YOUR PERCEPTION IS YOUR OWN REALITY. Regardless of anything that is said to you by anyone meaning anything. A statement only means what you perceive it to mean to you.

So how are you today? Did you wake up full of vim and vigor? Perhaps you hit the snooze button on your alarm 2 or 3 times. Or, maybe you are moving about in slow motion until your first cup of coffee or tea. Not only can I relate to the slow motion, I have gone as far as recently changing my phone alarm to play “Give Me Just a Little More Time” (disco version from 1992).

Personally, I enjoy mornings and I can be very productive without caffeine. I just don’t love the taste of caffeine but I do love the buzz from a hot cup of coffee. Just a couple of sips and I am shot out of a cannon! Generally, I don’t need caffeine – that is, until I do. From the first cup of coffee, the vicious cycle of caffeine addiction rears it’s ugly head. I hate when that happens, lol. Even though I only drink one cup of coffee in the morning (8-12 ounces) I am hooked. I will experience the headaches and sleepiness for 3 or 4 days to detox from the morning coffee. Does this happen to you? Well-meaning folks have told me that it’s impossible to be so sensitive from drinking so little. Maybe it is impossible for them, but this is my reality. For the foreseeable future, I am fine with my coffee buzz.

Do you find that you crave bagels, pretzels, or pasta? Oops, maybe that’s just me! It’s become well-known that some people have visceral reactions such as salivating, headaches, and irritability if that carb beast is not fed. You may be surprised to know that this is actually part of a sugar addiction. Carbohydrates turn to sugar and the sugar turns into fat as part of the digestive process. The detox from sugar is far uglier than caffeine. Sugar is more addictive than crack or heroin.

Yikes, how are you now? Most people can benefit from reducing their sugar intake. I found it easier to reduce my carbohydrates for now. Let me know if you need help.

I’m sure that it’s starting to make more sense as to why it is so difficult for many of us to self-motivate and to keep our bodies healthy. Regardless if you are made to feel irresponsible in some way, you should understand that statements like those come from someone else’s reality. Not yours.

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