Savoring Chocolate and Friends

Savoring Chocolate and Friends

Leslie is a most excellent diabetes educator and nurse with whom I have the privilege to work.  She teaches patients to eat more mindfully through a fun class activity where patients are asked to eat chocolate. She’ll instruct them to un-wrap a square of dark Dove chocolate, smell it, allow it to melt slowly in one’s mouth, and take time to really taste and enjoy it. Leslie practices this too. She allows herself one small piece of good chocolate – savored at the end of the day. She so relishes this moment that it helps her power past all the other sweets and temptations that happen to be around, knowing that this chocolate is her first love and reward.

I like to eat chocolates too, but I’ve come to savor them through Leslie. I’ll never forget when we shared chocolate covered cherries in her office.  We closed the door, popped them in our mouth, allowed the chocolate to melt down until the juicy cherry center broke open and flooded our mouths. We were giggling and feeling so sneaky.  The moment was both delicious and delightful. Truthfully, I haven’t indulged in another chocolate cherry since. I really haven’t felt the need. When I see them in the stores, especially around holidays, I remember my time with Leslie. I realize the happiness of that moment was not so much the sweet goodness of cherries and chocolate, but more from the shared moment with a friend.

Denise Abbott, RD, RN, CDE

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate” –Linda Grayson