Who wants some chocolate? ME! Chocolate smoothie? Sure. Chocolate bar, chocolate macaroon, chocolate covered almonds? Absolutely. What flavor soup do I want? Do you have chocolate flavored? Raw salad… Does it come with chocolate flavored dressing? Tea? Hmmm, how about mint chocolate?
Yes, I love chocolate. But it is a problem. I have an addiction to chocolate. I’m pretty good with most ‘potential’ addictions. I don’t drink, and even when I have the odd drink (twice a year), I don’t want more. Never done drugs, and wouldn’t be interested. Don’t smoke – tried it and thought it was gross. I can’t think of any other addictions that would tempt me.
But chocolate I just never get sick of. I’m realizing though that it is making me sick. Although most people who know me might not see it, I am feeling fat and out of shape, and I know chocolate plays a big role in this. For some reason with chocolate the word moderation escapes my dictionary.
It’s not like I’m tempted each and every day though at SimplyRaw Express:
Now I’m certainly not knocking the wonderful desserts we make at SimplyRaw Express! They are much healthier than typical desserts, using high quality organic ingredients – in fact with the ingredients we use, they are good for you… IN MODERATION!
This is where I fall flat on my face. I have no self control with chocolate.
I do love the taste of chocolate, but it’s also an emotional food for me. Never thought I’d say that, as again, I’m not akin to addictions, and I have really good self control with a lot of things in my life.
But I am faced with a lot of stress and during low times in particular I struggle with chocolate as a temporary fix or band aid.
I know how good I can feel without chocolate though. In October I spent a week in Honduras scuba diving with my good buddy Nick. Leading up to the trip I kicked the habit for a week, and while I felt like crap for the first few days, after a week I felt amazing. Then I returned to an even more stressful environment, and bam – chocolate was there waiting for me.
I’ve never made a new year’s resolution. I don’t believe that you need to wait for the start of a new calendar year to make changes in your life. So, I’m resolving to beat my addiction starting right here and now – Saturday Dec 29, 7pm. (I just downed my last bag of chocolate covered walnuts).
I know that kicking a lifelong addiction is not as easy as just saying go. This is part of the reason for my post – to share my struggles, my challenge, and my resolve.
I’m also planning to shift my attention to other areas of focus – improving SimplyRaw Express, which I am very proud of, and want to see continue to evolve and grow with greater advocacy and support for a plant-based diet – my most passionate belief. It’s also a great time to get outside and enjoy some crisp winter air… I plan to spend time unwinding by snowshoeing and cross country skiing whenever I can. I need it, badly!
Any advice you’d like to offer? Are you facing or have you faced a similar challenge?
Thanks for reading.