Why does chocolate keep calling my name????
You probably think you are a choc addict. Well reality is, there are other issues going on. Chocolate is not addictive, in that it does not lead to a chemical dependency.
The high sugar content in chocolate is what makes it one of the most sought after comfort foods. Have you noticed that you may crave for chocolate when you are feeling low, bored, tired or just need an escape?
What the Research guys are telling us:
- Chocolate contains a number of substances with mild psychoactive properties. The two most common substances are caffeine and theobromine.
- Research has shown that the caffeine and theobromine found in dark chocolate can affect energy levels. However white chocolate which contains little or no dark chocolate does not have the same effect. There is some research indicating the magnesium properties in dark chocolate may make some people feel like eating it. If you are low in magnesium levels you may find an attraction or craving for dark chocolate.
Chocolate also contains small amounts of a psychoactive substance called anandamide. Anandamide is also a neurotransmitter used for brain signalling and activates the same receptors in the brain that respond to cannabis. However even though chocolate does contain mild psychoactive ingredients, they are in such tiny quantities that you would have to eat impossibility large amounts on a regular basis to reach any addiction to it.
Most of the research and experiments undertaken with rats as well as humans indicate that the cravings experienced by “chocaholics” are driven more by the taste, appearance, texture, sugar context and psychological association rather than any psychoactive properties.
My Philosophy is to provide a therapeutic, nurturing and supportive environment to explore your patterns and behaviours.
In particular we will look at the individual biological, psychological and social influences that have prevented you from creating change. With experience in a range of therapies we will work together in gaining deeper insight. Some of the therapies I work with include:
• Visualisation and Relaxation Techniques
In understanding more about your eating cues and reasons behind the behaviour, you will be able to work towards a healthy relationship with food.
Take the necessary steps for change........