It seems the older we get, the more we start to care about our health and doing what is best for us. For some that includes switching over to a Paleo Diet. Along with a healthy diet, their are many studies showing the health benefits of Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Flavanols found in unheated chocolate.
So the question is, can you eat Chocolate on a Paleo Diet?
Yes! Yes you can. Pure Chocolate without waxes, fillers and processed sugars is really the way to go here. You are already taking the step to keep yourself healthy and fit. Make sure that the chocolate you eat is going to taste fantastic and be chock full of amazing health benefits. Even chocolates found in your favorite health food market will state on the chocolate label or packaging, “Chocolate Liquor”. This simply means that the cocoa beans have been ground and are being heated and dutched for days to get rid of the bitterness. This is how traditional chocolate is made. However we don’t want traditional dark chocolate with waxes, fillers and chemicals.
What we want is pure unheated chocolate. There is a company that makes a pure “Healthy Chocolate”. In fact they are the category creator of Healthy Chocolate. Their chocolate is not heated. This keeps in the antioxidants and cocoa flavanols found in cocoa beans BEFORE they are heated. This is a big deal. I personally enjoy the Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate Power Square for a few reasons. It is a small, ladylike piece of chocolate that is 33 calories a piece.
Each piece offers up 37,373 ORAC6 (amount of antioxidants) and 672 Flavanoids. Having three pieces spaced out during the day, is going to give you an amazing amount of antioxidants. 🙂
The Cleveland Clinic had this to say about flavonoids in chocolate, “Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.”
Not only is this delicious Belgian Dark Chocolate but it is honestly good for you as well. So all my Paleo friends will be happy to know that you are able to eat Healthy Chocolate Company Beyond Chocolates. The only questionable chocolate would be the Omega Square. It is quite healthy and has flaxseed for Omega 3’s which are vital. However some feel that the Flaxseed is a grain and others a nut although most Paleo diets do include flaxseed. So if this is an issue for you, make sure to choose any of the chocolates except for the Omega Square and the Peanut Butter Cup.
You will see there are quite a few varieties, all very good for you. You may prefer the Dark Chocolate Nugget, The Xobiotic Square which is made with probiotic and ideal if you have been on an antibiotic in the last year or if you have any kind of stomach issues. I personally have a Probiotic daily and Power Squares morning and night. Many of my friends swear by the Xocai Beyond Love Bites that also improve passion in the bedroom. (Your spouse might go for that one!) I even have Xocai Beyond Chocolates when I have a craving for something sweet or to curb my appetite before a meal. (Simply have a piece of Healthy Chocolate and a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal)
Next time you go to the health food store, don’t assume that candy bar in the aisle is good for you just because it’s in the store. Make sure you eat Pure Chocolate, like the unheated patented Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate. In addition to being grain free, you will find this chocolate to be vegetarian, diabetic friendly, gluten free, low in calories and with available dairy free options as well.
Ordering is simple.
Simply order as a Preferred Customer and have your chocolate delivered right to your door.
When you order monthly, you earn Healthy Chocolate rewards. Every 3 months you order, you get FREE product equal to your monthly order in cost! This is valid every 3rd month for the first year and is a great way to try out all the wonderful varieties of Healthy Chocolates as well as the Xe Energy drink and protein if you prefer. I am also loving the new Remity Focus and Rest & Restore. Rest & Restore has me sleeping like a baby after coaxing me gently to sleep each night. I am in love and have been sleeping better than I have been in years. This would also be a great free product option.
Any questions on ordering your healthy grain free chocolate? Simply call us at (877) 208-8172. We are Lynette & Wayne of Three Sons Marketing LLC in Southwest Florida and are here to help you. You can also visit our website direct at GoColdPressed.com.
Heart Healthy Benefits of Chocolate Unveiled, Cleveland Clinic Health Library, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/benefits-of-chocolate-heart-healthRead More
I have been dealing with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 15 years now. I have struggled with sleep related issues for many years. Over the years I have tried many things to improve my sleep including sleeping pills, special pillows, many different mattresses, changing my diet, some with horrible side effects that forced me to stop the sleeping pills. Changing my diet and incorporating healthy chocolate into my daily diet has helped somewhat however I would often wake up feeling like I did not have refreshed sleep and sometimes feeling like I had not slept at all. There were many nights I tossed and turned and could not sleep the entire night. It is a horrible way to live.
