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The Dark Chocolate Solution

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Let me first say I am going to talk about the ridiculous amount of dessert I have been eating. I am not fat. If you get upset when people who are thin talk about their diets, this is not the post for you to read.

Zombie Cupcakes – Arrr!

I don’t typically (in fact, do I ever?) discuss my diet. Mostly because I’m lucky enough to not have to think about it much. The Hubby is the chef and dietician and I happily eat what’s put in front of me. He’s great about feeding us healthy, balanced meals and I have no idea how he does it. (Side note: When I was a Little One, my mom wanted me to learn to cook. She pushed for me to take a summer cooking camp (which I did) and to take Home Ec in Middle School (which I didn’t). Her reasoning was, “How are you going to feed yourself when you leave my home?” My extra cheeky response was, “I’m going to marry a man who cooks.” True story, folks.) We don’t have the funds to eat out regularly, so we are saved from that food trap, too. I am really lucky that he’s so great with food, because as much as I enjoy food, if I was left to my own resources, it would not be pretty. There’s nothing I hate more than stopping what I’m doing to eat. Being in the kitchen is a close second. Unless I’m baking. Ironically (or not?), I love to bake. I’m sure that will make it into the DIY section at some point. Long story short, I don’t talk about diet, because I have little business discussing the matter.

And I have a sweet tooth. I’m okay with that. I’m blaming it on genes, because my dad is the same exact way. Even as an adult with a palette that desires less sugar, I still love most desserts. However, (and there’s always a however, isn’t there?) I have noticed in the past month of so that my desert eating has gotten completely out of control. I was behaving like a dessert-aholic. My mouth and brain said “yes!” but my body was starting to say, “I’m not sure this such a great idea….” I could feel impending doom.

So I did some thinking and I decided I am fine with eating dessert. I’m even okay with occasionally eating a huge dessert or eating more than one dessert in a day. One dessert (or less) per day should be the norm, though. Using my brilliant reasoning power, I decided to set myself a little mini-challenge to eat only one dessert per day. And, yes, it is embarrassing to admit that I had to tell myself to only eat one dessert per day.

This went really well. Any time I would pick up a sweet snack, I would remind myself that if I decided to eat this, that would be it for the day. That works pretty well for me. I am usually good with sacrifice if I have time to prepare myself for the change. And then I remembered dark chocolate.

First of all, I love dark chocolate. If you don’t, this is not going to work for you. Maybe you can find a substitute food. I find that eating a square or two of expensive, high quality dark chocolate will satisfy a sweet craving very quickly without the need to eat a whopping dessert. While I’m not going to tell you dark chocolate is healthy, it’s not a bad route. Especially because there’s little need to eat a full serving. A square or two is extremely satisfying because it’s so rich. Here’s the nutrition breakdown (keep in mind you may only eat half a serving):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of our favorite picks for chocolate, although we like a variety of brands. We tell the kids it’s just for adults and usually save it to share in the evening after they’ve hit the sack. Wine + dark chocolate = a cheap, but classy date at home.

Our goal right now is to keep some in the house and eat this once a day (or less!) to satisfy that sweet craving. So far, so good!

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  1. Let me tell you why I think it is so incredibly interesting. I have no science to back up the next few sentences, only personal observation so bear with me but I am convinced there is some rhyme and reason to certain cravings and food drives and their impact on weight. Here’s my observation: Many of the women I know who struggle with weight have a higher drive for salt than sugar. Many women I know who tend to maintain a healthy weight or maybe just struggle with a 10-15lbs “overage” tend to migrate towards sweet cravings. This is true for me as well. If given the option of an appetizer pre-meal or dessert to follow, I will ALWAYS go with the salty (and cheesy preferably) pre-show. I have dessert…. .rarely. In fact, I rarely consume real sugar. If I have a “treat”, it is often the sugar free kind. I drink an embarrassing amount of diet coke. Truthfully, sitting here thinking about voluntarily introducing more sugar into my diet actually doesn’t get me excited. i think it would actually require conscious effort. I do enjoy sweets. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE icing, brownies, chocolate, regular soda but I don’t have a huge drive for them. I can easily be finished after a few bites. And I have an emotional hang up with them that they will give me diabetes or make me more fat. Forgive me, this comment is longer than I thought but this has struck a cord..

    Well, being overweight actually is what sets on up for diabetes, not necessarily how you got there. With that being said, Here’s what I am thinking could POSSIBLY be the science behind my obversation. Foods that are salty are obviously high in sodium which slows everything down, dehydrate you, make you feel sleepy and sluggish and tend to be foods that are stored. Sugary delights burn off fast. Fast sugars don’t stuck around and calorically they aren’t worse, in fact often better. Example:1 slice of pizza, 270 calories. 1 piece of cake,around the same. However, most people eat 3-4 slices of pizza. Usually you are only going to request one dessert to your table.

    So I’m tempted to do a little experiment (within reason). Maybe for the next month or so, when I am craving something “bad” like pizza, tacos, ect. . , maybe I should try and grab a small bit of sugar and see if that doesn’t curb the craving????. . hmmmmm. . just a thought.

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    • Interesting. I think if you’re going to skimp on the salty/savory snacks, you might as well not introduce new sweet snacks. They are still not healthy. They do burn off, IF you are working, and the saturated fats are still problematic. Weight issues are super complicated. Your genes, muscle:fat ratio, psychological relationship with food AND exercise, propensity to gain or lose weight when stressed, and your habits are just a few factors. In a nut shell: don’t put all your eggs in one basket, darlin. 😉

      Of course, it may not mean as much coming out of my mouth, but generally eating healthy foods with ONE cheat day a week for personal sanity PLUS counting your calories (calories in < calories burned) if you need to lose weight now seem like the simplest and most straight forward solutions.

      I absolutely believe that any diet and/or exercise should be a lifestyle choice, not a temporary solution. The only exception I can think of is cutting back on your calories to lose weight (without changing WHAT you put it, just HOW MUCH). Fad diets and workout routines make me sad for the people who do them only to find that no results stay if you're not willing to make a life change. I know you ARE thinking about sustainability, dallasholly. I'm sure we'll talk at much greater length on this topic.

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