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Chocolate: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

A Love Affair with Good Reason

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Love it! I keep Ghirardelli's squares on hand when I'm craving some dark, rich chocolate. Report
Love dark chocolate! Now I know why, lol. Good idea about fruit and chocolate for dessert! Report
great. Report
I like the idea of having fruit with dark chocolate! I love to melt dark chocolate and dip my fruit. Report
Good article. Report
I have a 10 gram piece of real 70% dark chocolate every evening (calorie counted). I much prefer it to milk chocolate which is usually a binge trigger for me. Not so the dark variety. Report
thanks Report
I've FINALLY learned to NOT buy hardly any at a time. If I bring it in, its INTO me almost at once. IF though I just buy one chocolate bar (Favorite at the moment is a butterfinger, not the big ones) and I am FINE For days. I've always been a junk food queen, and though some are NOT pleased, that's to bad, for I know me, I will not change.

Before someone gets all upset it does work for me. I am down 110 lbs with 40 left to go. I am much healthier than I've ever been though by far my food would make most gain. I had been eating cakes, cookies, ice cream for meals before joining Sparks.

I did have testing done and it concluded my taste buds aren't right. Hence a lot of healthy things literally taste like dirt. Yes, I've tried this/that.

ONLY 40 lbs to GO!! WOOHOOO!!! Report
Thank God I don't much like chocolate! Report
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Chocolate is sooooooooooooooooo yummy! It has anti-oxidants in it that can prevent cancer and heart disease! Report
I've always had a fondness, really a fondness for chocolate. The dark really ones give me an upset stomach so it's milk or medium dark for me. I just have to be sure to keep only a very limited amount in the house or just wait until I go out. I always remember a very reliable bit of advice I got from my therapist years ago and stick by it.
It seldom serves to deprive yourself of something that isn't dangerous to you so if it's chocolate just make sure that you pick the best brand and the most enjoyable variety and let yourself enjoy it. I.E. instead of a whole bar of some cheap chocolate like Hersheys etc. go to a special shop and get one or two hand made "candies" in your favourite flavours made from real European chocolate like Swiss or Belgian etc.
And do not feel any guilt. After all you deserve it----I know I do! Report
It's true that sometimes a little bit goes a long way. For breakfast (instead of a chocolate croissant!) I have McCann's plain oatmeal (instant) one Splenda, cut up half a banana and 1 tablespoon of Nestles chocolate Chips (stir in after its cooked and everything else added). It is delicious and tastes decadent but only 250 calories! When you have a sweet tooth, this will save you from a horrible binge. Report
Please, Spark People, could we avoid the concept of "GUILTY" pleasures, etc., etc.?

My nutrition is lifestyle based - I'm not into a 'diet' mentality and Sparks actively encourages us to embrace a healthy lifestyle rather than a diet. It would be great if this message were consistent through out all the site's messaging. Report

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