When it comes to temptation, nothing packs a punch like chocolate.  For centuries, chocolate has been loved by the people of the world, from drinking it in cocoa to eating it in bars.  So what is a woman who is trying to lose weight supposed to do about the delicious box of chocolates she receives from her true love?

If you enjoy your chocolate in moderation and cut back on other calories throughout the day to compensate, you’ll be fine.   Now for many women, having a pound of chocolate on the kitchen counter will not work.  The temptation is far too overwhelming.  So here’s some advice about what to do with your chocolate love gifts:

Eat only dark chocolate.  Give all your milk and white chocolate pieces away to your friends.  Enjoy dark chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa.  Research shows that flavonoid-rich foods like dark chocolate may keep high blood pressure down and decrease your risk for heart disease.  So as long as you’re indulging, make it dark chocolate.

Give yourself a chocolate allowance.  Decide beforehand what you are going to do.  Indulge all at once by ordering that rich cake for dessert on Valentine’s Day or savor your chocolate over a longer period of time (like one piece of chocolate, five days in a row).  But after you have your allowance, you are done.  Finished.  Just like when you were a kid and your parents gave you a dollar a week, once the dollar was spent, you didn’t have money to buy anything else.

Get creative with the leftovers.  Chances are you’re going to have some chocolate left after you’ve had your allowance.  You can wrap chocolate pieces and give them away to your friends and neighbors with notes of appreciation.  Or if your truffles came from your husband who doesn’t really want to see his hard earned money going to buy chocolates for the neighbors, you can put the chocolate in the freezer and have a celebration when you hit your goal weight.

When you focus on the true source of love in your life, the chocolates you see lining the supermarket shelves will take a backseat this Valentine’s Day.  Be moderate with chocolate but lavish in showing love to your friends and family!


Arlene Pellicane

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