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Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate

Vol 7, Issue 4
27 April 2011

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Quote of the month

'Life is like a box of chocolates

...you never know what you're gonna get.'

- Forrest Gump

Next month's feature:

10 Ways to Feel Fabulous Every Day

In this issue:


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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

I hope you've had a lovely Easter and enjoyed some wonderful chocolate treats!

This year I did a chocolate making, A chocolate decorating (with Jake) and an Easter-themed Thermomix cooking class, so as you can imagine, we've enjoyed a few foodie indulgences over Easter! That is, until I dropped my Thermomix bowl and dented it, rendering my Thermomix out-of-action. We also had a wonderful dark chocolate cake on the weekend to celebrate my mum's 85th birthday. Dale Smith took some beautiful family photos for us. 

Given the timing of Easter this year, I couldn't resist sharing an article with you that I read at Laurel on Health Food on the many nutritional benefits of eating my favourite food, chocolate.

I hope you enjoy this month's issue and that it reduces any guilt you might be feeling about indulging in chocolate. Unfortunately, despite all the wonderful reasons to eat more chocolate, I've noticed my bathroom scales and tape measure aren't too supportive!

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
Living the dream e-zine

Feature: 10 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate

Feature: 10 Reasons to Eat More Chocolate

by LAUREL - September 27, 2007

You might think chocolate is sinful, but it's a lot better for you than you think.

In fact, it has been used for hundreds of years by medical professionals to cure ailments such as tuberculosis, gout, fatigue, diarrhoea, weak digestion, hemorrhoids, low virility and shortness of breath.

Recent nutritional research has identified many health benefits of chocolate. After reviewing these studies, I came up with the following ten reasons why you need to consume more chocolate:

  1. Reduces high blood pressure: Flavonoids in cocoa (procyanids) help balance blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. Researchers from Germany's University Hospital of Cologne found that cocoa consumption lowered blood pressure by an average of 4.7/2.8 mm Hg. The New York Times reported that dark chocolate is almost as effective at lowering blood pressure as common antihypertensive drugs.
  2. Improves blood flow to brain: A University of Nottingham professor found that drinking cocoa drinks rich in flavanols improves blood flow to key areas of the brain for two to three hours. Flavanols in the cocoa drink are a key ingredient of dark chocolate. Professor Macdonald's study also suggested that cocoa flavanols in chocolate may enhance brain function to help fight sleep deprivation, fatigue, and the effects of ageing.
  3. Boosts mood: MSNBC reported that caffeine and other chemicals in dark chocolate can improve your mood and ease premenstrual symptoms. Mark's Daily Apple wrote that the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate has been found to trigger feelings similar to 'falling in love.'
  4. Prevents cell damage and
  5. Improves blood sugar levels: Lisa C. Cohn, R.D., President of the Park Avenue Nutrition Spa in NYC, wrote that flavonoids in pure dark chocolate are responsible for these added benefits. Cohn said 'if you're going to indulge on Feb 14 or any other day, go for the purest dark chocolate you can find. That's the kind loaded with flavonoids.'
  6. Reduces risk of heart attack: A researcher from the John Hopkins University School of medicine said that eating a few squares of dark chocolate every day may reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack by almost 50%. The study found that blood platelets clotted slower in people who eat chocolate.
  7. Helps ease chronic fatigue syndrome: A study found that adults with chronic fatigue syndrome who eat 1.5 ounces of 85% cocoa dark chocolate were less fatigued after they ate chocolate.
  8. Raises HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol: A Penn State study found that diets high in cocoa powder and dark chocolate (with high flavonoid content) are related to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels when compared with diets low in flavonoids such as tea, wine, coffee and onions.
  9. Improves processing of blood sugar: An Italian study found that dark chocolate consumption increased the body's metabolism of blood sugars and may reduce the risk of diabetes.
  10. Eases a persistent cough: A UK study found that theobromine, a component in cocoa, may be more effective as a cough medicine than standard drug treatments. The research showed that 'theobromine acts on the sensory nerve endings of the vagus nerve, which runs through the airways in the lungs to the brain.'

Many chocolates can be high in calories, sugar and saturated fat. To maximise the health benefits of chocolate, avoid eating processed chocolate products that have refined sugar and milk fat. Instead, choose the purest dark chocolate you can find - the more raw and unprocessed, the higher the flavonoid content. The best dark chocolate to eat has at least 60% cocoa solids.  

More tips:  10 Ways to De-stress, 10 Reasons to Take a Holiday,  10 Ways to Create a More Balanced Lifestyle

For more business and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/ezine/index.php. To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit: www.blueskycoaching.com.au, or call me on 0411 471 941 or (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on tania@blueskycoaching.com.au.

Next EFT Circle - Boost Your Confidence with EFT

Join me and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Special Interest Group (SIG) in our next monthly EFT Circle meeting.

Note: Please BYO water as we always do some hands-on EFT and it's essential to stay well hydrated when doing any energetic healing work.

When: Tuesday 17 May 2011

Topic: Boost Your Confidence with EFT

Where: The Boardroom of the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Rd, Fullarton SA

Time: 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Cost: $10.

RSVP: By Monday 16 May to Tania at tania@blueskycoaching.com.au or on 0411 471 941 f you'll be joining us, and/or if you'd like to be included on my EFT mailing list.

Our EFT Circles are for coaches, therapists and and anyone else in the community interested in exploring EFT applications.

To learn this simple, proven technique from the comfort of your own home, or to work with me personally, visit my website at: www.blueskycoaching.com.au/energytapping.php

I am available for 1:1 sessions, speaking engagements and private group workshops on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Direct Line: (08) 8338 3134

Mobile: 0411 471 941

Email: tania@blueskycoaching.com.au

See You During Coach Week, 23 - 29 May 2011?

ICF (International Coach Federation) Australasia Coach Week is an annual, week-long celebration of the coaching profession and will be held this year during the week 23 - 29 May 2011.

I'll be hosting an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Special Interest Group meeting here in Adelaide on Thursday, 26 May, from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm in The Community Room, Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Rd, Fullarton.

Topic: Control your fears and phobias with EFT

Please e-mail me with 'Coach Week EFT' in your header on tania@blueskycoaching.com.au or call me on 0411 471 941 if you think you might like to attend.

Don't hold me to this, but I think entry will be $10 per person, the same as a usual EFT Circle.

We'll be tapping, of course, so please bring a bottle of water with you!

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Enter now at: blueskycoaching.com.au/special.php for your chance to WIN a copy of my Energy Tapping Workshop Home Study Package, plus a 1:1 EFT session with me, i n person or by telephone, valued at $197!

EFT is a powerful technique you can use virtually anywhere, anytime to:

  • eliminate stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks
  • control your fears - of crowds, heights, flying, public speaking, spiders
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Break free from whatever is holding you back in life with EFT! 

Easter Competition Winner: D. Bell

Next Month: 10 Ways to Feel Fabulous Every Day

Want to feel amazing, every day? Daily flickers of fabulousness are within everyone's grasp. Make them a habit and you'll feel calmer, happier and more energised every day.

Next month we'll look at 10 ways to feel fabulous every day, without eating chocolate.

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