Conscious Choices and Chocolate
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Boy oh boy, have I been out of the loop! When did candy bars get to be so expensive?
We were at the grocery store, and we saw that Hershey’s candy bars were on sale… “Buy 3 get 3 Free.” But I was amazed that the regular price of the candy bar was 89 cents. These were not the King size either – just the standard size Hershey’s candy bars! And we weren’t standing in a movie theater or an airport where they get to charge premium prices.
My chocolate of choice for the past year or two has been Hershey’s Nuggets. There is just something so satisfying about the size and density of that chunk of chocolate. Whoever designed the Nugget for Hershey’s should get an “Amazingly Fabulous Design” award or whatever they give out to food designers.
So, kind of as a New Year’s resolution, towards the beginning of the year I decided to go cold turkey.
It’s been about a month now, and I’m actually doing pretty well with it. My craving for Nuggets is after dinner. But if I go do something else right after dinner, I find that I forget about wanting them. While I’m not super rigid about only eating healthy foods, we do try to eat right most of the time. I’ve decided that avoiding the Nugget addiction is about changing up my habits and routines, and not having them easily accessible.
So, if I want some candy or chocolate I will have to march my butt down to the store and buy it. We’re not going to keep it in the house anymore: that makes it too easy to give in to my cravings.
If it truly is a must-be-satisfied craving, I will have to make the effort to go and get some at the store…and with the cold weather and shorter daylight hours, I think most evenings I will be content to just do without. It’s empowering actually, because I get to make the conscious choice of what I’m putting into my body.
Oh believe me, there will be days when I choose to eat chocolate and maybe even lots of it…but it will be a conscious decision that I make, not some mindless habit.
How ‘bout it?