CARLENLLOYD, I absolutely agree with you about the chocolate! I eat dark chocolate everyday and have been losing the weight. I build it into what I am going to eat. I always start with a rough draft of my nutrition plan and add and take away what I really do eat. I always stay within my calorie and nutritional needs. If I didn't have the dark chocolate I think it would be a lot harder for me!
Good Article. Thanks. However, a note about chocolate... Chocolate candy = bad. Fine dark chocolate made with real cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and just a pinch of sugar (and sometimes real vanilla) is very healthy and nutritious. Read the ingredients of your chocolate bar. If it has more than those ingredients (besides an emulsifier) be very wary.
I eat about 1 ounce of fine chocolate throughout the day to stave off cravings for sugary items. It is like savoring a fine wine. A little piece goes a long way.
Look for a fine chocolate shop. My favorite is COCOVA in DC. www.cocova.com.
This really hit home for me. I'm a drill sergeant when it comes to my hubby, making sure he takes all his meds, eats right, etc. Same even for our cats. But when it comes to me, no. Why is that? I'm thinking low self-esteem. So many of us think we're not worth it. Well, WE ARE! I'm printing this article and putting it up where I'll see it every single day. Thank You!
Not sure if I agree with the one a few down from this. YES, fructose is still sugar but fruit CAN help you not eat a ton of junk, it adds up in calories slower, the fiber helps you digest fruit sugars differently. I try hard to limit my fruit, but especially in the summer it does help me with sweet cravings. Try it frozen so you eat it way slower and thus eat less of it in the end.
12/22/2011 3:46:47 AM
You could always eat Organic Chocolate that contains way more healthy antioxidants!
12/8/2011 3:19:05 PM
" Maybe drink a fruit smoothie to combat the sugar craving or sit down and write out all the reasons why you want to stop eating chocolate."
Not sure how a fruit smoothie combats sugar cravings. Fruit is loaded with sugar (and vitamins) but sugar is sugar.
Loved the analogy about accountability. If my boss requires something of me I don't make excuses - I get it done. If my body needs requires nutritious foods and exercise, I shouldn't make excuses - I should just get it done...or face the consequences.
I think that this article has a great foundation - keeping yourself accountable to yourself. However, I think the execution was somewhat lacking. I agree with SVENJAH - low self-esteem doesn't always follow poor nutrition. This definitely put me off. I was also surprised to see the example of a bad food being chocolate. While it is definitely not healthy to have a candy bar every day, it seems workable to have a small piece of dark chocolate several times a week, especially given that studies have even put forth health benefits from dark chocolate.
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