Some of you probably already know all about this site, but I just found it yesterday looking for a healthy dessert recipe - www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com - they look fantastic! I'm going to try making a lava cake tonight. Also, I agree that if it's quality chocolate you're having for a treat, it's not a big deal.
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My husband and I went out to dinner last night to celebrate Valentine's Day and I had kind of a planned chocolate splurge. We ate a nice dinner and shared a gooey, creamy chocolate dessert. I ate more calories yesterday than I normally would but I didn't eat enough to store any calories as fat (by my calculations) and I don't feel guilty about it. I wanted chocolate, I planned for it, and I got it. But it has been months since I did something like that. A planned celebration is one thing -- falling prey to the advertising for the cheap ubiquitous chocolate in stores is another. I'm tempted by that stuff too but am able to walk past it.
I probably won't even bother with chocolate today... I'll go out for coffee and split a date square or a macaroon or something. Maybe I'll go crazy and order a latte instead of a black coffee. Woo!
BUT if I were expecting to receive a gift of chocolate... what i would hope, hint or outright ask for, would be ONE nice expensive fancy chocolate truffle from a high-end chocolatier. Just ONE. Wrap it up nice, pay your $3.95, give me that. Just one. Yeah I know you could get a whole box of Ferraro-Rocher for the same price but, nope. I want the good one. And just one.
I can eat cheap-chocolate any time. For a treat - I want something fancy I wouldn't otherwise afford or be willing to pay for. That's what makes it special - a splurge you wouldn't buy for yourself. Splurge on quality not quantity and it doesn't even mess up your calorie-count for the day.
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Sometimes when you feel like that, so you don't feel deprived, you could buy yourself a Hershey bar, take it home and enjoy it after dinner.
I hate feeling deprived. So, get one - you're still getting a little treat - but you're not stuck with a whole box sitting there calling your name. I think a bar has about 200 calories, so it's not "condition critical" if you did really good that day otherwise, but went over by 200 calories because of it.
Edited by: EELPIE at: 2/14/2014 (15:19)
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I hate these Russell Stover commercials this year with women saying chocolates make them feel special/loved and men saying they wouldn't go home without a heart shaped box for their wives. Maybe I've been on Spark People too long, but I hate seeing them perpetuate the lies that keep us all struggling against temptation, while encouraging our husbands to sabotage our efforts in the name of love. My husband knows better, luckily.
I am not buying chocolate this year. We have some at work but I know that we are going out to dinner so I have allowed myself one piece, it is working so far. Next year we are going to plan an activity to celebrate (hopefully the weather will be better).
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I buy myself one small treat for each holiday and count the calories. That way I don't feel deprived. Luckily one of the things I LOVE are Peeps - which aren't awful calorie-wise. Yes, I miss eating a huge peanut butter cup shaped heart, but I don't miss the yucky feeling I would get after!
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I have been so tempted with all the displays of chocolate to celebrate Valentine's Day. I bought a small box of chocolates for my daughter but have managed to mostly stay away from it all. ( I did scarf down a marshmallow heart last week....) Does anyone else struggle with all these holidays smothered in sweets and chocolate. Usually I dive right in, but I am using all my will power to stay away from the stores and the displays. Chocolate is one of my biggest trigger foods, if it is in the house I will eat it until it is gone.
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