I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate. I love to eat it – yum! I hate the fat calories and the impact on my figure!
This weekend the kids shared a little of their Max’s Mud Pie (chocolate-based ice cream) when we treated them to a meal at Spruce Pond Creamery. Since then, it seems like I cannot stop thinking about chocolate and chocolate ice cream. My favorite local chocolate shop is Green Mountain Chocolates. Their truffles and chocolate bark are amazing! For family birthday celebrations, I am frequently in charge of desserts. I love to bake and brownies are my specialty. I also enjoy making cake balls (below) for special occasions, like Christmas and New Year’s parties. When time is tight, my favorite dessert to bring to an event is a decadent ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. And, you guessed it, my favorite cake is the very chocolaty one: Midnight Delight. OK, I’m craving chocolate now, big time! Sigh.
How to resist?! First, let me note that I don’t believe in eliminating any particular food from one’s diet. Deprivation leads to a failed diet in my experience. It can become an obsession if you tell yourself you cannot have it and that’s no help. So, instead I focus on moderation and variety in my diet. I monitor my total daily calories via my new favorite app, My Fitness Pal. I try to reserve chocolate as an occasional treat and avoid it on days I’m taking a break from exercise. I also keep chocolate out of the house for the most part. You can’t eat what isn’t there, right? Most of the time I’m satisfied with a few squares of organic dark chocolate.
Yet, here I am blogging about chocolate because it’s a struggle. I definitely have a “sweet tooth”. I crave desert after meals and I particularly want chocolate when I’m stressed. So if all of life’s stresses would just exit and not return, I’ll be all set! That’ll happen, right?