I love it. I’m a self proclaimed chocoholic. It is the cure for many things in my life, with the exception of the common cold. And even then I am sure that I could find a way to work chocolate into my repertoire of common cold healing agents.
I love chocolate so much that at one point my Twitter bio read, “will work for yarn or chocolate.” I’ve edited a number of things for friends and my sister and only required payment in chocolate. With what I’m about to share with you, I feel like my Twitter bio has come full circle and I can finally write “will work for chocolate” off my bucket list.
When I die I want it written on my tombstone “Only in death did she part from her chocolate stash”.
I guess you could say that I’m a die hard.
Last week I was touching base with an advertising friend of mine inquiring about how I might get in as a guest blogger on her magazine’s blog when she told me that I needed to get in touch with Dr. Susan Albers because she was looking for someone to blog about chocolate.
What the what? You don’t say! Immediately my wheels started turning and with a wonderful introduction from my friend, I reached out to Dr. Albers to discover what this lovely blog might entail.
It turns out Dr. Albers wants to challenge me. Challenge you. Challenge all of us to eat our chocolate but do it mindfully.
Mindfully eat chocolate? Is that possible? I met with Dr. Albers at her Cleveland Clinic office to find out more about this challenge and to pick up…. you guessed it, Chocolate.
A WHOLE BAG OF CHOCOLATE.
Dr. Albers explained that the key to managing a craving is to answer it but do mindfully.
I never thought about my chocolate cravings much except in terms of getting it satisfied, and fast (before people died, heads rolled, and children ran and hid in fear)! To eat with a mindful purpose and learn to savor the craving should put me on the path to learning how to take charge of a craving when it hits and subsequently keep mama from melting down. (Get it melting? Chocolate? Oh never mind.)
During the month of February, I will post a weekly journal (maybe a vlog?) of how I’ve worked with my chocolate craving and how I’m holding up. I’ll also be checking in with Dr. Albers on a regular basis and she will be answering some questions for me as I go. Because my gawd… CHOCOLATE. You can also follow my challenge on the Chaos in the Country Facebook page where I will share some daily thoughts, rants, and pleas for help with all chocolate I have in my possession.
At the end of the month, I hope to have chocolate left over. Not as a way to rub it in anyone’s face that I really didn’t eat all of it, but as a way to show you that this was a challenge that not only was fun but taught me something about eating mindfully. (And of course how I totally rocked it!)
The Mindful Eating Chocolate Challenge will feature fun giveaways, instructions on how to eat chocolate mindfully (or any crave food for that matter), healthy chocolate recipes, advice from celebrity dietitians, and much more. You can follow along or join the challenge by visiting Dr. Albers’ Facebook page.
In the meantime… LOOK AT ALL THIS CHOCOLATE.
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