February in Canada can be brutal. We are all tired and a bit worn out by the constant assault of weather related offences. We have been missing the sun and the warmth for far too long and are in dire need of a pick me up. Perhaps that is the true intent behind the holiday of Valentine’s Day; to reconnect and inspire ourselves with heart uplifting moments. Chocolates and relationships , those seem to be the stuff the holiday is made of.
Dark Chocolate is actually a wonderful heart healthy treat, as long as it is of the dark variety. It actually contains antioxidant flavonoids, which have been found by researchers to positively impact cardiovascular health when introduced into the diet.
There are a variety of nutritional supplements that also positively affect heart health. Omega 3 Fish oils, Co enzyme Q10, L-Carnitine, Resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Quercetin and B Vitamins are just some of the top tools available to support cardiovascular health.
Lifestyle and diet are the keystone to heart health. We arrive on the planet with genetic predispostions but we are not slaves to them. What we eat, how we move and how we love , are the greatest sources for dynamic change and impact for our hearts. Our choices have consequences that are far reaching.
So in Ferbruary, as the days lengthen by 2 minutes per day, let us choose wisely, embrace the light that seeps into our dark and worn corners, nibble on chocolate, make love, laugh and move with abandon into the heart places that nurture and inspire our souls.
“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
― Alysha Speer