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Chocolate withdrawals

July 2nd, 2009 · 18 Comments · Cleaner Life, yogurt

I’m having major chocolate withdrawals. I knew I loved chocolate. I knew how much I depended on chocolate. That’s why I decided to do the CLC. No white sugar in general eliminates 99% of chocolate and baked good treats, both of which also happen to be my diet downfalls. I try so hard to exercise and eat healthy, and then these 2 bad boys ruin it all. Oh chocolate, I love you and I hate you.

I can’t decide how I feel about the challenge. As expected, it’s teaching me a lot. It’s also prevented me from randomly shoving sweets into my mouth during a busy time at work. Very good. I really like that part of the challenge, but sometimes this girl just needs some good old fashioned chocolate. Just a little piece… pretty please? The lesson here is that a chocolate free life is just not for me, but I did discover that medjool dates and turkish dried apricots taste like candy :) Oh yeah, and then there is this beauty (my new favorite nighttime treat)… 1/2 Food for Life english muffin with cacao bliss:

1/2 FFL english muffin with cacao bliss

Chocolatey coconuty goodness. Oh yes, life is good again 😀 I’m currently enjoying it with yogi green tea :)


[129 calories]

How else have I been keeping my sweet tooth at bay? With some roasted beets and raisins! Yep, you heard me right! 😉


Kelly, does this look familiar? 😉 I asked you guys in this post what to do with some root veggies I got at the farmers market the other day, and you gave me so many yummy ideas. The common thread was to roast them, and then have them with some goat cheese. Oh yeah, I think you really can’t beat that combo! Kelly recommended trying a recipe she just recently sampled: swiss chard with beets, goat cheese and raisins. I followed the link to the recipe from her blog, and after browsing through it realized I even had all the ingredients on hand! Awesome! Adam was NOT excited for this one, but I had high hopes that I could turn his beet hating ways around with this one. It just sounded amazing, and we had plan B for him – a frozen burrito. Yup, that’s how we roll (it’s organic at least! haha). Take a peak inside :mrgreen:


I used the leaves from the beets instead of swiss chard, omitted the onions and only used 1T of EVOO (although the rest of the proportions were kind of random too – 1/3 of the raisins, 1/2 of the beet leaves, 1/3-1/2 of the beets… I couldn’t remember how much they weighed and I mistakenly threw away the piece of paper where I wrote it down). I also added some sliced ham to make it a little more man-friendly. Adam hasn’t been too happy with my meals this week. I’ve been pushing his envelope a little too far with my vegetarian creations 😆 Long story short, he LOVED IT!!!!!!! I of course loved it, but that was no surprise, but my husband loving a dish centered around beets and beet greens and goat cheese (something he just recently started liking) is pretty amazing. He made me so happy. I love beets. Hope that means they can become a more frequent ingredient in our kitchen. I’m making beet chips next! 😀


Oikos, 1/2 mango, pb puffins, turkish dried apricots (seriously these taste like candy!!!) + raw almonds. I love you yogurt (not as much as chocolate but I can’t live without you either!)… what’s up with me talking to my food today? 😀


[356 calories]


+ 2 unpictured AK MAK crackers = 107 calories (I didn’t eat the whole apple… it was a little soft for my liking)

Leftover ww pasta with pistachio basil pesto + cauliflower, laughing cow cheese (awesome addition! – made everything super creamy) + pistachios:



[394 calories]


[220 calories – ended up eating the whole thing… it’s just too yummy :)]

Today was a really great food day! They’re not always this good, but today was noteworthy. I like note-worthy food days! 😀 Total calories eaten: 1546

I also took an abs class, then a spin class and finished off by solid 5 minutes of jump rope. A great workout! ~550 calories burnt. I haven’t sweat like this in forever! I think it made everything better. I feel cleansed 😀

I’m off to relax with the new issue of Self magazine I picked up yesterday. I hope Jillian can inspire me to be a better me :)


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18 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lori

    I can’t quite make myself try beets! That muffin with the cacao bliss looks pretty nummy, though. I need to find some of that stuff.

  • #2 - ttfn300

    LOVE beets (although hated as a kid). That dish did look amazing, and i can’t wait to try it. Have you tried Sunspire unsweetened carob chips? I think they’re incredible, but haven’t found them anywhere but the charles river WF…

  • #3 - Debbie

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now. Great posts…I use whatever measly leisure time I have from homework to read them. They’re entertaining! Anyway, since you live in Boston, do you have the accent? :)

    I don’t know if you like JFK or not but he’s my favorite president. He was certainly a true Bostonian!

  • #4 - Lara (Thinspired)

    That salad is so clean and healthy! I’m glad you’re finding other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. I hope you treat yourself to a little chocolate when the challenge is over :)
    I am on a mission to find that Self magazine. They are only sold in certain bookstores here, buy my new crush on Jillian makes it a must-buy!

  • #5 - Alison

    That cacao bliss looks wonderful. I love almost anything with chocolate. Except I don’t like white chocolate. I don’t think I could ever eliminate it from my diet – at least not long term.
    The pasta with pesto looks fabulous too.

