hey hey amigos!
i was chatting away with my mom this morning, as usual, when she brought up yesterday's post. she totally understood how we can substitute "healthy" addictions in place of dealing with deeper issues, and it looks like you guys have experienced similar bumps in the road.
isn't it frustrating how we can do such a good job of mentally "blocking out" an issue? it's so easy to overlook something just because on the surface, it seems OK, "healthy," or other people are doing the same thing, but it can mean something totally different to us personally.
but what if there really isn't a deeper motive?
i thank my mom for pointing this out. i realized that in order to "dig deeper" yesterday, i failed to point out that sometimes, we just develop bad habits.
so like yesterday, let's say you chew a fair amount of gum. you like gum, and you eat too, so really don't feel like your using gum to cover true hunger. nonetheless, you seem drawn to chew gum... maybe a little more than you should.
why is this? you, my friend, just have developed what we call... a bad habit! it's super easy to do, with "healthy" things especially. little quirks like that tend to get lost in the daily grind, and 10 years can go by before we ever even notice it (can you imagine the cost for 10 years of gum!?!).
i'm not trying to continually knock gum, y'all. i'm just using it as an example of something we don't think about. there can be something different for each of us, or nothing at all. it's unique like we are.
my bad habit? for nearly every morning of all my teenage years, i would pour a huge bowl, and i would keep filling the bowl until all the milk was gone. that was my "serving size."
i would do the same thing everyday, regardless of how hungry i was. i just didn't even think about it. did i need all that? no way! it was just a mindless bad habit i picked up (my dad does it, too!), and it stuck with me for years before i ever gave it a second thought.
if i had simply judged how hungry i was before i poured that planet-sized bowl, i could have saved myself a lot of frustration! i used to do this with apples, too. there's nothing wrong with apples, but i used to just grab one whenever i was "feeling munchy." 4 or 5 apples a day is a lot of sugar, extra calories that didn't fill me up, and a lot of money!
the point is, whether you don't floss, mindlessly munch on fruit all day, or chew with your mouth open, a bad habit is something worth considering.
are "healthy" addictions bad?