Does Chocolate Do This to You? Plus, My Takeaways from “Eating for Energy” : A Renegade Health Review

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running off my chocolate adrenal fatigue
Today, my run was not here, but I wish it was… this is my favorite place to hit the trails. (Huntington State Park, Newtown, CT)

It’s amazing how sensitive the body can get once you’ve eaten healthy for a while…

Yesterday, I decided to have some chocolate while I was watching the Steelers game (U.S. football). I usually don’t eat chocolate at all based on my past history with it — adrenal stress and eventual low hormone production — but yesterday, I wanted to see how I felt afterwords.

I only intended to have a small one centimeter square, but it turned into about 1/3 of a regular sized chocolate bar. This happened to be a raw chocolate bar that wasn’t too tasty, so I’ll spare the name of it here.

Within minutes after eating it, I started to feel pretty ramped up. For me, the caffeine totally whacks me out and I start to get antsy and unable to sit still. What’s worse is that this feeling lasted for almost 12 hours — of course, more intense at the beginning — but at 12:45 am, I was still unable to go to sleep. It was quite an experience and something that I don’t want to repeat anytime in the near future.

What also was interesting, was that my experiment didn’t end when I went to bed. This morning, I’ve been almost completely useless in terms of productivity. I’ve also felt in a funk — which means that it’s about as close to a mild depression as I’ve felt in 10 years or so (and no, I’m not depressed because my team lost! LOL!). I can’t say if it was specifically the sleep or the chocolate that has caused all this, but I can tell you that I’ve gotten less sleep before and not felt this same way. So, it’s a combination of both, but I’m putting a little extra weight toward the stimulant.

From time to time I do experiments like these to help me more clearly understand my body. Some people may think that it’s crazy to eat chocolate when I know it’s not great for me — but there’s deeper understanding in re-trying foods and practices (safe ones) to, again, see how your body reacts.

Generally, these experiments work out on the negative side, but it’s positive reinforcement that what I’m doing the rest of the time is working for me.

After I laid in bed this morning feeling crappy, I went for a run, had a bunch of water and now feel much better. Running always seems to build up enough endorphins to get me out of any funk.

Anyway, today, I wanted to share with you a resource that I read over the weekend that you might want to check out. It’s an ebook / recipe book / plant-based diet program called Eating for Energy. I interviewed the author, Yuri Elkaim, a few months ago which you might remember.

In this review — if you want to call it that — I’m going to pull about 7 or so ideas that I wanted to discuss from the book that I thought you might find valuable. There are, of course, many more great points than what I cover here and you can find them if you want your own copy here: Click Here to Purchase “Eating for Energy”

So here we go, my 7 thoughts and takeaways from “Eating for Energy”…

1. Occam’s Razor is sharp, so if you mess around with it you will get cut — or poor health.

Here’s a quote from the book…

“In science there is a principle called Occam’s razor. This principle tells us that, amongst competing theories, the simplest is most likely to be true. Eating foods that are whole, natural, and living is simplicity. It is the way nature was designed.”

Yuri’s background was in professional sports and he was appalled at how far removed many athletes were from any semblance of a healthy diet. He also, like me, has personally studied many dietary techniques and has come to the same conclusion as I have (and apparently good old Occam did as well) — simple is simply better.

In a world, where we value scientific data about food more so than our natural tendencies towards it, most of us have lost touch with what we’re really supposed to eat. I most of us, because chances are you and I are the exception — we’ve embraced the simplistic idea that in a world where there are so many different diets, it just seems to make sense that we should eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are provided for us by the earth.

So when it comes to diet, start with the simple and build from there. Get out of your head, listen and – definitely – put less emphasis on the science of it all. Remember, we’ve lived for thousands of years without nutrition panel labels. This is not to completely discount some of our science — I believe we should use it as a tool — but I mention it to remind all of us to start with our roots – even if we think we already know everything there is to know.

2. The best diet ever.

What if your diet was this:

“In general, my rule of thumb is to avoid any food or brand that is advertised – period!”

I think, very simply, this could be the best diet possible for everyone. Of course, it would work for those who eat cheezy-doodle-puffs and Playdoh, but also for those who are into alternative diets like you and I. Take any food that is highly marketed to us and you likely can assume that you should probably eat less of it than more. My example above with chocolate fits perfectly here.

So advertising doesn’t always mean on T.V. or ads on the right or top of the webpages you visit. It also means any over-hyping that you hear likely means that less is better — or in some cases, for some people, none at all is best.

3. Can you really get all your minerals from the foods you eat?

It’s common thought within certain raw food groups I sometimes hang around with that you can get all your sodium requirements and other mineral needs from just the foods we eat.

In Eating for Energy, Yuri has some surprising statistics that may shock anyone who believes this into thinking about taking a multivitamin.

Here are some examples of the change in percentage of minerals in vegetables from 1940 to 1991.

– 49% less sodium in vegetables.
– 24% less magnesium in vegetables.
– 9% more phosphorus in vegetables.

To put this into perspective, there are less beneficial nutrients in the food and, in the case of phosphorus, more of something that we probably need less of.

Shocking stuff, don’t you think?

If you’re thinking that just by default you’re getting enough nutrition from your whole food diet, I’d consider testing to find out if your theory really works in practice.

4. Non-Dogma Rules!

There’s Yuri’s approach, like mine, takes the dogma out of diet. While Eating for Energy is a book that will teach you why and how to eat raw foods and a plant based diet, it’s not overtly dogmatic in it’s approach.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about health in my last 10 years of personal experiments it is this: dogma can harm you.

My personal experience with my own diet caused me a lot of grief — stomach issues, low hormones, adrenal fatigue and more — because I was too busy following something that wasn’t completely right for me. I also fought for years to not include foods into my diet that eventually helped me because of a strict vegan dogma.

Looking back, I’m glad I had the experiences that I did, but moving forward my approach has been to listen to everything with openness and never judge until I get the whole picture. When I’m reading a book like this, I used to come to conclusions about it just a few pages in — good or bad — based on if I felt what I read was correct or not.

I no longer do this so quickly.

Why?

I’ve begun to emphasize to myself that one untruth does not unravel the entire manuscript. Not everything I say is 100% correct (which many times I painfully find out later, LOL) but it’s based on my own knowledge that I’ve gathered at the time.

It’s very freeing to be so non-dogmatic like this, and I suggest — if you are quick to judge — just try it out and see if you can get any deeper understanding about a subject if you do.

One of the best things I’ve done for my health is to start to read books on all different types of diets — ones that even suggest eating completely different foods. This has expanded my understanding of the human situation when it comes to food and allowed me — at least I think — to see the overriding themes for success and not be stuck in the in-fighting between diet camps.