  • #6 - shelly

    Have you tried the Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams? I’m not sure if “evaporated cane juice” is allowed during the CLC, but if not, you can always try it when you are done. It satisfies my chocolate cravings very well, gives me a decent amount of protein, and is an excellent snack when spread on a banana.
    And what about cocoa nibs? They aren’t sweet (or sweetened), but they are intensely cocoa flavored and I really like them in my oatmeal (which usually features peanut butter and 1/2 a banana (I’m starting to see a pattern here)or some other fruit + nut butter combo in lieu of sugar or salt.)

    I really love beets- especially with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds! Your food in this post looks so tasty!

  • #7 - Elina

    Lori, if you ever do master up the courage to try beets, I highly recommend roasted beets. It really brings up the sugars in them :)

    Shannon, I’ve never had carob chips. Do they taste like chocolate chips? I need to make a trip to that WF asap!!

    Debbie, thanks so much – I’m so happy you love the blog! I do not have a Boston accent, although I do have kind of weird accent… kinda Russian, but not really. I call it the “Elina-accent” 😉

    Lara, good luck finding it – must be tough in the UK. Are you listening to Jillian’s podcasts? I really love them – they’re so inspiring! :)

    Alison, I agree – long term chocolate-free life is just not for me. Life is just better with chocolate 😀

  • #8 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Chocolate is not worth giving up, IMHO. Period. But it is amazing how good dates and figs and apricots are for satisfying the sweet tooth, no? I think I munch on dried fruit pretty much every morning, right out of bed!

  • #9 - K

    I’m a beet hater myself but maybe that recipe could turn me as well?! It looks pretty :)

    If chocolate is your ‘downfall’ why not incorporate it to your CLC – I don’t think you should feel deprived when you try to clean up your eating habits. Oh and you must try carob! I love it!

  • #10 - Jenny

    i have chocolate withdrawals often and i’ve just come to terms with the fact that i can’t give it up — whether its a chocolate protein shake, chocolate vitamuffin, dark chocolate dreams, a square of dark chocolate.. i need to get it in somehow!

  • #11 - Kelly

    Elina – I think it’s okay to customize the way you eat based on your likes and dislikes. As long as chocolate isn’t controlling you I think it’s wise to make room for it in your diet. 2 years ago when I set out to lose weight I was OBSESSED. I cut out everything I loved and it made me seriously miserable. Now I’m trying to get back to a more balanced approach – making room for the things I love and having everything in moderation.

  • #12 - Natalie

    I am a new beet lover! They are so good when they are prepared well.

    The pasta looks awesome! I love fresh pesto :)

  • #13 - Elina

    Shelly, I actually have the chocolate dreams pb but I’m not a fan of it at all. It kind of tastes like fake chocolate to me. I prefer real chocolate + plain pb :) The cocoa nibs is something I’ve been intrigued about. I’m a little afraid of them, since I know they’re not sweet but are good for you. They’re also quite expensive which is why I haven’t picked them up yet. Do you think they’re worth the money??

    Diana, K – I definitely don’t plan on living without chocolate forever. I just needed to do this challenge to really reset my body and evaluate what’s important to me and what I was doing/eating on auto-pilot. Chocolate will be back in my diet after July 15th for sure :)

    Jenny, that’s totally how I am but it got a little out of hand before the CLC. I plan on incorporating chocolate back in my life after the CLC is over… but in moderation!

    Kelly – I’m totally with you! Moderation is key, I just often cross that line. Hopefully I’ll get there one day! 😀

  • #14 - RunTOFinish

    i only recently discovered dates too and they are great. now I’ll have to try these apricots!

    i have decided that i am more than allowed to enjoy a cookie or treat now and then. But that being said I am currently working on making that less often than it has been

  • #15 - Mandy A

    I am having the hardest time trying to figure out a balance with my love for sweets/baked goods/not gaining weight.

    I seemed to have it together for awhile… and now, it seems like it’s out of control! I think you have been doing an amazing job with your challenge! I admire you so much for it! And hello – what a workout! Awesome all around!

  • #16 - Anne K.

    That beet dish looks so wonderful! I’m glad you had such a good day. I couldn’t give up all chocolate–I love my dark chocolate dreams! But I’ve found a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder added to greek yogurt or oatmeal really helps satisfy my chocolate craving :)

  • #17 - shelly

    Elina, My tiny packet of cocoa nibs lasted me about a month and a half- so despite being expensive, they do go a long way! I think in that sense, it’s worth it to at least give them a try. :) I think the way to deal with the lack of sweetness is to mix them in with other stuff. My favorite boat of oatmeal contains mashed banana, peanut butter, and cocoa nibs- that way they can profit from the sweetness of the banana. :)

  • #18 - Elina

    Anne K, I like that idea :) I’m going to try to add some cocoa powder to my oats next time!

    Shelly, I picked some cocoa nibs at WF yesterday. Can’t wait to incorporate them in my next breakfast 😀 Thanks!!