Thank you for your comment on my blog, "Forget the Thousand Excuses and Find the One Reason Why." And it IS a matter of why, not how. You know how. The GERD is a great reason why. I love chocolate, too! And I don't give it up. I just eat less of it. The reason you associate coffee with chocolate and Coke is because of the stimulants. If you need to, take a caffeine pill with water. Or, wean yourself off the caffeine, then go decaf. You can do it!