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How my dark chocolate obsession inspired my latest program

Dark chocolate.

Of any kind really.

But preferably over 70% cocoa…and if you really want to know my favourite? It’s Lindt (and my birthday happens to be next week…but I’m digressing here…)

While a quick google search will show you many an article stating the health benefits of dark chocolate including that it’s full of antioxidants and high in flavonoids, which can help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, protect skin from sun damage, possibly improve brain function and also insulin signaling, it’s still a treat or a “sometimes food” – even with its long list of health benefits.

About 6 weeks ago, however, I found myself with a little bit of a dark chocolate obsession. I would see it on special in the supermarket and buy a few bars, and too often, it was sitting next to my cucumbers and tomatoes as part of my essentials in my shopping trolley. 

Okay, so I was buying it pretty often (read: all the time), but then what was happening with it once I got home?

Chocolate was pretty much a new food group in my diet. I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner and…chocolate. No joke.

Making dinner? Grab a piece of chocolate.

Kids asleep? (multiple day naps included here) Grab a piece of chocolate.

Finished eating lunch? Grab a piece of chocolate

Finished dinner? Grab a piece of chocolate

Bored? Grab a piece of chocolate

Walk into the kitchen with a specific goal in mind like washing dishes or getting food for my kids? Grab a piece of chocolate.

I think you get the point.

I was pretty much relying on dark chocolate to get small energy hits throughout the day, to fill gaps in my diet when I was actually hungry for real food and to respond to emotional states when I should have rather just addressed my own emotions and what was going on for me.

Why am I telling you about my chocolate obsession?

Firstly, I like being real with you. I find it helps you relate to me not just as a health practitioner offering you health advice, but as someone who has been in the same shoes as you and understands where you’re coming from.

And secondly, because my chocolate obsession was my inspiration to create a new online program which I have been testing for the past 6 weeks with a group of amazing mums. I also happened to complete the program alongside these mums as I think it’s important for me to experience and test things out for myself to make sure they work (and I really needed to stop my chocolate obsession in its tracks because it was out of control!) – and the good news is that the program works!

I’m still tweaking and adjusting the videos and content in the program, but if you’d like to find out when I launch the next live program (which is hopefully soon!), just send me an e-mail with the words “yes please!”

The program involves 6 weeks of nutrition and supplement advice, exercise videos as well as a suggested exercise regime for you to follow plus mindset reset lessons which help you shift the way you think – very useful when you’re sleep deprived or feeling low in energy!

I’m super excited about this program (in case you couldn’t tell…)!!!

And in other news – I’ve just started practicing on Thursdays in my clinic – you can click here to check out the times and book in online. I still start at 6.30am on Fridays, just have more spots available on Thursdays as well.

And finally, I’ve also been working on some recipe books (I did a poll in my instagram stories last week you may have seen) and I will be launching them shortly too, so keep an eye on your inbox as you will be the first to know!

Wishing you a week filled with healthy food and exercise (and no more chocolate *note to self*),

Dina x