Chocolate

I prescribe chocolate to my clients. 

Before you think I’ve completely lost my mind, hear me out.

If you are a dessert person, like most people I work with, you love to indulge in savory sweets: chocolate fudge brownies, chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting…okay I better stop before you run out and buy out the bakery. 

The problem with these is that they are high in sugar, butter, and all that delicious goodness that doesn’t exactly make you leaner or tighter. 

So, in lieu of eating those desserts, I tell my clients to nibble on a little bit of dark chocolate – a bar that has two ingredients in it: 1) cocoa beans and 2) organic cane juice. That’s it. 

Some people like almonds in their chocolate, some like a little spice. Whatever your flavor is, you can usually eat one or two pieces of it and feel satisfied. It gives you that perfect amount of sweetness and is packed with antioxidants. 

So, Diana’s prescription is as follows:

1 piece dark chocolate

1 healthy, satisfied life

 

My favorite: Askinosie Chocolate

Each individual chocolate bar is made from the beans of one farm – and you can track your specific bar all the way back to that farm. (Most chocolate bars from big companies each contain many beans from farms all over the world.) The founder, Shawn Askinosie, was a former criminal lawyer turned small batch chocolate-maker. The factory is in Springfield, Missouri but the chocolate is sold in specialty shops around the world. He travels to Equador, Mexico, Philippines, and Tanzania (to name a few) and meets with the farmers and teaches them the proper cocoa plant harvesting techniques.

Read more at the website about their philosophy and how they treat the farmers and their employees. I fell so in love with this company that in 2009, I based my Statistics research proposal in graduate school on it. I know what you are thinking, “Statistics. Really??” Yes, my Statistics paper. Where there is a will, there is a way.

(And yes, I totally used brown font on this page. Obviously.)