Bach flowers for addictions
Happy October, everyone!
Even here in the deep south fall is in the air and I couldn’t be more excited!! Autumn is by far my favorite season. According to the always spot-on Ophira and Tali over at Astrostyle, this month the stars have set the stage for some change in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but for me, 2013 has been filled with nothing but change from the inside out and I’m not too keen on strapping in for another go ‘round. But, I’m a big believer that what you resist persists, so I suppose it’s time to tap into that natural confidence we all have and face the future head on.
Obviously change can take many, many forms depending on where you are in your life. For me, this month change comes in the form of releasing an addiction. I’ve bid farewell to a few addictions in my life, but none like this.
In my early 30’s I quit my addiction to cigarettes and caffeine.
Later in my 30’s I quit my addiction to alcohol.
Now, I’m saying a final, (not so) fond adios to sugar, and it’s kicking my butt!
I’ve been off of white sugar and it’s related products for years now, so I really didn’t think I had a sugar problem.
Sure I have a little yacon syrup in my oatmeal – no biggie. A few medjool dates after dinner – nothing to worry about. (Dates are a health food, right?) And so what if I get giddy over the thought of taking my daily dose of vitamin b12, which just so happens to be filled with sweet, sweet vegetable glycerin. You don’t?
Ok, so maybe that last one should have been a clue into the fact that I might have a teensy issue with sugar.
But it wasn’t.
What tipped me off was how I felt when I went one small day without sugar of any kind. I didn’t do it on purpose. It was totally an accident.
And it left me annihilated.
By the end of the day I had a raging headache and was sobbing. Gut wrenching sobs. Life was a misery. There seemed to be no end to my pain.
In the midst of this epic meltdown, after taking some Rescue Remedy, I went to get some help from my good friend dried logan berry fruit (yes I’m weird) and within minutes I felt awesome. Amazing. Ready to take on the world. Crisis over.
Houston, we have a sugar addiction.
There was no more denying it.
The time had come to quit sugar for good.
I am happy to report that today marks 6 days sugar free and I’m beginning to feel great. But, boy, was this last week rather nasty.
Thankfully, I had my trusty Bach flowers to see me through.
Since Bach flowers take aim at the emotional and psychological reasons for our troubles, they are a fantastic support system for releasing any addictions or unhealthy habits, which almost always come with an emotional component.
As always, there’s no one size fits all approach to treating any issue with Bach flowers, and addiction is no exception. However, there are some flowers that most people recovering from addiction can benefit from.
Here are my top choices:
Chestnut Bud and Walnut: When working with addiction issues, these two really go hand in hand. Chestnut Bud helps break unhealthy patterns and Walnut is the go to flower in times of great change or transition. Together these two can be a very potent link breaker. Since I felt like I needed a chainsaw to break the ties between me and sugar, these were (and still) are a great support.
Sweet Chestnut: Around day 3 of giving up sugar I started to sob and was overcome with feelings of sorrow and despair. I felt as if I had lost my best friend. Sweet Chestnut helped to ease those feelings and allowed me to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Pine: When feelings of shame and guilt for allowing food to control me surfaced, I looked to Pine to help with self love.
Honeysuckle: The day I found myself sobbing over happy sugar memories of yesteryear (yes, it was THAT dramatic replaying memories of birthday cake and Christmas cookies) I took some Honeysuckle to help remove the rose colored glasses keeping me stuck in the past and refocus on the present.
Cherry Plum: When I felt so emotionally out of control that I was seriously afraid I was going to tear up the house Incredible Hulk style, I looked to Cherry Plum to help calm me down.
Agrimony: I tend to be someone who buries emotions by eating them away, or by diving into work. Agrimony helps to brings buried emotions to the surface for healing and cuts off the desire to distract instead of deal.
Willow: At various points this week I’ve felt bitter and resentful that I can’t enjoy sugar the way others can and I started blaming the Universe for dealing me an unfair hand. Pity Party much? Willow helped the bitterness subside and assisted me in realizing that this isn’t anyone’s fault. It just “is”.
Although I didn’t use Crab Apple, it’s very helpful for addictions that come with an obsessive/compulsive component, or if you feel unclean or toxic because of your addiction.
Now that I’m nearing the end of the physical withdrawal from sugar, I’m feeling almost like a new person. Or, better yet, I feel as if I’m tapping into long forgotten parts of myself. I am calmer, happier and more focused. I’ve lost a bloated feeling I’ve been carrying around for close to two years, my rings fit again and I’m finally able to button my pre-baby jeans.
Take that, sugar!
It’s worth mentioning that in addition to Bach flowers, I’ve been calling upon my reiki skills, as well as meditation, Kundalini yoga and an incredible support system to keep me motivated. I also highly recommend the e-book Overcoming Sugar Addiction by Karly Randolph Pitman. It’s been a true lifesaver for my sugar addicted soul.
So, if change for you this October looks similar to mine, and you find yourself ready to release an unhealthy habit once and for all, call on the power of Bach flowers to support you on your journey from addiction to freedom. And be sure to leave a comment and let me know how it goes. Or find me on Facebook or Twitter.
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