Cruisin’ With Cacao!

March 17, 2007

Everyday since I joined XOCAI and purchased my Chocolate Stock, I have been noticing the effects.  I am cruisin’ with energy!  I have been completely weaned off of milk chocolate.  I have lost the taste for it entirely now.  Waaaayyy too sweet for me!  I crave the Dark Chocolate…especially the OMEGA bars.  That hint of orange, has replaced my year round cravings for the chocolate orange balls that you usually can only find at Christmas!

I am generous with my chocolate stock!  Yesterday, I stuck one of the omega bars in a friend’s coat pocket when she wasn’t looking.  She is a young mother who is pregnant with her third.  She loves it too!  I just love sharing it!  It is really a lot of fun to give a gift that I know will benefit people’s health and make them happy!

I am looking foward to our “CHOCOLATE IN CONCERT”  party with THURL BAILEY.  Invite all your Chocoholic Friends!  It will be on April 19th, unless we change that day because of Spring Break for Alpine School District!  Stay tuned for more details! 

 XOXOXOXOX,

Karyn Grant
www.joycoaching.wordpress.com
www.lullabythefathers.wordpress.com
www.cherishingplace.wordpress.com
www.kangenwatermusic.wordpress.com 

Chocolate Therapy

March 17, 2007

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My daughter, Lara, was singing along with a country song the other day.  The lyrics went something like this; “I’ve had enough of hard times; I’ve had enough of this…it’s time I reach for something else, it’s time I felt some bliss…”  I laughed out loud as I had just been studying the “bliss chemical” in chocolate.It is amazing to me, how unfulfilled and unmet needs often grow up into adult-size hungers and addictions for love. Sub-consciously, we all reach out in an effort to fill our own needs.  Very intelligently, but unknowingly, I had reached for refined and processed chocolate.  It is a substance that has a natural chemical that triggers a “bliss” reaction in the brain.  While it is not a pronounced “high”, it is very essential, I learned in the proper development of a human fetus.   

But, I had a double bind. I had an addiction for the approval of men and for brownies, (as well as other forms of refined chocolate, refined sugar and white flour.)  My need for affection, my hankering for “love, peace, joy and comfort”, had become a full blown craving to be accepted and loved in spite of what shape I was in.  I felt an insatiable need to be both “fathered” and to be “protected” from the lack of having a masculine buffer with which to face the world. 

I created my own buffer by disguising my beautiful potential beneath a cushion of extra weight to insulate me from my fear of men’s rejection (induced by my father-daughter bond).  I had chosen refined chocolate, to be the supplier of both the physical insulation and the emotional satiation from feeling vulnerable and dependent on anyone else to provide affection for me.  Thus, I used food for self nurturing.  This made me feel like I must be more dependent on me and less dependent on others to fill my needs.  If I wanted a high, I reached for a candy bar.

Food, in general, with chocolate taking the lead, became my sub-conscious way of dulling the emotional pain of loneliness, sadness, rejection, abandonment, etc.  Little did I know, that this “bliss chemical” really did do all that…but the sugar often dropped me into a depression that lasted longer than the effects of the bliss chemical. 

I have since learned that my body is lacking in one or more of the six chemicals that registers the “I am full” feeling; etiochoanolone.  (You have to have all six for this register to work correctly!) By the age of eight, I could out eat any man at Thanksgiving.  I always segregated my halloween candy into two piles; chocolates and non-chocolates.  I usually traded the “non-chocolate” halloween treats for more of the chocolate ones.  Lollipops and starbursts just didn’t fulfill the real craving, which was in essence, a craving for Bliss! 

Studying chocolate has been a treat!  I love learning the truth!  Here’s a little tidbit about how to find bliss!

Anandamide: a neurotransmitter that plays and important role in controlling cognition and emotion, may help to regulate moods, memory, appetite, and the perception of pain. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word “ananda”, which means “bliss”. This molecule was suggested by Jeffrey Hurst

The Chocolate Heart

March 15, 2007

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 My First Love is Chocolate

Chocolate has been my first love, as long as I can remember.  I knew I was a born chocoholic because it was in the depths of my DNA to love it with all my heart, all the way back to my first mother, Eve.  But, it was not until I woke up from my gastric bypass surgery in November of 1999,  that I began to realize how deeply the after effects of eating refined chocolate would aversely affect my body.  Chocolate, my first love, now made me absolutely sick and tired.  But, I ate it anyway.  I had to.  I finally realized that I was in fact, addicted to it.

