Well you know me, I change my mind and plans on a whim sometimes, and what food to reintroduce first on AIP is no different! I'd bought a jar of ghee to try, but after posting about that I had second thoughts. All along I have said the two things I missed the most were chocolate and coffee. In fact, last week I had a silly, dramatic dream where I was crawling and dragging myself across a parched desert, reaching out my hand and begging... "chocolate! I need chocolate!" Issues? Maybe :) But I do love the flavor of it, and was eating a square of 88% dark every night before AIP. So, after some reflection and looking over my AIP resources, I decided to reintroduce chocolate (cocoa, actually) before ghee. My e-book guide says it is fine to add things you miss the most first, but also gives a chart with foods divided into 4 stages... stage 1 being least likely to cause a reintoduction reaction, and stage 4 being the most likely to be problematic. Cocoa is a stage 2 food.
When you decide to add chocolate, you can't just go buy a Hershey bar or eat some organic milk chocolate. If you do that and have a reaction, you won't know if it was to the cocoa specifically, or to the milk or other ingredients in the candy (soy lecithin is a common additive, and soy is avoided on AIP). In the e-book, there is a recipe for homemade chocolates which is basically plain cocoa mixed with coconut oil and honey. That's a great option. Here are two other options that I'm using.
1) Choffy. I had this on hand already as I was drinking it through the winter. It's just roasted, ground-up cocoa beans that you brew in a French Press as you would coffee. It makes a cocoa-flavored hot drink that I love plain. The only ingredient is cocoa beans.
2) Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints. I found these at Trader Joe's and they have only three ingredients: chocolate liquor, honey, and peppermint oil. Since honey and mint are already allowed on AIP (and I have been eating them without issue), the only variable is the chocolate liquor, which is just "pure cocoa mass" from cocoa beans (and despite being called liquor, this contains no alcohol).
So on Wednesday I ate one of the Dark Chocolate Honey Mints. It tasted AMAZING. I really missed my chocolate! I waited awhile, didn't notice anything different, and had another one. I had one more in the evening... no issues. Since then I have been enjoying a mint or some Choffy each day and have noticed no problems. I still feel great! If everything stays happy, I'll be able to declare cocoa as my first reintroduction success. That doesn't mean I'll eat a mint candy every day (still need to watch the sugar levels overall), but it gives me one more thing I don't have to avoid and can enjoy in moderation.
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