The end result for all is great health and I’m pretty sure most of you can do it by eating plants, getting regular blood testing and being conscious of how animals are treated (if you eat them or not) — the rest is of your own creation.

5. What is the variable – Meat? Grains? Carbohydrates? All together?

Here’s a quote from a study that I want to discuss briefly…

“In 1997, a study in the American Journal of Kidney Disease stated that excessive meat ingestion and aging are two clinical conditions often associated with chronic metabolic acidosis. The body’s response to this pathology is very efficient, which means that blood pH is frequently maintained within the “normal” range. However, pathologic consequences such as bone demineralization, muscle protein breakdown and renal growth are caused even though the bigger picture may look “normal.”

There’s no argument from me that the body responds to acidosis by taking minerals from the bone to stabilize blood pH. I don’t have a rub with this, but I do want to discuss the overall value of a study like this — and coming from someone who’s very sympathetic to the vegan – plant-based diet which I followed for almost 8 years — you might find it weird that I’m bringing this up.

I don’t necessary buy all the “meat is bad” science.

I think, by looking at genetics, blood work and other factors, you can determine that meat may be specifically bad for one individual and not another, but I don’t buy the science that exists to date.

Here are a few reasons why…

A. All this science is done without profiling the people involved for their metabolic type — whether they are fast oxidizers (needing more protein) or slow oxidizers (less protein.) There are other ways to look at genetics too, but it’s been shown that some people metabolize their food differently so therefore if they were fed a diet that didn’t fit into their metabolic parameters, they’d get abnormal results.

B. I can almost guarantee all these people ate junky foods along with the meat. Does the combination of the two — meat and junky foods — create the kidney issues or is it just the meat.

C. The quality of meat is almost 100% guaranteed to be poor — lacking nutrition, high in phosphoric acid, raised on fear as the animal’s primary emotion.

D. Most people who participate in many studies like this are paid participants who are generally are in a low income bracket. I’m not saying this to demean anyone who is poor, but if you look at the geo-economical graphs of wealth (in at least the U.S.) the poorest people are also the fattest and unhealthiest. There’s no coincidence here — unhealthy food is cheap. Having unhealthy people in these studies doesn’t necessarily tell us much, if we’re looking to really see how our diet works. This ties back into point B — is eating a combination meat and cheezy-dumptruck-snufalufagus snacks equally as harmful as eating grass-fed beef and a bowl of raw veggies and steamed kale?

Now to wrap this up, I recommend a vegan or raw food diet for many different types of people for a short term or even a few years (maybe even longer) — so I’m very sympathetic to this way of eating — but at the same time, I don’t want to base all my reasons why less meat is better on science that may be ridiculously faulty (just the same as I wouldn’t want to justify the raw food or a plant based diet with science that just doesn’t make sense.)

6. Demoted from superfood status: Cacao.

Based on my previous experience with chocolate, I’ve personally demoted it from superfood status. Many of my colleagues have as well.

I’m not saying don’t enjoy a chocolate treat now and again. Like I said in the beginning, I just did yesterday. (It did not work out for me, though.)

Yuri talks about the benefit of this food in the book, so I’d like you to make your own decisions based on what works for you with this food.

I was glad that he included kale as one of his showcase superfoods — finally a superfood list that includes a few great foods that you can grow in your own backyard!

(He also mentions agave, which I prefer not to eat either.)

7. What to drink after your workout.

When I was a trainer, I would get a lot of questions about what to drink after working out.

My drink of choice was always coconut water — even before the recent market explosion of it in the U.S.

In the book, Yuri includes dozens of great recipes and even has a 12 week meal plan to follow to literally getting you more energy than you know what to do with — but in this post, I wanted to share one that I thought was awesome.

It’s an after workout electrolyte drink.

Check it out…

Citrus-Coconut Sport Drink
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 dates, pre-soaked
2 cups water
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp agave nectar (Kev’s Note: Replace with the same amount of honey, or your favorite sweetener)
1 tsp coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt

Blend!

Let me know what you think of this one! (There’s three or four more in the book.)

I’ve just scratched the surface of the information contained in this book and I think it’s a valuable one to read — particularly since it’s an inexpensive buy as well.

Inside, you’ll find information about supplements, foods to eat, how to live longer, get more energy, feel better, sleep like a rock and more.

Like I said before, there is also a 12 Week Meal Guide, a bunch of healthy recipes and a Smoothie and Juice Guide in the entire Eating for Energy program.

I think you’ll enjoy it and it will add to your deeper knowledge of all things healthy — no matter what you’re diet. :-)

Here’s where you can get this book now…

Click Here to Purchase “Eating for Energy”

Your Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on my thoughts? I’d like to know…

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Art Martin says:

    Try some Organic Raw Unprocessed Cocoa & recipes.
    Highest ORAC ratings of ANY food on the planet.
    Delicious, simply irresistable!

  2. Winter Fey says:

    I can’t do chocolate or the slightest hint of caffeine….but then again, many herbs have odd effects on me. Many herbs, including raw cacao, lower my already low blood sugar and make me very ill…first I get revved up a bit, and then I crash with caffeine. My mood goes to pot as well. With herbs like holy basil, I get revved up and won’t sleep a wink…even with a simple cup of holy basil tea! Astragalus and cinnamon lowers my blood sugar, making me cranky and shifting my mood southwards. I’m careful with all herbs until I know they’re safe for me and I try to stay away from herbal tea mixes. It stinks but there you go. You’re not alone Kevin! It’s tough not to keep trying hoping I’ll get a different result, life would be more enjoyable without these adverse effects, but life is Good when I stay away from these substances. One person’s healthy treat can be another person’s ruin….thanks for all you do Gianni’s! <3

  3. Sarah Edmonds says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with chocolate. I’ve also had bad experiences with raw chocolate and I’m finding that regular chocolate can have similar effects.

  4. Joel says:

    Great article Kev. Sorry to hear about your chocolate issue – a good dose of caffeine can do that to me. I’m always interested to hear about the electrolyte (like sodium or citric acids) element of energy because I believe that these elements produce actual electrical energy in the body.

  5. arlene says:

    I picked a cacao dried the seeds in the sun for a week and then ground it to a powder then blend it with coconut jelly and water and a banana a drink that was delicious and i went to bed up to midnight i was wide awake no desire for sleep never again chocolate a stimulant for me

  6. sans says:

    Great post Kevin,
    I too read ALL kinds of Diet, exercise & cookbooks. Exploring and learning from different perspectives. Coffee has that negative energy for me, amps me up then throws me under the bus! I eat a little chocolate (raw) once in awhile. Every BODY is different. It is important to eat a clean diet, know where your food is coming from and MOVE that body for true energy and longevity.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Does the book have many dehydrated recipes, I’m trying to stay away from them due to time constraints.