In order to gain the remaining five pounds necessary to qualify for a gastric bypass surgery, my husband brought me four one pound Hershey’s chocolate almond bars, which I ate without guilt, knowing that this would be my last binge, in bed the preceding nights before my surgery. 

The doctors had told me that I would no longer be eating chocolate, sugar, rice, pasta, breads, and other favorites of mine, after my surgery.  Yes, I was well informed, intellectually, that after surgery, these things would prove more than harmful to a new delicate system.  I was eager to receive the surgery; tired of lugging 120 extra pounds up stairs, or out in public. 

I was depressed, lifeless, passionless, lethargic and miserable.  But, my love of refined processed chocolate (usually in the form of brownies!) had made my weight increase to a nice round 237 pounds.  Each time I looked into the mirror, I barely could recognize myself.  I missed the old me that seemed hidden somewhere deep within.  Who was I?  More importantly, WHERE was I?  All I knew was that I was deeply depressed.

I was ready to agree with anything just to receive the surgery.  But, how would I come up with $15,000.00 for it?  One day, my husband, called me to his side.  He had misplaced some money, years before, hiding it some “special place” before taking it to the bank.  It was exactly the amount of the surgery.   He had told me about the money, but had written it off as “Lost”.

Now, my husband, OK, (that’s his name) stood beaming before me!   “Open this!” He said, motioning me to open a large box on our bed.  I obeyed, not knowing why.  Inside the box, I found many neck ties of all designs and colors.  I was puzzled. “Look underneath them”…he said smiling.  I again, obeyed.  Under the ties, was a  large manilla envelope bulging at the seams.  “Open it…”  I followed his instructions.  Inside the envelope were 150 crisp new one hundred dollar bills.  “You can have your surgery!  Count it!  It’s all there!” he said with a grin on his face.  “It’s all yours!”

I was elated.  But, in my jubilant ignorance, I didn’t take the time to study out my surgery, or it’s after-effects.  I simply made the appointment and the date was scheduled for November 5, 1999.  I remember that “First Thanksgiving” after my surgery.  There I sat, watching my “favorite things” passing me by.  I held a one ounce cup of pumpkin pie in my hand.  Nothing, no nothing could stop me from celebrating Thanksgiving! 

I ate my thimble full of mashed potatoes and felt stuffed.  That was when I realized, that I had had a stomach surgery, not a frontal lobotomy!  I still craved everything before me, but had no room to put it.  That was the thanksgiving I cried myself to sleep in sheer depression.  I had ruined my love of food!

Four years have passed since my surgery.  Because I did not learn to overcome my cravings for sweets, namely chocolate, I endured a lot of gastrointestinal pain.  I still ordered desserts when I went out to eat, always rich and gooey chocolate things.  But, now, I generously ordered five or six spoons to go along with my dish.  I learned to take a bite or two and share the rest with my friends or family.  Everyone loved eating out with me, because they knew that I would order dessert and pay for it, while everyone with me would sample it…

I felt like Snow White eating a poisonous apple; as every time I took “just one little bite”, I would drop off into a drugged sleep.  Often, my head would be on my neighbor’s shoulder before I even left the table at the resteraunt!

 

At family gatherings, after eating pasta or rice, I was in a silent stupor.  I never felt good.  And I came to understand the term “Dumping Syndrome”, which hits you unexpectedly any time I ate sugar in any form. Needless to say, I felt like I was dieing a slow death.  The term referring to one of my favorite desserts, “Death By Chocolate” held new meaning for me!  I continually asking God to help me to overcome my addiction for chocolate; actually fearing that it would be the death of me!

 

Being an aromatherapist and massage therapist, I knew that He alone could give me a delightful sweet-smelling substitute to assist me in my desire to give up chocolate once and for all, (and all of it’s sugary traveling companions).  I began to study about the use of essential oils in weight loss and the power they have to send messages to the brain that you are full…all very interesting to me.  I developed a new essential oil blend, called “Brea-THIN”.  This blend contained oils that assisted with clearing the amagdyla with the emotional reasons I ate sweets.

