“What do you have for breakfast?” people often ask me. “Chocolate!” I reply, though not all of the time because I’ve recently discovered that life is about balance and not one long string of hedonistic moments. Sometimes I give the same answer for many of my meals and snacks.

To those who haven’t yet joined The Raw Chocolate Revolution, this reply may seem unhealthy. They may think I am obese or addicted to sugar. Yet, I’m healthy in the extreme. I’m a normal weight, and haven’t eaten refined sugar in over a decade. This is because the chocolate I eat is raw, vegan, free from refined sugar, organic, loaded with superfoods (chocolate being the main one!), and fully life-affirming.

Raw cacao contains hundreds of chemicals, is high in magnesium, iron, chromium, tryptophan and antioxidants. It contains PEA, the love chemical. The only other food to contain PEA in any significant amount is algae, so chocolate and algae go fantastically together. Chocolate contains anandamide, the bliss molecule. Ananda is the Sanskrit word for “bliss”. Oh, and it’s so full of antioxidants, it’s off the ORAC charts. It really is.

Cooked chocolate contains rancid oils which don’t contribute to ecstatic living. It can also be made with cruel (calf-kiling) dairy, mass of refined sugar, and other ingredients that don’t contribute to good health.

Raw chocolate bars, on the other hand, combine unadultarated purity, a creamy chocolate taste, and often the benefits of nutrient-dense superfoods. Raw chocolate looks and feels similar to conventional chocolate, and most importantly melts in the mouth in the same way. Raw chocolate is my idea of heaven on earth. Is it yours?

What about the caffeine?

Cacao is a poor source of caffeine. A typical sample of cacao nibs or cacao beans will yield anywhere from zero caffeine to 1,000 parts per million of caffeine (less than 1/20th of the caffeine present in coffee).

In February 2008, Dr Gabriel Cousens discovered in clinical tests on healthy people that cacao does not elevate blood sugar in the same way as a caffeine containing food or beverage. In fact, Dr Cousens found that cacao has less of an effect on blood sugar than nearly any other food.

Slave free

“Raw Britannia, Britannia’s raw chocolates saves, Britons never again need eat chocolate from slaves.” That’s my little song that highlights the wish I have for all chocolate to become slave free. Though there’s no guarantee that all raw chocolate is slave free, most of it is because most of the people who produce it want to provide ethical goods. “Fair Trade” isn’t the only proof that chocolate is slave free. There’s a group called The Fairtrade Federation, which is also slave free, and ensures good financial exchanges for the farmers. This endorsement never goes on retail products, though, it’s a retail only group.

I take the energetic properties of food very seriously. If you eat food grown with the slave vibe (like chocolate slaves or even animals in captivity slaves) then you’ll take on that vibe and will feel like a slave in your life. Free yourself and the planet by only choosing slave-free chocolate. There’s no excuse to eat chocolate, to gain such mouthwatering pleasure at the expense of children and adults forced to harvest the beans for you. When you buy raw or cooked chocolate, its history should be traceable if you speak to the manufacturer.

Raw chocolate should improve the quality of life for those who grow it, as well as those who consume it.

The raw chocolate revolution

It all kicked off in May 2003. I was in Maui with my good friend David Wolfe, adding raw cacao beans to our smoothies. Cacao beans are the nut of the chocolate tree that all chocolate is made from. Then I just ate a cacao bean. My life changed in that moment. Life since has been pure magic. I realised the cacao gods had chosen her as a messenger to bring real chocolate into the consciousness of the western world. What a blessing. David and I were compelled to write Naked Chocolate in 2005, the world’s only book dedicated to raw chocolate and its superfood friends.

Cacao (the real word for chocolate) makes other foods that are eaten with it more usable by the body. Foods such as maca, goji berries, mesquite, lucuma, purple corn and hemp seeds, for example, become “worth” so much more to your body.

Since starting The Raw Chocolate Revolution I’ve noticed that once people taste raw chocolate their lives are changed for ever. Raw chocolate alters your consciousness immediately. It opens up channels within you to allow energy and information in at a lightning speed. It enables you to live fully in your flow. It causes massive shifts in all parts of your life. It allows you to meet your divine self. It causes you to live your highest truth. It helps you heal the planet as well as your body.

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