7 hours since we finished dinner and it’s still not gone down, probably due to all the thorntons chocolates, wine, baileys, Christmas pudding and brandy butter I’ve been eating all afternoon! Funny thing is, I don’t feel anything but contentment.
I’m growing really quite attached to this food baby actually, I think I shall name him Gerald.
That, my friends, is what we call an achievement. It’s my absolute childhood favourite: Nana’s Mac and Cheese *u*
I saw just how much cheese and milk and butter goes into it and guess what? I didn’t give a shit. All that mattered is how delicious it was. I had all of this AND finished off loads of Nana’s portion too! Can I get a freakin round of applause??
It’s been a little more than two and a half months since I stopped chewing gum, so I wanted to share some advice on how to do it :)
Focus on the long-term gratification. Try to make it just one day without gum. At the end of the day, think about how good it feels to NOT have chewed gum. I know that after I binged on gum, I always experienced guilt/shame/sadness— compared to pride/accomplishment when I had resisted the temptation. Chewing gum feels good in the moment, but (literally) at the end of the day, staying strong feels so much better.
Respect your hunger. You’re thinking, “But I chew gum so I don’t HAVE to eat!” Sorry, but gum doesn’t equal nutrients. You need food in your mouth, not flavor. If you rely on gum as a way to stimulate your taste buds while restricting, there’s only one way to kick the habit, and that’s to eat when you’re hungry. Trust me, I know it’s hard. I’ve been starving an hour after a huge breakfast, and although in the past I would’ve chewed manically for two hours to put off eating until my “set time,” now I have a snack. Your body is telling you something, and it’s your responsibility to listen, not trick it.
Brush your teeth. If you’re craving gum not because you’re hungry, but because you’re bored, brush your teeth! It’s the same burst-y effect in your mouth, but unlike gum, it has that sense of finality, like after you brush your teeth, you’re going to move on with your life.
Don’t chew it at all. Ever. You’re dependent on gum, and so you can’t chew it “in moderation.” Don’t accept pieces from friends, don’t buy a pack with the plan to spread it out over a couple of days, just. don’t. chew. it. I know from prior experiences of trying to quit that “just one piece” turns into a whole pack very, very quickly.
Mark your progress on a calendar/reward yourself. For every day you make it, draw a little smiley-face. It’s so so so cool to see the smiley faces stack up. After I reach certain mile-stones, I like to treat myself!
I hope this advice helps anyone who is trying to stop chewing gum! It’s such a hard thing to overcome, but speaking as someone who used to walk two miles just to buy a pack, it’s definitely do-able.