The National Sleep Foundation had this to say about fibromyalgia and sleep, ” For people with fibromyalgia, the combination of pain and sleep disturbance is a double-edged sword: the pain makes sleep more difficult and sleep deprivation exacerbates pain. The good news is that reduction in sleep disturbance is usually followed by improvement in pain symptoms. This also highlights the importance of healthy sleep and to find a sleep professional in treating this disease.” So when Beyond Healthy Chocolate, owners of the Xocai brands of chocolates came out with the new natural Remity Rest & Restore, you can understand why I was anxious to try it and see if it would help with my sleep. Since the Remity Rest & Restore works in combination with Remity Focus which is formulated to keep you relaxed, focused and sharp, I decided to try this too as I figured it could help with my fibro fog.
I just finished week 5 of the Remity Rest & Restore and I am so thankful that I decided to try this product. Thirty minutes before I planned to go to sleep, I simply took one capsule of Remity Rest & Restore. Honestly the first few nights I did not notice much of a difference. It was day 3 or 4 when I felt like I was sleeping better. I even remembered a few dreams and I don’t think I normally dream. The longer I have taken this product, the more I noticed my sleep improved. I did forget to take this one night, and within a few hours I realized, took it and fell asleep. I like that this seems to gently coax me to sleep. I just feel more relaxed before sleeping and drift off to sleep. I wake up in the morning and I actually feel like I slept all night. All I know is that this product seems to be helping and that is so encouraging. As far as the Remity Focus, I never remembered to take it except for one day. I was so happy with the results of the Remity Rest & Restore that I just did not even think about the Focus. I guess I really do need it and am going to start taking it this week! Be sure to watch the video below about the Beyond Remity Focus from someone who used to take Adderal and other ADHD medications as an adult. It is quite impressive to hear him share how this has personally helped his focus.
I did some research on the ingredients in Remity Rest & Restore. The proprietary blend is quite impressive and includes Monocot Grass extract, L-theanine, Lemon Balm Powder, Chamomile extract and Hops extract.
Right now you can order the Beyond Remity Core Regimen value pack* on sale for $55 through the month of July, 2017. That is a $10 savings!! This is a perfect time to get a deal and try out these great products! (No coupon code is required)
Contact Lynette of Three Sons Marketing LLC to order at (877) 208-8172 or visit us direct at HealthyChocolateFlorida.com. We are happy to answer any questions for you.
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So imagine my shock and awe when I found out that there really is such a thing as “Healthy Chocolate”. I mean it really honestly and truly exists! I was literally doing the happy dance and thanking my God when I verified it was true. I am one of those people who has to absolutely verify the accuracy of everything. I was at the health food store in Port Charlotte, Florida when the store owner mentioned to me about Healthy Chocolate. Specifically, I think she even told me I could lose weight eating chocolate. Okay, well that about took me over the edge. I mean I have been heavy all my life, have been avoiding chocolate which I love like no other food in the world and then I find out there really is a Healthy Dark Chocolate after all. I was actually shocked to find so many peer-reviewed studies in medical journals about the health benefits of dark chocolate, specifically about cocoa flavanols, epichatechin and antioxidants found in healthy dark chocolate. I also learned that candy chocolate is NOT healthy.
Ok, so i was half right. How the chocolate is processed is vital. Don’t heat the chocolate, that is the key. There is a company who figured it out and uses a patented process to not heat the chocolate. They also don’t have waxes, fillers or processed sugars and sweeten the chocolate with acai and blueberry. I was thrilled to find out that this Belgian Healthy Chocolate still tastes amazing. My favorites right now are the Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate Xobiotic with a probiotic included and the Power Squares. One Power Square is just 33 calories. So in addition to being healthy, it is low in calories, diabetic friendly, gluten friendly and vegetarian. Not bad for something that tastes absolutely divine.
