Christmas is approaching so I thought I’d approach a subject/obstacle commonly associated with it… food – or more specifically, chocolate.
As a nation, we have a really big chocolate problem. It all sounds a bit silly, which sets the tone for this post, but we do. There is a whole isle in supermarkets dedicated to just one food, chocoholic is a term we use for fun and we all have a very secret addiction.
I’m only 5ft and maybe a bit too skinny with not much appetite, but you wouldn’t believe how much chocolate I would consume. I could (and probably still can) inhale a Cadbury’s twirl within 4 bites (2 for each twirl), with normal bars I’d have to put 2-3 square chunks in at a time to ‘get the most of the flavour’ and would consume at least one 150g bar per week. I knew this was bad, but I saw it as a temporary fix, and it was until it was gone again. Chocolate is one of those foods where even if you’ve had enough, you really cannot stop until it’s all gone.
So, at the end of August this year I suggested that my mum and I just try to survive September without it (just the solid stuff, hot chocolate and pain au chocolats were alright) just to see if we actually could. To see if I could actually go without something that had such a big place in my life.
August 31st came, my last day of freedom, and of course I had chocolate because, obviously you have to have chocolate and it already didn’t seem the same. By the time the first week was over, I was pretty proud of myself – a whole week without chocolate, but I thought I’d still probably look forward to it come October. As the second week passed I realised that I wasn’t actually craving it at all and I hadn’t been for ages and that the rest of the month would be easy… and it was. I can still enjoy chocolate but I no longer crave it and I don’t have to eat the whole chocolate orange at once. As ridiculous as it sounds, I feel liberated and so does my mum. The once lovely taste and texture in my mouth just reminds me of dried fat, sorry.
I’m not alone on the addiction – almost everybody who found out, told both me and my mum that ‘they could never do it’. I’d like to believe not everyone was addicted to the same scale but I know there are people and we all just laugh it off. It’s a ritual in our society to eat a lot of chocolate as an answer to everything, like advent calendars at this time of year. When I’d look at the sugar and fat per serving I just thought ‘whatever’, even though I would try and take notice of other foods sugar content. I’m not saying everyone should give up chocolate, but I’ve noticed how dependent everyone is on it to feel good.
Like I said, nobody has to give up chocolate, and we aren’t all obsessive addicts like someone, but this January just see if you can manage a week without having your routine chocolate bar!