Our Chocolate Coconut Acolyte recently brought the following piece of information to my attention: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned the eating dark chocolate helped her cope with the stress of trying to pass healthcare legislation. I had not heard this NPR report but here is a copy for you to consider.
Regardless of what you think of Speaker Pelosi or healthcare reform itself, it's nice to know that someone in a position of political authority in the USA turns to dark chocolate as many of us here in The Chocolate Cult may also do in times of stress.
As a comfort food, chocolate is one of the easiest to reach for and enjoy because as much as the prices are going up for sugar and cocoa, it is still relatively inexpensive. While I would never tell you to stop eating our Sacred Substance, Sisters and Brothers, I will gentle remind you to always think before you eat and to when you chose to eat, chose wisely don't just reach for whatever is available or easily found in the check out aisle of your grocery store. Put some thought into it and get something darker for the potential health benefits, and something a bit more pricey so you get good quality and are less tempted to just start stuffing your mouth.
Keep eating and drinking chocolate but do it fully informed and with realistic goals. It can't end your stress, no study I've seen has said that, but it might take the edge off and give you a bit of energy to go that next step to figure out what is causing the stress and working on that instead of simply the effects.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.