Chocolate, wine and bacon & the 4 White Devils! Part 2


Goodness!  Don’t you reckon there’s room for chocolate, wine and bacon in a diet that maintains our most natural weight! I do!  We’ve just got to learn to make them work for us.

Back when I had a very unhealthy relationship with food I would eat chocolate like it was my last day of the planet!  If I didn’t have a stash in the pantry I’d get stuck into my flatmate’s!  I remember working in a shop that had a big tub of Smarties on the counter and I’d nibble away at them just about every day till I was full!  Imagine how many Smarties you have to eat to be full!

I was pretty hooked.  Then one day I came across this wisdom: if you want to eat less of something, improve its quality.  Now at that stage I was eating the same stock standard food as most people out there – toast and jam for brekky, sandwich with cheese and salad for lunch and a plate loaded with carbs and cheese for dinner (I think I was going through my vegetarian stage at that point!).  And I’d eat low fat, diet foods loaded with sugar.

So increasing the quality of what I was eating wasn’t that difficult.   I swapped white bread for supermarket wholemeal bread (actually not really that much better – read the label!), I transitioned to dark chocolate. I bought Celtic sea salt and cooked with that instead of white salt. I bought corn chips from the health food shop.  Ironically once I got used to that as a standard I started to take it up another level buying real wholemeal bread (like Dallas bread) from the health food store or even making my own.  In fact I started to cook many more things at home from scratch because so many of the packaged foods didn’t have a healthy substitute and I knew they were laden with the 4 white devils: white salt, white flour, white sugar and “white” oil.  If I made my own chocolate chips cookies, for example, I could use butter, wholemeal flour and rapadura sugar (evaporated cane juice or whole sugar) and they were really yummy.

Nutritionist Cindi O’meara, says that if you compare a chocolate éclair made now to the ones made in the 50s they are unbelievably different and that if you really did want a chocolate éclair and made it at home you would be way better off!  I agree.

Next time you shop consider thinking from a quality perspective rather than a weight loss or cheap food perspective and notice how you start to make different choices, better choices.  After all you’re worth it.

Brenda Rogers

With over 25 years experience as a corporate trainer, naturopath, yoga teacher and wise woman educator, Brenda is the head clinician and coach at Quintessence Health.

"A healthy mind and body simply ensures you have the time and energy to fully express and manifest your life’s purpose – it facilitates the unfolding of joy."

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