So here are My Top Ten Reasons For Eating Healthy Chocolate:
1) It tastes great
2) It curbs my cravings
3) It helps me lose weight (probably partly by curbing my cravings–enjoy a piece 30 minutes before a meal with water)
4) It helps control my blood sugar (for real!)
5) It lowered my cholesterol and tryglicerides
6) It helps me sleep better
7) It keeps me happy and improves my mood
8) I don’t feel guilty having a chocolate snack
9) It is a great source of Magnesium
10) It is a great way to eat cocoa flavanols and antioxidants (Medical journal studies say that is good for me!)
Well, now you know my top ten reasons for eating the healthiest chocolate on the planet. Trust me, skip the candy chocolate bars, even skip the high end bitter chocolate bars at the health food store. Don’t believe me? Next time you grab what you think is a healthy chocolate bar at your local health food store, read the label. Does it say made with cocoa liquor? If so, that means it was heated and likely dutched and for a very long time. (Because that is how traditional chocolate is made) Search the label for how many antioxidants are in each piece and how many flavonoids are in each piece. This is important. Eating just three small Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate Power Squares a day, spaced out morning, mid day and evening is really good for you and is likely more antioxidants and flavanols that you eat in a week. Remember mom said eat your fruits and veggies for a reason. They really are good for you. Just one single 33 calorie power square has 37,373 ORAC6 (amount of antioxidants) and 672 flavonoids. It may not seem like a lot, but it is a crazy amount of antioxidants and flavonoids. No wonder I feel better eating it!
Try some out! Order a box and eat it at least three times a day. (Ideally spaced out every 4-6 hours as that is how long antioxidants stay in your body generally) Keep track of the differences you notice. If you are sleeping better, if you have more energy, less pain etc. That is what I did over 7 years ago. My hubby and I decided to try it for one month. The difference was substantial. Now my entire family eats it!
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I don’t know about you but I have struggled with my sleep for over 15 years. My rheumatologist says it even has something to do with why I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have found ways to improve my sleep but never something so significant that I would want to share it with the world. I started sleeping a bit better back over 7 years ago when I started eating Xocai Healthy Chocolate before I went to bed each night. One Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate Power Square or Xobiotic has helped me with improved sleep. (no caffeine in this chocolate) Unfortunately there are some days that nothing I do has helped. Yes, I tried Melatonin for quite a while and I did not receive the benefits I had hoped for. Over the years I had also tried sleeping pills with horrible side effects.
A new product called Remity Rest & Restore recently became available that naturally helps with sleep. After researching the ingredients, I decided to try it for a month. I took it every night 30 minutes before I just finished the first month and am happy to report improved sleep. I have had 50% more improved sleep than the month before. I am hopeful my sleep will continue to improve but honestly I am thrilled with the improvement in the last 30 days.
“REST EASY AND PROMOTE DEEP, RESTORATIVE SLEEP—WITH REMITY REST & RESTORE™.
Say goodnight with Remity Rest & Restore. This advanced natural herbal blend is designed to help relieve occasional sleeplessness. Promoting a deep restful night’s sleep, Remity Rest & Restore leaves you feeling fresh and energized in the morning, without the “hangover effect” associated with other sleep aids.*”
KEY INGREDIENTS: • Monocot Grass (Zea mays) Extract—A non-drowsy, melatonin-like phytonutrient, monocot grass contains high levels of 6-MBOA (6-methoxybenzoxazolinone) and promotes quality sleep and mood.* • L-Theanine—A natural amino acid found commonly in green tea, L-theanine is generally used to support mood and relaxation.* • Hops Flower (Humulus lupulus) Extract—The same plant used to brew beer, hops has been traditionally utilized to promote restful sleep.* • Chamomile Flower (Matricaria chamomilla) Extract—One of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind, dried chamomile flowers contain many terpenoids and flavonoids and have been used to promote relaxation and support sleep quality.* • Lemon Balm Leaf (Melissa officinalis) Extract—A traditional herb, lemon balm has been used to support relaxation and sleep.*
If you are trying a natural solution to a more restful sleep, Remity Rest & Restore is just what you are looking for. Right now you can order the Remity Core Regimen that includes the Rest & Restore product as well as the Remity Focus which conditions your mind to operate at Peak Performance for just $65.00 shipped as a preferred customer.
