Oh. My. Gods.
Imagine chocolate. Now imagine all the guilt that’s often mixed into eating chocolate: There’s all the sugar, for one thing, and the dairy elements which are bad for your body. Then there’s the knowledge that the vast, overwhelming majority of cocoa beans are grown under horrific conditions, with extensive child labour under slave-like conditions.
And then imagine there’s a chocolate which is responsibly sourced, organic and under fair working conditions, which doesn’t contain refined sugar (and instead coconut sugar, which is actually good for you), and which is hand-made by a few amazing people who put their hearts and souls into their work. Best of all, it tastes DIVINE.
Meet Magic Mayan Chocolate.
Every bite puts me into chocolate ecstasy. And every single thing in it is good for you! It’s got to be the ultimate chocoholic’s dream. I’m telling you this in so much detail because they ship worldwide, and as you know, I’m all for supporting small businesses (if you watch their video, you’ll see this truly is handmade chocolate and not a factory. They even fold the wrapping paper around each bar by hand, individually). So goeth forth and buyeth their entire stock!
D’you know, the precious, valuable, mostly organic and always whole foods I eat these days have a remarkable effect, not just on my body. People often complain how organic is expensive, and yes, it certainly isn’t cheap. But I find that, all in all, I’m not spending that much more money on food. Work lunches were never cheap, even when they were a sandwich or wrap full of wheat, dairy, and wilted lettuce. Takeaways cost money, too, and so did all the little chocolate bars and packs of crisps I used to buy during the day. Now I spend 8 Euro on a jar of coconut oil that I know will sustain my body and make me feel amazing. It just underlines how precious food is.
Alright, I’ll shut up about food now, I promise! What else is new?
My job continues to be a joy, although we’re going through some trials that are probably normal for a newly set up branch (our company is American and we are its first non-US location). Currently we’re working in the US market, and that’s why we’ve agreed to work later for three out of five days to somewhat off-set the time difference. Today, for example, I’ll start at 10.30am and finish at 7pm. It’s only temporary but I have to say, I don’t mind it much. The days are long and the sun is still shining when I get home, plus there is practically zero traffic this late. And I get to spend half the morning with my budgies, who are birds after all, and therefore liveliest in the morning.
So lively in fact, that they chirped me awake at twenty past six this morning. Ugh. I briefly considered murdering them and then couldn’t help smiling as I recognised each one’s voice in the racket they were making. So I got up and joined them downstairs, and now I’m sitting here with the sun streaming in through the window, a mug of peppermint tea next to me. Life is good.
I get some work done in the mornings too, which is great because I’ve been busy! I have been writing two very personal articles about my journey to a positive body-image, and about my life as a highly sensitive person, and they’ll be featured as guest posts on two amazing women’s blogs in the next weeks. I’ll let you know when that happens!
I’m counting my blessings, and there are many, among them the light, balmy evenings of spring, the incredibly beautiful, almost ethereal light blue of the sea when I get home from work, and things like strawberries to look forward to in the next few weeks. There, I’m back on food again – gaaah! Sorry!
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The mug of tea is finished, and I’m off for a morning walk. I took the above picture on one of those, just to give you an idea! Have a lovely time, and enjoy spring.
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