 

Then one night, God had mercy on my prayers to be redeemed from my slow self-induced destructive patterns of neglecting the doctor’s orders.  I met XOCAI one night, in the hands of Dr. Terri Armstrong and Annette Mann.  They found me, coming out of a chocolate hangover, at the Health Food Store, looking for almonds.  I had fallen off the band wagon just that afternoon, and had overdosed on just three little See’s Chocolates with my dear friend, Judy.  Judy drove, as I was out like a light, curled up in my usual druggy stupor.  How I wished someone would tell me exactly why that happened so often!

 

Now, I jumped up and down, like a little girl, as Terri poured me a spoonful of XOCAI right in the middle of that health food store!  I loved it!  And I especially loved that it was going to make me feel better.  When I got home, I felt a bit skeptical about the MLM part of it, so I prayed to know if this was just another gimmick. 

An interesting thing happened.  In my mind’s eye, I saw myself as a baby with some candy in my dimpled little fingers.  I realized that, as a baby,  my addiction to sugar had begun.  Then I saw the Savior taking the candy from my hand and handing me a little bit of this new treat.  “I would not leave you comfortless!  I have given you a substitution…”  

Suddenly, I remember all those lessons He had tried to teach me about substituting some good thing for something harmful whenever you are coming out of addictions.  I knew that XOCAI was His way of expressing His love for me.  I went on XOCAI for two days without any other food, to test the results on my very delicate system.  The results were astonishing.  I felt nothing but love, kindness and bliss for those two days.  I was cheerful, energetic, optimistic and happily content.  Best of all, it woke me up instead of putting me to sleep.  For the first time, I had more energy in four years of dragging my new 138 pound body up and down the stairs.  I had no stomach upset.  The “dumping syndrome” never hit.  The chronic colon pain diminished abruptly.

 

When I ran out of my bottles, I thought, “Well, maybe XOCAI was here for me just to wean me off refined processed chocolate.  Maybe, I’ll go without it.”  During that time, I read everything I could about dark, unsweetened, raw, unadulterated, chocolate!  I marveled!  I was amazed!  I thought of God’s creation with newfound respect.  I loved Him all the more for bringing the truth to me! 

I realized, that in the beginning, God had created cacao to be a perfect food, one of his finest creations!  But, His original intention had been tampered with…by unknowing mortals who did not realize the worth of the plant in it’s original, unadulterated form! 

What happened?  For the following two weeks, I noticed that my usual sugar cravings were starting to come back. I reached for a snicker bar.  But stopped short.  I knew it would make me sick.  Still, I began eating more…and I began to gain weight because I was turning to food to solace my feeling of low grade melancholy (which was all too familiar.)  Then just in the midst of this melancholy, my shipment arrived!  I had decided to make a treat using the XOCAI that I could carry with me, as I am supposed to eat very small meals, six to seven times per day…

 

Now, I asked the Lord for a miracle of my own.  I asked Him for a recipe using the XOCAI  that I could eat all throughout the day.  I wrote down the ingredients that I knew my body could handle.  It must not have grains; too hard for my body to digest.  It could not be a granola bar.  But, it needed protein!  I remembered what God told Adam and Eve in the garden…”The fruit of this tree shall be for thy meat…”  I must use nuts and seeds!  I thought to myself, “Almonds are the most alkaline and two tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds is like eating two eggs without the cholestoral.”  I read about gogi berries and ordered those for my creation. 

The Chinese say that “He who eats gogi in the morning is happy all day!”  How would I hold them together?  Almond butter….and to keep the glycemic levels down, a bit of dark unfiltered agave nectar.  No salt.  No sugar.  Not even any honey.  Some raisins.  I added raw coconut for some essential fatty acids.  A whole meal in a little ball!  And don’t forget, the main ingredient, two cups  of  XOCAI!

I spent one Sunday afternoon, mixing my ingredients together like an angel was whispering them into my ear!  The results?  Something that gives me energy, sustains a feeling of bliss, is easy to digest, and ready to use when you are away from the fridge.  Bliss Balls, as I call them!  It’s my form of “Chocolate Therapy”! 

