Chocolate Crisis

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?

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2 responses to “Chocolate Crisis

  1. Double Dark Chocolate Mate tea from The Republic of Tea… a little pricey, but worth it.
    (Less than 5 calories per serving…) and they have a whole line of chocolate teas. 🙂
    -Rachel
    fellow chocoholic

  2. Pingback: In Defense of My Vice | “Part-Time” Working Mom

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