Details on Remity Focus:
“Clear the fog with Remity Focus™. Formulated to keep you feeling relaxed, focused, and sharp, this advanced remedy conditions your mind to operate at peak performance. Featuring a beneficial blend of brain and mood-boosting ingredients, Focus promotes an ideal mental state to improve memory, mental speed, and concentration. This powerful nootropic—a supplement that supports cognitive function—also helps reduce mental fatigue. Enhance learning with Focus and give your body a healthy mental advantage.*”
You also qualify for FREE PRODUCT every 3rd month for the first year if you choose to order monthly. Try it out and see for yourself what you have been missing. We are Three Sons Marketing LLC of Southwest Florida. Contact us today with questions at (877) 208-8172 or order direct at GoColdPressed.com.
Check out this testimonial from Tad Carter, a 26 year old who has been taking the Remity Rest & Restore as well as Remity Focus with great results. What do you have to lose? Try it today!
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Most of us assume that something that tastes absolutely delish cannot possibly be good for us but we would be wrong. There are actually things that taste beyond fantastic and are still good for us. One such example is chocolate.
Specifically Healthy Chocolate.
All chocolate is not made the same. Health food stores would have you believe their chocolate is much better than the candy bars you buy at the local drug store. They may be marginally better, but did you know the chocolate in the health food stores are still heated and cooked at high temperatures, turned into chocolate liquer in most cases to get out the bitterness to make chocolate?
Thankfully there is a company who uses a patented process to keep in the antioxidants and flavanols that are found in cocoa or cacao from the tree. This is what real chocolate is made of. Then Beyond Healthy Chocolate takes out the waxes, fillers and processed sugars that are found in most chocolates to make it a diabetic friendly, gluten free, vegetarian and low cal treat. Thankfully it still tastes like amazing Belgian Chocolate as it is sweetened with Acai Berry and Blueberry. Well Beyond Xocai Healthy Chocolate is a must try! Just check out the antioxidant and flavonoid content noted on every box and individually wrapped Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolates.
I recently watched an amazing testimony by a woman who suffered from a serious brain injury that eventually causes a stroke and a heart attack. These are not minor issues. Hearing her story and how Healthy Belgian Chocolate helped her is quite exciting. This is the chocolate you want your family to be eating. My favorites are the Power Square and Xobiotic Squares. I also love that the Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolates are just 33 calories a piece. Now that is amazing!
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How to take advantage of the Healthy Chocolate Loyalty Program
Ok, so you decided that you want to start ordering Well Beyond Healthy Chocolate products but you want to make sure you are getting the best value. Is there a coupon code, a discount, free shipping or any other offer that makes it worth your while, right?
You are a smart consumer and you want to be sure you are getting the best deal. I don’t blame you, I do exactly the same thing! I even checked ebay and amazon until I realized the only way to get fresh product is to order direct like this. When you buy product on ebay or amazon, it may have been sitting in someone’s garage for a year. If I am paying for the health benefits of premium high antioxidant, cocoa flavanol chocolate, then I need it to be fresh and not expired. You deserve that too.
Well savvy healthy chocolate consumers will be happy to know they are eligible for the Healthy Chocolate loyalty program just by ordering monthly. So what is so great about the Healthy Chocolate Loyalty Program? It is actually an awesome program. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is designed to reward those members of our Healthy Chocolate Family who continue to purchase products through our Auto Ship program. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is available to newly enrolled Preferred Customers and higher who join and establish an auto ship order at the time of their enrollment. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is also available to those who wish to reactivate* their auto ship that have been inactive for six weeks or greater and those who convert to a Preferred Customer. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is available for 12 months from the date of the first auto ship order after enrollment, reactivation, or conversion.
Free products may be earned by maintaining an active auto ship order for two or more consecutive auto ships. Every two consecutive auto ship orders purchased, they will be eligible to receive free product on a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer. That qualifies you for free product every 3rd monthly (every 28 days) order for the first year! However much product you order, monthly, this is the amount you will qualify for free! So if you buy 2 boxes of chocolate a month, then you qualify for 2 boxes of chocolate free on the 3rd month! This is what you do, simply order monthly. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is designed to reward those members of our Healthy Chocolate Family who continue to purchase products through our Auto Ship program.
