The Results are In: 42 Points
No Significant Change (Middle Food)
Feed Me, See More: The Impact of Dark Chocolate
Well, it looks like I’m not going to ask dark chocolate to be my Valentine this year.
Like those poison-or-not plants the mushrooms, dark chocolate kept me awake. I had the hardest time sleeping regularly this week and I wasn’t working normal night shifts, so this food is going to have to saddle the blame. In general, my depressive symptoms like irritability and tearfulness were high all week. An overall feeling of crankiness overtook the week like a tiny storm cloud.
On the other hand, my anxiety symptoms were blissfully low! Nausea was notably absent; I didn’t experience any all week! As for thyroid symptoms, they stayed in the middle. However, I didn’t notice any sensitivity to the cold – and it was freezing here! That definitely counts in dark chocolate’s favor.
It’s no wonder to me that dark chocolate fell in the middle (very close to the good end of things) because while depression seemed worse all week, anxiety got much better.
Play with Your Food: Recipes of the Week
1. Dark Chocolate Pancakes by Tasty
I gave these a try! Remember those pancakes I made with bananas? These are almost the same, except with the additions of oats and dark chocolate. I can’t say I was crazy about the texture. The oats made the pancakes too grainy for me. If I do try this again, I’m going to just stick to using flour.
2. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Be still my heart. These are sold at my favorite Starbucks and it was love at first sight. Most of the consumption of dark chocolate this week came from these little cups. They’re organic (which means that the peanut butter cups are grown without pesticides…or maybe that’s not what it means). They taste great and served as a fun treat during long work days. Plus, don’t you think the peanut butter cup on the package looks a little like Pac-Man?
Thanks to Tasty and to Justin for your help this week! Maybe I’ll ask Justin to be my Valentine…or maybe I’ll ask a peanut butter cup.
If it says no, I’ll eat it. (Don’t tell, but I’ll also eat it if it says yes.)
Mindful Eating: Closing Thoughts on Dark Chocolate
Considering how close this food got to the good side, I think enjoying it every so often as a treat is okay! It’s nice to know that in moments of high anxiety, a little bit of dark chocolate can actually improve the symptoms!
However, especially with the impact on my sleep schedule, it’s probably best to do any dark chocolate snacking early in the day.
It doesn’t look like this will stay regular in my diet, but the nature of chocolate is that it’s probably supposed to stick around for special occasions only. Speaking of which, isn’t there something coming up this week…?
Come back next Monday to find out the next Food of the Week and have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Readers!