One Year Without Things I’d Rather Not Like

I had an idea for a New Year’s Resolution. This idea came while I was eating one of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, Phish Food. It had been half a year since my last B&J fix (a longer-than-customary interval for me, also being a product of Vermont) and I found it less satisfying this time.

Chips and Soda

I also used to have a fondness for chips and soda but a few years of scant consumption cured that. It should be admitted here that my first successful tactic against consuming junk food was a holier-than-thou attitude. I quickly saw how such an attitude can become itself addictive and found new, entertaining ways to reject some of my baser attractions.

To wit, and to be witty, I took to describing the chip-chomping experience this way: once you’ve eaten a chip, the pleasant flavor and crunch are replaced by an awful aftertaste that can only be defeated by the most thorough oral cleansing or, more handily, swigging soda and chomping another chip—it’s a downward spiral that ends when you’ve up-ended the bag for crumbs and sucked the soda dry and finally resigned yourself to tasting your garbage-flavored mouth until you can find a toothbrush.

In 2008 I will use the New Year’s Resolution tradition to test the proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. By trick or by treat, I will avoid each item on a privately kept (and by no means final) list of Things I’d Rather Not Like. At the end of the year, I will be free to indulge any desires which might remain. Results will be posted in 2009.

3 thoughts on “One Year Without Things I’d Rather Not Like

  1. Very interesting approach. Do you have other examples of the entertaining ways to reject some of my baser attractions?

    I’ve heard said you can’t stop a habit, you have to replace it. I don’t know that I’ve had much success stopping, changing or replacing a habit.

  2. Lloyd: I am not one to use New Year’s Day to try to change something as serious as a habit. A calendar holiday hasn’t the leverage to move such a mass. No, this is about changing my fondness—my taste. I never gave much credence to taste.

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