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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
11/24/13 5:10 P

Trader Joe's makes several versions of dark chocolate. If you want to use it as a "medication," they have a giant bar (scored for smaller pieces). I also like their little wedges in tins. Both these are dark chocolate. I have a friend who loves their dark chocolate espresso nibs in those tins. I don't know how caffeine affects migraines, though.

If you have a TJ nearby, check their chocolate offerings!

SAMMI-SAM SparkPoints: (26,311)
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11/24/13 4:39 P

dark chocolate is a definite-

NTLSWIMMER12 Posts: 5
11/24/13 3:49 P

I am having a hard time staying away from this. Any thoughts??

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,001
11/24/13 1:30 P

DR. NAOMI DEIRDRE FISHER is a flavonal researcher and she says "We know that flavonals and the compounds they are metabolized into, can cross into the brain and improve blood flow there"...so yes chocolate can lessen headache pain. A cup of cocoa helped my migraines and since I eat chocolate several times a week ( over80% cocoa) I no longer have them...that's just my experience....probably because flavonals dilate the arteries and give us more blood flow.

The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index..... it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.... the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Maybe try unsweetened cocoa powder...maybe check out CocoaVia by Mars.

Milk chocolate has less cocoa and more sugar than dark chocolate and white chocolate has cocoa butter and sugar...contains no cocoa, so it has no flavanols.

Also something delicious...
Chocolate-Almond Butter Fondue
In a microwave safe bowl combine 2 tsp of dark chocolate chips with 2 tsp of almond butter...microwave until melted about 20 seconds, add 5 second intervals if needed and then when soft stir to combine...Dip in Fresh Strawberries....oh yum!

Enjoy the chocolate in moderation...1 3/4 TBS. of Cocoa Powder is about 20 calories.....

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 11/24/2013 (13:50)
DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,939
11/23/13 10:28 A

You are using this chocolate as a medication.
Buy 7 ounces for "the medication" for the week.
If you have more on one day, you won't have enough medication to last the entire week.

Or if you are using this as a sweet treat, you can plan it into your daily meal plan as you would any dessert.

Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

RKING10 Posts: 152
11/23/13 10:01 A

Switch to a darker chocolate or try and find your "healthy" chocolate. For instance, a lot of people with chocolate cravings use a chocolate protein powder. You could even try certain chocolate coffee creamers in your coffee, or I particularly love dark chocolate peanut butter. It goes well with an apple or graham crackers and it nips that chocolate/sugar craving right out!

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,711
11/22/13 3:30 P

I used to think I was a chocalholic and found I was a sugarholic. Switching to 85% dark chocolate got rid of any cravings. If you prefer milk chocolate melt the extra dark, and some heavy cream and some cocoa butter, mix well and refrigerate.
Not as smooth as the store-bought stuff but much better for you.
Birgit

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,940
11/22/13 2:00 P

If you can stop at two ounces and not eat the whole bar. That is a good thing I think

I agree try a darker chocolate. It seems like when you have a higher cocoa content, it is more filling.

I have also suffered from migraine headaches. They are debilitating

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,973)
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11/22/13 12:56 P

2oz of chocolate is fine. Just eat well the rest of the day. I would eliminate the processed items and anything high in sodium to see how that helps. I aim for 10 servings veggies/fruits daily bare minimum to hit my micronutrients, 100g protein minimum, and plenty of healthy fats. I've read that exercise also helps with migraines.

MARYLIZ54120 Posts: 313
11/22/13 12:41 P

I started drinking Isagenix shakes, chocolate of course, and it's cut my cravings down. BIGGEST chocolaholic here!!

Also, have suffered from migraine headaches all my adult life. I feel your pain.

RENLLY SparkPoints: (28,426)
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11/22/13 12:36 P

Have you tried switching to a darker chocolate? I find that even at 60% cocoa, I eat less as it is very rich.

PICKLEMIRE SparkPoints: (40,876)
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11/22/13 11:54 A

I have a problem with chocolate. I have a 1 oz serving every day to help with migraine headaches. Some time I can't stop at one oz. I have tried to make 1 oz packages, but find I eat 2 or more.

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