Is your Easter basket empty, but now filled with remorse?
Did that first nibble on the chocolate rabbit ear send you down the bunny trail to a whole lot of guilt?
If so, rejoice! Peeps aside, there’s good news straight ahead.
A thrilling report on one of my daughter’s Facebook wall came to my attention just as I was wiping the last bits and pieces of Godiva indulgence from my lips. “Eating lots of chocolate helps people stay thin” the link announced dramatically.
Never miss a local story.
I nearly swooned. That’s the kind of happy headline I like to read.
Click! The website story opened as easily as a new box of See’s -- and appeared to be as delicious.
Ryan Jaslow of CBS had written in late March about a study that will have chocoholics licking their gooey fingers with glee. Evidently, the research found that participants who ate more chocolate each week while exercising -- there’s always a catch -- ended up with a lower body mass index (BMI) than the ones who didn’t eat as much. The stats and details are in Jaslow’s story, but for me to know that chocolate can help shed pounds is more satisfying than shoe shopping.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll bet the world’s been hungering for news such as this since Mr. Hershey invented the first milk chocolate bar in 1900! Why, right now I could throw a few kisses Jaslow’s way -- Hershey’s, of course -- for spreading the news.
Speaking of spreading, my hips are doing the jig in celebration. Right now on my kitchen counter is an entire glass vase filled to the brim with M&M’s—chocolate filled -- all in pretty Easter egg colors. “Flowers” peeking out the top are blooming with chocolate Reese’s egg shaped Peanut Butter Cups!
I really should give up on the idea of eating all that chocolate, but I’m no quitter. Besides, if it’ll help me shed some pounds . . . .
Wait a second! What’s this quote at the bottom of Jaslow’s story?
Uh oh, it looks like there’s a caveat: “It’s not a siren call to go out and eat 20 pounds of chocolate a day,” says Dr. Beatrice Golomb, author of the study.
OK. How about 10 pounds -- without guilt? I have a craving for getting skinny.