I have a jar full of dark chocolate in my kitchen.

Now before I continue, I have to tell you how I came to have a chocolate jar. About 5 years ago, I was eating way too much sugar in the form of candy. I loved the candy that most adults don’t like: Swedish fish, hard candies, toffies, jelly beans, licorice, sour gummies, tootsie rolls, Mary Janes—you get the picture. For me, eating all of this sugar had two big downfalls:  First, the more sugar I ate the more sugar I wanted. Second, all of this candy was ruining my teeth. (My father, MY DENTIST at the time, can verify!)  I had to stop. The first few days were extremely rough (ok, agony!), but I survived.

I decided I couldn’t live life without SOMETHING delicious in my daily life, so I turned to dark chocolate. I wanted to have the least amount of sugar with still having a lot enjoyment and satisfaction. After buying several brands with different cocoa percentages, I was sold on Lindt 78% cocoa and Endangered Species Strong + Velvety Dark Chocolate with 88% cocoa. These two brands went into my chocolate jar. Life was good!!

Lately, I noticed that the chocolate in my jar seemed to be disappearing rather quickly. I would fill it up only to find out it almost empty a day or two later. My husband never dips into my jar and given that it’s just the two of us living here, what was going on???  

Of course, I want to say, “IT WAS A MOUSE!”, but it was just ME. I am the culprit. Somewhere along the way (let’s blame the pandemic), I’ve become less mindful of my chocolate consumption. While it’s great that this chocolate is low in sugar, if I eat enough of it, it will add up. And, of course, the more sugar I eat, the more sugar I will want to eat. To get myself back on track, I now pull out a serving for the day, and that is that. So far it’s working. I’m realizing how much more I have been eating.

I wanted to tell this story for two reasons. First, all of us have lapses—even the most disciplined. That’s because we are all so gloriously human! Second, every now and then we might have to go back and re-visit portion sizes. Especially with foods like nuts, cheese, chips, and, um, chocolate! I’m sure I won’t have to be this vigilant for forever, but for now, I just need the reminder. Maybe you do, too, with something???

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