Why does chocolate make you feel good?
I’ve finally had time to sit down and answer that question. buy viagra saudi arabia
My cat died last month. I was so depressed. It was the first time I’d ever lost a pet. I took it a lot harder than everyone else in the family. I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t want to eat anything. And then, when I got past the “no appetite” part, all I wanted to eat was chocolate.
I didn’t even bother with the healthy stuff. I just wanted chocolate. I (hypocritically) bought it off the store shelves and just consumed it in ridiculous amounts. That was part of my grieving process.
I know a lot of people who eat comfort food when they are feeling horrible. I suffer from depression anyway, so my cat’s death just made it a lot worse. I wound up gaining so much weight it was ridiculous.
Just yesterday I decided enough was enough. I’m taking control back. In my heart, I still grieve for my cat. But I can’t let the grief take over and sabatoge my health.
Still, I found myself wondering why I even wanted chocolate in the first pace. It wasn’t just a nibble here or there. I went through so many candy bars I thought I was going to wake up in a chocolate wrapper. I decided, in order to answer my question, I’d need to do some scientific research. On the internet, of course.
Yay Mother Nature!
Turns out craving chocolate the way I did was Mother Nature’s way of trying to help me feel better.
I take sertraline (aka Zoloft) every other day for my depression. When I got depressed because of my cat, I upped it to every day (with permission from my doctor, of course). However, it still wasn’t working. I wasn’t going to double my doses or anything like that. I hate taking pills, even though I’ve
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Well my body responded to this constant state of depression by making me crave chocolate. According to this article on CNN (written in 1993) Mother Nature makes up for what we’re lacking by making us crave foods that will fix our moods. In other words, I was craving chocolate because my body didn’t want to be in a constant state of depression anymore.
I don’t blame it. Depression is hard enough to deal with on its own. To have an event that blows it out of proportion just makes it much harder to deal with. I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m just telling you how it is. where to buy viagra
Well Mother Nature tried to help. Except I took it a bit too far. I ate way too much chocolate. It wasn’t even the right type of chocolate. The chocolate I ate was laden with sugar and horrible chemicals and everything else. But more on that later.
The Right Stuff
Depression involves having depleted serotonin levels. These levels can be raised up through medication, exercise and some foods. Dark chocolate is one of those foods.
Dark chocolate actually as serotonin in it. Eating a small amount every day can have a positive effect on people who suffer from anxiety and depression. In fact, that article says that people who ate 50 grams (1.76 oz) a day for three days showed reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and other related health conditions.
Chocolate also causes your brain to release dopamine. This is called the “feel good” chemical. It’s associated with love, lust, bliss and similar states of happiness. It may actually make your eyes dilate while eating it. I wager that with the amount of chocolate I ate my pupils probably engulfed my entire head on more than one occasion.
Interestingly, Psychocolgy Today has an article that goes further in depth of this topic. Sometimes our brains become overloaded by what we’re feeling. We become stressed out. Stress activates our cravings for foods that make us feel better. Those foods are usually high in calories. We make those decisions based on impulse. For example, if you’re stressed out and someone put a burger in fries in front of you and a salad, you’re more likely to go for the burger and fries than the salad. (If you’re not don’t speak up; you’ll ruin my report.)
That’s why some of us crave chocolate and other high calorie foods. That craving can become an addiction, a replacement for something that we’re missing in life. For me, I was using it to make up for the pain I was feeling due to the loss of my cat.
What I’m Going to Do About My Cravings
Chocolate cravings are not bad, especially if you are in a stressful or emotional situation. They can help make you feel better and help you calm down. But when they get out of control (like they did with me), you’ve got to do something about them.
Last time this happened (around March) I invented a drink that helped me control my cravings. Mobdro Download I drank it every day up until the day my cat died. Once I started overindulging in chocolate the cravings got worse. So I’m going to go back to that drink.
I’ll give you the recipe right now. I encourage everyone to try it. It gives you energy instantly and it speeds up your metabolism. As a bonus, it also helps you get rid of fat you’re storing. The best thing it does for me is kills the candida in my gut, so if you’ve got a problem with that, this drink is going to help you out tremendously. Here’s the recipe.
Oh, I have to let you know that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. But this is what works for me.
- 16 oz of real, brewed unsweetened tea
- 1oz real cranberry juice
- 1tbsp apple cider vinegar w/mother
- Stevia to taste
- Mix all liquid ingredients together. Stir. Use stevia to sweeten it to taste.
If you look up all of these ingredients you’ll find they’re all beneficial to you. The cranberry juice is full of nutrients and helps get rid of fat. So does the
apple cider vinegar. The reason you need to get the kind with the mother is because those are the nutrients that help to kill the candida in your gut. Candida cannot stand apple cider vinegar with the mother. (Btw candida is bacteria that lives in your gut. It’s part of the reason that you crave sugar so much.)
So how does this help me with my chocolate cravings? With all the chocolate I’ve been eating I’ve been feeding the candida in my gut. That’s what’s making me want to eat so much chocolate and sugar. I know my body started craving it to cope with my emotional stress but I think the reason I keep craving it is because of the candida. So I’m going to go back to getting rid of it and you can go back to whatever it was you were doing before you started reading this.
The lesson here: you crave chocolate for various reasons. Most of the time it’s your body’s way of coping with a stressful situation or helping you feel better. But you should only eat it in small amounts. Too much can make you start to crave it all the time. Then you’ll start packing on the pounds. So indulge in your cravings, but keep them to a minimum.
Have you gone overboard with chocolate during a stressful period in your life? How did you bounce back? Let me know in the comments.
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