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what’s revealed, can be healed x

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dearest Chocholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab; 'what's revealed, can be healed.' 

Now, it's time to look at when your chocolate addiction actually began, to help you to understand what issues it is covering up, so you can healed them!

If by any chance you genuinely cannot remember when your chocolate addiction started or what actually triggered it off, do not worry. Can you then just consider what issues it might be covering up such as low self-esteem, and poor self-image and confidence, for example.

For example; can you remember if you began being addicted to chocolate because of an event that happened to you; such as a heartbreak, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, or just extreme stress, loneliness or boredom, or depression.

It could actually be a number of issues and events that triggered it and not just one, so just grab your notebook and write down what comes to you and feels right to you, in your own time.

My chocolate addiction, started in my late childhood, really but it gathered pace in my teenager years when I frankly preferred chocolate to boys, and it did not exactly go away…

Chocolate became an emotional crutch for me, a serial go-to place for me when I was feeling stressed, lonely,happy, elated, in need of celebration, bored, fed up, depressed, heartbroken, you name it, I went to chocolate for it, and many other reasons!

In fact, chocolate was such a large part of my life that at University, I even did a German oral examination about just how important chocolate was in my life… I know what you are thinking… ie Chocolate Rehab Carrie was an inevitability……at some point or another lol ..

Right now lovely, just go for it, it will feel so much better down on paper. Honestly, it will, as then at least you know what issues you are dealing with so that you can deal with them and heal them; as remember;

' What's revealed, can be healed' Carrie Eddins,

Until our next chunk together!

Love Ya!

Carriexxx

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what you resist, persists..

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab; 'What you resist, persists.'

I don't know about you, but I admit I can have a tendency to look for the easy way out, and look for something that is much easier

to do to sort something out. I admit I know had I have known healing my chocolate addiction would have taken me so long, I would not have embarked on my Chocolate Rehab…!!!! Heavens no. I would have run for the hills, but something obviously kept me going… a bigger purpose .. YOU!!!!!

We are told everywhere we go, take this pill you will feel better, have your hair done so you will look better, buy this dress you will feel and look like a million dollars… but if you have done any of the above you will know that that good feeling often only lasts a short while, before you are back to feeling like crap, and eating oodles of chocolate to feel better. Can you relate?

I know I can. (Obviously this only applies if you feel unhappy on the inside!!!)

The harsh reality is, that until you sit down and face whatever is going on with you, that you are hiding underneath your chocolate addiction, it will just continue to play out.

For example; say you had low self-esteem with men, you will continue to attract men who treat you badly; I know that one only too well, so I had to sit down and look at why I was attracting these men. It was painful, I am not going to lie. You know, why did I give so much time and care to them, when they rarely appreciated it, and took me for granted, low self-esteem ,poor boundaries and fear of receiving the love and care that I had dreamed about that's why! Now, I know how to set stronger boundaries with men and value myself more, so it was yes painful, but so very worth it!

All of this takes a bit of courage, and being very honest with yourself and gentle at the same time. There's no point in getting all honest and then being too harsh on yourself, as you will end up feeling worse then guilty, then eat chocolate then feel even more guilty and worse! No, if you are going to do this, you just need to face what is going on, and if it is a number of issues, and I know it was with me, (!!) remember you are not alone. Then just take it one issue at a time, as the beauty of this is that as you work with one part of you, other parts can heal too! Magic hey.Just be gentle and start off by looking at what you are resisting.

In your notebook, just respond to the following question; ' I am resisting… and write whatever comes up, and you will start to feel better, just by writing it on the page, as daft as it sounds. You might find that doing this exercise a few times helps, as to begin with it might feel a bit strange and awkward; that's understandable and so normal and natural, it was for me too, let me be honest.

You could be resisting a number of things from happiness, letting go of past pain, re-inventing yourself, peace, health, romance, fulfilment, self-love, feeling enough, following your dreams, being confident to be you, happy in your own skin, to plain old fear..and so the list goes on!!

I trust that helps! Love ya!

Carrie xxxx

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Take it one chunk at a time…

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholics,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab: 'Take it one chunk, of Chocolate Rehab, at a time.!!!'  Carrie Eddins

 

Right now you might now feel you can heal your addiction… let me believe for you, that you can and you will do it, just take it one chunk at a time, that's all you need to do. 



