Pretty much everyone knows what my guilty pleasure is. It’s very dark in colour, comes in a lovely orange wrapper and I eat it every single day. Yes, it’s Green & Black’s Maya Gold.
It’s hard to believe now, but I didn’t always love chocolate. Before I had children I was more of a savoury person. But then one day when my eldest was a few weeks old, I suddenly felt desperately hungry (that’s breastfeeding for you) and I knew what I had to have. A Twix.
The Twix obsession became a daily thing and lasted right until I got pregnant with my younger son, when I went off all sweet food. When my sweet tooth came back I no longer wanted Twixes. I wanted Dairy Milk. I started off buying small bars, but then decided it was more economical to buy the bigger bars and just break ‘a few’ squares off. This obsession lasted right through my third pregnancy until my daughter was a year old.
By 2007 my IBS was ruining my life. I felt I couldn’t take it any more. I’d been to the doctor on a number of occasions, but he couldn’t really help. In desperation I went to an alternative practitioner, a kinesiologist (or witch doctor as I liked to call her). She said I was intolerant to: wheat, dairy, sugar, sunflower oil – and CHOCOLATE. Chocolate?! How would I live?!
She said I could eat ‘a small amount of good quality 70% cocoa dark chocolate’ once a week.
But I didn’t even like dark chocolate!
So I bought a bar of Green & Blacks. I took a bite. I didn’t like it. Well, maybe just another bite. Hmm, it wasn’t so bad after all… In the end I had to practically wrench it off myself.
Feeling very sorry for me living on rice and vegetables and losing weight I didn’t have to lose at an astounding rate (although feeling SO much better in myself), my mum bought me a bar of Green & Blacks. But it wasn’t the 70% stuff. It was Maya Gold – only 55% and flavoured with orange and spices. Oh my flipping word. It was the best thing ever.
The ‘once a week’ quickly became twice a week – Sundays and Thursdays – and I looked forward to those days so much. I alternated a bar of 70% with a bar of Maya Gold (I only ever ate a third of a bar at a time).
As my IBS got under control, the chocolate consumption increased. And in 2009 I gave up the 70%. Since then it’s been Maya Gold all the way.
It really is my guilty pleasure and I couldn’t and wouldn’t give it up.
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