only one where vices come to mind faster than virtues.

What can I do, how can I change my current vices for ones that are not detrimental to me?

Well the first point is the base of my health issues so that is the first thing I need to work on. It is difficult for me to do this because I read on the computer, the computer is my TV, the computer is my stereo, my teacher. I use it for my banking, it is my bookcase frankly most anything to do with reading and writing I do on the computer so how on earth am I going to lessen my dependence on it. I am going to have to 
find things I can do away from the computer like walk outside.

Me nearly every day around 3 PM

Drinking Coke Zero and coffee are easily replaced by tea though I will miss them. I could even take it a step further and replace them with water. Once I got through the withdrawal headache I would be fine. The issue with that is that the headache could last two weeks and that is a long time to have a headache. On the other hand I would have about a hundred extra bucks a month for other stuff like groceries and clothes. Kinda interesting when put that way.

Irregular meals; aside from getting a meal service there isn't much I can do to fix this. I know, make a weekly menu, cook ahead, those are the standard answers. I do cook ahead to a certain extent if I make a big pot of something I freeze the leftovers. Menu planning not so much. A menu does not allow for a craving or an emergency.

Sugar addiction is not a good thing for a diabetic. I am working on substituting fruit for candy and cookies but I still have the issue that if they are in front of me I will eat them. Chocolate as a whole I have moved from the milk chocolate to dark chocolate, (currently at 70%), slowly moving towards the 80-85% range.

Baby steps that is all anyone can do. So that is what I will do too. 


  1. Biggest way to avoid temptation is to not have sugary stuff in the house. That's why I never buy you ice cream or chocolate anymore. I don't mind taking you to David's Teas to pick up interesting flavours and Kernels to pick up flavoured popcorn. I am slightly concerned about your sodium intake but it is nothing compared to sugar.


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