Up Your Magnesium
Studies have shown that, if you crave chocolate, you could very well be deficient in magnesium. So up your magnesium levels and see if your hunger for chocolate lessens. Foods rich in magnesium are dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, so be sure to try and include more of these foods in your diet.
Use Raw Honey For Sweetness
If you’ve got a sweet tooth that just doesn’t want to disappear, instead of reaching for those Easter eggs or a chocolate bunny, why not try savouring a teaspoon of raw, creamed honey instead? It’s a very intense burst of sweetness that should tell your brain that you’ve gotten your fix. If that’s too sweet for you, try this: stir a teaspoon of carob powder into a mug of boiling water, add a teaspoon of honey and top with milk of your choice – hello, guilt-free hot chocolate, goodbye chocolate craving!
Swap Milk For Dark
If you’re going to give into your craving, that’s totally fine… but it’s best to swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate so that you get some of the health benefits. You could try Lindt’s 85 per cent or even these tasty creations from Gayleen’s Decadence. So whenever you feel a chocolate craving coming on, reach for a block of dark and you’re sorted – all of the pleasure, none of the guilt!
Limit Portion Size
There’s eating chocolate… and then there’s eating too much chocolate. The more of it you have, the more of it you’ll want… don’t you find that’s true? If you know your weakness, give yourself set portion sizes that won’t ruin your good streak. Having one small piece of chocolate a day is far better than eating a whole slab every three days and then depriving yourself in-between because you feel bad. It’s all about moderation.
Set Yourself A Time Limit
Set daily limits for yourself – once you get a feeling for chocolate, tell yourself that, if you still want it in half an hour, you can have it. But just make sure you stick to the above point and don’t devour the whole slab in one sitting. That way, you won’t just eat it for the sake of it, you’ll eat it because you really, really want it – and there’s nothing wrong with a little treat now and again.
By Nikki Samakosky