The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is available to newly enrolled Preferred Customers and higher who join and establish an auto ship order at the time of their enrollment. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is also available to those who wish to reactivate* their auto ship that have been inactive for six weeks or greater and those who convert to a Preferred Customer. The Auto Ship Loyalty Program is available for 12 months from the date of the first auto ship order after enrollment, reactivation, or conversion. Free products may be earned by maintaining an active auto ship order for two or more consecutive auto ships. Every two consecutive auto ship orders purchased, they will be eligible to receive free product on a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer.
This is a great way to try out different Well Beyond Chocolate products including Remity Focus and Remity Rest & Restore. If you have problems sleeping like I have, I highly recommend you try the Remity Rest & Restore. This natural supplement has been helping me improve my sleep and for that I am very thankful!! And, no worries about being stuck with the same product every month. You can change or cancel your order at any time. I switch my products every month depending on my needs. We are a fan of the Xocai cocoa flavanol protein shake as well as the chocolate and the Xe Energy drink so I like to mix and match. Once you order you will be able to access your account and make changes to any future auto ship order whenever you want. So large order or small order, you can benefit from the Healthy Chocolate loyalty program.
Get started today and maximize your healthy chocolate savings. Questions on which chocolates are best for you? Give us a call at (877) 208-8172 and we would be happy to help! My personal favorites are the Xocai Power Squares–just 33 calories and packed with cocoa flavanols and antioxidants and Xobiotic a probiotic chocolate and all the cocoa flavanols you come to expect from the Healthiest Chocolate in the World. Still not sure which to order? Try the healthy chocolate sampler. the Xocai Variety Pack which includes approximately a one-week supply of each of our best-selling, Healthy Chocolate products: Xoçai® Nuggets, X Power Squares™, Omega Squares™, and XoBiotic Squares™. You can also visit our website direct at HealthyChocolateFlorida.com.
If you have been following my blog, you know I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was not a happy camper when I heard that news. I have been working hard to eat right but no matter what I always seem to be on the heavy side. I found out that most of my problem has to do with insulin resistance. It is difficult to lose weight when you have insulin resistance. I wish I had known this years ago because now as I am actively keeping track of my blood sugar 3-5 times daily, I seem to be slowly losing weight.
I have been on two diabetes medications and my doctor had me pretty scared that if these medications did not work I may be looking at needing insulin. I know that it is possible to reverse diabetes so I got to work. I am happy to say I now have dropped my blood sugar levels dramatically and I am no longer on any prescription medications.
I am happy and relieved. I also have been able to eat some things In moderation that I thought I would have to keep out of my diet completely. When on my prescription diabetes medication, I was having constant highs and lows of my blood sugar, going from feeling so tired I could not keep my eyes open and then earlier in the day almost passing out because my blood sugar is too low. That is not the way to live. After I kept having side effects, I figured I would try this and if I did not see the results I needed or if my blood sugar rose, I would immediately go back on my medication. Well that has not happened, in fact the opposite has. Right now my blood sugar is significantly better than it has been since my Type 2 journey started.
I will let you know what I am doing in hopes that you can find answers for yourself as well. My concern was that I did not want diabetes to take over my life and it quickly seemed like that was going to be the case. I was thinking no more cruises, no more going out to dinner. No more lasagna, birthday cake or a donut ever. I am now hopeful that by making smart choices during the day and at night, that I do have options to enjoy some of the things that I really like.
Here is how I start my day. For over the last four years I have been having a Chocolate protein shake every morning. It actually tastes great. I choose the Beyond Healthy Chocolate protein shake which has 21 grams of protein, 56,000 ORACfn (the amount of antioxidants), lots of cocoa flavanols and of course this is low glycemic and diabetic friendly. I make my shake with 1 cup unsweet almond milk and a cup of ice plus 2 scoops of the Beyond Healthy Chocolate protein shake. There are many recipes, some with frozen banana, some with coffee and vanilla, lots of great options. Anyway this shake keeps me full for 4 hours and it gives me energy. This is a big deal because I have chronic fatigue and I need all the energy I can get. I have been having this shake for breakfast well before I was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic.
