Cacao for Christmas
The time has arrived. Yesterday afternoon I made chocolate for the first time in 3 1/2 months... and yesterday I ate chocolate for the first time in 3 1/2 months! It was so fun to play with choccie in the kitchen again. I made an assortment of goodies for Christmas gifts and to have on hand during the holidays.
I admit, I was a little nervous to see what my mental and physical reaction would be to the cacao again. Immediately upon eating some, I felt fine. A few hours later I noticed the typical increase in heart rate that comes from eating cacao. By the time I went to bed my heart rate was still elevated and I had trouble falling asleep. Ok.... so let's weigh the good with the not-so-good: My stomach and gut responded fine, my head responded fine (some people get headaches and there was a point where I was getting weekly and then daily headaches which was probably from the cacao)... but a racing heart is not such a good thing. Today, I feel foggy and jittery in mind and body. So yes, I had a reaction, but in my opinion its very neutral compared to what it could have been.
Will I continue to eat it? The answer is yes, for a while. I'll continue to monitor myself and will take complete breaks from cacao a few times of year. All I know is that I cannot go back to having cacao be such a huge part of my diet.
Check out the raw choccies, nuts/seed snacks I made last Christmas for gifts. It makes my heart sing to create these goodies!
So what yummies did I make?!
Coconut Carob Truffles - carob coconut truffle and coconut truffle dipped in choccie - these are one of my favorite newest creations.
Macadamia Coconut Turtles
I was part of a secret Santa gift exchange with a few other Canadian bloggers this season. Huge thanks to Jess of Dairy Free Betty for organizing the event. My gift arrived in the mail yesterday from Jolene from Everyday Foodie. Despite the fact that we haven't met or even talked before, she picked such perfect gifts for me. A package Burt's Bees goodies (which I always use), a bottle of powdered stevia which is perfect because I've been experimenting a lot with liquid stevia lately and have been wanting to try the powder, two chocolate covered coconut bars (anyone who reads my blog knows that I love both chocolate and coconut), some grapefruit foot soak, and a magnetic list pad. Thanks again Jolene!
How do you feel when you eat cacao? Is it a big part of your diet?
Happy Holidays everyone! Only a week until Christmas!!! 🙂