10 Addiction or Preference: Are You Killing Your Natural Thirst Instinct?

By Alex Charfen in Huffington Post

 

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When it comes to what you eat and drink, you may be fighting harmful addictions disguised as preferences.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Simple, low-risk changes in your perspective and behavior can have high rewards for your health, especially when it comes to your dietary choices. Here’s how.

We’re human. We often fail to realize the weight that seemingly insignificant, everyday decisions carry. In fact, some of these decisions we call “preferences” can turn out to be addictions. I’ll give you an example.

As a teen in the 1980s, I got really into working out and lifting weights. At that time, it seemed like all the successful bodybuilders were drinking Diet Coke. It was even marketed as the healthy alternative to normal soft drinks and I can remember seeing personal trainers and huge weightlifters walking around the gym with their personal 2-liter bottles. I clearly saw the connection between physical fitness and Diet Coke, so it didn’t take long for me to adopt this preference. I then discovered that the soda gave me an energy boost and allowed me to do more in the gym. And I felt great… for a while (continue reading).

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Date: March 31, 2016
Appearance: Addiction or Preference: Are You Killing Your Natural Thirst Instinct?
Outlet: Huffington Post
Format: Newspaper