Since the diagnosis, I have now added in Berberine 500mg capsules 3 times a day with meals and I have been eating more of the Xocai Healthy Chocolate power squares. This Healthy Belgian chocolate is diabetic friendly, low in calories and seems to be dropping my blood sugar from 30-50 points within 30 minutes of a higher reading. I now decided to split another protein shake with my hubby every night. This has lowered my blood sugar not just at night but when I wake up in the morning which had been pretty darn high before.
I feel so blessed that this shake and the Xocai Belgian Chocolate power squares are helping. I also think the berberine is helping but when I take it by itself, I am not getting the same result. So this is what is working for me. Thankfully this protein shake actually tastes good and I don’t mind it at all. I even had a few extras today I would not have even considered before and yet my blood sugar is more in control and I am feeling more like myself again.
I am not saying that you should not listen to your doctor. My doctor was comfortable with me taking this shake after she reviewed the ingredients. She was also ok with me taking the berberine. I think the best way to work with your doctor is to be honest. Honestly I think the goal is the same. She wants me healthy and diabetes in control and so do I. And if I could lose some weight along the way that would be even better!
I have struggled with my weight and insulin resistance for many years. I wish I knew about the blood sugar connection before. Right now I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. By the way, this protein shake I have been taking was featured on the cover of the “Bariatrician”, the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine along with a successful weight loss study. In the study, the average participant lost over 31 pounds in just 12 weeks and over 5 inches around the waist. So there are many reasons to try this shake.
So if you are struggling with your blood sugar levels, your weight or just want to feel good for a change, try out this Beyond Healthy Chocolate protein shake and the yummy Belgian Healthy Chocolates. My favorites are the Power Squares but there are many yummy choices to pick from. Feel free to call me direct if you have questions on what is the best option for you. I can be reached at”
(877) 208-8172 and you can visit my website at DiabeticFriendlyChocolate.com.
Many individuals who suffer with chronic migraines have been told that chocolate may be a trigger for headaches and therefore all chocolate should be avoided. As a chronic migraine sufferer myself, I learned that it is not necessarily the chocolate that is at issue, but perhaps the waxes, fillers and processed sugars that are in candy chocolate and how the chocolate is processed that may be the culprit. This makes sense then that some individuals will experience problems with certain chocolate candy bars and not others. Of course the only way to know for sure is to try it out for yourself.
Thankfully I found a pure chocolate product called Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate over 7 years ago and it has not triggered any migraines or chronic headaches for me. Some individuals are even saying this “Beyond Healthy Chocolate” has prevented their headaches or lessened how many they have in a month. For those that suffer with chronic migraines, any reduction in headache days is a big plus. Check out the video below at the last Beyond Healthy Chocolate event in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This testimonial is about how Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate was able to relieve chronic headache and migraine days per month. This is huge.
Listen for yourself;
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A recent visit to a new primary care doctor revealed something I did not want to know. My doctor officially diagnosed me with Type 2 Diabetes. To say I was sad and frustrated was an understatement. Yes I have been heavy most of my life but I don’t drink soda, eat candy, Don’t drink, don’t smoke, cut out almost all processed foods, artificial sweeteners and have been eating a healthy diet for the last seven years, so I really wanted to know what was I doing wrong? Turns out I really was not doing anything wrong. In fact, some of the things I had been doing were quite right. You see over seven years ago I started eating something called Xocai Healthy Chocolate. It is an unheated chocolate that keeps in the cocoa flavanols and antioxidants that are found in the raw cacao which pure chocolate is made from. This wonderfully delicious (THANK YOU GOD!) chocolate has no waxes, fillers or processed sugars and is diabetic friendly, gluten free, vegetarian and low in calories. Anyway I would go for my annual physical and doc would order blood work. My blood sugar was always perfect, non-fasting. My A1C was fine. All was good. Fast forward til I turn 52 and doc orders fasting blood work and all is haywire. Not so good. Apparently I can’t control my blood sugar while I am sleeping cause I am not eating healthy chocolate. (LOL)
So the last few months have been an experiment of sorts. I have been pricking my finger 5-6 times a day to try to figure out when my blood sugar is good, not good, too low, too high or if I am having a postprandial spike after a large meal. This is not fun. If you are a diabetic you know all to well how NOT fun this is. I have my One Touch Verio which is how I have been testing my blood sugar. Except for the pain of the prick so to speak, I do like knowing what is going on with my body. I even found out that these spikes in blood sugar might have something to do with having difficulty losing weight.
