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    Damn you, chocolate!

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    I am about 10 days post 30 day paleo-ish challenge (I did my own, wasn't as strict as the Whole30, like I still ate bacon) and ate primal, but cut out sugar, dairy and alcohol for a month. Results were great! Lost 7 pounds and 7 inches (and before, just eating a 70/30 or 80/20 primal diet, I was lucky to lose 2 pounds in a month).

    But since then? I've slipped up! Ate pizza over the weekend, had a few beers the other night, and my sweet tooth is here with a vengance! I'm still eating primal, but definitely need to get back on track, so after labor day, I'm going to do a 30 day primal challenge, and limit the sugar/dairy/alcohol to once a week. I would love to be 100% strict 100% of the time, but life happens, vacations happen, social obligations, so if I can stick to a 90/10, I figure I'll still be doing a lot better.

    Now I just need to get the chocolate out of the house....

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    70% Dark or higher is fine. Just don't eat it all at once, and have it occasionally:-)

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    get some intense dark ghiradelli sea salt soiree. Limit yourself to 1 square a week. It's totally worth the wait!
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    Chocolate's fine, but it helps to know WHY you crave it.

    If you just like the cacao itself, you can do a very low calorie fix with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa and stevia. I do this as hot cocoa with hot water in winter, and make an iced mocha during the summer. And I am a serious chocoholic.

    But some people crave the fat along with the chocolate, so for ya'll... there's unsweetened baking chocolate squares, or you can combine the cocoa with coconut oil. There's more of a calorie whack there, but a little goes a long way.

    There's also 80%-90% dark chocolate. It will usually be sweetened with some kind of sugar. The organic high-end bars will usually be sweetened with 'cane juice' or something. I dunno if this is any better than plain old sucrose. But I know a lot of primal people do this as a sensible indulgence.

    So you do not have to give up chocolate. I would never ever endorse this WOE if I had to give up CHOCOLATE. I mean, why go on living at all, lol.
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    I'm a recovering chocaholic. My forth nightly vice is the 85% chocolate from Green & Blacks. I second trying to dull cravings with a spoon of coconut butter. But careful after 5 pm, I find it keeps me awake at night if I eat it too late.

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    I second the Greens&Blacks rec! Their cocoa is fabulous, too. Friends who still do sugar have informed me that their ultradark chili-chocolate bar is awesome.

    One note about chocolate keeping you awake. I found this was the case too... until I started drinking coffee again. Now I have cocoa after dinner at about 7pm.... and it doesn't affect my sleep at all. I think that one's brain tends to get unused to caffeine, and then even the amount in cocoa is a jolt.
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    Get the 100% dark cacao baking Ghirardelly. It's so bitter you won't even want to finish a square or two.

    I used to crave chocolate like a madman, BUT, ever since I started eating potatoes, my cravings went away. Now it's just... meh... and I'm glad because I'm too sensitive to theobromine, a stimulant in cacao.

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    also try taking magnesium citrate. It really helped turned my chocolate obsession from "MUST HAVE!" into "meh". Perfectly satisfied with occasional chocolate.
    Also try cacao nibs from a good company like Amano. If you can chow down on straight cacao nibs and be in love, then it's the genuine chocolate you crave. If it doesn't make you happy, you're either after sugar (most likely), fat, or magnesium
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    I found my chocolate consumption went right down after moving from 90% to 99%. I was wanting the sugar in the 90% more than I had realized. The 99% is all about chocolate and truly only for the chocolate flavor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKC View Post
    I found my chocolate consumption went right down after moving from 90% to 99%. I was wanting the sugar in the 90% more than I had realized. The 99% is all about chocolate and truly only for the chocolate flavor.
    Karin, you may be ready fior the next step. I bought some 99% three weeks ago. I was a treat LOL I normally use 100 or unsweetened cocoa.

    i can taste teh sugar in 99... OOMG it is so wrong hwo much it alters the taste

    and yes i have not finished the bar. iI have not even eaten half
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