how I cut down on chocolate??
I did my own aversion therapy experiment.
For a long, long time, I would CRAVE chocolate every afternoon. substituting that craving with something else never worked. I needed chocolate. I tried and tried to limit myself, but it wasn't working.
I finally curbed my daily cravings with very bitter dark chocolate.
You see, I am not a huge fan of very bitter dark chocolate. I can only handle a few bites.
I'm talking 85-90% cocoa, or cacao, depending on your language.
So I bought a bar, the one on the far right to be exact, and stuck it in my desk drawer. When I wanted chocolate, I took a nibble. A nibble was about 1/2 of one of the little rectangles that make up the bar, or less.
Well, that 1 bar of 85% cacao dark chocolate lasted about 3 1/2 weeks. 3 1/2 WEEKS!
That was not will power, that was pure bitter-faced disgust!
And it did prevent me from running off for a Hershey bar.
This experiment was done around the advent of the reported benefits of dark chocolate. That was good to know in case I started to enjoy dark chocolate- which was a risk of this study.
I also considered using white chocolate, which is also not my favorite.
Now I do not even have any chocolate, white or milk or dark or semi-sweet around my desk. I kicked the habit.