The healing power of chocolate

Sometimes I can go for weeks without feeling like I need chocolate, other times I crave it every day for a fortnight.

According to “cocoa, has triple the antioxidants of green tea, helps reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and improves insulin sensitivity.” So why isn’t it available on prescription?

For many reason yesterday was a lazy day for me. I had to record an interview in the morning but then had nothing planned for the rest of the day. We didn’t need to go into town for anything, we didn’t need to be anywhere. I took full advantage of this by doing nothing. I sat down to read, trying desperately to finish Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light which has been going on far too long. At last my e-reader registered 100%. To be honest considering how large the book is, I felt the ending was a bit rushed.

Anyway, this allowed me to start my next book Alison Weir’s latest offering in the Six Tudor Queens set, Katheryn Howard, the Tainted Queen. Already on the first sit down I’d romped through 12 chapters.

Early afternoon I started to get pangs of guilt. Was I wasting the day? There were so many things that I could and should be doing. Haven’t finished sorting through photos, need to write a presentation, need to edit a survey before release, need to arrange another virtual #bellringing session. Just couldn’t bring myself to get started on any of it.

I know, I’ll make myself feel busy by #baking something. Nothing too complicated, I don’t want to spend ages in the kitchen. A bit of a rummage through the cupboards and I’d landed on deciding to make chocolate brownies. A little while later and the kitchen starts to smell of chocolate as the brownies are baking. When I went back into the kitchen to check on them I just stood there for a moment taking deep lung fulls of chocolatey smell letting it permeate every sense. Just that annoying length of time to wait for them to cool down sufficiently sp you don’t burn your mouth.

Bizarrely I didn’t think about wasting the day any more. I went back to reading my new book with a sense of comfort and calmness. I thoroughly enjoyed my lazy day thanks to the smell of chocolate 🍫 😋


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