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Chocolate Cravings

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I realized something a little bothersome yesterday. Chocolate is my one weakness. And it's got to go. I have given it up before, when I started losing weight, when I lost the first 40 or so lbs. I really gave up all sweet things altogether for at least 6 months. Then somehow I decided I would start eating dark chocolate and I kept it very controlled for a bit. Somehow now my diet is just about great, yet I am eating way more chocolate than ever and it's the ONLY source of added sugar I am eating regularly, and also the only thing that I crave and overeat on. Some days are better than others but yesterday I ate over 2 oz. Also went at least 300 calories over my calorie requirements to lose weight. I still have 8 lbs to lose. I think I need to give up chocolate until I get to that goal. Thing is, I think I'm just addicted to the sugar in the chocolate even though it's 85% cocoa. I know this because sometimes I just wish it was sweeter and I find myself reaching for another piece just to get that hit. Next thing you know I've eaten too much of it. I have to admit to being powerless against it and just leave it out altogether. I know after a short while I won't miss it anymore... but right now it makes me sad. And I have a block of it too. What should I do with that?
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    1st step: You know it's a problem for you. You've admitted that to yourself and others. Yes, it's time for it to go. You can wreck everything you've worked so hard for. Simply, stop buying it. Avoid the candy aisles. Don't keep it in your house. What to do with the chocolate you have? What do YOU think? emoticon
    1395 days ago
    That's a tough one. I'd find it hard to give it up completely. Denying myself usually makes it worse for me. Maybe you need to combine your piece of dark chocolate with something that will satisfy you more. Some protein? Almond butter on a piece of dark chocolate? A handful of nuts with the dark chocolate?
    1395 days ago
    I say give it away. I can keep dark chocolate and I'm not tempted -- but I can't have my favorites around at all! (love See's candies and good milk chocolate)
    1396 days ago
    Maybe I'll just try and cut down to just one little square after a dinner and only if I haven't gone over my calories for the day. Previously I have been having a square after lunch, maybe one or 2 for snack and one or two after dinner! Gosh that is so much. Often I would eat half of a 3.75 oz bar in a day. I did actually lose weight while eating that much btw. LOL. I guess if I can control myself with this bar I have I can keep it in my diet as an after dinner thing, but if I can't keep it under control I just won't buy any more after this bar is done. I think I'll eat raw almonds for snack today. Right now is after lunch and I would usually have a piece now. I think I'll vacuum the house instead then maybe get out for a bit a browse at a store or something before picking the kids up from school. That'll keep me away from the temptation.
    1396 days ago
    For me,I try not to have it in the house.When I crave chocolate ,(usually at night)I have to drive to the store and buy just the least I can. When I lived in the mountains,the 45 mile drive usually did the trick.Didn't always work for ice cream. Now I live 10 miles from a store,so it is harder to resist. I have a friend who buys the most expensive chocolate she can afford.then only eats one piece to make it last.Right now she is eating Godiva and sometimes Dove.It would have to cost 40.00 a box to slow me down.Good luck! emoticon emoticon
    1396 days ago
    My advice is that it's really hard to give up something completely forever then when trying to introduce it again the binge begins all over again.

    I suggest writing out the what, when, why, and how before, during, and after eating chocolate. Get to the root of why it's your problem food or trigger and when it started.
    (I have done this with my trigger for Chinese food)

    However, if you want to just get the chocolate out of your house and away from your fingertips you can either trash it (wasted in your body or wasted in the trash it's still wasted), give to someone you trust who you can get your chocolate through - that keeps you accountable, or divide it out into small baggies and you have your portions already set out and stay accountable when you have a baggie.

    I hope this helps!
    1396 days ago
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