(I wanted to be blogging this week about the Midwest Writers Workshop and the coolness thereof, but I’ve been considerably distracted. So please accept this pre-written post about chocolate in the meanwhile.)
What does dark chocolate do for me?
Well, it provides the caffeine which I don’t get from coffee. (Yeah, I’m one of the maybe four writers in the hemisphere who don’t drink coffee. Makes me the odd one out at conferences and workshops, where I have to find my own soft drink or something.)
It provides magnesium and proanthocyanidins. Which are important, or something.
It supports the production of dopamine, which is a feel-good chemical important for everything from learning to mental health. And it increases endorphins, which is another major feel-good player.
Also it prompts the release of phenylethylamines. You know when else phenylethylamines are released? When we’re in love with someone. You know how people say they love chocolate? They do.
Not to mention, phytonutrients and antioxidants and flavonoids, all connected ways of saying, Chocolate helps fight free radicals in the body.
Also, it fuels me during tough revisions. Which is all I’m really concerned about during those revisions. So let’s find some socially-responsible, slave-free chocolate and get to work!