Yep, I went out and bought the Essence of Grapefruit/Grapefruit Oil. What have I got to lose, right? I bought it in a health food store and tried it immediately.
As I told you in my prior post, my friend Linda (the “alternative guru” — seriously, the amount of information she has in her head is AMAZING!), suggested that I try using it to curb my sugar cravings. I did, and it did!!!
Sicily, 1948. Oh no — sorry, that was The Golden Girls! New York, 2015. I’m having a wicked chocolate craving. Anything will “fix” it — cake, cookies, candy (Oh, My!). I run to my car, drive at breakneck speed to the local health food store to procure my bottle of Grapefruit Oil. Back in my car, I open the bottle, look around to see if anyone’s watching, place a few drops of the magic potion on my finger, and breathe deeply. Feeling like I’ve just completed a drug deal, I step back into reality…
No, not a drug deal. The sugar/chocolate is the DRUG. The Grapefruit Oil is the antidote.
Here’s what I think happens: If our brains can only accept one message at a time, and I PUSH the essence/odor of grapefruit into it — what is it going to encourage me to think? Grapefruit, of course! Evidently, the grapefruit message pushes the chocolate craving out. Hopefully, to the curb. 🙂
I did exactly as Linda suggested. I put a few drops on my index finger (smushed it around) and took a whiff. First of all, it smelled like a wonderful ripe, pink grapefruit. Most importantly, the strong craving for chocolate disappeared. It did — like magic — it really did! But, this isn’t magic. It’s science (remember, aromatherapy is nothing new). Unfortunately, the odor didn’t last. When the craving came back, I had to repeat the procedure (a small price to pay, don’t you think?)
I believe that the actual act of:
- stopping what I’m doing,
- removing the bottle from my bag,
- opening it,
- putting the oil on my finger,
- smelling it,
- closing the container,
- putting the container back in my bag,
~~~ is a process that takes a little time. That time slowed me down. Made me stop, think, change my decision.
So what I’m saying is that I think it works (for me) for more than one reason. The odor of the grapefruit removes the craving, and the process takes time, which gives me the opportunity to stop (and NOT eat the sugar product). The only thing that matters is that it did work, even if only for a short time until I had to repeat the procedure.
I will continue to use the grapefruit oil, as part of my defense against the sugar cravings that, at this point in time, seem to be torturing me.
The bottom line is that I will definitely overcome this issue — I have never been more motivated than I am right now.
Thanks for your help, Linda.
Wish me luck! 🙂