Sunday, December 09, 2007
Chocolate and Moderaton
Honesty forces me to admit that I sometimes have a bit of a problem with food. By and large, my basic diet is sound. For example: I eat decent meals with enough fruits and veggies to be a fairly good AC. It's just that when I do permit myself to indulge, I am quite likely to go too far and overindulge. Open a bag of chips, and I will most likely fall headlong into wanton gluttony. Well, maybe I exaggerate a tad, but I'm sure you take my point.
Christmas season can be difficult for me because there seem to be delicious goodies staring me in the face every time I glance around. While I am in some control so far this year, I am forced to admit that the season in young and that I was a anything but in control last year. If there ever was a season of chocolate, baking, and salty snacks begging to be wolfed, Christmas is it. I like all of those things, which is fine, but I like them a little too much.
However, with all of the talk of the health benefits of dark chocolate, I sometimes purchase a bar, and I'm happy to report that I do seem to be moderate in my intake. I guess that my mind is able to designate these purchases for moderate, healthy use, and I am therefore able to exercise a modicum of restraint. The odd thing about such moderation is that I really like dark chocolate and prefer it (to some slight degree anyway) to milk chocolate, yet I still seem able to keep a grip. (Note: 72% cacao is about my limit, however; 85% is more bitter than I prefer.)
Could it be that I'm growing up?
Naw ... Pass the chips, will ya?