Thank heaven’s there is a God above who hears and answers prayers.  He knows our hearts and our addictions.  He knows how far back they go!  He offers substitutions that will make us happy!  After all, He told Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, “Man is that He might have JOY”  At last, I truly believe, because of the amazing effects that I have seen in so short a time, that the same goes for women.  Now, I can have my chocolate…and eat it too!

 

Bring me all the gastric bypass “victims” as I once called myself, and I will introduce them to a new world of chocolate.  I truly want those kindred spirits out there to discover the answer God has given me!  XOCAI is more than an answer to my prayers, it’s a new lease on Life!  The following is a true story of how I came to understand the beauty…of Chocolate and of how I am becoming an expert on the subject.  Thus, “CHOCOLATE THERAPY”.

 

Karyn Grant
www.joycoaching.wordpress.com
www.cherishingplace.wordpress.com
www.kangenwatermusic.wordpress.com

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Team Bailey at the Asian Buffet

March 15, 2007

Today at 12:00 p.m. Thurl Bailey’s XOCAI Team will meet for lunch at the Asian Buffet in Draper!  See you all there!

Karyn Grant

Healthy Chocolate: Eden’s Natural Therapist

March 15, 2007

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The Chocolate TherapistBy Karyn Grant, LMT
www.mychocolatetherapist.com 

I’m a real “Sugar Baby” at heart!  I love to laugh!  I love a party…  But, most of all, I used to love to “Snickers”.  Whenever I felt like life was a “Rocky Road”, I decided to buck up and be a real “Baby Ruth”.  Nothing could stop me in my pursuit of “Almond Joy”; I simply had an attraction for any remedy that came dipped in chocolate.  Bring on the caramels, too!    Whenever I ate chocolate, I felt like life was a “Milky Way” and that nothing but “Chocolate Kisses” could make me feel so loved. I suppose I was truly in search of pure love. 

As a teenager, I missed having a real connection with my very own father, so I reached for a “Sugar Daddy” instead.  Yes, subconsciously I knew that chocolate had the missing link!  So I made it, my best friend! I spent my days saying “mmm&mmmm”.   I suppose, that when you are in need of having a “Pay Day”, there is nothing like a “100,000 Grand” to give you that feeling of being richly intoxicated. 

While other girls were out on dates, I was exclaiming, “Oh, Henry!” Nothing, no one, could take the place of my best friend, “Reeses”.  He was the greatest. At any rate, you get the picture…if it wasn’t tall, dark, handsome…and chocolate…he was no match for me.

I knew that the scales were climbing fast.  I passed the two hundred mark and the climb was getting rockier (and heavier) still.  Feasting on one pound Hershey bars and boxes of Sees wasn’t helping my figure, but still I never quite associated chocolate with those rounding curves that were increasing by the year. 

Then it happened.  I thought I could sneak chocolate in, after my gastric bypass.  But, no way.  Refined chocolate put me to sleep!  Everyday, for four years, I still tried to eat chocolate, but the effects weren’t the same.  Gone the feeling of “Almond Joy”!  Gone the urge to “Snickers”!  All of my original “Big Hunks” no longer brought me that same “oompa loompa”!  Now, I decided that I would have to break up with my chocolate bar.  I began to believe that chocolate was the culprit and I tried to ween myself away.  Was chocolate my friend or my fiend?  I wondered. 

After two months of cold-turkeying my chocolate addiction, I fell into a binge.  For me, three Sees chocolates was a binge and it put me right out!  I was in a druggy stupor one day, after indulging on chocolate caramels, when I decided to show up at a health food store to find a new remedy.

An astonishing thing happened!  I met two wonderful women at that health food store!  They actually recognized me!  They brought me a beautiful bottle and told me that this was the answer to my prayers.  And it was!  It made me sigh a huge sigh of relief to beginning learning the truth about “Naked Chocolate”.  Soon, I was readying everything from A-Z on cacao!  Daily, I was drinking XOCAI and feeling much better! 

I had energy and strength like I hadn’t had in four years (since my surgery)!  I was happier and maintained a feeling of bliss that made me feel steady, calm and content.  Even better, I no longer craved my dear old fiends…the one’s that made me sick and tired.

