I have been away,
one would say in Lalaland,
(which doesn’t happen every day)
or rather, unwinding from that feeling,
which some days happens to be a long and winding road.
I am back because something said I was becoming lazy,
that this story is written through us and why not share what happens to be sometimes magical about it.
(Marco in Italy this weekend)
What almost home has looked like lately:
my dad with dementia, obsessed by being nude and throwing furniture from his balcony,
Skype calls catching up with my Italian boyfriend who is away for 3 wks, from his bed in the mtns of Italy, while I am cooking,
wondrous moments with super Poppy, beloved dog of all dogs,
awareness that I need to become a gardener, or someone will be hurt in the backyard….
and plenty of in between times when I am developing that inner voice that says, more!
Most of all, I am here for now to share through story about what breaks my heart open.
DIsclaimer: Besides this utter longing, daily diary swirling in my mind: I WILL NEVER STOP MISSING MY DAD. If I drop in to the feelings, it is the saddest sensation on earth. It is not fair nor ok, just insane goops of a really sad thing. And it is – and people have been there before – a reminder that life is like NOW. Doesn’t make the feelings go away nor my heart fully heal.
Loves, for this I am sharing with you the feeling of chocolate.
I started a new job this week working for this awesome eco company (TBA!) and they asked what kind of snacks are cool, ahem……………
Health Benefits of Chocolate (why it is cool)
Did you know that when women crave chocolate around their moon cycle, they are actually deficient in magnesium, which acts as a muscle relaxer? Raw cacao has the highest content of magnesium of any food. Wow. That’s a lot.
Cacao is chok-full of the beauty mineral sulphur. Eating it in the raw form can help your skin be radiant and clear, you to have lustrous hair and nails to be stronger and to feel more beautiful. I once dipped into a sulphur spring in the Bahamas, a place where Martin Luther King, Jr. had been inspired to write his ‘I Have a Dream Speech’, where sharks swim and a mystical mangrove forest grows in the middle of the ocean. A spring rises up from underneath the ocean, and you swim through it to reap the benefits. Afterwards, it is said that any disease is washed away and that you are healed! That’s eco-power.
Serotonin & Endorphins
A dose of pure & raw cacao heightens the sense of euphoria in the brain by enhancing the pituitary gland, the place in the body responsible for stimulating our spiritual vision. It is wildly successful in drawing to you positive feelings of happiness and bliss, which means less PMS and depression, more clarity and purpose.
Phenylethylamine & Anandamide
Introducing the love drug nutrient and the bliss chemical. Thanks be to chocolate.
Healthy fat. Beauty fat. Skinny fat. A super fat found in olive oil which is extra good for you because it enhances a sluggish metabolism!
Vitamins & Minerals
Raw cacao offers plentiful vitamins, A1, B1, C, D and E to name a few, and is abundant in bone-building, metabolism-boosting, blood sugar balancing super minerals such as sulphur, iron, potassium, manganese, chromium, sodium phosphorus, zinc. Many nutrients readily available in cacao in it’s raw form are destroyed by heat. Consider raw cacao to be extra virgin chocolate.
Ok so chocolate in the raw has, are you ready…
360% more antioxidants than regular cocoa
41 times more antioxidants than red wine
21 times more than green tea
7 times more than dark chocolate
(more antioxidants than any other food on the planet)
Raw cacao has incredible benefits on the libido with nearly instantaneous aphrodisiac effects. Bringin’ sexy back….woo!
How I make it:
super chill choc (to beat the crazy’s and sleep!)
3 T cacao
5 T cacao butter
1.5 T palm sugar
1/2 t ashwaganda
1/2 t shatavari
1/4 t pink rose
1/8 t vanilla
pinch of sea salt
Place cacao, cut into small pieces, into a double broiler. Allow to melt. Add to dry ingredients, and stir to incorporate. Pour into a mold or a small cup. Place in the freezer for half and hour or so, before pulling out to indulge. Enjoy before bedtime to get your chill on in lalaland……………….
hugs with chocolate and tons more magical moments,