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1/18/12 6:49 P

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There are exceptions to every rule. If you have an issue with nuts and the dove chocolates worked for you then stick with it. It isn't an every day or even weekly issue. Keep up the good work!

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1/18/12 6:39 P

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I read the ingredients, it's just I'm allergic to nuts and all the other dark chocolate I could find "may contain traces of...". I figured it couldn't be any worse than the people who are eating the flavored yogurts, and I guess it wasn't!

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1/18/12 6:21 P

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I did a quick look on the dove website and the chocolate you had is more of a semi sweet chocolate rather than a dark chocolate. Real dark chocolate will tell you the amount of cocoa solids in it and that is how you know what percentage of dark chocolate it is. The real dark chocolate also has less sugar in it than semi or milk chocolate. The dove chocolate had sugar listed as the first ingredient so it isn't real dark chocolate just labelled that way. It also contains artificial flavouring which isn't something I expect to find in real chocolate, another way for them to make more profit by using less of the real thing.

That is great that you still lost weight! Just be aware and read your labels. It seems like it didn't cause you any sugar cravings so that is a good thing.

Edited by: TERRRI at: 1/18/2012 (18:23)
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1/18/12 4:44 P

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I had an ounce of dark chocolate for about 4 days in a row and still lost over 12lbs on cycle 1. I'm not sure of the percent of cocoa, but it was the dove dark promises.

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1/18/12 1:09 P

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chocolate is not a food on 17 day as a food because it rarely is used without sugar. And part of c1 is to remove toxins and cravings by eliminating white sugar. So you are right in that it isn't an approved food.

But 17 day also recognizes that there are times we need a boost - PMS for example and of all the "evils" out there chocolate is a better choice. He suggests dark chocolate because it typically has less sugar and more antioxidants. It can also be found to lift moods.

This is better at saying what I'm trying to say: Before you grab a chocolate candy bar or slice of chocolate cake, itís important to understand that not all forms of chocolate contain high levels of flavanols.

Cocoa naturally has a very strong, pungent taste, which comes from the flavanols. When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce this taste. The more chocolate is processed (through things like fermentation, alkalizing, roasting, etc.), the more flavanols are lost. Most commercial chocolates are highly processed. Although it was once believed that dark chocolate contained the highest levels flavanols, recent research indicates that, depending on how the dark chocolate was processed, this may not be true. The good news is that most major chocolate manufacturers are looking for ways to keep the flavanols in their processed chocolates. But for now, your best choices are likely dark chocolate over milk chocolate (especially milk chocolate that is loaded with other fats and sugars), and cocoa powder that has not undergone Dutch processing (cocoa that is treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity).

First, be careful about the type of dark chocolate you choose: chewy caramel-marshmallow-nut-covered dark chocolate is by no means a heart-healthy food option. Watch out for those extra ingredients that can add lots of extra fat and calories! Second, there is currently no established serving size of chocolate to help you reap the cardiovascular benefits it offers, and more research is needed in this area. However, we do know that you no longer need to feel guilty if you enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate once in a while. So, for now, enjoy moderate portions of chocolate (e.g., one ounce) a few times per week, and donít forget to eat other flavonoid-rich foods like apples, red wine, tea, onions and cranberries.

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So before I have chocolate I need to ask myself why? and then ask myself - will I be okay if this stalls a loss? Do I need it because I am feeling out of control? Will I be able to stop at one ounce?

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1/18/12 12:50 P

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Real dark chocolate has the same health benefits as red wine and green tea. I think it is the antioxidents. I am not aware of any toxins in chocolate.

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1/17/12 9:46 P

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Dark chocolate in small amounts is very good for you...especially during PMS. Not a whole chocolate bar, but one square a day is really recommended for women.


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1/17/12 8:55 P

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I am just confused by being able to eat dark chocolate, I would have thought it to be a toxin.

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1/16/12 9:15 P

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During the week before Christmas I was going to Starbucks in the morning and having a Skinny pepperment/mocha latte...they would sprinkle little chocolate pieces over that...I had to finally tell them no sprinkles please, even though they were so darned good. But what good is having a skinny latte and then adding chocolate to it lol. I am sure they contributed to a little of my weight gain lol.

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1/16/12 8:58 P

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The cocoa nibs are good! They take a bit of getting used to but I just eat them plain. I first tried them covered in dark chocolate from Trader Joes. What kind of drinks does your DIL sprinkle them in? I imagine it flavours it? I am thinking of some sprinkled in black coffee - mocha?

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1/16/12 8:02 P

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On page 135 of the book...chapter 8..Dr. Mike explains the PMS Exception Diet. Take a look at it. It should clear up all your doubts.


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1/16/12 7:14 P

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My DIL told me that she has found chocolate nibs that she can sprinkle in her drinks or on yogurt. They are like coffee beans that have been chopped into small bits.

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1/16/12 6:53 P

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I do that as well. I don't know if the book says what % of cocoa the chocolate should be but if the sugar content is high then it isn't really dark chocolate; the same if they don't say what % of cocoa it is. Currently I have some chocolate that is 72% cocoa solids, 230 cals for 7 pieces (38g), and 10 grams of sugar. I will eat up to 85% cocoa but anything above that is too dark for me.

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October 2011, I began my first round and lost 20 lbs. Now that the holidays are over I started back on round two. I am only on day 5, and have a PMS visitor. I have still been following the rules of Cycle 1, with the exception of an ounce of dove dark chocolate. I am feeling very paranoid about my decision, and the consequences. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, and the outcome. Thanks!

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