Confessions of a chocoholic

I have a confession to make. 


I used to be completely and utterly addicted to sugar, especially milk chocolate. I couldn't get enough. In fact the regular sized chocolate bars weren't enough, I’d have to go for the family size bags. 


I was told as a kid to eat all of my dinner so that I could get dessert, and dessert was usually in the form of a chocolate bar. Anything Cadburys, Wispa, Crunchie, Dairy Milk. A huge, delicious stash waiting for me in the fridge drawer after I’d finished my dinner. 


This became an ingrained habit so as an adult, the moment I’d finish my meal I was thinking about chocolate. 


In fact, when I decided to go fully Vegan it wasn't the meat I was missing, it was the milk chocolate. A blessing in disguise really, because when I didn't have the choice, I would be less inclined to grab a bar of chocolate when I was out and about. It made things a little more difficult to get my chocolate fix. To my frustration and surprise, most chocolate has milk or some form of milk powder in it! 


After some searching I found my fix in the form of dark chocolate. Containing no dairy and fully Vegan, I was able to indulge again. It took a little time to really love it, dark chocolate, especially the high cocoa content is a little less sweet, but you do get used to it very quickly, and when you're not eating the other sugary stuff, it begins to taste much sweeter. 


Dark chocolate is one of the few delicious treats that taste awesome while providing significant health benefits. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.


Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap that I used to eat) can improve your health. It’s rich in Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and a few other minerals.


The key is to choose quality stuff — dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content. You’ll find that you're way less likely to eat as much as the taste is richer, contains less sugar and doesn't have that come back for more pull that regular chocolate bars have. 


Dark chocolates typically contain some sugar, but the amounts are usually small and the darker the chocolate, the less sugar it will contain.


In a nutshell, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. 


As a lot of the chocolate on the market is not healthy I’ve created this delicious recipe so you can reap all the benefits without the guilt. 


And you don't have to go on the hunt like I did to get your fix. 


Enjoy!


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Wondering about a plant-based diet but confused as to where to begin? Do this one simple thing to reduce overwhelm.

Wondering about a plant-based, maybe even vegan diet? Where do you even begin right? The really great news is that you don’t really need to get too technical about it.

The first thing to do is simply add in. This technique is what we call crowding out.  Add in an abundance of plant-based whole foods. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Everything the body needs to thrive. If you can build this habit of adding in on a daily basis you will feel far less hungry or deprived in any way. As a result, far less likely to be craving junky foods such as crisps and chocolate. We should aim to eat vegetables, especially the green leafy kind, at every meal. You can even add spinach to your morning smoothie. So rather than thinking about what you need to cut out or stop eating, shift the focus to how can I eat more plants?

You don’t need to label yourself, you don’t need to explain yourself to friends and family,and you certainly don't need to worry about getting enough protein. Just simply begin by making this one, very small change. 

You will soon notice that you feel much more alive, nature has provided everything you need within fruit and vegetables for you to not only look good but feel great!

 

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