I’m sitting in front of 5 ‘afternoon tea’ style cakes at my aunts house (actually she’s my aunt-in-law) and I suddenly realise that there is something weird going on.
I usually head straight for the chocolate one.
You know what I mean, don’t you. It doesn’t matter what the chocolate one is, or what the other options are. It’s enough for there to be a chocolate option and I am happy.
This time though, I go for the lemon drizzle cake. Huh?
What is this?
Why am I not hitting the chocolate one like I normally do?
So, we think we are craving sweet stuff, but sometimes we are just craving the magnesium in chocolate. And the best way (aside, of course, from eating loads of healthy magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy veg) is to actually indulge your chocolate fantasy a little more.
The ‘why’ in this is very important. When you try to ‘be good’ and avoid something, it tends to fill our minds with temptation. And the more we try to avoid something, the harder we fall when we cave in. Avoid chocolate for a month, and the minute someone walks past you with a box of choc-chocs at work when you are feeling grumpy about something, and you know that the box is going to be the start of a very long chocolate session. And once you’ve started, you just feel there’s no point being good any more and you might as well enjoy it.
So, keep ticking along with a little chocolate and you’ll avoid the big HUGE chocolate dip.
I am not telling you to eat bars and bars of crappy chocolate every day though – that kind of stuff is full of sugar which is far more addictive than chocolate could ever be.
Instead, go for the real deal. Here’s how:
Buy some raw cacao nibs – basically bashed up chocolate beans – and sprinkle a few on your breakfast cereal. They add a little (unsweetened) chocolate hit to the morning which is a billion times better than any chocolate cereal you might buy in the shops.
Make your own chocolate milk: get some cocoa powder (NOT hot chocolate powder – again, it’s packed with sugar) and add some to milk. You can then use this on your cereal (mmmmm) or have it as a post exercise drinkie or just as a little chocolate boost in the afternoon.
When you get your chocolate hit without the sugar hit, chocolate cravings become a thing of the past. They become a distant memory.
Which is nice because you are no longer at the mercy of your cravings. Instead, you become the master of your tastebuds – which means you CHOOSE if you want to eat chocolate, and you CHOOSE if you don’t.
(kind of useful as we start barreling towards the holiday season!)
Need some more ways to get the best out of your chocolate? Read this.