    Thanks!

  8. suzanne says:

    Boy! Did I love this post today! Being 61, I find myself not so rigid on things any more like vegetarianism, veganism, etc. I love that you have come to this place of openness to new learning and ideas at your age. Thank you.

  9. Palo0aky says:

    Great article Kevin*

  10. frances says:

    I, too, find chocolate to be an ‘avoid’. Likewise, agave syrup. I also agree about the meat stance, it’s not the same for everybody. Keep up your honest common sense approach, Kevin! You’re definitely representing me!
    Sincerely,
    Frances

  11. Palo0aky says:

    i ask me why charlotte gerson promotes a vgan diet and the grson institute uses liver extract?? a bit bias.

    whatever. its nie to read your article. im unsure if i should go for mea produc i hope i can be vegan for the animals and more feeling and connected.

    :)
    i hope there is love

    still i know from ramiels book curetooth decay that meat heals cavity and tooth decay. there is a different promotion on vegan or raw food teth healing. their are the stories of teeth regrow with raw food. also from the gerson surivor jaquie davision who did the grson theraphy selfmade at home with support of her family.

  12. My husband is also sensitive to chocolate. It tends to keep him up at night and can not fall asleep. After I use up my chocolate supplies, i will stop eating it to see if I would feel better.

  13. WILL says:

    After finally quitting coffee and chocolate I just tried KM before a workout, felt like a caffein rush except it lasted all day, no afternoon “let down” and slept great.Has anyone else tried this stuff?

  14. Gregory Mitchell says:

    As a scientist, I hate it when Occam’s Razor Is misunderstood. The principle is ” The explanation of a phenomena with the FEWIST UNTESTABLE ASSUMPTIONS TENDS TO BE CORRECT, in the long run.

    There are a number of mind-sets in different professions, e.g. in Law Past Precedent is highly valued, (Congress re-defined the Tomato as a vegetable, even though it is in truth, a berry), in Engineering, Cost-Benefit is next to Godliness. A scientist draws his paycheck for discovering the TRUTH, or the LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE. So we like to be able to TEST EVERYTHING.
    Is water H2O?
    A battery, glass of water and 2 copper wires will show this to be true, anywhere, anytime. Occam was distilling the scientist’s mind-set. So, in science the more untestable statements in an explanation, the less trustworthy.

    And at the point where physiology, genetics, environment and a host of other influences all collide, Human diet and nutrition can be a bewildering morass of folk-wisdom, poorly drawn conclusions, It worked for me[!!] testimonials, even spirituality… eating animals is BAD Karma! They do taste good though, let’s make our veggies taste like Meat!!…So, what to do, what to do???

    I’d say eat what you like in moderation and notice the effects, if any.
    I can pound down 3 or 4 Hershey’s Chocolate w/Almond bars and go my merry way. Probably put You in the E.R, not Me. If I eat one slice of bread I wake up next day with brain-fog, muscle aches, gas & the runs, you name it !!

    As my sainted Gramma used to say with a wry smile “To each his own, said the old lady,,, as she kissed the cow”. Dr.GM, ND, DC, PhD

  15. Bronwyn says:

    I buy a small quantity of good quality dark chocolate (around 30-40 grams) most times I visit my natural foodstore. It elevates my mood from about 30 minutes after eating but often leaves me feeling flattish around 24 hours later. Could be the sugar as much as the chocolate I guess. It effects me less if I eat it with a protein meal, but usually I have it as a stand alone late afternoon snack. It’s one of the few sweet things I eat and as someone who’s always had a sweet tooth I guess I could probably be doing a lot worse.

  16. Leonard says:

    Chocolate or any caffeine product does the exact opposite for me because I suffer from ADD. many many years ago when I was a teen I used to go to sleep on another high potency upper. to me it was always Christmas back then. I walked away from it and have used cigarettes and sweet tea on a daily basis for the same effect it actually helps me focus and be able to think in an organized fashion. without it I’m like a robot from an Isaac Asimov novel under brain freeze from conflicting commands to the three laws of robotics. I don’t like that feeling. I don’t recommend any caffeine or nicotine products to anyone but that is what I use to be able to function.

  17. Leonard says:

    By the way in an up coming article I wrote for Vitalizerplus.net I stated the following “caffeine is a natural diuretic and increases urination. curiously enough it also stimulates insulin secretion, which reduces serum glucose, which increases hunger.I would strongly advise staying away from anything with caffeine in it if you are dieting. Caffeine increases hunger. Water doesn’t.”

  18. Tara Burner says:

    I feel off after I eat chocolate
    And omg don’t get me started on our beloved steelers :(

  19. Frank Berg says:

    Kevin
    You share many of my thoughts on nutrition that leads to good health and longevity. A basic sane diet can be propelled along with a few super foods from time to time. But you can’t live on just super foods. No diet lacking in minerals can make or keep our bodies healthy. Fully mineralized bodies are seldom unhealthy. It seems the PH balance will be looked after by our body if the minerals are there for it to work with. Our body only knows one thing to do with what we give it to work with. It will make us as healthy as it can with what we give it. Basically I think we are what we eat. Yes, there are other things that are needful. I will mention only a few, such as peace, contentment, quietness, rest, and exercise.
    I came from very poor health where the doctors told me, “We have nothing more for you.” “Come back when you are dieing and we will help you die.” I now have very good health. It is not perfect. I must keep on learning and experimenting. Sometimes, Kevin, like you say you do. Who knows the health of our body better than we ourselves. I know there is a lot to learn about herbs, mushrooms and a host of other things that we could use to fine tune our health. I have been most interested in learning and building the basic foundations of good health and longevity. Now that I’ve done it I can build on that solid foundation.
    My desire and passion is to help as many as I can to build a solid health foundation through teaching concepts and principals that lead to good health and longevity.
    Kevin,I know it is hard. At times I feel the tension in your spirit. I like what you are doing. Keep moving forward as you feel led to do and as your interest seems fit to do. You are making a positive difference.

  20. maca says:

    $47 for a book? Come on Kev, even you must admit this is a touch expensive. There are fantastic ebooks around for under $10. $47 is way to much for most people to spend on a book.

  21. Lester says:

    A body in balance can deflect anything thrown at it, including food, cacao, caffeine, etc. That’s why it’s good for a healthy person to catch a virus occasionally, to build one’s natural immunity. And if your body doesn’t respond well to an occasional stimulant then it might be wise to find where you are out of balance rather than lay the blame on the stimulant. Common sense yin-yang martial arts theory put into practice.