Honestly, in early 2004, I didn't think I could actually heal it, crikey it was like the blonde leading the blonde, except it was blonde me leading blonde me… er and it did get a bit messy, I got very stuck, I healed, then I got 'unhealed,' and did so many things, …. it was a long drawn out and at times quite painful and challenging process.

.Something kept me going, and that was you. You lovely. honest to goodness. I just felt I am sure to goodness that someone out in the world is experiencing pain with their chocolate addiction, and once i can stand up proudly and say that I have healed mine.. then I could help them do the same.

It has been the biggest thing that I have done, quite an education, in self-love, and I am so very much looking forward to helping you lovely reader do the same. To love yourself more than chocolate for a starters. 

It's a process,Chocolate Rehab, not a quick fix, or an instant healing, we have quite a few chunks to work through first, that's the clear aim of it, and I know you can do it.

To say that now I got to bed and I wake up so much happier than I ever dreamt possible without chocolate in my sight, in early 2004, seemed like a distant fantasy….. I do it though… every night and every morning.. and you can do, with a willing heart, and commitment xxx

Get help right now, and sign up for your first 12 chunks of my Chocolate Rehab programme here: http://bit.ly/12ChunksChocolateRehab and you can … drum roll please..

Pre-order Chocolate Rehab, one chunk at a time, here;www.chocolaterehab.com 

Love Ya, love Carriexxxx

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Chocolate Week… one chunk too far….

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab:"  No amount of chocolate ( or Chocolate Rehab for that matter!!!)  will make up for lack of self-love & self-acceptance.." Carrie Eddins

I understand in the UK, it's Chocolate Week, it's quite a big event :) The truth is that for many a chocoholic, it's Chocolate Week.. for 52 weeks of the year! Many chocoholics are thrilled by this, as chocolate, is so affordable and available… in most countries… there are some chocoholics, for whom this is just too many tempations too far.who love chocolate far more than themselves and who feel worse from their chocolate addiction…. those of you, I am speaking to you..

It's all okay, no matter how you are feeling and how much chocolate you may have just eaten. You are loved, you are not at alone and you are so loveable. 

It's so hard sometimes when you are addicted to chocolate, to feel better and to feel loved and to feel accepted. To do love and accept yourself  with or without our chocolate addiction, is at the heart of my message and that's tricky to start with. 

I know when i started to look in the mirror and say outloud : ' I like you Carrie,' tears came streaming out. It took quite a few days until I accepted that i was likeable, just as I was. To move towards loving myself.. proved a chunk too far, i had to take it chunk by chunk..a process without a timeline as that simply does not work as you want to be able to do this, to love and accept yourself in the most natural and normal way, in the way you love others, you love your pets, in the way you love whatever it is you love in your life, you need to be loving yourself like that. 

I understand it is far easier to love anyone and anything else other than ourselves. It doesn't help that  we are told it's too selfish to love ourselves. So we use other things to make us feel better without dealing with our lack of love and acceptance for ourselves. ..

Your journey back to loving you, starts right here, right now. start with liking yourself first just as you are, is a huge step. 

Grab a mirror, or go to your mirror and sincerely, in whatever way feels right to you simply say;:

"  I like you – insert your name- right now, i accept you," and let me know how that feels and how you get on, my personal email is:

carrie@chocolaterehab.com 

Chocolate Rehab is a process, and a personal journey you are on, to heal your addiction to chocolate one chunk at a time, it's not a race and with each chunk you will start to feel better and better .

Until our next chunk together,

Love Ya ;0

Carriexxx

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Growth and healing can be messy..

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab" Growth and healing can be messy,' Carrie Eddins

As you start your very own healing process with Chocolate Rehab, or another process, you will discover that at times it can be messy.. Sometimes, we forget this, especially as grown adults, we have long forgotten the literal growing pains of getting taller, and developing certain parts of our anatomy, or you know getting your first period am obviously talking as a lady to the ladies here  ( sorry gents..) I mean, seriously, I started mine on a beach on the Isle of Wight, and I thought I had done a number two,…I was only ten at the time, so I let myself off the hook big time.. I didn't even know what a tampon was..lol….But the forced growth after that, to sort myself out, each month, was pretty challenging; without going into to too much detail; organising the necessary protection remembering to actually use it, and change it! Messy, painful and downright embarrassing!!! … am sure you get the picture..

