Quitting Chocolate

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Oh you addictive thing, chocolate!  See its interesting history here!

I confess that I’m addicted to chocolate.  I like it after every meal.  Shoot, I even like it as a mid-afternoon snack.  It’s time to face facts.  I eat too much chocolate.  I’ve even been known to eat the not-so-desirable candy bar milk chocolate crap that doesn’t even taste like chocolate.  With that being said, it’s time to get a grip.  I had planned to give up chocolate for Lent this year, but Lent is another month away.  I am in a dire situation with serious steps needed.  I turned to my ever-ready friend, you know Google, right?  Googled on up some tips on how to break the chocolate addiction.  I absolutely love how hilarious and dry-humor this Wiki step by step how-to article is.  It is seriously worth a look for a chuckle or two.  According to this article, there are a few steps to follow…

  1. Identify the symptoms. – I feel I need it to “end” a meal.
  2. Why is my chocolate addiction a problem in my life? – Well, I really should just be eating more nutrient-dense food.  It is satisfying only in the immediate arena.  It isn’t feeling, and I usually feel guilty for over-indulging.  Bummer, I know.  Also, I do have headaches occasionally.  From previous experiences with migraines as a teen, I know that chocolate is a trigger.  You would think that would teach me not to eat it, right?  Wrong!  The brown stuff is powerful!  Another issue is that I buy it and then eat some a throw away the rest of it to keep from inhaling it.  Crazy!  Not to mention a waste of money.  The Mr. is like “Where did the chocolate go again???”
  3. Identify the cause. – My biggest cause is being tired or feeling as if I “deserve” a treat.  This is typically after lunch or after dinner.  My plan after dinner is to make a cup of tea to sip while I wash up the dishes. 
  4. Solve the root problem. – I’m NOT going to buy chocolate to keep at home.  Treats will only be out.  To fix my after lunch back to work transition, I’m going to pop some gum and take five minutes or so to scan news headlines.  I always feel like I don’t know what’s going on in the word, so this might be the perfect time to take a quick glance before my lunch time is over.  
  5. Know what to expect as you minimize your chocolate intake. – Just expect to feel icky!  
  6. Be careful not to substitute chocolate for something else unhealthy. – Lots of healthy foods!  Proteins and fruits!
  7. Sort myths from realities when it comes to health benefits of chocolate. – See article here.

So…Wish me luck!  Here’s to breaking the cycle! 

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