  22. Lisa says:

    Have the same difficulty with chocolate, love it, but it’s best for my body to leave it alone. Was told many years ago that my body is actually allergic to the cacao bean. Thanks for your open attitude. Also have tried to be vegan and totally raw, but within a short time my fingernails started disintegrating. Each one of us is different and unique and we must continue to strive to find the diet that will fit with our metabolic type and individuality. Many of we babyboomers were born when breast feeding was a no-no. Also our mothers were given drugs to put them totally out during the birth. My mother used to brag about what a good baby I was — that I slept all the time because she started feeding me meat at 2 weeks of age!!!!! I have been doing lots of reading and finding out that the earlier foods were introduced to babies, the more chances of them having allergies. This really hit home with me as I have an extremely high amount of food allergies. Have been eating more fermented foods recently, which is helping lots!

  23. LynnCS says:

    Sorry to hear about your difficult experience. I’m glad I’ve never been chocolate crazy. I never liked what it did to me. I have loved coffee over time, but haven’t liked what it did to me either. Had several cups at friends on Christmas and became “chatty kathy.” Couldn’t sleep that night and learned that I don’t like that feeling. The more I enjoy my raw food and vegetable diet, the more I don’t like the way my body reacts to other choices. I had cooked vegan food at Christmas too so not sure whether it was the coffee or the cooked food that took me about 4/5 days to recover, but it felt really bad. I think I used to choose foods that knocked me down on purpose. Not sure, but I think it was an avoidance of some sort. Feelings, maybe? I don’t think my revelations on this subject are over, but I am doing better. I know I will never want to eat animal products again. Meat for sure. If I need protein or electrolytes etc. There are plenty of ways to get those things without taking in dead animal flesh or animal biproducts. I like keeping it pretty simple for now. I may get a little more into the “Gourmet” raw eventually but, so far, trying it has only got me into trouble. I am taking 2012 to lose weight and build muscle. As a doctor once told me, more protein doesn’t make more muscle…Using the muscle does…ie..working out. I have studied how much protein we need and 35-50 mgs works for me. Beyond that just seems to be hard on all body systems. I would rather take a vegetable based raw supplement than anything animal based. If you try hard enough, you can find it. Everything I’ve needed I’ve found on the internet so far. Thanks for making me think about these important issues. It helps me clarify what I really feel about them. I do know that for me As long as I can get what I need from veg sources;fruits, vegis, nuts and seeds, I will not turn back. Beyond that I am still not totally sure about some cooked foods. I understand that lightly steaming cruciferous vegis removes the negative thyroid related affects. I too am staying open on some things.

    Abstaining from Animal products brings with it a “spiritual” element. I want that. I get it because it is happening. I love this diet and the insight that comes with it. Thanks again,Kevin. Lynn

  24. Stephania says:

    thanks, Kevin:
    great info &
    super-food of BELLY LAUGHS!

  25. Stephania says:

    PS very good effect of chocolate on you, Kevin–writing only 150 words in email

  26. Jim says:

    Wow, you’re *amazingly* sensitive to chocolate, eh? 1/3 of a bar? That’s like 1 or 2 bites! (Given that the raw chocolate bars are usually way smaller than standard Snickers-sized bars.) You probably mentioned this already, but are you sensitive to the beans right out of the cacao pods? My friend Joe eats 27 of those beans in a single smoothie & loves it. :-)

  27. Kevin! Abso-freaking’-lutely. Chocolate, raw or “regular” is no good. I can say with experience that the only people who can tolerate it (and who actually eat it) are those not quite aware of their bodies. Yet. Eating raw chocolate is akin to eating “organic” meats. (Just because it’s organic does not make the meat healthy! lol… just as “raw” does not make chocolate healthy! lol…) I feel the bad effects BIG TIME, especially since I’m on a quantifiable fitness program for the last 35 years. You can not miss the energy let down, and the dehydrating effect, and the slow digestion effect, and the slight stomach upset of these “foods”. In fact, now that I have been low fat, high carb raw vegan/ natural hygiene (After 27 years vegan and 12 years raw vegan, I decided to experiment with fruitarian and dark greens only for the last 30 months) …Guess what? This “paradise diet” that I am eating now (with sufficient calories for serious strength fitness without weight loss) makes me suffer a let down from anything other than these two perfect foods, namely fresh ripe sweet fruit and dark greens. So you can imagine how ridiculous raw cacao feels in my system! It is like trying to put an Epson cartridge in a Hewlett Packard printer. It just does not work! I shake my head when people offer me t “raw chocolate” as if it is somehow “healthier”. Please. It just tells me where they are coming from. (Obviously they are total newbies.)

  28. Erin Shriver says:

    THANK YOU! I have been saying this as well about raw cacao. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what was causing some minor but nagging health issues as well and once I cut out cacao they ALL subsided. Insomnia, joint pain, low afternoon energy and lack of focus – GONE! Cacao is not good for this gals body OR mind and I’m so thrilled that I’m not alone on this. I have posted about this on my Facebook page over the past couple weeks and GEEZ, people get angry and mean when you start messing with their cacao belief systems!! Thanks for your posts on this!!!

  29. Elena says:

    Thanks for a thoughtful article. I appreciate your sharing your own learning process around diet & nutrition. Simplicity is a good starting place.

    The first time I had raw chocolate I couldn’t sleep that night. I have never had that effect from non raw organic dark chocolate.
    I know i am sensitive to the caffeine in coffee, on the other hand, which I do not drink.

  30. Jen says:

    Hi Kev,

    Thanks for the great information! I am curious, do you believe in the blood type diet and Dr. D’Adamo’s books? You mentioned eating right for ones metabolic type and this along the same line.

    Jen :)

  31. Betoman says:

    I wonder if you would have the same effect after eating David Wolfe’s special, real cacao… makes all the others sound like a cheap imitation… Can you tell a difference?

  32. m says:

    thks for sharing your experience. Very interesting. I’m even more interested was the chocolate bar sweetened with agave? Maybe it was a combo of agave and cocoa/raw? I agree agave is basically garbage that a lot of people are making money off of unsuspecting raw foodies that are none the wiser :-) generally dates/fruit that I’ve dried as a preferred sweetener. As for raw cocoa many people have the same experience is yours and the raw bars are so expensive… keep up the good work Kevin

  33. Brenda says:

    Kevin,
    I loved the article. I am glad to see that the more you know, the more you are moving toward balance and simplicity with food and life. Life is good. Enjoy what you love. I even liked the photo of the field you like to run in when you are in CT.
    Peace & Hugs

  34. ken says:

    Oh I know what you are talking about .I listened to the health peeps and took green tea ,3 small cups over 1 1/2 day period.My father found me lunchtime the second day clinging to the garage door,I was running away from home ?? But thought the FBI and CIA were trying to kill me with bombs !!Now the bombs were a house being knocked down in the next street ,and I live in the UK no FBI or CIA here ..he put me to bed to sleep ,I was so scared my mother had to stay with me.When I woke later I did not remember any of this..but of course we realised it had been the caffine in the green tea..I think as you say Kevin you have to find what is right for your body..I spend so much time passing out after eating !!

