It’s been about two months since I announced I was chocolate free, and about the same amount of time since I’ve eaten chocolate of any kind—including my beloved Caramel Walnut Brownie Luna Bars.
The catalyst for giving up chocolate was headaches. Too many, too often. So I did this very unscientific experiment to see if my headaches would improve without chocolate.
The first month I was off chocolate I had one three day headache.
So it’s hard to tell. Would it have been worse with chocolate? Impossible to know. What I do know is that I missed chocolate. A lot. And my headaches weren’t completely gone. At least, not yet.
So I stayed off chocolate another month, and the result? Still no significant changes in headaches. They still appeared and lasted a day or two, with or without chocolate. However, overall my headaches may have been less frequent.
So my very unscientific experiment yielded good news: eating chocolate does not appear to affect my headaches directly, and bad news: giving up chocolate didn’t help to relieve my headaches completely.
There was one more question I was asked several times during my months without chocolate, did giving up chocolate for two months make me lose weight? Answer: nope. But that may have just been because of all the vanilla frosting I was eating to fill the gaping hole chocolate left behind… 😉
All kidding aside, I’ve come to accept that I can eat chocolate—here comes the word I struggle with—in moderation. That means some chocolate every day—not ALL day. But moderation….ah, that’s a theme for another day and another blog post…
For now, I am graciously accepting that I can again eat my Caramel Walnut Brownie Luna Bars once a day—a very happy time of day!—with no additional headaches.
How about you? Have you tried giving up chocolate to alleviate headaches? Or any other food? Leave a comment below—we’d love to hear about it!