Now, obviously healing your addiction to chocolate is slightly different, whilst no literal blood involved,  the healing and transforming of your often long-held daily rituals and routines  can be messy at times, and actually  quite painful and scary.

Sometimes, it can get worse before it gets better, which honestly is perfectly natural and normal; especially when you have not been able to express yourself emotionally very much, if at all then it can be very overwhelming. I invite you to journal out your feelings, if the emotions are too much, especially, as it can help you to get to know them better and to understand them.

By writing out the following questions, and responding to them, it can help you to get in touch with your emotions, which can help you to feel better, and help you a lot in your healing process.

1. Today I am feeling.

2. I am now feeling…

3. I feel…

These are very simple and actually quite powerful, and can help you to move the emotions out of your heart and onto the paper. Do not pressurise yourself into feeling that you need to write pages and pages, just even writing a few words, or just odd words, such as fed up, bored, stressed, lonely, unloved, stuck, overwhelmed, will help as daft as it sounds.

If that doesn't feel right, find a close friend, or relative and just ask them to just listen as you express yourself in this way. I understand that this can feel awkward just keep going and it will become easier with practice and in time.

i have found watching Romantic Comedies my absolute favourite genre, helps me to process emotions, and listening to and singing to music, as well as a good chat too:)  We are all so different, so find what feels right for you, always. I cannot watch many films, especially violent thrillers, as I am too sensitive, but if that works for you, go for it. if it helps you in a healthy way to release emotions, to support your healing process, then go for it! 

If you are finding that you are just becoming more stuck, and it's just too much, and too overwhelming, then I do suggest looking for external help, of a professional counsellor, healer or coach to support you in this process. We all need a bit of extra help and support at times in our lives and it is nothing to be ashamed about, rather celebrated as you are open to learning and growing and developing which is what life is all about.

In the meantime, be as gentle as a little child on yourself, give yourself more love, more care and empathy and compassion than you might have previously ever attempted, especially at this time, when you could well be feeling very delicate. I know I could not have got to where I am without the help of my friends and family listening to me with patience, love, care and compassion, not at all. 

' You gotta feel to heal,' so go for it, gently and slowly x 

 

Love ya !

Remember you are not alone, you are loved and loveable right here, right now with or without your chocolate addiction.  Remember too that there is nothing wrong with you, and that nothing needs fixing!!!! Healing your addiction to chocolate, with Chocolate Rehab is just about learning to love yourself more than chocolate, at the heart of it .

 

Love Carriexxx

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” I know who you are, I know how you are feeling,” Pharrell Williams

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab: " I know who you are, I know how you are feeling," Pharrell Williams.

If you are feeling like you are in a never-ending cycle of eating rather too much chocolate and then feeling worse and just finding it hard and that no-one understands, I just want to say I do! I do. Please do trust me on this.

I know it can feel like no one else on the planet does understand how you are feeling, but they do, I do and am sure others will too. The challenge I found anyway with chocolate addiction, is that not even the chocoholics themselves want to admit it openly, let alone to themselves, so that makes it a little tricky to get any kind of support and indeed much-needed understand and empathy!! 

The main reason I kept going with my own Chocolate Rehab was actually so I could help support other choc addicts, like you heal their addiction too and feel so much better and learn to love and accept themselves more than chocolate!! Honest to goodness, I did:) 

So, as you will discover in my forthcoming book- see my 'pre-order button at the top of the page,' I have had a chocolate addiction just like you, and I healed it, and I have every faith that you can heal yours too! 

Much love & empathy & understanding,

Carrie xxx

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It’s okay to feel..

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab:" It's okay to be where you are, and feel how you are feeling, it so is."

The challenge when you are trying to heal your addiction to chocolate is that it actually can be pretty tough, as all these feelings come up that you have been 'eating' and it's hard. There is no way of escaping this reality. As you start to address your feelings  with each chunk of Chocolate Rehab, or whatever process you are using to heal your addiction to chocolate, you will find it at times,  overwhelming and it's absolutely okay.

I want you to know, that however you are feeling is absolutely okay. Feeling your feelings, is part of the process and perfectly natural and normal. The most important thing is just to start feeling your feelings, which I understand can be hard to begin with.

