Fifth November Blog. 13-11-14
Who likes the Run Up to Christmas?
Well, this house does.
Currently watching a shopping channel, urging us to buy a famous name packages of chocolates. Mmmmm ! Delicious!
I love GOOD chocolates. But, I am a diabetic, so watching them on t.v., my mouth salivating with all the gorgeous flavours presented for our edification and delight is the best I can do for now. (Over the Christmas holiday, I will indulge a bit).
I am totally hooked on all the boxes presented. They CUT the chocolates in half, to show you how delicious each one really is. And to add to the delight, there is NO POSTAGE to pay. What more can one ask?
Lots of truffles, good coffee, lemons, really good DARK chocolates 70% cocoa butter, better for carbs. Nutty ones, cherry ones, crisp outer shells, soft inners that melt on your taste buds. Remembering that dark chocolate is good for your heart, brain; has flavinoids, antioxidents.
“One theory why we love chocolate so much is that a brain-active chemical called phenylethylamine in cocoa allegedly stimulates the same reaction that we experience when we’re falling in love.” I quote from The Daily Mirror newspaper.
“Effects on the Mind
Noted sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer says of this “wicked pleasure” that “the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex.” The reason? Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins, natural hormones produced by the brain, that generates feelings of pleasure and promotes a sense of well being. Chocolate may also make a person feel better by directly interacting with the brain. One of the ingredients in chocolate is tryptophan, an essential amino acid needed by the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a mood-modulating neurotransmitter, the brain’s “happy chemical.” High levels of serotonin can give rise to feelings of happiness. (1,3)”
So, is it bad to eat chocolate, especially good chocolate and dark chocolate to be precise?
Well this person thinks not. In moderation, of course! Eating a whole box would be the way to gain weight quickly, one would assume. I know lots of people buy the cheaper kind, which does contain, amongst other things, a lot more sugar. Which is not good for anyone.
Other than chocolate, we like to watch cookery programs, especially those that show Christmas recipes. Lots of lovely turkey, hams, roast pork, well-filled sausage rolls. Mince pies ( ok not supposed to but half?) , Christmas Pudding for some ( we now like Panatone). Christmas cake. Well, anything in the food line. Cannot be bad?