Chocolate Charm : The Truth Behind your Cravings
This year we’re focused on guiding our Twisted Tribe to a place of freedom instead of fear when it comes to food choices. As we head into February with the rest of 2020 on the horizon, what would it be like to stop feeling defeated or guilty about your love for chocolate? Good news: it's possible. The weight many of you carry around because of chocolate consumption can be lifted. You can banish bad moods and negative attitudes that result from overwhelming restrictions.
Today we will shed light on this topic and dive deep into the world of chocolate!
First, chocolate is not the enemy. Chocolate is the result of cacao bean components combining with another source of energy, typically in the form of either fats or carbohydrates.
That's it. It’s not good. It’s not bad.
There are many possible chocolate combinations, from unsweetened and dark to milk and white. Each combo produces a different level of bitterness or sweetness.
Each human has a different palate. Some people naturally require a high level of fats, while others need high levels of carbohydrates to function and thrive.
Your Body is One of a Kind
If you haven’t figured out yet what your body needs to thrive, you’re likely following a generic life handbook that wasn't designed for YOU. Because of that, you may experience deficient periods.
Your body is smart. It’s many built-in systems that send alerts when it needs something. One of those systems? Cravings. If you have not been consistently feeding your body enough energy in the form of fats or carbohydrates, you start to crave them.
Craving chocolate? You’re not alone.
Chocolate delivers both fats and carbohydrates to your body. Carbohydrates in the form of sugar are quickly absorbed by your body, which leads to a “sugar high” feeling. It is no surprise that many people crave chocolate. After all, it's a quick fix to your body’s SOS signal. It's not specifically chocolate that you are addicted to or craving; it's what the chocolate is made of that your body desires.
If you carry a burden because you feel like your chocolate cravings are out of control, know there is freedom available. Now that you know your body is asking for a source of energy through fats or carbohydrates, it's all about making different choices and seeing how that makes you feel.
Fats and Carbs Lists
If you need fat or carbohydrate sources of energy, all you have to do is identify food choices classified as fats or carbs. Once you have a list of foods for each category, the trial and error process begins. Some items that may be found on your fats list are almonds, cashews, avocado, butter, and cheese. The carb list might include oranges, carrots, broccoli, and strawberries.
Here's another chain-breaking truth: there's no one right way. Some experts will say, "Choose fruit instead!" Well, what if you don't like fruit? You might try it out and end up feeling defeated and unhappy because you conformed to what someone else said instead of doing what works for YOU.
What do you like to eat? When you look at the two food lists labeled either fats or carbohydrates, which do you naturally lean toward? If the fats list sticks out to you more than your list of carbohydrates, then you may be a person whose energy is obtained through fats, or vice versa if you’re more attracted to the carb list.
We’re all different.
Remember that at the end of the day, there is not one equation or diet that is healthiest for everyone. One size doesn’t fit all. It's about collecting knowledge and applying it directly to your life and your story. It's a process of trial and error.
Since chocolate is a combination of multiple sources of energy, it is neither good nor bad. It can even offer health benefits! Chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao may improve memory, reduce inflammation, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, boost your immune system, reduce stress, and even improve your mood.
At Twisted Foods, you can expect to see chocolate as a staple ingredient in our recipes. We are huge chocolate fans, because it provides our Tribe with energy and gives flavor to recipes. It packs a punch by offering both physical and emotional benefits—more bang for your buck!
One of our health coaches’ favorite Twisted Food Snacks is the Whipped Chocolate Crème Dessert! It’s perfect for all the cake lovers out there! If you want something a tad more savory, how about our Twisted White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels or Chocolate Apple Turnover? The list goes on and on! Come on in today and take a peek into our fully stocked fridge for a sweet (or savory) chocolate snack!