The truth about cacao is fascinating to me!  I decided that if “bitter was better”, than I would eat chocolate like the Kings ate it!  I began drinking XOCAI and using the ACTIV XOCAI in it’s power form, as an ingredient in my recipe for “Chocolate Therapy”.  I have added to the mix, other ingredients so that I get a lot of protein every time I eat it.  XOCAI has become my Chocolate Remedy…It literally turns me into a “bliss ball” of energy!

The truth about chocolate needs to be shared!  God doesn’t make mistakes!

Karyn Grant

Other Blog Sites By Karyn
www.cherishingplace.wordpress.com
www.joycoaching.wordpress.com
www.lullabythefathers.wordpress.com
www.kangenwatermusic.wordpress.com

The Chocolate Therapist

March 15, 2007

Before I made chocolate an interesting study, I made it a luscious hobby.  Eating chocolate in any form was my first love.  I awakened every morning to the thought of brownies with walnuts and thick butter cream chocolate frosting.  I dreamed of chocolate sour cream cake and black bottom cupcakes.  Little did I know that I was craving something in the stuff that had actual healing properties.  Little did I know that chocolate in its originally created form, was a gift from God.  It was believed that Quetzalcoatl, “the great white god”, brought the cacao bean to the Indians of South and Central America.   I had always heard that chocolate wasn’t good for you.  But, I never knew the truth about the “Original Personality” of chocolate! I didn’t know that it was the refined white sugar that caused the poisonous after-effects that I suffered from eating it; feeling drugged, fatigue (spelled FAT-igue) and mood swings.  These symptoms and more were actually counteracting the wonderful effects that raw chocolate can actually have upon one’s body, mind, heart and spirit.  So, I continued praying for a solution as to how to overcome my absolute love of it and my addiction to it.  

My desire to overcome my cravings for refined chocolate began to peak after having a gastric bypass surgery to lose the weight I had accumulated from a diet predominately made up of chocolate.  Imagine my unsuppressed joy when I discovered the truth about the DNA of chocolate.  It was truly a substance with “Divine Natural Attributes” that had been suppressed and inhibited by it’s poisonous cohorts, refined, processed sugar, waxes, milk solids, etc.
Now, I eat raw chocolate (cacao) daily.  I have more energy than I’ve had in years and I feel content, peaceful and content.  What was the ingredient in cacao that my heart and mind needed?  In my studies, I have discovered the truth about cacao and simply want to pass it on with my recipe for “Chocolate Therapy.”  I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that cacao is one of nature’s richest sources of magnesium, “the brain mineral”.
 Magnesium supports the heart, increases brain power, causes strong peristalsis in the intestines, relaxes menstrual cramping, relaxes muscles and helps build strong bones.  Magnesium as a primary alkaline mineral, opens up over 300 different detoxification and elimination pathways in the body. 

What else does magnesium do?  “Magnesium supports a healthy heart.  It increases brain power.  It acts as a natural laxative.  It soothes and calms PMS symptoms.  Cacao is a great muscle relaxer.  It increases flexibility and strength in your muscles.  A magnesium deficiency leads to excessive muscle tension including; spasms, twitches and restlessness.  This can be especially true in the hands, feet and facial muscles.  Magnesium can be biologically transmutated into calcium.  ( I had always been taught that chocolate leaches calcium from our bodies).  Magnesium intake has been shown to strengthen bones.   Signs of magnesium deficiency are: aggressive behavior, alcoholism, anorexia, apathy, ADD, blood vessel clots, cerebral palsy, chronic fatigue headaches, cramps, depression, disorientation, insomnia, irritability, muscle weakness, nervousness, mental stress,  failure to grow, constipation, hypertension, kidney stones, vertigo, difficulty in concentration and remembering, asthma, and other heart related conditions.  

“Chocolate is truly a food for the heart~ it is the heart’s “blood”; due to its magnesium, antioxidants, love chemicals and esoteric properties.  Cacao opens the heart center.  It heals not only on a physical, chemical level, but also on an emotional, spiritual and metaphysical level.  Chocolate is not fitted to be a medicine for just the heart.  Chocolate also possesses sensual, pleasureful, and sexual energies embracing touch and fantasy.  Since the beginning of time, chocolate has been known as an aphrodisiac.”  (Naked Chocolate, Dr. David Wolfe)  Read the rest of this entry »

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