Robb Wolfe talks about palette fatigue and how we get bored of eating too much of the same food. Not so with chocolate for me! Even dark chocolate; even dark chocolate sweetened with stevia. Nothing works. It’s so addictive for me! I’m blaming my current chocolate indulgence on the fact that I’m reading “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Dr. Gabor Mate – close encounters with Addiction. Yep. I hear that. He has a very good explanation of addiction on page 106. He says that addictions look like normal human yearnings but that they are more about the desire process than the attainment of the thing. The emotional charge that you feel comes about from the pursuit of the thing and that the pleasure is in the satisfaction of yearning. As an addict (me included!) we crave the absence of the state of feeling the craving. When we get that, we momentarily relieve our uncomfortable feelings, loneliness, boredom, etc. It’s a feeling of freedom from longing. I suppose there are worse addictions than chocolate, but still I clearly need to work on my problems because chocolate keeps making the occasional appearance in my pantry! And honestly I do sleep better when I don’t have it. Gotta address that addiction!
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