A fourteen-day chocolate fast A permanent break with chocolate, inspired by A Year of No Sugar, a stepping stone to becoming Added-Sugar-Free (Mostly!).
Day 2 (May 2).
I noted yesterday that I was pondering my sleepiness habits. What I didn’t note was that it lead to a long nap that day.
Long naps are fine for kindergarteners, not for thirty-some-olds. My morning reflection? Willpower can force changes in diet and habits, but it cannot force a good night’s sleep. Oh, well.
The cravings for chocolate started in the morning. When I was getting off soda, my tastebuds became eidetic, recounting in exquisite, salivating detail what I was missing out on. I was getting this too. And it was spreading. Even my fingers turned against me, recounting how wonderful it was to unwrap the aluminum foil on a Hershey Kiss. Traitors.
Then I got to thinking. I’m not really touching my sugar habits; in fact, I turn to suckers and other sweet treats while I am on this fast. So why am I having such severe symptoms. Uh oh. Google confirmed it.
Q: “How much caffeine in Hershey Kisses?”
A: An individual cocoa bean, the key ingredient in chocolate, is 0.1 to 0.7% caffeine by mass. The amount of caffeine that in a serving of chocolate candy is not extraordinary. A serving of Hershey’s Kisses contains 11 mg of caffeine, roughly a one-third of the caffeine in a soft drink (Source: io9).
Google is not my friend.
No caffeine is not my friend. Boy, was I furious. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done to get off caffeine (through six cans of soda daily for 30 years of life). I was so proud I had succeeded. Off soda, onto water, for a few years now, despite the fact I still sometimes crave it in my dreams or when I hear ice crackle under my former sweet ambrosia. I didn’t even drink it that way, but I don’t especially fancy foil either, yet yesterday I was prepared to write an ode to it because of its association with my favorite temptation.
But like the cat that couldn’t stay away, it slunk back in. I was probably getting at least a full soda’s worth of caffeine a day from Kisses.
Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, talks about burning your boats–or in other words, leave yourself no possible way of retreat. Win or perish. Exclamation point. A fast is not enough. I’ve tried moderation with chocolate; I always backslide. I think it has has to be all or nothing.
No, I know it has to be.
And I can do it.