  35. Linda says:

    I notice no uncomfortable effects from cacao or chocolate. Coffee’s fine as long as I don’t overdo it. In fact, coffee works better for me than Rx or OTC meds for migraines which I get very occasionally.

    Gluten is my nemesis. High carb levels disagree with me, including fructose. I love fresh fruit, but limit how much I consume, and stick mostly with lemons, limes, berries, melon, and an apple now and then.

    I disagree with Chris. I appreciate his experience, but that doesn’t make him right. Every body’s different, and it’s important to be in tune with how foods affect us both physically and emotionally. What works for him doesn’t work for everyone, and his air of superiority. . . Please. It just tells me where he’s coming from.

  36. Lori says:

    Chocolate is ubiquitous and has led to many a downfall for me which I hope is all in the past. I couldn’t understand why everyone else seem to be able to eat it and not have it ‘break their stride.’ I’m relieved to know that someone else beside me is dramatically affected by eating chocolate/cacao. Now I know conclusively that I am not alone (or crazy).

  37. Nadine says:

    I eat a vegan diet out of compassion, care and my own ethics. What I have found that being less rigid in the food department has allowed me to stick to a healthful plant diet without the pitfalls that typically occur. I am unwilling to compromise on the animal products; however, I am willing to eat cooked dishes and have the very occasional vegan piece of cake. But my day to day, I thrive on organic veggies, fruit, cooked legumes, 1/4 cup of nuts or so and a bit of cooked whole grains like quinoa. In the summer, I eat high raw, but the cold winters in Canada are not conducive to high raw at, also the availability of good organic produce declines as well, so I eat more cooked veggies in the winter. I know my lifestyle is not for everyone, but I do believe most people can thrive on a well planned plant-based diet. So I tend to agree with your thought overall.
    My husband really notices the negative effects of cacao – it’s like instant adrenal burnout – so he avoids it. For me, I find a teaspoon of raw cacao during my flow, really helps with my overall state of being, so I include some at that time of the month. I think the worst combination though it chocolate and cane sugar – I get physically sick from it, so I avoid it!

  38. Velda says:

    As usual, great information, Kevin. I love chocolate …. but since you usually need a sweetner with it, I try to stay away from it. Question …. David Wolf has show clear agave nectar on some of his recipes. I have tried it and while it is not as sweet as the other agave, it seems ok. But I really wouldn’t know since my body does not react to it. I know before you said it is fructose, but for some reason, I’m thinking the clear agave is not processed in the same way as the other agave. It seems like that’s what David mentioned, but I really can’t be fure of that. What do you think? Thanks,

  39. Velda says:

    Sorry – that’s David Wolfe :)

  40. Chris says:

    Excellent article. Many times I wish you had a “thumbs up” button at the end of your articles to indicate that it was read and appreciated.

  41. LuAnn says:

    I’ve come to realize that every body IS different in its reactions to everything ingested. I, myself lost 85 lbs. the first year I went raw.
    That while eating raw chocolate and using raw agave in recipes. I have never had a bad reaction (knock on wood) to cacao, yet. I have cut way back, expecting something to crop up after reading all the horror stories, but even when eaten late in the day or at night, I am never bothered by it. I still imbibe in cacao occasionally. For me, it is a truly awesome treat and gives me a natural good feeling. No sudden drop in energy or low feelings after. Just check things out for yourself. If it feels bad, stop doing it.

  42. LuAnn says:

    @ Velda… I too, use raw agave occasionally when preparing a recipe. My body doesn’t react negatively. I was diabetic before I went raw. Now my blood sugar is in normal ranges, and I continued losing weight while eating raw chocolate and using raw agave the entire time while transitioning. Some bodies don’t react poorly to certain foods that affect others.

  43. Nikki says:

    Love your open-minded, non-dogmatic approach.

  44. Chris says:

    Kevin, Good Work. Since every human being is unique, and totally individual in every aspect any one size fits all dogma about eating can only apply to some of the people some of the time and never to all of the people all the time. In the process of trying to regain my health for four decades I have used many experiments (raw, Gerson, macro,vegan, ect. and then combinations of all of the above.) Of course prayer,meditation,EFT ect. are added in. It’s all good and useful knowledge. The experiment continues right on into the future and becomes more exciting every day. The search for truth about what what really feeds us body and soul is a noble one. Cheers to our grand adventure of becoming* p.s. Thank you for using the Kale word. It’s not exotic like raw cocoa, but it is in the back yard garden with another holy plant called the Sweet potato as well as other organic plants and weeds that will love you like you’ve never been loved, especially if you culture them which is Raw X Raw + Love >> Oneness

  45. Maureen says:

    I agree with Nadine. I am vegan because I personally think it wrong to eat other sentient beings. I would be vegan even if it wasn’t healthy. That makes it right for me and I don’t try and persuade anyone else to eat the way I do. I also am not good with normal chocolate but seem to be OK with about a teaspoon of raw nibs on my home-made muesli a couple of times a week. Normal vegan chocolate – heart racing, mind whirring, next day feel like I have a hangover!

  46. Luke says:

    Thanks Kevin. Lately, if I eat chocolate, I’ll go to bed two hours later than usual and wake up two hours early.

  47. Ryan says:

    Please don’t steer away from chocolate. When udilized properly it can have such fantastic effects. First of all I’ve had these same problems in the past with chocolate once I started to clean up my diet. But I learned some Vidal things that might help you be able to incorporate it more often into your diet.
    First off raw chocolate packs so much raw-energy in it that you must use it only if your going to be outdoors the rest of the day, usings its energetic properties and burning them up as fuel. But you admitted you sat and watched a football game that also went into overtime. Also, Passively watching tv doesn’t require much physical activity. Second, I’ve found that if I am to consume chocolate, in addition to being active the rest of the day, you must consume it prior to 1pm. Chocolate is beautiful, it just wants to play. It’s like a five year old child, it needs physical stimulation.
    Best wishes for a fantastic 2012.

    – P.S. I’d love to see some more fitness tutorial videos from you guys in the future.

    Thanks

  48. Suzanne says:

    What I really appreciate about you, Kevin, is your incisive thinking. You are a scientist in the truest sense–exploring, testing, reading, thinking logically (even with strong emotion). I so appreciate the non-dogma.

