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The Thirty Day No Junk Food Challenge | Day One: Healthy Dark Chocolate

Updated on January 3, 2012
Dark chocolate could save you from strokes, heart disease, cancer and more!
Dark chocolate could save you from strokes, heart disease, cancer and more!

As day one draws to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to write a little more about why I'm doing this thirty day challenge. I'm starting to feel about junk food the same way I used to feel about smoking before I quit. I like eating the candy, but I feel icky afterwards (probably because of the sugar drop) and I know it's not helping to make me healthy. I can't help but think that I'd be in much better shape if I cut junk food out of my life altogether.

I know this isn't remotely desirable for some people, so don't get to jumpy up and downy if you're more of a 'all things in moderation' type. The thing is, I can't or don't eat candy in moderation. I eat it in majoration. It's not an 'occasional' treat, it's an every day thing.

As I get older, I'm starting to notice that my body isn't processing the junk as well as it used to. Used to be I could eat a bag of candy and not feel any worse for wear, or gain much weight either. But nowadays I'm noticing a sneaking increase in both size and weight and that does not please me, not because I'm addicted to media stereotypes about skinniness, but because I want my body to be functional. I won't be able to run and jump and play if I'm significantly overweight. I won't feel strong and healthy and athletic either.

However, there could be one exception to this rule, one exception to rule them all, if you will.

Junk Food Confessions and Discoveries

A little experimental cheat tonight. (I'm going to be honest when I cheat, because honesty is the best policy.) A single triangle of dark Toblerone. According to the box, that means I consumed 11.5 grams of sugar, 124 calories total. If one is going to 'cheat' on a junk food diet, dark chocolate is the best choice. Dark chocolate also contains anti-oxidants and epicatechin, which promotes heart health. Epicatechin is credited with reducing rates of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. In light of this information, I'm going to allow myself a small ration of dark chocolate daily, to take the edge off cravings and promote overall health.

Chocolate is the thing I crave the most. I don't have much use for other typical candies, not having much of a pure 'sweet tooth', so having a little chocolate won't just potentially promote anti-oxidants and whatnot, it will also keep me sane.

Aside from chocolate, I've consumed chicken salad, sausages and salad and gluten free toast bread today. Exercise has constituted largely of a 30 minute walk. I'm not strictly calorie counting, but overall I think it's been a healthy day and a good start to the thirty day challenge.


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    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Donna, I was much relieved to learn that chocolate has positive properties too. I'm not entirely sure that a life without chocolate would be a happy one.

    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      I love the new word you have coined - majoration - and I think I suffer from it as well. Thanks for the tips on dark chocolate. While I don't eat much candy, chocolate has a certain allure that is hard to resist so it is good to know how to squeeze a little nutrition out of an indulgence. Voted up and shared on my social network.


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