It is not allowed on the strict Whole30 program (no sugar, people!), but now that we have finished our 30 days, we splurge on some organic dark chocolate on the weekends.
I know, 85% Dark Chocolate is not a major “cheat.” But it is SO good!! And it actually has very little sugar. In fact, check out this fantastic article by Mark Sisson on the health benefits of dark chocolate.
And while we’re on the subject of “cheating,” I’d like to explain why I do not typically like to use that word to describe veering off the Paleo path. “Cheating” makes it sound as though you are on a super-strict diet for the purpose of losing weight. Granted, if you are in your Whole30 then you ARE NOT allowed to veer off the path, or you will not accomplish your goals (resetting your metabolism, breaking bad habits, learning how specific foods affect your own body, etc.). But if you are using Paleo foods for your regular menu items, then you are allowed to have some occasional extravagant treats!
Obviously, you would not want to eat a whole Dark Chocolate bar every single day, but it is totally acceptable to have some every now and then, especially if it is 75% to 95% cacao. It is full of antioxidants, and it is creamy and delicious!
So why don’t I like “cheating” as a word choice here? Because it makes the Paleo diet sound strict and harsh like a typical weight-loss diet, and that is not what it is. Paleo is eating the delicious foods that our bodies are wired to digest and absorb for ultimate health. There are no rules about how much you can eat, either! (Trust me, you would probably be surprised at my personal portion sizes!) We have been eating Paleo-style since July 21st, and we certainly have not felt as though we’ve been on a diet. In fact, we have felt better than ever in nearly every way.
Also, as you finish your Whole30, you can gradually add a few things back into your diet to see how your body reacts. A little sugar every now and then is probably okay, but when I added a little regular dairy back in (some organic heavy cream in my coffee), I got a zit almost immediately. Now I know that my body does not love dairy, and I’d rather have clear skin than heavy cream! Dustin and I will also have some corn chips next time we eat Mexican food (normally corn is not considered “paleo”). The only thing that you definitely, DEFINITELY want to stay away from is gluten. Why? Well, that is definitely a topic for another post. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, grab a Green & Black Organic Dark Chocolate Bar and tell me what you think!