Like most people, I am rather partial to a bit of chocolate. I am not a chocolate snob, I will eat most brands, though my particular favourites are Galaxy, Dairy Milk Twirls or Fruit and Nut, After Eights, Nestle Peanut Butterfingers Mini Cups, Ferrero Rocher, the occasional square of Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Dark Chocolate….. oh dear, now I am drooling.
Anyway, I have decided to try to give up eating chocolate for 75 days from 1 August to 14 October 2018. This is quite a tough ask for me, especially as there are some birthdays coming up with the potential for cake, but I am resolute and not a chocolate morsel will pass my lips or settle on my hips!
I must admit, I have made it slightly easier on myself as I will be on Guanaja about 100 miles off the coast of Honduras for the duration. The temperature is regularly in the mid to late 30ºC, so the temptation to eat chocolate that melts before you eat it is not that great.
It is quite apt that I chose the island of Guanaja to call a halt to my chocolate indulgence as on 30 July 1502, Christopher Columbus landed on the island. He discovered a fully laden Mayan trading canoe that was carrying large quantities of cocoa beans. Unable to communicate with the Mayans, he did not realise what he missed, but he may have been one of the first Europeans to set eyes on cocoa beans.
Giving up Chocolate to help Feed a Child in Maun
In order to make me more accountable, I am donating £1.00 to Feed a Child for each day I manage to resist. This means my daily small sacrifice will potentially provide a total of 375 days of food. Think of that, over a year of daily nutrition for one child! You can follow my progress on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to support me and help raise money for Feed a Child in Maun, Botswana, you can make a donation on my PayPal pool page. To learn more, you can read the Feed A Child Brochure here.
UPDATE – 21 October 2018
I did it!!!! I resisted chocolate for 75 days. I was offered cakes, biscuits, cookies, chocolate sauce and diving freshly made chocolate, but I stayed strong and remained chocolate free!! I have donated my £75 to my PayPal pool page. If everyone reading this could donate just the price on a chocolate bar – £1 or £0.76 ($1) or £0.88 (€1) or whatever your currency is – this would really help the underprivileged children. Thank you in advance! Pin this to Pinterest
Larch lives a semi-nomadic life. Her life changed 20 years ago when a silly accident left her with restricted use of her right arm and neck and was told she would never work again. She turned her life around, retrained herself and set up as a self-employed website designer. This allowed her to work wherever she was in the world. Her passion for travel led her to start up her travel blog The Silver Nomad, to inspire over 40s to explore new destinations and expand their horizons. In 2019 Larch qualified as a CAA Drone Pilot which she combines with her travels.