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Chocolate therapist comes to town

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily newsSummit County, Colorado

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Youll like Julie Pech. She doesnt just support eating chocolate on a daily basis; she has made it her vocation, and she spreads the message far and wide that eating chocolate benefits health.But dont reach for those M&Ms yet. Only certain chocolate is rich in the antioxidants that fight damaging free radicals and Pech will tell you exactly what to look for when buying chocolate not just for pleasure, but for health.And the best part: guests can sample international chocolates for free.Though Pech does sell high-quality chocolate called Xocai, which involves network marketing, thats not the focus of tonights talk at the County Commons. Pech has studied health and nutrition most of her life but didnt use her knowledge professionally until about four years ago. After working in the wholesale sporting goods industry and owning her own corporate apparel company, she made a commitment to combine her true passions chocolate, nutrition, psychology and writing.I decided to forget everything Id been doing … and do what I wanted to do, Pech said.She has written extensively about chocolate, including her self-published book (which she is now in negotiations with a top East Coast publisher to release an updated version) The Chocolate Therapist: A Users Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate. She travels nationally and internationally to educate groups about chocolate.Tonight shell talk about why chocolate is good for the heart and brain, what elements help depression and PMS and why people crave chocolate.She knows her stuff, and she presents it in an easy to understand format, said Julianne Hennings, who hired Pech to speak at the Highlands Ranch Community Association.