    And, after reading tremendous numbers of books on health and nutrition, I happen to have come to almost identical conclusions about food choices and health as you have, too! You make such good sense to me!

  49. Chantale says:

    Love all the info that you share (shame I don’t have time to read it all). Eating for energy is one of the first raw food ebooks I read and I loved it. Love the way Yuri shares his knowledge :) My experience with cacao is not bad, but I don’t like to be teary 24 hours later. This is what I realised after being raw for a while, I get emotional a day later. So I stay away from cacao as well.
    It’s great to see what people share on this blog. We can always learn more. And I love that everybody is different!
    Tnx for all your work, very much appreciated :)

  50. Margot says:

    As far as the meat/vegan question is concerned, I tend go back to the ol’ blood type diet. My husband and our youngest son are type A and they don’t do well on meat, but thrive on legumes. Our eldest son and me are type O. We’d like to stay with legumes, but it makes us sluggish. We feel better on some fish or a piece of lean chicken, once in a while, with our salad. For the rest we all eat lots of fruit, green leaves, veggies, no gluten and no diary.

  51. Lester : “A body in balance can deflect anything thrown at it, including food, cacao, caffeine, etc. That’s why it’s good for a healthy person to catch a virus occasionally, to build one’s natural immunity. And if your body doesn’t respond well to an occasional stimulant then it might be wise to find where you are out of balance rather than lay the blame on the stimulant. Common sense yin-yang martial arts theory put into practice.”

    With respect I think Kev is well aware of the notion to match a cold occasionally. Although from what I have read, it may well not do much, if anything to improve immunity. That said I will not mark down your whole comment on the basis of what I consider an error.

    A body in balance deflecting anything? Where do you base this on? Not heard of it before, and “anything”? Different people react to different foods in different ways. It does not mean there is something very wrong with Kev’s “balance” or general health. Unless you can provide us with more info.

  52. Max Tuck says:

    Chocolate, in my opinion, whether raw, organic, processed at less than 45 degrees C, brought to us by David Wolfe or whatever, is a stimulant. I personally e-mailed David a few years back after I had eaten some of his raw cacao nibs and thought I would have to be hospitalised. Racing pulse, palpitations, banging head… I suggested that he might like to put a warning on the packaging indicating that excess ingestion may lead to these signs, knowing how litigation-oriented some people are! We know chocolate contains theophylline, theobromine and caffeine, all of which are stimulants. Those who have a very clean body will be affected by it. It is hailed as a superfood in part because of its high ORAC value, but I dispute that ORAC alone is the only way we should measure the benefit of food. In my opinion, raw chocolate has never deserved its elevation to superfood status. Others, of course will disagree with me. Some say it is an excellent source of magnesium, and use that to promote it. So is wheatgrass juice and kale, but there’s not so much money to be made with those is there…

  53. Rocio says:

    Kevin, I believe this is one of the best post I have read lately, thank you.
    No chocolate (sweets) for me either..I go high and then crush! Keep it simple..simple very simple and clean. Blessings!

  54. Glenn says:

    Love the article Kevin, refreshingly free of any rigid dogma. I don’t have any problems with cacao, or chocolate at all. As far as the “Eating for energy” I could see $47 for a hard cover of this book, that’s even too high for a soft cover let alone an ebook.

  55. j says:

    We all react to caffeine in different ways. So,
    it is a personal thing!

    Ayurveda doesn’t recommend cacao but if you
    really want it, take it raw and make it into a tea.

  56. louise says:

    I eat raw chocolate occassionally,never had a problem.What i do now is muscle test,to see if my body like certain foods.I don’t care if they’re supper foods are not everybody system is different.

  57. Linda says:

    Hey Kevin, I have the same problem with chocolate, cacoa, etc. it’s a stimulant that leaves me dragging when it’s finally out of my system. I appreciate your flexibility because we are not all the same, and cookie cutter diets don’t make sence to me when we’re in different locations with different lifestyles, cultures, genetic predispositions, etc. But it does make sence generally to include lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables (the big picture you talked about).

    Some vegetarians don’t eat healthy foods (vegetables & fruit) but instead rely on highly processed “vegetarian” products and a grain based (bread & pasta) diet. So, a diet with some clean, free range meat, poultry, fish, along with mostly fresh organic fruits and vegetables could be a more healthful diet. What I find interresting about Yuri’s book, besides it’s easy to understand explanations of how the body works, is his simple approach to diet. The recipies are simple and don’t require dehydration or a lot of fatty foods (lots of nuts) typical in many gormet recipies. They are everyday meals, however some of the ingredients were new to me (like coconut water), at that time. The main focus of the book is “how” to eat a healthful diet. The smaller recipie section acts as an example to point the way. So, I wouldn’t consider it a recipie book but definitely, a good read.

  58. Dear Kevin, also: was a fullmoon day… effect on body water and emotions…
    I share many of the experience you describe. Afterwords as spelling mistake could point at the fact that words also played a role when coming up with that chocolate idea… BODY LANGUAGE… afterwards plus afterwords…
    Blessings, happy vibes, thank you
    Sandra

  59. Kathleen says:

    What are your thoughts on food combining? I have been researching and trying out different diets and nutritional styles for about 3 years now and one common denominator,(in addition to the elimination of junk food and the consumption of vast amounts of organic vegetables),evident in most health food articles/books/blogs is improved digestion leads to increased nutrient absorption leading to better heath. By not combining certain foods together (protein and starch, certain fruits like melons, e.g.)digestion and absorption are improved. For example, vegan includes no animal protein, raw diets mostly require grains and nuts to be soaked and sprouted to improve digestion, and Paleo/Primal includes no grains. My question is: Could some of the health benefits touted by each group be the result of increased digestion/nutrient absorption, (and of course the elimination of processed foods and increase in fruits and veg)? Point being, any diet that allows for increased digestion and absorption will give the body the tools it needs to repair and maintain health.

  60. kellan says:

    i find myself sleep disturbed when i eat chocolate. i also find myself unaccountably randy. which for a person with very low testosterone levels is unusual. and certainly doesn’t help my sleep needs. am i alone?

  61. Josephine says:

    I’ve thought that chocolate is over-emphasized as a health food. Some people are not so sensitive to stimulants, but others need to avoid them quite completely. Cherries or prunes or brown onions all have lots of good anti-oxidants without the stimulants. So do kale and parsley, and these have Vit K!

    Perhaps some people eat cocao as their main source of tree-sourced food. I like almonds and walnuts.

    I like Yuri’s work, too.

  62. Medkid says:

    Cacao seems to make me tired, at least in larger amounts, so does tea in large amounts. I don’t like coffe, so I don’t know how it would affect me, is it possible that I am just a paradoxical responder to caffeine like compounds?

