The Ultimate amalgamation of sugar and fat that satisfies like nothing else.
But what do you do when you feel inclined more towards the chocolate doughnut than the main meal?
Over this summer, my extra meal category of "End of day Reward" had become useless as I was less hungry and had more things to do and was generally unconcerned about sweet things.
With days shortening, my cravings are rearing their ugly head again. And this time it's chocolate.
I have a few strategies up my sleeve which I will share here - serves as a reminder to myself if I stumble along the way.
How to deal with chocoholic cravings:
Step 1: Prevention is better than cure - find extra ways to get active around the house, with the kettlebell or on my exercise bike. Being slightly over the deficit limit is better than being over on the other side. It will always help being ahead with exercise in case I do slip to back me up rather than trying to make up for it later. So, will be stepping up my exercise from today - which went to a flying start today as I burned a whopping 446kcals today.
Step 2: Failing to plan is planning to fail - I know I'm getting the munchies, so if I try to "freelance" my way through this season without pre-planning I know I will crumble under the pressure of all that's going on around me. Not having something decent to eat when I'm busy and opting for quick fix unhealthy meals is one thing - knowing I need my sweet fix on top of that will just make it worse - so planning healthy meals and healthy chocolate craving quenchers is key to not failing.
Step 3: Mind over Matter - Have you ever eaten 500g of chocolate - I mean pure chocolate? I didn't even blink whilst downing that lot back in the day - half a dozen chocolate bars throughout the day was the norm when I was in school.
Now 5-6 chocolate buttons suffice me. That is unbelievable even for me. But let's face it - you eat the chocolate for taste, not to fill you up - but it took me a while - and a lot of reconditioning to get to this point - I started with half a bag of buttons and gradually went down - after a while I realized I was just eating the chocolate on auto-pilot - without tasting it - like there was something driving me to just finish what was there.
Once I realized I could "feel" satisfied with a lot less, I became accustomed to it and it's now the norm.
The difference is below in pics:
6 chocolate buttons sets me back around 50-60kcals depending on brand of chocolate. Whereas 5-6 bars of chocolate set me back around 1,500kcals.
Huge improvement! Still feel like I'm indulging though!
OK - next one - I'm a total fan of Nutella - and I used to literally drown the toast in nutella and it used to be so thick I hard difficulty getting it off the roof of my mouth and my tongue got cramps just trying to lick it off, HAH! talk about overload.
Nowadays, since I am a lot more balanced, if I fancy my nutella fix for breakfast I usually have it with a handsome helping (2 servings at least) of fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, nectarines or apple.
Big difference. I usually have around 10g of nutella per toast, or if I'm just having one toast then 20g on the one toast, hah. In any case, before it used to be around 60-70g of nutella on 2 toasts alone - and that's a snack!
I'm going to be posting low-calorie chocolate recipes very soon. I just found one today where you can make hot cocoa using nutella. I might tweak it to make it lower if I can without compromising too much on flavour.