Monday, February 14, 2011

Tales from the Heart

I know some of you prefer to boycott Valentine's Day, claiming its another Hallmark/Consumer-ism holiday. But, I'm draped in red and pink today. I am a sucker for the sweetheart, romance of Valentine's Day.

Matters of the Heart
...its nice to have a day that reminds us to tell the people in our lives how much we love them. Sure, it would be nice if we didn't need a holiday to remind us to do kind things for our loved ones. As it would be lovely, if we didn't need death to remind us to never take the people in our lives for granted. But, sadly - life doesn't always work that way.  If you dress in red today or not, maybe take the idea of being kind to your loved ones with you into the rest of the other days of the year.

Confession of the Day
My confession today? Well, I'm not just a sucker for the romance of Valentine's day. I also love the sweet treats that come with it. I love the strawberries, dark chocolate and red candies. Since, this holiday is supposed to be all about your heart, feel good about those strawberries and dark chocolate you're devouring, as they contain lots of powerful antioxidants that support your body. But, the cinnamon hearts and cupcakes are bad news for your cardiovascular system. I know, you're thinking its the cholesterol and trans fat you really need to worry about. But, newer research is suggesting that consuming simple sugars such as those found in sweet treats are also very bad for your heart as they trigger inflammation.

Love your heart never gets a vacation.

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