I have been feeling low these last few days. No, nothing is wrong. It’s just one of those things that we girls periodically go through when for no reason we hate everything and everyone around us, except our girlfriends. And chocolates. Often, my model friends and I are watching our figures, so we stay away from brownies, cupcakes, pastries et al, but when the hormones are in overdrive, then all rules get broken. If you ask me, there are only two things that can make a girl happy — sex and shopping. And chocolate is the third. There are days when chocolate is my main food group. I read an article that said: Chocolate improves happiness, health and beauty. Sounds far-fetched, but I have allowed myself to believe in it. Takes care of the post-bingeing guilt. Did you know that chocolate is also considered to be an aphrodisiac? Aztec ruler Montezuma is said to have drunk goblets full of a chocolate drink called xocolatl (bitter water) to provide stamina for his sexual conquests. It has also long been believed that chocolate bestows heightened feelings of sexuality upon the eater. Chocolate does, indeed, contain several compounds that have been shown to act on the brain in a myriad ways and induce pleasure. Guys should know that whenever a girl is feeling down and out, there’s only one way to cheer her up — dark, white , bitter, sweet, nutty —, whatever her poison, just get her a chocolate hamper.
I remember on one of my trips to LA, I saw a huge chocolate store. It was two floors of just chocolates, and there were as many wide-eyed kids as there were teenage girls and women in their 20s, 30s 40s…you get the idea. I don’t see very many men being chocoholics. According to a study in the US, beer is to men what chocolate is to women. Lager delivers happiness to men. Last week on Easter, my friends sent me baskets of goodies. Chocolate eggs! And I am not sharing them with anyone. It’s good to be selfish sometimes. Let me leave you with this thought by Richard Warren: “The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”