The sweetest attraction

I began to feel I could break free of the hypnotic attraction to sweets.

I was famous for having a “sweet tooth.” Friendly jokes and stories about my unwavering aim to capitalize on treats whenever possible were funny and made me feel a little special. I never saw it as a problem and was proud that I could eat whatever I wanted without any detriment to my health or appearance.

Over the years, though, I became more interested in putting the teachings of Christian Science into practice—teachings that focus on increased understanding and expression of Spirit, God, rather than on material goals and attainments. And as my desire for God grew, I became more alert to the mentally and physically unhealthful nature of a passion for sweets. It felt addictive. And even though many people face far more damaging addictions, I began to see how the distraction of this persistent pull hampered my peace and freedom. When I saw others turn down dessert, ice cream, or dishes full of candy, I began to feel I could break free of the hypnotic attraction to sweets.

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