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Senior Moments: That niggling desire for chocolate

By Emma Edwards, Friday, August 10, 2018

Crankiness can be caused by a chocolate deficiency. And it can hit the best of us! Maybe today we can partially solve this ailment.

At the Warrenton Senior Citizens Inc. meal site, which serves the noon meal on Mondays and Thursdays, we learn all kinds of fun and (once in a while) useful things. Some generous Warrentonians even drop off magazines for others to read.

Most are current as of this year and many of us find some interesting things while browsing through them.

One item I found recently was how to “pamper overworked hands” with a hot cocoa soak. And, yes, I tried it.

Fill a large bowl with enough warm water to cover the hands. Stir in 2 cups warm whole milk, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon honey. Then “we soak our tired hands in it for 15 minutes.”

Oh, and do rinse well. Let me know how you like it. I found it rather soothing, but not ready to totally endorse it yet. The aroma was great because I like chocolate.

In reading further about this subject I learned “the milk bath is a classic spa basic. The lactic acid in milk softens and soothes the skin. Chocolate milk combined with the power of honey will refresh your skin,” says the Caldo Chocolate Company.

There was one report noting that in some spas a person could get rubbed down with a chocolate paste before bathing. Caldo also notes that “there are many antioxidants in chocolate such as polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, etc. Antioxidants can be great for skin.

Antioxidants from chocolate can help prevent skin from damage and make your skin soft.” And they added that “it also cures tanned skin and makes it glow.”

Admittedly, I think I could be a “chocolatarian,” one who eats only chocolate. But I really have no desire to take a bath in it.

And, by the way, those spa baths aren’t frequented by women only, as I’m told. Men delight in chocolate baths too.

So, for those seniors who think they’ve gone everywhere and done about all there is to do, you may wish to treat yourself to a chocolate bath.

In thinking of chocolate, I’m not sure who said it, but “Life is like chocolate; sometimes you gotta deal with nuts.”

At the senior lunches, the discussions sometimes cover interesting (even weird) subjects, but there’s no denying we seniors have a sense of humor that needs occasional feeding!

Back in the 16th century, the word “niggle” was invented. It means “to spend too much effort on minor details.”

Sorry if I “niggled” my love of chocolate to the extreme.

Another definition of niggle is to use it as a complaint, such as “I’ve had a knee niggle for the past few days.”

I kind of like that word, don’t you?

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