An Excuse for Chocolate

Currently, I have been in rehearsals for a show. What is so disappointing, (and somewhat frightening to me)  is my memorization skill…..or rather, the lack thereof.

Honestly, I used to easily memorize five pages a day, and so I was set by opening. Now it seem as if I have dropped down to two; incredibly frustrating.

Because daddy gets me a subscription to this silly Prevention magazine, I thought I would investigate. I know of different herbal supplements, but I’m not fond of taking pills (they are not what I prefer to ingest.)

I came across an article that I very much enjoyed. Will I try it? While I detest sweets, you can bet your sweet a** that I detest not knowing my lines even more so. In other words; yes, I shall.

Here is the article: http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/chocolate-shown-improve-memory-snails

And a teaser from it:

The next time you forget the name of your neighbor’s dog (What is it about “Mr. Biscuits” that’s so hard to remember?) don’t reach for the ginkgo pills (that stuff doesn’t work anyway; check it out). Instead? Stick some chocolate in your mouth.

Apparently, there is an ingredient called epicatechin which aids in memory. Although the experiment was done on snails, this one fella, Ken Lukowiak, a neuro-science instructor had this to say:

“A neuron in any animal behaves very similarly to a neuron in a human,” says Lukowiak.

But in the name of science, Lukowiak tried the experiment with his own daughter. Not by putting her in water and bopping her on the head—let’s not be ridiculous here—but by feeding her chocolate before a big exam. For three nights prior to the test, she consumed dark chocolate right before studying. “She said she did much better than she thought she would!” Lukowiak says, though he acknowledged other confounding variables. “Possibly it just made her happy.”

 

It appears that you may all refer to me now as Augustus Gloop. Do you remember him?

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18 thoughts on “An Excuse for Chocolate

  1. Hey, I know what’s ailing you. It’s pretty simple, actually. It’s called:

    A — G — E :-D

    (remember: if you try to hit me or throw anything at me, you’ll just break your own monitor ;-) )

  2. I came across an article that I very much enjoyed. Will I try it? While I detest sweets, you can bet your sweet a** that I detest not knowing my lines even more so. In other words; yes, I shall.

    Unless sweets = bourbon I’m out.

    • And there you have it. So while I shall remember what I wore yesterday, you will be trapped in your ever-lovin-bourbon-drinkin- no-chocolate-eating-can’t-remember-anything stupor…….jes sayin.

      Now I think it is high time to stalk you! You have a commenter who I very much enjoy reading. I believe he is a prof? I would recognize his avatar…..

      • you will be trapped in your ever-lovin-bourbon-drinkin- no-chocolate-eating-can’t-remember-anything stupor

        Ha! But when I wake up, I’ll be sober. You’ll still be stuck at 2 pages a day ;-)

        You have a commenter who I very much enjoy reading.

        Yes indeed. He’s a great fellow. His name is Scott Erb and e teaches at the University of Maine. He writes here:

        http://scotterb.wordpress.com/

        Welll worth the read. He’s left, to be sure, but he only slips into partisanship every now and then. In fact, he teaches political philosophy so good stuff.

        • Yes! That is his name! There are some folks on the left whom I’m very fond of reading.

          Oh, and I’m pushin for 4 today! Just had to go back and recall the 11 pages that I’ve already learned….

  3. Dark Chocolate washed down with Makers Mark ( now made with more water ) is a daily regimen that I have followed for years. My memory has not improved; but I don’t care so much. It’s my wife’s memory I am concerned about; she remembers everything. All of my past foibles and indiscretions.

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