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Habits are like freckles or broken veins. They don’t surprise, may annoy at times. Our relationship with them is even closer than with our partners, children or friends and like in any relationship we have to give in order to get. Good habits reward us for giving but bad ones get as much as they need leaving us with nothing but frustration and low self-esteem. They are predictable, we know what they offer and at what price. To change a bad habit into a god sent is frightening, just like anything done for the first time. At this stage it requires giving even more than surrendering to well known bad guy. I know from experience how bittersweet bad habit can make me feel. I have embraced mine to the point of suffocating from its needing overpowering nature.
I had one of those late conversations with my husband when we were lying in bed and despite being terribly sleepy, there was still time for a cuddle and rushing those grey cells before falling into unconsciousness. I value his opinions because he’s the string to my kite and a brake to my engine. So I asked him if one can drastically change herself and never go back to previous hardly beaten habits (while not being naturally self-disciplined and driven). Can we change roles and still succeed? He was skeptical because no matter how much one is able to bury the true self - it remains as a murky passenger on the rear seat of one’s car so no matter what direction it is going, you still catch a glimpse of it in the reflexed mirror. It’s said it takes 21 days to break a habit, 21 consecutive days, no cheating, playing up. I smiled. So it is manageable. This brings me to a challenge I've filled my mind with a little while ago. A total change, a step by step new routine. Meat as food could vanish and I wouldn’t care. The only meat I put into my mouth is an occasional chicken and fish (salmon, cod, sardines), I don’t eat red meat, sea food at all. I drink cow’s milk but I prefer soya milk and yoghurt more and curiously look at the supermarket’s shelf for rice or almond milk (since I love almonds, it must be delicious). Cheese is my big addiction but again I’m not a huge and regular eater and tofu tastes fantastic so I guess transferring to veganism would not break me in half. I’m more than ready to apply changes in my diet - starting off with reading ingredient list on packages, choosing organic, limiting sugars, processed food. The whole idea of researching is to live a conscious life and being responsible for the health faults, general mood and impact on environment one has. Food choices, lifestyle determine the quality of life itself and its ending which I’m particularly focused on. I think it’s never too late to ditch old habits and stick to new routines. I just need to say to myself: “If you want cheese, etc. you can have it. This doesn’t have to be forever. No cheese today. Tomorrow we’ll discuss it again”.
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