10% of the time… Eat for pleasure! My favorite French Chocolate Bark Recipe

Researchers have discovered that chocolate produced some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can’t remember what they are. Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, August 22

chocolate bark

French Chocolate Bark

An easy treat to whip-up and share for the holidays

My thoughts on moderation:  90% of the time, eat with the intention of improving your health. 10% eat for pleasure. Enjoy my favorite holiday recipe. My family is expecting this treat from me and always eat up every bit. I love to make it for them, because it’s made of simple wholesome ingredients and not loaded with added sugar.

What will you be making?

French Chocolate Bark
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Prep Time: 15 minInactive  Prep Time: 2 hr 0 min  Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: 24 pieces

Ingredients
8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.

Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? What’s your plan for your next 7 delicious weeks?

Temptation list of the usual saboteurs…
1. Office treats
2. Alcohol
3. Baking
4. New holiday recipes to try
5. Holiday parties
6. Family functions

There’s a lot of potential challenges in this list. I like to start by becoming crystal clear with my goal. Am I trying to lose weight, maintain, heal my tummy? What’s the motivation? Mr. Kersting, my high school religion teacher/ PE coach taught me the power of vision. He said a famous basketball player (most likely Pistol Pete) dreamt about making the basket over and over and over again.
My suggestion is to envision your success. If you’ve decided to surrender and not try to moderate your consumption of office goodies, take a moment or several, to play out eyeing your most favorite treat, a cute cupcake perhaps, sitting on the lunch room table, begging to be saved…. looking emotional even. Feel the compulsion to snag it… the tingling in your body anticipating the first bite of this decadent “feel good” reward.
Hear the voices in your head “you deserve it”, “moderation not deprivation”, “just this one treat”… Hear your co-workers lures, “I brought this homemade organic all natural gluten-free treat just for you. Don’t you want to at least try it?”

What are you going to say? What are you going to do? What’s it going to feel like? What are the fears? Will you be ok?

My last recommendation is to enlist the help of others. The buddy system works well if you choose the right buddy. Same religion teacher, Mr. Kersting, gave some pretty good advice. “Look to surround yourself with people whom you admire.” My friend, Jessica, is a true inspiration to me. She is kind and loving and shows confidence with her boundaries with ease.

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Tips on inflammation

THE ROOT CAUSE OF INFLAMMATION
san francisco nutrition for inflammationIs the root cause of inflammation a “foreign invader” like a parasite or a food allergy? Is it dysbiosis in our gut or a bacterial overgrowth? Is it our own body fighting itself like in an autoimmune disorder? Why is our body feeling like it’s under attack?
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms of inflammation?
Eczema, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, any ‘-itis like arthritis, diverticulitis, high triglycerides, low white blood cell count, high blood sugar, migraines, headaches, allergies, joint or muscle pain.

If you’re experiencing inflammation, thank your body for protecting you. Inflammation is like experiencing a fever to help relieve the excess heat in our body to fight an infection. In other words, inflammation is a good thing. The idea is to discover the root cause… What caused our system the need to protect itself? We should direct our attention to calming our system and finding the root  cause and not masking the symptom.

What can help reduce or eliminate inflammation?

  • Alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gluten all create inflammation in our body. Start weening down and consume more foods for healing rather than hurting.
  • Avoid all artificial foods like trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, toxic pesticides, and preservatives.
  • Eat a diet, mostly of vegetables. A variety is best… especially cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens.
  • Drink lots of water. Start going for more water instead of juice, coffee, tea, alcohol.
  • Get a test for food sensitivities. The most common categories are gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, yeast, and (especially for arthritis!) nightshade vegetables (includes tobacco, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant).
  • Ask your health care provider about supplementing with Meriva Curcumin, a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory… more effective than NSAID and without all the damage to your gut.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Yes, yet another benefit of fish oil or cod liver oil as a regular supplement because of its anti-inflammatory effects!  Make absolutely sure it’s a heavy-metal-free brand (e.g. Metagenics, Nordic Naturals, Carlsons, Blue Ice). Please be sure to consult your health care provider about this, as well.

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