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ohhh it’s been so long since my last post that i simply have to write something..and also.. i haven’t talked about chocolate for so long that it’s simply impossible to have a blog named like this and not talk about it 😉

i just woke up crazy early this morning. it’s kind of nice to be awake when everyone else is asleep. it’s so peaceful and quiet 🙂

so whuts been up lately… not much and loads… mainly some fun autumn stuff; picking berries n apples and making jam/juice our of em, knitting (will post pics later when im dun), watching movies and meeting friends.

Autumn; it’s so nice to actually be able to wear some clothes again 😛 (it was sooo hot at times this summer! ..not complaining thou…i love summer just the same) i’ve always liked to buy some new clothes in the autumn…it’s like a rebirth in a way 🙂 there’s this kind of excited atmosphere as if something big is about to happen soon. Friends meet again after a while. new projects take place and so on and so on…

haha…i think that’s about all the ramble i had in me for now… and there’s absolutely no point to this post (except for getting one more “hot choco” tag in the tag cloud 😀 … so thank you for reading this far 😀 i hope you will have an awesome day! 🙂

p.s. eat (or drink) loads of choco… its healthy 😉

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Choco madness

Chocolate is my favourite subject to eat, study and talk about..well at least one of them 😀 so here’s some ramble i’ve put together for your enjoyment…

There are numerous health benefits in eating cacao (now, why i say cacao instead of chocolate is because if you process the cacao, add milk and sugar and other crap in it it’s not the same stuff and these things just don’t apply anymore…). Cacao is high in antioxidants, it lowers your stress levels, it’s good for your heart, it can lower high blood pressure (Ha! no wonder my blood pressure has always been excellent 😀 ) and it’s definitely a great mood lifter 🙂 and so on and so on… plus, there are numerous studies popping out all the time that suggest all kinds of new areas it can be useful at, like cancer treatment:) …this makes me think.. i’d really like to see someone making a large scale study on how it can affect people with mental illness. It might be remarkable…

Cacao contains many vitamins and minerals; A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B11, C, E, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and so on. Plus good quality natural fats.

Other active ingredients include serotonin, caffeine, theobromine and phenylethylamine (among others). Serotonin level in brain can be increased by eating cacao. Depression and PMS lowers the levels of serotonin. There is some caffeine in cacao (raw!) however the levels are much lower than you might think, only 1/20 of what’s in coffee. It’s all the natural stimulants that together bring the strong stimulating effects, not just the caffeine. Theobromine is a mild stimulant and diuretic (toxic to some animals, this is why you can’t give normal chocolate to dogs) and phenylethylamine is an antidepressant that is similar to our own body’s dopamine and adrenaline.

On the other hand then cacao contains so many nutrients that you don’t need to eat a whole lot of it. There are some substances that you might even get excess amount of. How this works for me is that when i have been eating a lot of cacao beans i suddenly don’t feel like eating them at all anymore. It’s my body’s way of telling me that it’s time to take a little choco break 😀 It’s good to remember that cacao has many stimulants etc = substances that you can get addicted to so its a good idea to take breaks from it every now and then to avoid an addiction.

For women chocolate works as an excellent alleviator of menstrual cramps (PLUS it makes you happier, so you don’t have to be that cranky!) This i noticed many years ago, even before i really got into all this healthy eating stuff. What i would do was to eat about 34g of regular milk chocolate at a time and that would ease the cramps for good 15-20 minutes at a time (not a whole lot but believe me it was WAY better than nothing)…so you can imagine how much chocolate i ate in the long run 😮 …well maybe not all that much but at times it could easily be 400-600g in just 2 days.

Now when you really think about it…how much sugar and other crap there is in the regular chocolate? a lot… soon i shifted into eating the dark ones with higher percentage of cacao in them…they also gave longer results in the pain relief 😀 But getting used to that bitterness was a bit tricky…and the 99% chocolate was not very tasty, to say the least.

Over the years i found more and more information about health and food and finally bumped into raw foods and raw chocolate! I loved making different raw chocolates and to my surprise the real chocolate itself didn’t taste as bitter as the shop’s chocolates! This is because the real chocolate still has all its natural fats in it etc and it’s not processed like the products in the supermarket.

Then! the next step of my chocolate evolution (As i got too lazy to make the chocolates anymore, and too obsessed with even more natural foods) was to eat only the raw whole chocolate beans! (or chocolate nibs) And that’s the road i’m still on today 😀 (though sometimes i eat ready made raw high % chocolates too, but mostly just the real deal 😉 )

AND it is so concentrated stuff that when its that time of the month i don’t have to eat a whole lot and it works like a charm 🙂

Did you know that in South America cacao beans were used as money? It was popular among Aztecs, Inkas and Mayas and they used to make bitter drink out of it that they called chocolatl. They added also chili and other cool stuff in it. I recommend trying a hint of chili in your hot chocolate sometime, it’s goood 😀 Christopher Columbus was the first European to bring cacao beans to europe (in 1504) but their value was neglected. In 1519 Hernando Cortez managed to bring the cacao into the European people’s hearts and it has been used here in growing numbers ever since.

I think after all this writing it’s time to go and enjoy some choco beans 😀

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