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Life Without Chocolate Update…

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 results?

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!


Happy Eating!





Challenge Accepted!

This week on Nitty Gritty Romance, I decided to accept the blog challenge for romance writers – sure I was supposed to begin in January, and okay, I’m a little late, but why not celebrate New Year in June…?!

I like thinking of each day as a new beginning and a new opportunity (that’s the yoga teacher in me!), so why not New Year in June?

So here goes. My fellow romance writers gave me my first theme:

A Few of My Favorite Things


Well this one’s easy. First off, my hubby and my two young girls.

From there: My favorite things include yoga (it really, really makes you feel better! Promise!); Luna Bars ( I would be lost without them!); reading; writing; and the works of Hemingway and Bukowski.


My go-to Luna Bar in my favorite flavor, Caramel Walnut Brownie!






I also adore the band Train – actually Malcolm Angel, the rock star at the heart of Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, the first book in the New York Artists Series, was inspired by Pat Monahan’s voice. And I love going to outdoor concerts on summer evenings with my husband and my girls – we bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and it’s just perfect.




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I also love autumn, snuggling in sweaters and walking through the falling leaves…






Oh! And since this is a romance post, did I mention I love short facial hair on men…? Almost all of my male leads have a short beard at one point or another.

You can check out my Pinterest boards to find the men who’ve been the inspiration for my stories! Including this Sneak Peek for my latest novel (scroll down to meet Trevor Hughes) : Pinterest Sneak Peek

How about you? What do you love? Favorite season? Favorite foods? Facial hair or not?

We love to hear from you!

-Happy Reading!



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