Change Your Chocolate, Change Your Life

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physical heartThe introduction of Junk or Joy compares feeding your physical heart with good food to feeding your spiritual heart with good choices.  But wait!  How is chocolate a healthy choice for your physical heart?  

Today I am going to talk about a new discovery the Lord has given me to change my health and clean up my temple of the Holy Spirit–my body!  

1 Cor. 3:16-17 says, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”  

For years I have struggled with maintaining a stable weight.  I have been on too many diets to count and I know the Holy Spirit has been telling me to stay off sugar.  I try, but my flesh is weak, especially when it comes to one particular kind of sugar–Chocolate!  

Last May I walked into my doctor’s office while on a repeat diet choc-strawberryto reset my pancreas and my blood sugar.  I came out with a new, HEALTHY CHOCOLATE that has changed everything!  If you are like me, you have never put those two concepts together before.  Here is my story.

In my journey the first area the Lord worked on was my soul, then my spirit.  Now He has been working on my body since July 2014–right after the books were printed.  I went on the Ideal Protein Diet for 4 1/2 months and finally managed to lose my extra weight, balance my water, and reduce my insulin resistance.  Then for 18 months I struggled to maintain this weight by “resetting” my pancreas, which meant going back on the “IP diet” for shorter amounts of time over and over again.  This is a low carbohydrate diet and it worked until I ate sugar.

In its natural, created state raw chocolate from the cacao bean is good for us and is the highest antioxidant food in the world.  But like many things the Lord has provided for us, humans have taken chocolate and polluted it until they turned a good thing into a food that is harmful to our bodies.  Is that like calling good evil and evil good?  First, chocolate is heated which destroys the antioxidants.  Then it is “dutched” to remove the bitterness.  Then flavors, dyes, chemicals, caffeine, wax and other ingredients are added until you eat chocolate at the expense of your health.  I asked the Lord to teach me to eat healthy and to maintain a healthy weight and I think the answer to that prayer is Xocai Healthy Chocolate.  

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Xocai (show sigh) has a patented, cold processing method that allows the cacao bean to retain all the original benefits of the way it was created.  In fact, cacao means “God’s food”.  As research has documented for almost two decades, dark chocolate is excellent for your health; but only if it isn’t heated.  This chocolate is flavored with ingredients such as blueberries and acai berries (both high in antioxidants) and sweetened with a small amount of dried, crystallized cane sugar–you know, the kind of sugar that used to be the only sugar!  Today we would call it “natural” because man has not modified it.  It is even safe for diabetics!

The reason this is called Healthy Chocolate is because the abundance of antioxidants neutralize “free radicals” that cause, among other things, cancer.  The second huge benefit is reduction of systemic inflammation which is responsible for another whole category of diseases such as auto-immune diseases, arthritis, weight gain, and on and on.  Since May I have heard personal testimonies of healing for migraines, fibromyalgia, arthritis, gum disease, eyes, brain problems like dementia, etc.  If you want to explore the many diseases this chocolate helps, go to www.healthychocstories.com.  Actually the chocolate doesn’t heal you, but it does put your body into a healthy state that allows it to heal itself!  I had no idea as I walked out of my doctor’s office that day that it was a new day for me!

I have now been eating Xocai Healthy Chocolate–at least 3 pieces a day, but usually more–for five months and have not had to reset on my diet oncxocai-logoe.  One mistake does not blow my system totally out of control and I know the Lord provided this wonder food for my enjoyment and my health!  I have been able to maintain my weight with stable blood sugar and without cravings and deprivation!  Now when chocolate “calls my name”, I can answer without guilt or negative consequences.  It has helped many to lose and/or maintain their weight.

Years ago when I first prayed about a name for my company, I got the word “empower” or “power”.  It needed to be broad and inclusive because I did not know what God was going to do at that time.  The vision I had was for a business that would include three areas–body, soul, and spirit.  It was about empowering me and then others in these three areas for the Kingdom of God.  My website URL is powerme.us.com.  Keep in mind that this was at least a full year before I even knew I would write what I now call the Powerful Heart Book Set.

Fast forward four years, I have written much about offense and boundaries to protect your soul in Offense Get Off My Fence, and choices to feed your spirit in Junk or Joy; but to date I have not written anything about feeding the body.  Today I want to change that.

chocolateEntering this holiday season, I am thankful for a delicious chocolate that I can have when others are eating the usual goodies in front of me.  It is the first dessert I can eat without risking weight gain and bad health!  If you would like to learn more about this chocolate, just email me from the contact page

We were created by a triune God and we are also a triune being–body, soul, and spirit.  He wants all parts of who we are to be healthy so we can be used in His Kingdom.  I have to say that Xocai Healthy Chocolate is the simplest, most enjoyable way He has ever shown me to accomplish that goal!  It definitely goes “above and beyond all I could ever think or imagine” as a way to give me the “desires of my heart”.

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Barbara Martin is a retired teacher who is now involved in prayer ministry for the emotional healing of the church. Her Powerful Heart Book Set was written to help children see their choices, set healthy boundaries, and acquire tools to deal with life’s hurts. In addition to Power Me, the business she uses for publishing her books, she also owns a computer business called Mac Mentoring where she troubleshoots and trains people to use their MacIntosh products. Barbara has called Alaska home for over 30 years. She has two children and four grandchildren.

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