HFG editor and chocolate-lover, Brooke Longfield, shares strategies to curb your sweet tooth without giving up the good stuff!
This month, I set myself a challenge … one month without chocolate. Now, I'm not usually one to deprive myself of anything, but I realised that I was reaching for chocolate out of habit, rather than because I actually wanted it. So, what did I learn after 31 days?
Depriving yourself of something makes you think about it more. I’m sure my colleagues were sick of listening to me talk about chocolate! So often we blame ourselves for lack of willpower, but in our October issue of Healthy Food Guide, we explain why diets don’t work.
Cravings are usually closely linked to an emotional need. Most days I was happy to replace my usual sweet fix with a piece of fruit or a cup of tea, but when I was particularly stressed or tired, my cravings for chocolate ramped up.
Cutting out single foods isn’t the answer. A month without chocolate made no difference to my weight or overall health. Instead, it reminded me that moderation really is the best way to enjoy chocolate (smaller amounts, not every day). There’s just no need to go without!
Unfortunately ‘moderation’ isn't the trendiest approach to health, but it is the most sustainable. And that's what we’re all about at Healthy Food Guide. After all, what’s a life without chocolate?
For more balanced and practical nutrition advice, pick up the October issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now!