chocolate detox

You know when you go on vacation and live it up, not worrying too much about the fact that you’re being a total slug, not working out, and eating and drinking whatever you want?  You know that feeling you get right at the end where you don’t want your vacation to end, but you feel like you desperately need a detox from all the over-indulging you’ve been doing for the past several days?

Yeah, that’s me and chocolate.

I’ve gotten in an incredibly bad habit of eating chocolate  It’s sickening really.  Any time I eat a meal, I need some chocolate afterward.  For snacks, all I want is chocolate.  Dessert is of course chocolate.  I’ve been eating a medium bag of peanut butter M&M’s each week.  By myself, for the most part.  And I’ll eat my cup full of M&M’s after I’ve already had:

  • 1 or 2 truffles after dinner
  • Some chocolate after lunch
  • A cookie as a snack in the afternoon

…really, the list could go on.  Even after I finish my cup full of M&M’s, there are some nights where I’ll even go back and get MORE chocolate.  It’s getting really, really, REALLY bad.

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I am not Catholic.  OK, I’m Lutheran.  I know, it’s close enough.  I really don’t have to give anything up for Lent, but I usually do.  I’ve given up soda in the past and broke my outrageous soda habit.  I’ve given up sweets.  I’ve given up eating anything after dinner.  But, for some reason, what it all really comes down to is chocolate.  I just cannot LIVE without chocolate!

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So, for the next 40 (-ish) days, I’m going cold turkey.  No chocolate, no chocolate milk, no hot chocolate, not even a chocolate stout (one of my favorite forms of chocolate right now).  And especially no M&M’s.  And no cheating on Sundays either.

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This is a sacrifice.  This is my reminder.  Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that I am saved.  I am a Child of God.  He gave the ultimate Sacrifice and I just get to reap the benefits.  My little sacrifice is nothing compared to what He did for me.  But, it is my constant reminder of The Cross.  Of the fact that I am forgiven.  That I will one day be in heaven with my Lord and Savior.  Chocolate is nothing compared to that.

Do you give up anything for Lent?

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  • rachael

    I have the same problem and am also going cold turkey today. Best of luck to both of us!

  • Giving up chocolate sounds like it’s going to be tough for you, but I think you have the right attitude to stick with it. I always think it’s cheating a bit when people give up things for Lent that are easy for them to live without; it sorta defeats the purpose of the exercise. Good luck–I’m sure you can make it! 🙂
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  • Kristen’s Mom

    A couple of things:
    1. You are my clone!
    2. I thought one of the reasons to exercise (besides being healthy) was to be able to eat chocolate!
    3. There are so many things I need to give up that I can’t decide! Chocolate? All sweets? No eating after dinner? So I’m trying to do no snacking after dinner and no chocolate. I really want to give up all sweets, but I think I would be setting myself up for failure.

  • Jen

    Good luck Kristen! I wanted to give up chocolate this year but Jeff makes me chocolate covered strawberries every Valentine’s so I couldn’t. I gave up baked goods and M&Ms instead. Glad you understand the M&M addiction. Most people don’t 😉
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  • Jessica Goodman

    Good luck! That is a lot of chocolate. Luckily I don’t have to worry about that. My husband and I hate spending money on snack food or candy so it is never in the house.

  • I, too, am a choco-holic. :3 Impressed with you giving it up for Lent in so many ways!
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  • Dana

    I’m not religious at all, but I work with a lot of Catholics who are giving up chocolate for Lent, so I’m on a 21 day no-chocolate challenge. (21 days is supposedly what you need to start a habit…) I’m focusing on the other types of sweets I can have, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, fruit, etc., but I know I’m less likely to make/buy those things since they don’t taste as good to me!
    Nice to know lots of other people are on the no-chocolate bandwagon.

  • Katie

    Same here. I want some chocolate! It seems like a lame thing to give up for Lent, but it is something I wanted to give up for a bigger reason – to improve my eating habits, feel better, etc. SO, here we go. It’s not a forever ban (oh heck no!), but we can make it for 40 days!