Most of the time, Your Chocolate Priestess is writing about companies that make chocolate, issues of protecting the land we grow cacao on, labor practices, news items or health information about chocolate, or doing a review that should engage your five senses. Sometimes I'm going to write something more personal and today, I hope you will return that favor with a few comments of your own.
I used to eat chocolate a lot, we are talking thousands of calories worth every week. As a culture, in America we joke about people being chocoholics. That makes light of what can be a very serious problem. I've known for many years that cocoa is a drug and I've known for many years that the usual forms it can be consumed it are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Yet knowing this didn't stop what I now know was an abuse of the Sacred Substance.
I ate chocolate because was a special occasion, something I still firmly believe is a value use of this product in any form. I ate chocolate because I received it as gifts and consuming it reminded me that someone cared; again a good reason to use it. I ate chocolate because I was lonely or bored or angry at myself or disappointed in someone else -- none of these are good reasons to at anything let alone chocolate.
I felt this way because I was raised this way by parents who used food both to reward and confuse me. I literally could be told I was too fat in the morning and then that same evening that I needed to eat more because I was getting too thin; or the opposite, there doesn't seem to have been a connection to reality.
Let's face it, if you eat enough of the poorest chocolate it will eventually give you that buzz, that rush of pleasure, and so because I knew that reaction would happen, chocolate was something I could rely on. It is fine to have things we can rely on in our lives, we need this sense of stability to function well, I believe, but also have to learn to be that stability that you need without external substances to fuel it.
The Chocolate Cult is a manifestation of my own growth toward a healthier and happier relationship with chocolate. I hope that when you read what I write that it does entertain you but I pray it also makes you think. If I do both those things, then I have succeeded.
Sisters and Brothers, please take a few minutes and tell me, honestly, why you eat chocolate. I'm going to leave this up until I get 10 comments or it's time for our Saturday Sacraments because sharing is part of growing together and learning from each other. Please do share your reasons and motivations for eating chocolate.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.