Is Chocolate My Frenemy?

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Anyone that knows me well enough knows I absolutely love chocolate. With my upcoming NPC bikini competition, chocolate is the first thing that has to be eliminated out of my diet (and it will so be missed by my tastebuds; however, my waistline will triumph in a few months when I’m walking around on stage in a tiny bikini).

Today’s guest post from Shira Miller comes at a great time in my competition prep (which started yesterday!) as I cut all the crap out of my diet, including the oh so tasty chocolate. All I have to say is when I get tempted I’m just going to read this post! And now for Is Chocolate My Frenemy? It doesn’t talk about me behind my back. I don’t have to worry about it making fun of my hair on a high humidity day or hitting on my boyfriend. None of this matters, though. Because I’ve realized that chocolate is my frenemy.

The term, first uttered (to my knowledge) on an episode of Sex and the City, refers to a person who seems to be a like-minded buddy on the surface but doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Like Marie-Anne Thiebaud, the Swiss national who was best friends with Shania Twain while having a secret affair with the country warbler’s husband.

(Who didn’t cheer when post-divorce Shania ended up happily remarried to Marie-Anne’s ex this January?) You could say Billy Joel and Elton John appear to be frenemies. Sure they have made beautiful music together – literally – during their duet concert tours. But when Elton revealed a little too much about Joel’s personal problems in a recent Rolling Stone interview, I think it will be a long time before they bond. Anyway, I digress. The point is that chocolate holds this role for me.

Sure, I love the stuff in just about any shape or form. Who hasn’t dived into its dark, milk or semi-sweet goodness during a bout of PMS? But chocolate ignites my sugar addiction like a marshmallow on a bonfire. Once I start eating it, I just can’t stop for days.

Inevitably, the post-indulgence crashes sap my energy while that favorite pair of jeans starts to feel a little tight. Chocolate was the bane of my existence 20 years ago, when I was 50 pounds overweight. Some days I consumed it at every meal. I went cold turkey in 1992 when starting to lose those pounds, eliminating chocolate for nearly 11 years.

Often I wish we had never resumed our rocky relationship. The next time I receive a beckoning look from a piece of candy or cookie, I’ll try to remember that bitch can’t be trusted and run the other way.

Are any food items in your life a frenemy?

How do you feel about chocolate?

Blogging at, Shira Miller is a healthy lifestyle advocate, writer, speaker and pop culture addict. Her interest in wellness started in 1992, after she lost 50 pounds through exercise, eating better and eliminating Oreo cookies as a primary food group. Shira is currently working on a funny book about life after weight loss and you can help her research by taking a two minute survey!



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