Friday, January 31, 2014
The Temptation of Chocolate
Now, only a month has passed since Christmas, and I’m already munching on the Valentine chocolates. I’m addicted to chocolate. Is there a 12-step program for people like me? What is it about this stuff?
Scientists tell us the taste is probably addictive because it affects serotonin levels in the brain. That’s the problem. Temptation is a war of the flesh. Anything that tastes good or feels good is hard to control.
There’s nothing wrong with chocolate. It’s actually good for your health—but sugar isn’t, especially too much. Another temptation to struggle with, and if you’re like me, it’s a lifelong struggle.
Wanting to limit sugar intake isn’t enough, neither is the desire to do right. It takes will. The will involves more than thinking or saying, “I’m going to do it.” The will does it. Denying yourself, even of chocolate, is like a sacrifice offered to God. I think of the will to do righteousness as that sweet smelling savor rising up to the heavens.
It’s still a struggle, but I will buy those apples and snack on apple slices instead of over-indulging in chocolate, though I’ll probably dip some of them in chocolate.
What foods do you find hard to resist?