This afternoon I sent Ben a very important text – most likely during one of his very important parent-teacher meetings – that read:
“We have an emergency on our hands. More >80% chocolate needed in the C. home, Stat.”
Let’s back up a sec:
Something I know about my body is that it doesn’t do well with sugar, dairy, or wheat. Over the years, I’ve eaten less and less wheat and I don’t miss it much. The discovery of goat cheese has made dairy pretty easy to forgo, too. But sugar? Sugar has always been the toughest habit for me to kick.
Luckily for me, I have the best, most supportive husband in the Universe. After years of listening to me lament about how much pain I’m in after a sugar binge, he doesn’t judge. He doesn’t call me crazy the way my brother does [obviously he’s a big bro]. He simply gives me a hug and says, “I’ve got an idea.”
For the past few months, I’ve been competing against my sugar cravings to win my ultimate grand prize: a slow cooker!
[tell me she’s not glorious]
Similar to other substance programs that give ‘chips’ for being sober for 30 days and 90 days, Ben and I decided we’d use the old something desired technique. To up the ante, I had to cut all sugars that have a negative effect on my body [that means all dried and high-sugar fruit, refined sugars, honey/agave, ‘natural’ sweeteners, and any chocolate less than 80% dark].
Not sure whether you caught it or not, but my 30 day ‘chip’ was this amazing kettle:
My 90 day ‘chip’ is going to be that crock pot – if I ever get there!
I’ve already relapsed once on dates [doh! Why are you so good when filled with peanut butter or goat cheese?!], but luckily Ben gave me a get out of jail free pass and I didn’t have to start all over… I just had to tack on a couple weeks.
I’ve got 58 days left until I earn that beautiful piece of kitchenware that will save me time and energy. You can bet I’ve already bookmarked a few dozen recipes to try… which is why it is so important that we have extra dark chocolate around the house!
Chocolate that is greater than 80% dark is the only allowable ‘sweet’ I can have right now. And it has been my savior!
When I met Ben I only liked chocolate with a percentage count lower than about 40. Slowly Ben and I kept increasing the percentage, and now 80% is decadent and delightful while 50% is overpoweringly sweet. I’ve really learned to savor the richness and complexity of extra dark… and it gives me just enough sweetness to not have cravings for super sugary foods.
We keep a bar of dark chocolate in our cupboard and have a piece or two fairly often. I noticed we were getting low on our stash about a week ago but refused to purchase anything when I couldn’t find my favorite 85% Kallari chocolate at Whole Foods.
So here we are. Chocolateless.
Somehow I have a feeling it won’t be for long.
Are you a chocolate fanatic, too? Light or dark?
[I once asked my Aunty that question and she said, ‘Oh honey, I don’t discriminate. I’ll take it black, white, or anywhere in the middle!’]
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