I am a good patient, within reason I listen to my doctor. So when my doc scared me about diabetes, I took it seriously. I don’t want to be taking insulin or worrying about amputations if there is something I can do to help correct the situation. So doc puts me on 1000 mg of Metformin and I start taking it religiously. Of course this is now causing me to have low blood sugar and then high blood sugar and even more fatigue than I have had in the past. It seems I am spending every waking hour dealing with diabetes. Not cool. So I take this for a month, go back to the doc after getting blood work done and she is not happy. She says this is not working for me and it even seems my blood sugar is higher than doing nothing. Disappointed to say the least. So now I am put on Invokamet XR, which is a combination of Metformin and Canagliflozin. It takes a little bit for my health insurance to cover this medication so my doc gives me a sample for a lower dose to try. I start taking it immediately, obviously concerned that now my blood sugar is really out of control. Doc even mentions insulin as a possibility if we don’t get this under control. I am discouraged but not about to give in so I believe that Invokamet XR is going to help. Blood sugar is a little better and I am hopeful. I start exercising every night after dinner at the Planet Fitness health club and that helps. Doc had mentioned that exercise could eat up excess glucose. It reminded be of playing the video game pac-man back in the day, with the little pac-man eating up all the glucose. Anyway so I get serious about that and exercise pretty much every night after dinner. As long as I do, no huge spike after dinner.
Finally prescription is ready at the pharmacy and this is for a higher dose. I take it the first day and my blood sugar is much higher? What!!?? So I go back to the samples at the lower dose and things are a little better again. When I run out of the samples, I go back to the higher dose and same thing happens. Weird. So now I am starting to wonder about all of this. I found many studies about a supplement called Berberine that is supposed to work as well as Metformin so I order it. My doc gives me the okay to take it so I take 500 mg 3 times a day with meals. As a serious Beyond Healthy Chocolate fan, I know that eating Xocai chocolates has been known to lower blood sugar for friends of mine who are diabetic and I trust, so I incorporate Xocai Power Squares into my so called experiment.
Since my blood sugar keeps rising on the higher dose of Invokamet XR and I am having horrible side effects which I really don’t want to talk about, I stop it and only take Berberine with every meal and up to 5 Xocai Power Squares a day. I have been on a Xocai Healthy Chocolate protein shake for over 4 years, so I continue to have that for breakfast every morning. (thankfully low glycemic)
I have no clue if I am going to have to immediately go back on the prescription medication because now my blood sugar will be even higher, but I decide I will give it a day and see. So I take the Lean Nutraceuticals Berberine 3 times a day, I take a Xocai Power Square before lunch and dinner and after and another one before bed.
This is crazy but my blood sugar is the best it has been since all of the medications I have been on for diabetes to date. I am not saying it is completely in control yet, as I feel I may need to tweak when I eat my Beyond Healthy Power Squares and possibly another dose of Berberine if I have a snack at night. I even stopped having to exercise like crazy every night. I am still exercising, just does not have to be without fail every night. My trusty One Touch Verio keeps telling me I am in range when I do my blood sugar test. The last 16 out of 18 tests have been within range. So I am thinking this is good.
I am certainly not telling you not to listen to your doctor, and not to take prescription medications if they are helping. Clearly in my case they were not helping. I assumed that the prescriptions would be the best option for me, but it does not look that way. I will continue to follow up with my doctor, but in the mean time I will be taking my Berberine supplement and my Xocai Power Squares.
