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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Well, finals are over and my full time summer job begins tomorrow. It's time to get a little structure back into my life!

First thing's first... I started by tracking my calories again today. I will begin by tackling the chocolate problem. When is chocolate ever a problem, you ask? Well, that's what I would ask, which in itself lies the problem.

Every weekend I grab a couple Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Truffle bars with the purest intentions. I know that I wouldn't want to exist in a world without dark chocolate and refuse to deprive myself of this foodgasmic little treat. I especially love a little chocolate fix after dinner. In my silly head, I vow to ration my chocolate stash so that it will last throughout the week. Perhaps my mind is subliminally influenced by the big 'ol "70% Dark" logo on the wrapper, because that's about how much of the bar I eat before forcing myself to put it down!

Enough of this nonsense, self! This morning I took my beloved bars and broke them up into beloved squares. These squares are now individually wrapped into convenient little chocolatey packages and prepped for a more discriminating consumption pattern.
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    AHHH, I can so relate to this blog. I always keep dark chocolate in my apt for my sweet tooth. But I do know that it is calorie dense and it can be easy for me to over indulge. It doesn't seem to be a trigger food though, as I can keep it in the house with out feeling like I have to eat it all. Unlike, ice cream, cookies and other sweets. emoticon
    3839 days ago
    I like the idea of breaking the chocolate into little pieces and wrapped them individually. It's like you trick yourself and can avoid over-indulgence!
    3840 days ago
    im not a fan of dark chocolate, although it is better for you...milk chocolate for me or none!! good job good luck!!
    3844 days ago
    Jeannette - I try the dissolve tactic as often as I can muster the patience. It really does feel more satisfying to savor it. It's such a waste to chew on dark chocolate!
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    3844 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/16/2010 9:28:23 PM
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Ahhh, dark chocolate you haunt my dreams. Well as we all know Dark Chocolate is a health food, ok only if eaten in moderation, but what the heck health food sounds good. The thing that makes it so good and good for you is the high percentage of pure cocoa. This also means that it melts more slowly than sister milk chocolate. Try this trick instead of chewing these dark morsels pop one in your mouth and let it dissolve slowly on your tongue. This can take a little practice since the urge to chew and swallow can be overwhelming, but practice makes perfect and in this case it's sooo enjoyable. emoticon
    3844 days ago
  • KAREN25
    Very good! I have been on a mindless bend with cookies. Yes, they had chocolate in them, so it has been a double whammie! Good idea breaking it down to serving size.
    3844 days ago
  • JPRICE217
    It seems when I start on chocolat I can"t stop. Portion control a great idea.
    3844 days ago
    Any time that I've stopped buying chocolate altogether it has always ended badly!

    Thanks for the suggestion, EWATER. I'll check it out.
    3844 days ago
    Not to insinuate anyone should change their favorite chocolate, but I have the same insistence on including chocolate into my lifestyle. I have found the Ghiradelli baking bars (dark or semisweet) are richer-tasting than the chocolate chips, and they are conveniently scored into half-ounce segments. This is what works for me. It's crazy, but I think if I actually had to break up the chocolate myself, I'd overdo it. . . emoticon
    3844 days ago
    Exactly the reason why I never buy chocolate anymore. My will is not that strong. (Cocoa powder in my smoothies almost gives me enough of a chocolate fix.)
    3844 days ago
    Pre-portioning works really well for me. It's amazing how something so simple can make a huge difference. I did it with everything when I first started, but eventually got lazy.
    3844 days ago
    emoticon Excellent!
    3844 days ago
    Very good idea. I still find myself not being able to portion control though, so I try not to buy it at all so I won't be tempted..lol
    3844 days ago
    You did just what I was going to suggest! I like to have as many things pre-portioned as possible, because it forces me to actually realize what I'm doing! If I'm eating 2 servings of something I want to be aware!
    3844 days ago
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