Don’t Eat the Gummi Bears

I love sugar. I know it’s not good for me, but I still eat it and frequently. I have a list of favorites. It’s a long list broken into two categories — everyday items and holiday. My everyday list includes Tootsie Rolls, Orange Slices, and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. My holiday list is for Valentine’s Day -Brach’s Candy Conversation Hearts; Easter — Starburst Jelly Beans; and Halloween Brach’s Candy Corn.

Sometimes, I’ll settle on another choice and sometimes that choice involves Gummi Bears. I don’t mind eating Gummi Bears — the chewy texture is kind of cool and of course there’s the sugar. Unfortunately, every time I decide to eat Gummi Bears, by body revolts. I get heartburn or reflux and sometimes both. After eating, even a handful, I will remember that I ate them all day long. So why eat them at all anymore, if I know this will be the result? Good question, I shouldn’t, but I do.

Gummi Bears are like behaviors — those things in our lives that we keep doing, even though they make us feel bad. Letting your email inbox overflow, putting off an important doctor’s appointment, having a gym membership and never using it, staying in a toxic relationship, and setting goals and never doing the work to achieve them. Just as I have the power to just say no to eating more Gummi Bears (which after my last experience will be easy to do) — you have the power to say yes to new behaviors and a more productive and fulfilling life.

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