  63. Lisa says:

    Hi Kev!

    I have never had this experience with cacao ;o) I went through a phase of making my own ‘soft chocolate’ in a small jar and eating a small spoonful whenever I felt hungry between meals or when I wanted to eat something that I didn’t really want to eat – like when eating out and my friend order a wonderful desert! They always ended up wanting what I had! So that was ok!

    Back then it would be my ‘daily chocolate alchemy’, but these days I rarely fancy it. Maybe my body just got enough of that kind of nutrition.

    Love your posts – love your lack of dogma – thanks for everything you do! I am in awe of your ability to produce content!!! … and quality content.

    wishing you great health!

    Lisa ;o)

  64. Michelle says:

    ATTENTION WILL:

    “I just tried KM before a workout”

    What is KM?

    -Michelle

  65. How would you find out your metabolic type? Withoutt paying $4000 to go to see Dr Gonzalez?

  66. Jeni says:

    Hi Kev

    I know what you mean about chocy giving you some problems. I get almost identical to you.

    SO I devised a plan that if I fancied some chocy then I would use only 1/2 teaspoon but use carob/mesquite/cinnamon/ orange peel etc,.. and sometimes make it into Biscuits with sprouted buckwheat. NO agave!! only a bit of coconut sugar sometimes but better ifyou can do without.

    I think half the problems are with sugar as well especialy if you feel thirsty afterwards – that’s a clue.

    I can now control the amount I take and spread 1 bar ( if I buy it)over 3 days. This does not do the same energy drain BUT I do have chronic fatigue at times and need a boost just to get thru the day. But then take some tonic herbs ( I do a very strong mix) if I dont think I can sleep.

    The amount I need gets less and less.

  67. Gerry says:

    Hi, Kev:
    Re: the person who said if one is in “balance” the chocolate or other stimulant would have no affect. I beg to differ: When the body is “clean,” it will have a STRONG reaction to that which is offensive. It is ONLY when the body has not enough vitality to “register” an alien substance will it be unable to show its distress in trying to get rid of it.
    RE: Your comments that are seeming to lean towards the possibility of including some animal or byproducts in your diet. If so, please explain why you might consider that. I confess I came to be Vegan and then Raw Foodist for health reasons, however now I see the benefit of being so for ALL reasons. Now, after about 26 years of eating this way, I find the very thought of ingesting animal in any manner to be nauseating, and if I am eating out and consume something thought to be Vegan I can usually detect the “animal” taste if any small substance like broth or butter or whatever has been added, and it turns my stomach. It leaves an “animal” odor via releases in my skin. Surely it was not meant for human consumption.
    Re: the football game you watched. You might find the following of interest:
    –Gerry
    ===========

    Sent: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 6:14 pm
    Subject: If you haven’t read this yet….

    Pam’s Story

    In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.
    Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.

    While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.

    Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987.

    Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines .
    He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.

    The University of Florida ’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy.

    His current role as quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.

    Tim’s notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women’s centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters.

  68. pe says:

    So many remarks about chocolate right off– I’ll add a few. Again, the sweet spot for the J curve seems to be about 6 grams, with just a tad more overdoing orac. By the way, cocoa/cacao is by no means highest in orac– cloves and cinnamon outdo it easily, as do others.
    And as #56 Max says, orac isn’t the world.
    Nor is cocoa/cacao/chocolate the best source of magnesium, especially if you just take 6g.
    As ever, if you react badly don’t fool with it, though some seem to, judging by their fandom.
    Side note on paleo diets– it turns out Neanderthals weren’t just meat eaters, but gathered grains as well. So much for paleo ‘theory.’ Moderns are a small % Neanderthal and Denisovan, since miscegenation with older human types helped them get immunities when they left Africa to seek their fortune.
    Oh and ken #34, the CIA is indeed in the UK, though they can’t admit it. Several of those embassy consultants…

  69. Jacky says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments and your post Kevin. I too identify with what you said. I am 75 in excellent health, though you would cringe and somethings I eat.But I can’t do chocolate–I shake and tremble all over, and also can’t sleep, stays in my system a long long time. I too appreciate that you are not dogmatic about diet. A friend almost died on a vegan diet, and went to Dr. Gonzalez who put her on 12 oz of steak a day and she got well. So, we must be able to read out bodies, and be in tune with them. I tell my friends, don’t eat anything that does not build health, and that is different for many. My daughter gets sick on grains, I get sick on too much beef. Blessings on you, God has given us wonderful bodies, we need to take better care of them than we do our cars. :) Jacky

  70. DavidM says:

    I am a little confused here, what is the complaint about cacao being over stimulating, is it the theophylline, theobromine or the caffeine, or all three? I thought theobromine was the main complaint? There are a number of studies showing theobromine is healthy for the heart and the lungs, but this is not to deny its overstimulating effects. The amount of caffeine is much less than coffee or green tea. I am curious, Kevin (or anyone), does a cup of green tea have the same extreme overstimulation as raw cacao? Are there other constituents that make this food practically a poison for some people?

    Raw cacao is probably the best natural bioavailable source of magnesium, chromium, iron, copper, and anandomide. It is also one of the highest sources of antioxidants (much higher than bluberries or acai or green tea for example). It also contains excellent fiber and complete protein. To me, this qualifies cacao as a superfood, but only for folks who are NOT highly sensitive. Remember what is healthy for one person may be a poison for another.

    Im curious if the raw unpeeled bean form – true Heirloom Arribe Nacional – has the same negative effects on people? The powdered form is not the whole food form, the fats are removed.

    I am not sensitive to caffeine and can consume a large raw cacao smoothie (sweetened with stevia, not sugar) at night and feel great and have zero problems sleeping. But that is me. Should I still avoid it? I think not.

    Also, remember that the oldest known woman in history, Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to 122, ate 2 pounds of chocolate per week! I think chocolate was a superfood for her :)!

    BTW, what about someone coming up with a non stimulating raw cacao by naturally removing the stimulants? Is this possible? Might be an idea :)

    Thanks!

  71. Oleander says:

    I have no problem with cocoa nibs, sprinkled on toasted quinoa with a little clear honey and oat milk, but chocolate bars are too sickly and sweet for me.

    Loved the story about Pam’s baby! I too had a little miracle baby. Now grown up, with children of her own. Every tiny life has the right to exist and grow, however slight the chance of survival appears at the outset.

  72. Sara Ford says:

    As an athlete, I use chocolate after a really tough run or bike…it keeps me going for the rest of the day. I’ve even used it to stave off a headache now and then.
    I do eat meat occasionally, but only when my body craves it. My favorite protein is whole fat cottage cheese and hemp seeds. Perfect for after workouts!
    I totally agree with Kevin….listen to your body! If we each wrote a book on what works best for us, every book would be different!

