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4/29/20 3:49 P

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Love it!!! I am definitely going to "splurge" on the good stuff - so I can be sure to taste in moderation and find that chocolate craving satisfaction :-)

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4/29/20 3:14 P



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There's nothing wrong with having M&Ms (once in a while). Full disclosure, I still eat peanut M&Ms, just not every day like I did when I was morbidly obese.

As others have noted, there is no reason you can't eat and enjoy chocolate. What to do is buy high QUALITY chocolate. Yep. spend the extra for a good quality dark chocolate.

The problem with cheap chocolate is that you need to eat more in order to feel satisfied. Plus, it's loaded with too much sugar. Here's an eye opening experience, read the ingredients on those M&Ms. what's the first ingredient ? Sugar. Where's the cocoa ? 5-6 items down the list. Good quality dark chocolate lists cocoa beans (or mass) as the first or second ingredient.

Here are some brands that I really like. yes, they are expensive, but worth the cost because you need to eat less to feel sated. And they are delicious.

Alter Eco
Madecasse
Taza

If you'd like good quality reasonably priced chocolate, try Trader Joe's. they import their dark chocolate from Belgium.

oh and watch out for any chocolate that has palm oil. eeewwww.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 4/29/2020 (15:16)
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4/28/20 9:48 A

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Hi Martha!!! Yes - I agree. I think my best choice may be to replace those M&Ms with a healthier chocolate like a dark chocolate. Excellent suggestion!!!

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4/22/20 4:08 P

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Two things;
first, I agree with MLAN613.....I would be starving if that's all I had for lunch. Usually when I crave something later in the day I realize I didn't have enough to eat for breakfast and/or lunch

second, have some chocolate! Eating a small square of dark chocolate when you are satisfied from a meal can be a wonderful way to end the meal.

Add a salad or a cup of vegetable soup to lunch and then wait about 20 minutes before having your chocolate.

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4/22/20 1:11 P

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Avocado toast for lunch? Is that all? Did you have any protein? Are you eating enough calories?

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4/22/20 10:21 A

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Thank you! These are great ideas :-)

Yesterday, I replaced my after-lunch chocolate with a cup of coffee. I know coffee isn't the BEST habit, but it has a lot less calories and sugar than those handfuls of M&Ms. Oooohhh ... and I have those hazelnut M&Ms which are absolute HEAVEN!!! :-)

So ... yesterday I ate avocado toast for lunch and had a nice warm cup of coffee after lunch to finish it all. I could also try for Green Tea!

I went for a run last night after work (I am essential) - and did OK ... but then I ate a bag of chips. And these weren't just any old chips - the whole bag was 300 calories. Bleh. That was not the best choice. But ... I still woke up feeling non-chubby and I think it was because of my evening exercise.

All in all ... I give myself a B- for yesterday's food choices. Just need to dial-in these habits!!!


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4/21/20 7:33 P

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Have you considered having a less healthy and conscious lunch? Sometimes we can tilt a little too far over to one side, which makes it all the easier to cave and swing back to the opposite side. You could also try holding out for chocolate covered strawberries as part of your afternoon snack or perhaps plan to have raisins in something. Chocolate covered raisins may or may not hit the spot, but could provide a little chocolate along with a serving of fruit.

-google first. ask questions later.

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4/21/20 6:57 P

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I put stuff like that in the freezer. That way, you need to consciously take out a certain amount and wait a few minutes until its thawed enough to eat. If you want more, you have to do it again.

Sure you can still go back and end up eating more than you intended, but it seems to help making that conscious decision rather than just looking back and saying "how did I just eat ALL the chocolate?" :)



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4/21/20 4:39 P

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I have a bad habit! Every day, after I eat a healthy and conscious lunch ... I inevitably crave, crave, CRAVE a little piece of chocolate or two to finish off my lunch. Just a little taste. But, of course, a little taste turns into a handful!

So ... this is the habit I am determined to break.

And, I am going to use my powers of procrastination to break this habit! If I can "procrastinate" my chocolate craving until after DINNER ... then I will earn my bite or two of chocolate. But no more lunch-time chocolate! I need to delay gratification! :-)

Today - I did it!!! I resisted the craving and I know I can keep this up!!! :-)

All the best,
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