For The Love Of Chocolate

30 January 2013 | Written by Xenia Ayiotis

Filed Under: Mindful Eating

“And each time he received it, on those marvelous birthday mornings, he would place it carefully in a small wooden box that he owned, and treasure it as though it were a bar of solid gold; and for the next few days, he would allow himself only to look at it, but never to touch it. Then at last, when he could stand it no longer, he would peel back a tiny bit of the paper wrapping at one corner to expose a tiny bit of chocolate, and then he would take a tiny nibble – just enough to allow the sweet taste to spread out slowly over his tongue. The next day, he would take another tiny nibble, and so on and so on. And in this way, Charlie would make his sixpenny bar of birthday chocolate last him for more than a month.” Excerpt from Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

How many times have you eaten an entire chocolate slab and not realized you’ve scoffed it all?
Suddenly it’s just gone!
Did you even taste it?
Many of us have done this. I did all the time. It was the only way I knew how to eat chocolate – inhale it behind my own back so it “didn’t count”
Until Geneen Roth inspired me to try one of the practices she does in her retreats.
It worked so beautifully, that I incorporated into my own methodologies.
So at one of my group classes I gave each participant a square of the most delicious Lindt Hazelnut chocolate.
The aim?
To eat it as slowly and mindfully possible!

Admire the packaging, the square and the logo

Smell the chocolate….

Feel the chocolate…

Wonder where the cocoa beans come from? Cote d’Ivoire? Madagascar?

Where did the hazelnuts come from?

Put it in your mouth, let it swirl and suck the chocolate

Take the first small tiny nibble, taste the nuts.

Slowly

Another tiny nibble…

Savour

It was spectacular for everyone! Truly, there is something magical that happens when you eat this way.
One participant said “Who needs more when you eat it like this”.
Try it.
Indulge one chocolate square of delicious satisfaction.
I promise it will give you so much more than chocolate bars full of mindless desperate consumption.
One Delicious Square.
Bliss.

Tired of overeating and feeling out of control around food? Dieting and restriction hasn’t worked for you? Do you want to find peace and freedom around food? Book a free Online Intro Session with me or join my “Food Freedom” 8 Week Programme (available in Jo’burg & Pretoria).

You can also sign up for my free Mindful Eating “Slightly Different” Advent Calendar to enjoy over the festive season.

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