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no habit is an accident: month 1, final recap.

month 1

month 1 | no gum

a month ago, I set out with the goal of not chewing a single piece of gum (or any artificially flavored mint) for an entire month.

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crazy. this was one of my biggest habits/addictions! but i’m proud to say i did it! i stuck to my commitment, never caved, nor justified a situation worth needing a piece.

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although, I will say, this final recap is probably going to sound a little different than my week 1 recap. I’m not going to lie, I definitely missed it. After the first week or so, I got over the impulsive desire to just grab a piece after every meal or during every idle or anxious moment. yet when I would see it laying around somewhere–in a drawer, a friend’s car, a coworker’s bag, I would practically lurch forward ready to chomp away. anddd then I’d remember. damn it. step. away. from. the. gum.  

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okkkk, Obama.

the hardest times, by far, were during road trips. gum used to always give me something to do and help keep me awake. the two long car rides I had were pretty difficult without it. I ended up eating a lot more of the time–which is something I found myself doing a little bit more of overall. It’s harder to say no to another bite or snacks laying around when you don’t have something in your mouth already. but I also drank a lot more water, which was a perk. by week 3, I found some all-natural organic mints at Trader Joe’s which I’d eat at work if I couldn’t brush my teeth. those helped a little bit and were nice to have around.

by week 4, I don’t think I could have chewed gum anyway, as my incoming wisdom teeth became relentless and impacted. post-surgery, I don’t think gum chewing lends well to recovery either. ;)

once my whole teeth situation is remedied though, I can’t say I won’t ever chew a piece of gum again. but I will definitely be drastically reducing the amount I chewed. it was a nice change of pace–literally, as not always smacking away made me feel less restless. I still had some stomach discomfort & bloating over the month, so it’s hard to really attribute not chewing gum to having an impact there. I also still had a few kanker sores so I don’t think I can blame those on gum either. yet some of the headaches and head fogginess I get from artificial sugars definitely went away, which was extremely telling. my sweet tooth also seemed to get its’ fill quicker. maybe something about the long-lasting sweet flavor of gum previously had me wanting the same thing out of desserts?

all in all, it was a good challenge for me, and you’ll have to decide on a gum-chewing-verdict for yourself! on to month 2 of my 2014 “no habit is an accident” personal discovery. stay tuned to find out what it will be! :)

K.V

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