I recommend that you  just find yourself an understanding  friend, or your partner, or a close relative and start to express how you are really feeling, and you will find that you will start to feel a little bit better and better.It is a process, and your own unique journey and process so there's no rush. If you do not have anyone to chat to, then write it down in a notebook, or even speak how you are feeling into your phone, just get it out, and you will feel a difference.

I trust that helps, just be super gentle on yourself, and realise that however you are feeling is okay, absolutely okay. There is nothing wrong with you, Love ya! Carriexxx

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” What you don’t own, owns you,” Debbie Ford

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab:" What you don't own, owns you," Debbie Ford.

I don't know about you, but I know this was me with my chocolate addiction, i just used to laugh it, and privately cry it off. It was like an elephant in the room, that I just kept on ignoring, in the same way someone might ignore a huge debt, or a painful situation of some sort. It was not until i just sat down and did a life review that I took my addiction to chocolate seriously, as I was going through quite a bit of heartbreak, which caused me to do this. 

My question to you is, when is enough pain for you to actually admit that your addiction to chocolate is controlling you and making you feel awful? Maybe you have not quite reached your version of rock bottom, and that's absolutely okay. Sometimes, it's just all about timing. Sometimes you do not need to hit rock bottom, you just need to have the courage to admit your feelings and be totally and utterly honest with yourself. Is now that time? I understand that it's painful not admitting it and painful admitting it! I understand. 

At least when you admit that you ARE actually addicted to chocolate and ready to heal it, you can do something, denial only serves to keep you stuck and in pain and nothing progresses, and you just feel worse and worse.

So, i just invite you to admit that you are addicted to chocolate and ready to heal it, you do not need to announce it loudly to the world, or post it on facebook or tell anyone; just privately admit it yourself would be enough. 

I trust that helps,

 

Love Ya :) 

Carrie xxx

 

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Not a bad thing to fall in love with me…

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab: " Not a bad to fall in love with me," Justin Timberlake.

I so love Mr Timberlake's music, bless that man's soul, it just lights me up, and I especially love this song! I loved how in one version of his video, is the story about a couple, on a train, and the chap proposed on a train, and these people were doing a documentary about it, trying to find out who they were, it's such a beautiful and romantic sentiment, sums up the song for me too!! 

I wonder how many times you might well have sang, either recently this song, or maybe something like it, to chocolate, instead of yourself? !! As daft as it sounds, I know I did, it was like love to me, in the past….I loved everything and anyone but myself, especially I so loved chocolate, we were so in a committed and intense relationship… er 24/7!!  I kid you not!! 

I wonder how you might feel, if you turned it around and considered that actually it isn't a bad thing to fall in love with yourself, as you are so loveable right now, and worthy of love, no matter how much chocolate you might have recently just eaten, or are about to eat! 

You are so loveable right now, with or without your addiction to chocolate! I know it can seem and feel  a bit daunting and hard to consider loving yourself, right now, so try finding 2-3 aspects of yourself that you love, it could be your smile, your personality, your intelligence, your height, your patience, and put in  your journal: " I so love ( insert something that you love about yourself) this about me!!!" 

I trust that helps, chat soon,

 

Remember you are loved, you are loveable and wonderful right now, with or without your chocolate addiction!

 

Love ya,

 

Love Carriexxx

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I need chocolate now!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Dearest Chocoholic,

Chunk of Chocolate Rehab: " I need chocolate now!!!!!!!"…

I am sure many of you have had this feeling, even very recently!!! I know I have experienced many many moments like this when I was seriously addicted to chocolate, it was a very regular occurence…

What  I really needed was actually any one or even all of the following: .. understanding, empathy,compassion, acceptance,  connection, love, hope, stress-relief, to feel better, to feel and become more confident, some  comfort, a friend, someone to talk to, a bit of fun, direction, something to look forward too… and you? 

Awareness is key here, and as 'what is  revealed, can be healed,' which is what Chocolate Rehab is all about!!

This is why writing your own personal response to 'why you need chocolate now,' can really help you to explore what is really going on with you, how you actually support and help yourself in your own healing process. It could be that the first step is admitting you need some help and actually then asking for it as simple as it sounds! By admitting and asking for help are very powerful steps towards healing your chocolate addiction!!! We are all very different, there is no right or wrong with your responses, just do it and see what you discover and how you feel! 

 

Much love Carriexxx

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