Applying Chocolate Moderation Within Your Diet, Awww... Do I Really Have To?

by Audrey Coriou - Date: 2007-03-24 - Word Count: 650 Share This!

We don't think about chocolate moderation when we're feeling low, sad, angry, or just plain upset. I know that I certainly don't!Despite the fact that chocolate is very appealing, a feel-good antidote, can help relieve stress for certain individuals, and is a comfort food, it still contains a lot of calories.

Of course, the amount of sugar that chocolate contains depends on the cocoa percentage of the chocolate. But whether it contains 75% of cocoa powder or none at all, chocolate is still a high-calorie food. (One of the main reasons why it should be eaten in moderation.

)And we all know that once we get started on a piece of chocolate, the next thing we know, half of the chocolate bar or box is gone and we're most likely asking ourselves how come we were able to eat so many. Don't worry, you wouldn't be the first to do this!

But, how do you apply moderation to eating chocolate especially when you have the blues or are just way too upset to care?

Before sitting in that couch with your box of chocolate, I suggest, go take a walk outside and look at what is around you. Take it all in and just watch the outside world. If it's raining or you don't have the option of going outside, call a friend that you know you can trust and talk to her/him about what is upsetting you.

If you can't do the above, try emotional writing. I personally recommend this one. Write, write, write, and write some more until you feel a relief or feel better.

"I just eat chocolate all the time, whether or not I have the blues!" How do I apply moderation to that?

Um... I see the problem and I can only tell you that self-discipline is the only way that you will get around this. What would be a good idea is for you to not buy chocolate anymore, or to buy less. Reduce the quantity of chocolate that you buy on a gradient. You don't want to go from having a lot of chocolate every day to having none because it just won't work. You will only drive yourself crazy that way. (And we certainly don't want that to happen to you!) Try to cut back a little every day. As the weeks pass, you will find that you're eating less and less until you've reached a "correct" amount of chocolate to eat. When you feel the urge to eat some chocolate, try eating an apple or a small healthy snack. Another good alternative would be for you to drink a long glass of water. Being able to only eat a small amount of chocolate is a constant effort on your part. You always have to watch it before you go overboard. And don't think that you are the only one, we all have to watch how much chocolate we eat. If it is still too hard to cut back, eat quality chocolate! With quality chocolate, you will eat less chocolate because quality chocolate is made with rich ingredients and you will feel satisfied sooner (therefore, eating less chocolate).

The "correct" amount of chocolate.

And what is the "correct" amount of chocolate for a person? Well, that really depends on your diet and how much you exercise. If you have a poor diet (lots of carbohydrates, sugar, and junk food) and little exercise, chocolate isn't going to do you a favor. On the other hand, I find that with a regular amount of exercise, a good diet (lots of veggies, proteins, little fat and sugar) chocolate does not affect my weight. And that is, as long as I eat it in moderation! A square of dark chocolate ever two to three days does the trick for me. It's really up to you to find out what is the correct amount of chocolate for you.

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