In case you didn’t know already, I’m taking part in Dechox to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, and you can find out all about it here.
This means that for the past 15 days I’ve been completely chocolate-free and, more importantly, I’M HALFWAY THROUGH!
It’s been super hard, particularly during certain times in the month, but I’ve not caved in once! I’m so proud of myself because I have such a sweet tooth, and I would normally eat chocolate in some form every single day. So, this has been a big challenge for me.
Since giving up chocolate, I’ve been feeling a lot healthier and happier in myself, whereas in the past chocolate would have been my go-to comfort food. I must admit that I have continued to eat some sugary foods, such as biscuits and cakes, to prevent my cravings, but I’ve tried to keep this to a minimum.
So, how have I survived? Well, here are some tips that might make giving up chocolate that little bit easier:
- First, figure out why you love chocolate so much. Is it the taste, is it your go-to comfort food, or do you just eat it out of boredom? Once you’ve figured out the cause of your chocolate addiction, it will be much easier to change your habits.
- Replace chocolate with other sweet foods, but make sure they’re healthy! Try having a banana, or any other fruit of choice. If you usually have a hot chocolate, try green tea. Mix things up a little! You might even find an alternative that you really love.
- Exercise – This probably sounds like the least fun thing to do when you’re craving chocolate, but exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy. Chances are, after 20 minutes of exercise you’ll forget all about your cravings.
- Ask a friend to join you. One thing that’s made Dechox a whole lot easier for me is that my boyfriend agreed to give up chocolate for the month too. I don’t want to be the one who gives in to my cravings, so this has helped me to stay well away from any chocolate!
- Brush your teeth once you’ve eaten, or when you’re craving something sweet. Once you have that minty taste in your mouth you’ll no longer be thinking about chocolate. This was suggested by Rachel in my original Dechox post, and it does actually work!
- If you’re going to eat chocolate, eat dark chocolate instead. Of course this doesn’t apply to those of you doing Dechox, but if you want to keep it up after March this is a better option for your health!
Are you taking part in Dechox? Do you have any tips that you could share?
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