I love chocolate! Always have, but especially since my son was born last August, I can't seem to get enough. Of course, I only buy the really, really dark stuff so I can feel better about all the antioxidants I'm consuming. But when I started buying the big 3-1/2 pound bags of Ghirardelli chocolate chips (60% cocoa, of course) from Costco every other week, I knew I had to kick this habit--or the girlish figure I've worked so hard to get back since my pregnancy may disappear again.
Anyway, I have some good news to share with addicts like me with cravings like mine. It turns out that just taking a brisk walk when food cravings strike can help you resist the temptation to binge. Additionally, a brisk walk can also help manage nicotine and alcohol dependencies.
Several recent studies have confirmed that instead of giving in to your desire, hitting the pavement for just 15 minutes can curtail your urge both while exercising and 15 to 20 minutes after.
One explanation for the findings is that exercise stimulates the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine, which boosts feelings of pleasure.
While I won't be giving up chocolate completely, I have a feeling I'll be taking a lot more walks!