If You Want To Quit An Addiction, Start By Properly Caring For and Feeding Your Big Dumb Pet, Your Brain!
I was a teenaged smoker. I started smoking when I was 14 and didn’t quit until I was 24. Then I immediately started drinking coffee, and it took me 20 years to quit that addiction. So I know all about quitting addictions.
Smokers are pariahs in California so fortunately nonsmokers don’t have to deal with second hand smoke that much. But it’s a different story with coffee. You can’t venture out into the world without seeing scads of people toting paper cups of coffee. It always makes me feel so happy that I’m no longer addicted. I like waking up in the morning with a clear head and not having to stumble into the kitchen for my fix. When I feel tired, I can I take a nap. It’s much healthier than hitting my adrenals with a sledgehammer to get them to wake up.
Funny that we actually begin addictions to feel better and end up feeling horrible. Addictions not only control your life, but if you’re interested in being attractive let me be the first to tell you that addictions do not lend to that plan. Addictions create free radicals (cancer and aging) and prolonged high insulin levels (fat around the middle) and are also very hard on the adrenal glands, wearing them down, and leading to a cascade of hormonal and other imbalances in the body culminating in accelerated aging (obesity, disease, and the outward signs of aging such as wrinkles, bags, flab, and cellulite). Last but not least, addictions imbalance your brain chemistry, leading to depression.
Examples of Addictive Stimulants
Amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and other recreational drugs
Dexadrine, Ritalin, diet pills, including ginseng and ephedra (ma huang)
OTCs and prescription drugs
Overworking (which is stimulating 🙂
Oxocotin, Percocet, Vicodin, and other pain medications
Refined carbs and sugar
There is a reason that a multi-million dollar antidepressant industry has sprung up in the last 30 years. Masses of people have cultivated unhealthy brains that do not have enough happy neurotransmitters to help them cope with every day life. I questioned the efficacy of antidepressants for years for one very good reason: I know many people who have been “depressed” for years who have been taking antidepressants the entire time. If antidepressants worked, then wouldn’t my depressed friends be happier? Apparently not because a couple of years ago a review of 20 years of studies on antidepressants published in The New England Journal of Medicineconcluded that antidepressants basically didn’t work. Finally, some sanity.
The reason antidepressants don’t work is that they are only Band-Aids on unhealthy brains that have deteriorated because of inadequate nutrition combined with using stimulants. The brain is 60 percent fat. If you eat a factory food diet, you’re going to be eating a lot of bad fats (industrialized vegetable oils: corn, safflower, sunflower, canola, cottonseed, and soy) and your brain is going to be made out of these unhealthy fats. Even worse is the ridiculously unhealthy low- and nonfat diet that is devastatingly depleting to the body and brain. A factory food diet is also generally high in refined carbs and low in protein. So are vegan and vegetarian diets. Without adequate protein (amino acids), your body will not have the materials to manufacturer healthy, happy neurotransmitters. So you’ll likely be depressed and more susceptible to using stimulants to get through your days.
A healthy brain is flooded with what I call “happy neurotransmitters,” which calm the body, mind, and, indirectly, the spirit. Some important neurotransmitters are:
Dopamine: acts as a stimulant (you feel energized)
Endorphins: our brain’s painkiller and pleasure chemical (pains of life are diminished and you instead feel a sense of joy)
Serotonin: responsible for a sense of well-being (you feel high on life)
Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA):promotes a sense of calm (you feel calmly in control).
So How Do You Quit?
I can still clearly remember the inner turmoil of thinking about quitting smoking and my many failed attempts. I also remember feeling bleak about quitting coffee, though it was something I really wanted to do. Both times I quit cold turkey. But cold turkey is really murder and takes a ton of will. What if you go cold turkey, fail, and then hate yourself? I now understand that there’s a much better way to deal with addictions. By taking care of your big dumb pet, your brain, you can create a healthy, happy brain, flooded with happy neurotransmitters and you’ll have a much easier time quitting addictions. I don’t think it’s unrealistic for people to begin working on their brains months before quitting an addiction.
The Basics of Properly Caring for And Feeding Your Big Dumb Pet, Your Brain
First and foremost is eating real food. Real food is going to rebuild your brain, cell by cell. Along the way, neurotransmitter production will increase. You’ll find that you feel happier, less knee jerk reactive to the pain and upsets of life, and more centered.
Important Nutrients for a Healthy Brain
Supplement Your Diet with Brain Nutrition (Essential Fatty Acids)
All the Ways You Can Feed and Care For Your Big Dumb Pet, Your Brain
- Follow a detox lifestyle by avoiding as many toxins as possible in food, the environment (including self and home care products and cosmetics) and drugs
- Stop eating all factory-food products, especially white flour and sugar
- Eat a balanced diet of real, living, organic food
- Incorporate healing fats into your diet
- Take supplemental cod liver oil every day for EFA, and vitamins D3 and A (the flavored kind to keep you from gagging), and eat small oily fish like sardines
- Drink green veggie juice to aid in repair and healing from your addiction
- Exercise every day to boost natural opiate levels in your brain
- Twenty minutes of exposing your arms and legs to full afternoon sunlight without sunblock will synthesize 20,000 IUs of vitamin D3
- Take N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC), an amino acid that helps decrease withdrawal symptoms. It has been shown to help heal smokers’ lungs
- Take quality multivitamins and added antioxidants
- Use bioidentical hormone replacement, if you need it
- Learn to practice self-compassion meditation to alter your physical brain and to foster feelings of calm control
- Drink organic green tea, which has half the caffeine of coffee and contains health-giving properties
- Have acupuncture treatments to continue to calm your brain
- Use hypnosis to continue to calm your brain
My big wish is that more people would properly care for and feed their big dumb pets, their brains. We would not only put the antidepressant industry out of business, but maybe some of those coffee shops too 🙂
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,