I decided to do something positive this March and gave up chocolate to support the British Heart Foundation. I'm a MASSIVE chocoholic, so this was going to be a tough challenge for me. I had reached a point where chocolate had become part of my daily diet. As well as being bad for my waistline, I know that my mild lactose intolerance meant that this addiction was bad for my overall health. So, I started the month determined to kick my bad habits in the butt for good.
The first week was definitely the worst. I craved chocolate SO much that I was an absolute nightmare to be around and I couldn't go even five minutes without thinking about chocolate. I even dreamed about it. Because Easter was in March I didn't manage to complete the entire month, but I did do a good 26 days without chocolate.
I was actually astounded by the impact it had on my life during that near-month. Not only was I headache free, but I felt less inclined to nap (basically napping is my kryptonite) and had no joint pain. I was hoping to notice a couple of pounds had evaporated too, but I ended up eating more than normal in the hope of getting rid of my chocolate cravings, so alas, that did not occur.
When Easter hit and I had the biggest chocolate binge OF MY LIFE I was horrified by how my body felt. The joint pain in my hand and lower arm was back with alarming ferocity - I spent half of Easter Sunday night up in tears willing the pain to go away. Unsurprisingly I also had a massive breakout and my skin is still trying to recover from that super oily phase, ew.
After I'd gotten that binge out of my system I've noticed that I'm no longer reliant on chocolate - I still like it (obvs) but I no longer feel as though I need it. So, the moral of the story is to give up chocolate for a month and lose your need for it, yay!