Our expert says:
There are many reasons why you are craving chocolates at present, as you have already mentioned - the increased activity, the cortisone and the lack of many carbohydrates in your diet because of the gluten/wheat intolerance. In addition chocolates contain certain substances that are addictive, namely phenylethylamine, serotonin, endorphins and some caffeine. If you are with a dietitian for your gluten/wheat intolerance, please consult her/him to increase the energy allowance of your diet to enable you to exercise. If you have as yet no consulted a dietitian then it is a good idea to do so (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), because you need to increase your energy intake without using wheat/gluten products and fatty foods like chocolate. In small portions chocolate is fine, but 3 bars a day is excessive.
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