• about 8 years ago

    Chai with Gloria

    A year without chocolate

    By Gloria

    It is the first year anniversary of “my life without chocolate.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I have been a fan of good quality chocolate all my life and I’m curious as to if and when this silly condition of mine will pass.

    I have lots of reasons to be a fan of chocolate, even medical ones.

    Did you know that Chocolate increases your serotonin levels, which improves your mood? I consider this life saving for a sun worshipper like myself who happens to live in Vancouver on the “wet” Coast of Canada.

    Although I had challenged myself daily for over 20 years to try and go even one day without chocolate I couldn’t. Even if it was just one tiny piece, I had to have it!

    So you ask, what happened?

    Well Seane Corn happened. Poor Seane doesn’t realize how unpopular she is with my family as she is the root cause of us not having chocolate in the house anymore.

    It all began one year ago today. I had invited Seane Corn to Vancouver for a weekend of workshops. The theme was detoxification. There was nothing “preachy” in the workshops, just lots of information about toxins we ingest mentally, physically and emotionally, combined with deep yoga postures to help move some of these stuck toxins.

    After the first day and a fair bit of talk about how much sugar, and other toxins we abuse, I decided to go home and have a glass of port and a Ritter sport chocolate bar for dinner because “no one was going to tell me what to do.”

    Well, that was the last piece of chocolate I’ve eaten all year.

    Although I challenged myself regularly to cut down on my sugar intake, I never made the commitment. I’ve tried to pinpoint what Seane did or said that finally created a shift in my habits that was 20 years overdue.

    The only thing I could pinpoint was a story she told about herself where she likened her relationship to sugar, as an addicts relationship to their fix. That was my “aha” moment. It was such a horrible visual.

    To enjoy something is one thing; to have something have a hold on you is quite another.  The chocolate completely lost its appeal.

    Tonight on my one year anniversary, my daughter’s friend gifted me a box of chocolates as a thank you for some yoga classes he had been attending.

    I considered having one to show that his gift was honestly appreciated but I didn’t. For now it holds no appeal for me. My family happily stepped in to help show gratitude for our friend’s thoughtful nature and I remain again today chocolate free. For how long? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter, I’m curious to see myself.

    Gloria Latham

    Gloria Latham Gloria Latham is one of the most influential forces of Yoga Teacher Training globally. She is a Lululemon Global Ambassador, and founder of Semperviva Yoga Studios. She is best known for her week long transformational programs that help students powerfully break through barriers, and her high vibing Yoga Raves. Gloria worked as a licensed pharmacist for almost ten years before discovering true health through the practice of yoga and meditation.

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