There is something about chocolate; there is something in chocolate. I don’t know about you but if you are of the female specimen like me, it has probably been your substitute for love on many occasions. Ah, the bliss of sweet smooth chocolate truffles melting in the mouth, sending feel good, feel cherished, feel appreciated, feel understood, feel looooooved vibes to our love, peace and happiness undernourished (sometimes) brains.

Full of antioxidants (cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants found in any food in the world and more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates and goji berries combined!) and containing phenethylamine, the chemical found in the brains of people in love (does being in love with my dog counts?), it’s no wonder people all over the world and around again are attracted to chocolate! It is simply the best thing ever!

On my latest seminar with David Wolfe I was reminded of a fact I had forgotten and that is that cacao is also the number one weight loss ingredient! How could I forget that? Maybe because just the thought of eating a cacao bean itself (have you ever tried it? It is intense! It is yuck! It makes your face looks like a sharpei while chewing on it!) is the worst thing ever! But after just one single bean your appetite is gone.

Don’t you remember your mum telling you not to eat chocolate before your lunch? And why was that? “Because it will ‘kill your appetite.”

Of course, you are all smart enough to know that we are not talking Nestle and co here, but real the stuff; raw cacao, raw chocolate, raw cacao butter, raw pleasures… oops, did I drift off?

The best news is that cacao and its fats are oh-so-beautifying darling! There is nothing better for those wrinkles around the eyes where skin is so thin than to dab it with cacao butter. The same goes for the lips and – you’ll taste like chocolate and your boyfriend might not turn his nose up at the smell of your cherry chapstick, but come back for more! Yeah! Cacao butter is also amazing for dry skin on your elbows, knees, heels, or any other rough patches.

Raw cacao, with other plant fats oils, such as olives, coconuts, avocado, hemp, raw seeds or durian is favorable to our appearance and has some seriously impressive youth-enhancing qualities.

These days it is so easy peasy to find nice raw chocolate bars, truffles, raw cacao smoothies, raw cacao power balls, and so many other good cacao concoctions. We really are living in times of pure abundance. Just think – only a few years ago, when only carob in health food stores was available, what we have today would have seemed unimaginable!

Enjoy it darlings! While stock lasts…