  73. DeWayne says:

    KATHLEEN GORMAN, If you go to Dr. Mercolas website, He does a free metabolic test for you. Not sure how accurate it is.

  74. MoJo says:

    I LOVE dark chocolate, but continue to fight with myself to force myself to avoid it. There are a number of downsides to Chocolate that I don’t think have been mentioned. It is high in the amino acid Arginine. Arginine is a very big virus feeder (I get canker sores up my throat whenever I eat it). It is also high in COPPER. So many people are walking around with copper overload and weak adrenal glands because of it. They have chronic fatigue but can’t sleep. High copper people also tend to be very emotional, along with a huge number of other problems. Do the research on copper overload and you can then imagine why high copper foods are very ADDICTIVE. Use in moderation. People who are overstimulated this way do not realize it until they have a really big adrenal crash with chronic fatigue that can take years to reverse. Thanks Kevin for bringing up this topic!

  75. Josea C. says:

    LOL on the raw cacao it makes me feel really crappy if i do too much and on the too strict mindset on veganism (or anything)…absolutely science is always learning more…we once thot the world was flat remember so i really rely on my intuition and how i feel when i eat something.
    i made and sold cacao treats for years and only in the past year or so realized my addiction had been destroying my digestive system…especailly the combination of sweetener (high glycemic) & fat…working with major candida and liver sluggishness now…not to mentino adrenal fatigue. i do love it tho so occassionally still have a little tiny bit esp. when trying to get through a christmas dinner with a dessert buffet i don’t want to go near etc.
    Thanks for an awsome article…glad some can enjoy the cacao and also glad someone is saying its not good for everyone across the board.
    Josea Sea
    embodiebliss.weebly.com

  76. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the straight talk about chocolate.It is an adrenal stimulant, just as caffine or kava.Theobromine is a neurotoxin.Just ask any dog what happens to him when he eats chocolate.

  77. Barb says:

    Perhaps I have missed this topic discussion in the past, but am wondering about your stance on supplements. I happen to take lots. Maybe this whole issue could be covered at some point.
    Barb

  78. My dad sneezes after eating chocolate. I’ve noticed that it’s hard to find chocolate without soy lecithin in it and many of us are sensitive to soy.

  79. Chiang says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts not only about cacao, but also about dogmatic beleives and applications about food and diets and that the best approach is a simple and natural as possible and observing what is enhancing and what is possibly delepeting my energy.
    Concering cacao: I was a chocolade junkie for many years without knowing how to change this unhealthy habit…..When I started to change my eating habits ( better chewing, better quality of simple and natural food) ordinary chocolade gradually lost it’s “good” taste and I finally got off the chocolade hook perfectly that it is not a temptation any more today. When for some reason I eat some (from organic products) I soon have to stop eating because my body very quickly to stop eating more; or I have to suffer. ..This has been one of the most amazing changes in my life.

  80. Kelly says:

    Which coconut water(s) do you recommend? It seems there are so many on the market now and I haven’t found one that tastes very good or seems of much quality – other than Donna Gates’ Body Ecology, which is pretty expensive.
    Anyone want to share?
    Thanks.

  81. Misty says:

    It is so interesting to read comments that extoll the virtues of non-meat diets as more humane, more spiritual, etc. We might recall that plants are living beings too. Roses have been tested when being cut and produce an adverse reaction [like "screaming'] as have other plants. Perhaps being respectful of whatever you eat and grateful for the being giving its life to sustain yours may be the better mind set.

  82. PV says:

    YES KEVIN, I’VE HAD ADVERSE EFFECTS FROM RAW ORGANIC CACAO WHICH IS SUPPOSE TO HAVE NO CAFFEINE OR MINUTE AMOUNTS. KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT, WIDE EYED FOR HOURS. I THINK IT MIGHT BE THE THEOBROMA WHICH IS A CHEMICAL RELATED TO CACAO. HOWEVER, REGULAR CHOCOLATE & COFFEE & CAFFEINE TEAS KEEP ME UP AT NIGHT ALSO. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS CACAO DOESN’T GIVE ME THE SHAKES JUST KEEPS ME UP.

    LOVE YOUR SHOW!!

  83. PV says:

    CORRECTION FROM ABOVE:

    WHAT I MEANT WAS THEOBROMA IS A CHEMICAL RELATED TO CAFFEINE.

  84. noni says:

    I used to use small amounts of raw cacao, thinking it was a healthy food and would be good for me. One evening about a year ago, I ate a raw cacao dessert at a huge yoga festival. It was raw cacao and agave. Within an hour I had a huge reaction where it felt like my whole intestinal system shut down. I could barely function or get out of bed. It took me a week to normalize with the help of a series of 3 colonics. A few weeks later I tried a small amount of chocolate ice cream and had milder, but similar response. No more chocolate for me!

    Great topic for us to share about!

  85. Fred says:

    Good work Kevin, I’ve had chocolate in the past both milk and dark. I had no noticable change. But…since I cut out almost all caffeine, it really makes me feel like your experience. I really don’t like the taste of chocolate anymore either. I much prefer a vanilla flavor. I have plenty of energy anyway so I don’t need a boost. Since I’ve been following Yuri’s suggestions, I feel clean and clear. I just don’t have a sluggish feeling. Thanks for your report.

    Fred

  86. Susan Korner says:

    I absolutely cannot consume chocolate, coffee, black tea, caffeine containing beverages of any kind. I have a very severe reaction. I suppose I am sensitive to caffeine, but maybe also to other components in these kind of foods. It makes sleep impossible for me for at least one whole night. One time I got some unknowingly in a tea that was usually caffeine free but wasn’t. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong with me–I thought I was dying. I walked and walked all over town all day long wondering what I consumed. I am very food sensitive and have many reactions to foods and substances. It is possible to buy cocoa that is 99.7% caffeine free. I buy it to bake with because I don’t want to feed caffeine to anyone. I don’t even use that myself, I just use carob powder. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that reacts to this substance. Thanks for the info, Kevin and everyone!

  87. Susan says:

    Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, it is similar to caffeine. If you have trouble with metabolic clearance of either of those substances – you might want to look towards your liver. We all have liver toxicity due to the nature of our body, our food supply, the air we breathe, our water, dentistry, vaccines, etc. Years ago Dr. Bernard Jensen looked into my eyes and told me that I had the worst heavy metal toxicity he had ever seen. I thought he was nutz! I was part of the generation of leaded gas but I didn’t eat lead paint and I never had fillings (my mother however had a mouth full). We are passing toxicity, weaker organs and weaker bodies on to our children with every generation. That is “they” have decried that we are not destined to live as long as our parents!

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