Women and chocolate go together like sugar and spice and salt and pepper. We love it! But when we are trying to squeeze into a bikini for our summer holiday or are working hard to get healthy, one of our biggest problems is fighting off the dreaded chocolate cravings.
Here are a few interesting facts about chocolate:
- Chocolate is not physically addictive in any way
- It is the food that is most commonly craved by women
- It contains very little caffeine
- In the US, manufacturers of the brown stuff use 3.5 million pounds of whole milk per day (yes, per day!) to make chocolate bars
So, here’s the good news.
Research has proven that it is not addictive but the bad news is that it is obviously so darn tasty that we liken the cravings to an addiction!
So, what can we do to help us lead a chocolate-free life?
Rule no.1 — Eat it!
Yes, the answer to every woman’s dream. Lose weight, tone up and eat chocolate, sounds ideal!
But before all the cynics out there shout for my head, chocolate is the same as any other food; it can be consumed in moderation.
This will stave off the cravings and allow you to live a happy, chocolate-consuming life (cue the cheers!).
- Choose a chocolate that is low in sugar
- It must be free from preservatives, colorings and added artificial flavors
- Only eat good quality chocolate, preferably dark
- Use it only as a treat once or twice a month
- Break off small chunks and make a whole bar last a week or two, rather than just as one snack
You can also take pleasure in knowing that research has
also shown that chocolate can prolong life by reducing the risk of bad cholesterol and blood clots — but don’t take this research to the extreme as it only works positively in small doses!
Rule no.2 — Swap it!
When it comes to chocolate we often crave the sweet fix we get from all our favorite bars, but we can try substituting it for other sweet foods that are not so high in fat.
Fruit is a great idea — and if you simply can’t go without your chocolate, then pair it up with some fruit so you consume far less of the bar.
Tasty fruits to accompany our chocolate:
Anything sweet and juicy works well, and it simply helps us to consume less chocolate — either with fruit as an accompaniment or a replacement.
Rule no.3 — Don’t buy it!
If it’s not in your fridge, then you can’t eat it. Simple yet effective!
Apply your will power in the supermarket so that you don’t have to when you are tired after work, or when the kids want some.
As long as you have replacement snacks, it should be enough for you not to reach for the car keys and head out the front door to the nearest gas station…