One of my colleagues saw me eating raw cacao beans the other day. She asked me what it was, why was I eating it and if she could have one. I told her cacao is a superfood, it has the highest concentration of anti-oxidants and I offered her a few. After she chewed on one she spat it out, went to buy a “normal” chocolate and said cacao tasted terrible unlike “real” chocolate. She asked me how can I like something that bitter?
We may go to certain comfort foods to reward ourselves or to lift our mood, to say it’s OK even if ife is bad. It is what is expected of us, that is why there are so many different types of chocolate-like products out there. They manufactured to look good, taste great and make us feel great. At least for a while, so we would keep buying those products again.
What I am wondering about is if it is at all possible to change the way we think about tastes, feelings and looks? Instead of giving in to temptations then feeling guilty afterwards, was there another way to enjoy life? What if we were not slaves to what is out there but we created our own enjoyment independent of everything except our own values?
Do you remember the first time you had coffee or an alcoholic drink, a cigarette or something what “adults” have? Did you like it? Did you keep doing it? Was it because of your friends, parents or others you admired? Did you later learned to enjoy it or got used to it? Could you use the same thought process another way?
The way I think about food or to be specific about cacao beans is that I learned to like them because of what they do to me and for me. They energise me, provide me with anti-oxidants, iron, magnesium, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, omega-6 fatty acids. I love them and respect them for what they are and I LEARNED TO LIKE THEM.
Here is what you can do with cacao: blend it into your drink such as coconut water, tea, shakes; sprinkle it on your dessert; eat it with goji berries, hempseed, almonds or other nuts or if you are a dark chocolate fan chew on a few cacao beans. You will be amazed!!! Look up the other superfoods (goji berries, maca, honey, spirulina, coconut just to name a few), their beneficial effects, the nutrients they provide, the things they can do for you and you will learn to respect them and love them.
Just like you learn to appreciate honest people who tell you about your strength and weaknesses, you can learn to like real food, even if it is at first taste unusual. Learn to change your thinking, to accept graciously what is good for you and discard the rest. Learn new ways to spice up your life!
What other areas of your life you can think of could benefit from a new way of thinking?