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10 Things Only Chocolate Lovers Would Understand

10 Things Only Chocolate Lovers Would Understand

If your secret fantasy is to drown in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, you are at the right place. Think of a chocolate’s milky and mahogany colors, creamy and crunchy textures; the intoxicated sensation when it melts in your mouth; the bitter, sweet and salty notes that hit your tongue; and the hard-to-let-go aftertaste. Ah, the delight of devouring the greatest discovery made by man is happiness unparalleled. Its like your best friend and lover rolled up into one tasty package.

Bon appetite chocoholics, as you identify with the list below:

1. Over indulgence is not a thing

Too much chocolate. What’s that? You let go of control when it comes to eating these bundles of joy. And you don’t regret a thing.

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2. You order anything at a restaurant that has the word chocolate in it

You start drooling over a menu that has the word ‘chocolate’ in it, multiple times. You never go back to a restaurant that doesn’t serve a chocolate dessert because the only fondue that matters is chocolate!

3. Black or white – you don’t discriminate

Comparing the benefits of dark versus white chocolate, is like a dog trying to catch its own tail. It gets you nowhere. Discriminating against little white pillows of heaven is a sorry crime. Black, white, Lindt or Cadbury, they are all worth it.

4. You want to punch people who say, “Chocolates are not healthy”

Let’s ponder upon the equation: Health = Happiness = Chocolate. A balanced diet is indeed chocolate in both hands, eh? Besides, try eating one when you are upset or angry. It is the voluptuous anti-depressant that makes all your problems disappear. Accept the truth people. Chocolates heal, soothe, enlighten and make everything better.

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5. You don’t trust people who say, “I hate chocolates”

Did you just claim that you don’t like chocolates? Either you are lying or you have a severe undiagnosed disease of the tastebuds. Go figure.

6. You dip everything in chocolate, because everything in chocolate is amazing

You know that strawberries are divine when dipped in chocolate, but so are vegetables and pretzels. Yes that’s right. Carrots, asparagus and broccoli taste much better when covered in chocolate. Ranch dressing can be a hit or miss, but this can’t.

7. You insist on a chocolate cake for every friend’s birthday

Its not a celebration unless chocolate is involved. Chocolate or vanilla or lemon, what’s to think about? All other flavors can go home. You can’t wait for the candles to be blown off, the birthday song to be over and the cake to be sliced into big pieces.

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8. Sharing and chocolate are two words that don’t belong together

You don’t have to be a mother to realize that giving up your baby is painful. Well yeah, its the same with chocolates. Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to chocolates. It is quite alright to be shamelessly selfish at times. Suggestion: find a chocolate twin when you dine to avoid uncomfortable situations.

9. It is acceptable to eat chocolate at any time of the day

Belgian waffle with chocolate syrup or chocolate chip granola for breakfast. Chocolate coated pizza for lunch. Chocolate fudge cupcake for afternoon snack. Dark chocolate peanut butter brownies for dinner. You are open to enjoying deliciousness throughout the day. Don’t judge.

10. You have secret hideouts for chocolates

Be it a pocket in your purse or a corner in your kitchen, you have a supply of chocolates, for emergency of course. Bonus euphoria when you find one out of the blue, in a forgotten hideout.

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In a world of uncertainty and chaos, if there is one thing we can count on, it is the luscious ambrosia called chocolate.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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