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Indulge in Chocolate the Healthy Way

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, women everywhere are wondering their significant others will get them. My husband has never given me chocolate for Valentine’s Day. (I guess I’m just sweet enough already.) But don’t worry, I am sure to get my fair share of chocolate year-round.

For people trying to lose weight, thinking about sweets and Valentine’s Day can be a source of stress. The mere thought about “self control” around the tempting boxed hearts can seem to take the all the fun out of Valentine’s Day.

Watch this video to learn about why avoiding chocolate can be more harmful than indulging and get three simple tips for enjoying chocolate without feeling guilty!

How do you fit sweets into your eating plan?

February 11th, 2010

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Rebecca Scritchfield

Thanks Angela... you hit it. One thing women don't recognize is that the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle results in significant cravings in most. It's not "will power" it's biology and hormones. I keep a good bar of dark chocolate (or choc chips) in the house all the time. I stick with one ounce and I sit down and enjoy it as much as one can. On Valentine's I'll be having some with red wine!

posted Feb 12th, 2010 7:26 am


ChrisM

Excellent post! I coach people frequently on how to lose weight. I always start with a plan (written out) and in the plan has to contain a reward for reaching each step or mile stone of success and that could be ice cream (small bowl) piece of chocolate. I encourage them to have dark chocolate because of the way it works in the brain. It allows you to go to the Happy Place. As for sweeteners have you tried Stevia? I recommend this to a number of my clients that have type ll diabetes it sweetens very well, has been used for years in S. America and is a naturally occurring sweetener also doesnâ??t appear to raise their blood sugar.

Chris Martin
Health and Weight lose Coach

posted Feb 11th, 2010 3:39 pm


Angela

I completely agree one shouldn't hold off on his or her cravings. I have seen disaster strike in friends who tried to hold off on things such as chocolate or peanut butter only to find their will power exploding and gorging themselves on that very thing they were avoiding!

People just need to learn the art of moderation and portion control like you said, and then they don't have to cut out the things they enjoy.

posted Feb 11th, 2010 11:55 am



   
 

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