Honestly the Berberine supplement was cheaper to buy on Amazon and I had free shipping with Amazon Prime. One box of the Xocai power squares is enough to last you a month eating as many as I took during this test. I figure the Healthy Belgian chocolate tastes great and the Berberine had less side effects than the prescriptions I was prescribed so what can it hurt to try. I will say you have to be willing to check your blood sugar to see what is going on with you. I noticed a 50 point drop when my blood sugar was high after a heavy meal , 30 minutes after taking a Xocai 33 calorie power square. That was amazing. The other time my blood sugar was high recently, but not as high, I had a 30 point drop after taking a Xocai power square. (Taken 30 minutes after the power square)
I have known for years that Jeanette Brooks, the founder of Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate had controlled her diabetes and lost weight because of this healthy chocolate but I had never personally had to deal with it. It is amazing how things change and how much they matter when you are in the midst of your own health crisis. All I can say is if you are diabetic, pre-diabetic or have a friend or family member who is, share this post with them and maybe order them some Xocai Healthy Chocolates. You will see there are many kinds of Xocai Chocolates. It is key NOT to buy the chocolate in the stores, even chocolate bars with a high percentage of cocoa are heated and dutched to get rid of the bitterness–which unfortunately is what is good for you. So it is important to use pure chocolate that is not heated. This healthy chocolate is made with a patented process so don’t take chances with your health. I choose the Power Square because it is smaller, only 33 calories and you get more in a box. This is ideal if you need up to 5 a day. I noticed that I vary between 3-5 a day so having the flexibility to eat more when I am having a spike is vital. The really great thing is that Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate has an automatic order program and for the first year, you can get free product every 3rd month for the first year. This means if you order a box of Power Squares every month, after three months you can get another box of Power Squares or another product free! This will give you extra chocolates for the days you need them. Now that is a deal.
I will be updating my blog with my newbie diabetes story and what is going on. I am just so thrilled that I am now controlling my blood sugar with delicious healthy belgian chocolate, a little bit of exercise and Berberine. I found there were many Berberine supplements. I researched them and felt Lean Nutraceuticals Berberine was the best for me. Seems to be helping and cheaper than my co-pay for the Invokamet XR.
If you are struggling too, please comment below and let me know how you are doing. I do care! Visit my site at DiabeticFriendlyChocolate.com if you want more details on the healthy chocolates or call me at (877) 208-8172.
Of course I am referring to “Healthy Chocolate“, an unheated cold pressed chocolate that keeps in the antioxidants and cocoa flavanols from raw cacao which is what chocolate is made from. It is key to eat Pure Healthy Chocolate. This is not the chocolate that you find in your local store or even most health food stores.
I am very thankful that I was able to learn about this healthy chocolate over seven years ago. Eating just thee pieces of healthy chocolate, spaced out morning, mid day and evening can be beneficial. I have suffered with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for over 15 years. At one point in time, I was on up to 13 prescription medications and still was struggling to have any quality of life at all. When I found this Xocai Healthy Chocolate, I was able to slowly get off most of my medications. I don’t know what you pay for your prescription co-pays through my health inurance, but I used to pay over $500 a month just in co-pays. Thankfully I pay much much less eating Xocai Beyond Chocolate products. Recent research is starting to confirm the benefits I received eating healthy chocolate. In the article “Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits”, says “Add healthy chocolate to your superfood list.” The article goes on to share “Why is all of this chocolate news good for those dealing with fibromyalgia? I don’t need to tell you that three hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia include whole body inflammation, poor digestive health, and cognitive dysfunction. If healthy, dark chocolate can help with all of these symptoms — and more – why not give it a try. Of course – as with all nutrients – quality matters. Dark, antioxidant-rich, chocolate that is minimally processed is best. Raw and unprocessed is even better.”
My favorite products that have helped me with my symptoms include starting each day with a Xocai Beyond Healthy Chocolate Protein shake. Each serving is over 56,000 ORACfn which is much more than most people will get in a day and maybe even a week. Mom and Grandma were right when they said you should eat your fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables but it is difficult to eat enough of them every day. More and more studies about cocoa flavanols are making the news almost daily. Cocoa flavanol research is very exciting.
My next favorite product is the Xocai Beyond Xobiotic chocolates. These are creamy and delicious and include a probiotic. Also made with Xocai Healthy Chocolate. Try them out today. Get your chocolate craving and get the benefits of antioxidants and cocoa flavanols.
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