Studies have shown that, if you crave chocolate, you could very well be deficient in magnesium. So increase your levels with foods rich in magnesium, such as dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
If your sweet tooth is plaguing you, instead of reaching for those Easter eggs or a chocolate bunny, eat a teaspoon of raw, creamed honey instead. It’s a very intense burst of sweetness that should tell your brain you’ve had your fix. If honey is too sweet for you, try this: stir a teaspoon of carob powder into a mug of boiling water, add a teaspoon of honey and top with milk – hello, guilt-free hot chocolate, goodbye chocolate craving!
If you’re going to give in to your craving, it’s okay, but swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate so that you get less sugar and more health benefits. The darker the chocolate, the more cocoa and antioxidants are packed into it, and the better it is for you. Try Lindt’s 85 percent or even these tasty creations from Gayleen’s Decadence.
There’s eating chocolate and then there’s eating too much chocolate. The more of it you have, the more of it you want — don’t you find that’s true? If you know you have a weakness for chocolate, give yourself set portion sizes like one small square a day or one chocolate egg. This is better than eating a whole slab every three days and then depriving yourself in between because you feel bad. It’s all about moderation.
Set daily limits for yourself – once you get a craving for chocolate, tell yourself that, if you still want it in half an hour, you can have it. But just make sure you stick to the previous point and don’t devour the whole slab in one sitting. That way, you won’t just eat it for the sake of it, you’ll eat it because you really, really want it – and there’s nothing wrong with a little treat now and again.
By Nikki Samakosky