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20 7/19/13 3:45 P
I LOVE chocolate so when I crave it, Hershey's Kisses do the trick. Each plain chocolate kiss is 22 calories so you could have 2 or 3 pieces. It's a great way to satisfy the craving. If you find yourself craving sugary snacks often, increase your fruit intake. Pears are especially good for satisfying that sweet craving. I highly recommend it.
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234 7/19/13 3:39 P
I disagree with the notion that you should be wary of cravings; almost everyone experiences them at some point. It doesn't mean it's something you have to have, but I know when I'm really craving something, eating other things just doesn't satisfy me in the same way. I absolutely would not plan for it an entire week later if I wanted it right now! That being said, I don't plan my meals anyway. That just doesn't work for me, because I then feel obligated to eat when I'm not hungry because I planned for it, or to eat things I don't really want like I thought I would when I planned it. I eat what I want when I'm hungry. I usually end up with my calorie range and other nutrient ranges. I know that doesn't work for everybody (and used to not work for me because I had to teach myself how to recognize true hunger, and that took some time), but it's what works best for me, and I'm not going to deny myself chocolate if I'm craving it. I just eat less of it now. I couldn't sustain a healthy lifestyle that made me wait a week to eat something I really wanted to eat.
I second the recommendation for dark chocolate - by that I mean greater than 72% cacao. You can find that in many places these days. I find good chocolates at Trader Joe's, although I've bought the other grocery brands, too. Just be sure it's not just labeled "dark chocolate" and not list its cacao content! Manufacturers are sneaky that way. The higher-content chocolate isn't nearly as sweet as "regular" chocolate, so you won't (hopefully!) be tempted to snarf down a lot of it. In fact, the Trader Joe's product I'm eating right now has a "serving size" of 3 small squares (about 1" cubes), and I'm lucky to get ONE down, letting it melt slowly (and it's no effort to eat it that way for me; it's pretty dense chocolate!).
Satisfy your chocolate craving...dark chocolate is good for your heart and colon health.
Ghirardelli cocoa 86% Dark Chocolate, not as sweet as the 72% one, but it is so intense that 2 small squares are all you want. I buy two large bars at Walgreens. Hershey's now makes dark chocolate kisses. You can eat 5 of those for 100 calories.
Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. I have a little chocolate everyday and even when I was pre-diabetic. Why?, because flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance.
I say go ahead and savor the chocolate, just don't overdue it.
You should be very wary of any food you have to eat. Cravings are talked about as if they are just bound to happen, and you have to just manage with them. That isn't true. No one has to eat chocolate, and if they do, it isn't healthy.
I am not saying chocolate is bad. I am saying that it should only be consumed when it is a choice, made not by an overwhelming desire to have it, but as part of your diet. If you planned a piece of chocolate with dinner, no problem, but if you are thinking about chocolate at work all day, and have to have a small portion on the way home, then there is a problem. Simple way to find out. Next time you have a craving, just plan to have some 7 days later, and put it in your tracker. If you can't wait 7 days, or are constantly thinking about it, then it is a problem.
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