We all know how lovely it is to receive chocolates and flowers, especially on Valentines Day.
If you happen to be meandering through a dude-free spell in your life, or maybe like my friends, you are suddenly single, and hurting, the lack of said flowers and chocolates can leave a wide, gaping hole in your day.
Traditional wisdom would say “Go buy your own” . Corinna’s wisdom says “chocolate consumed during moments of misery goes straight to your thighs. And stays there.”
My twitter friend @Immachocoholic has a whole different spin on the food category, and its really quite fabulous…
The following has been (quite liberally) lifted from their website Gourmet Healthy Chocolates.com
Chocolate is good for you
“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” (Michael Levine)
Chocolate is good for you and I am NOT talking about the ‘candy’ that has chocolate in it. Many people associate chocolate with candy and most do not know the difference. Chocolate candy contains refined white sugar and other fillers including wax. Chocolate in its truest form is a nutrient powerhouse that really is good for your body.
Chocolate contains several minerals and vitamins. Dark chocolate is higher in cacao content and contains magnesium which helps muscles relax, aids nerve conduction and energy production as well as bone and teeth development. Women who lack magnesium experience greater PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms. Dark chocolate also contains Copper that is directly involved in the chemical processes of the body. And, dark chocolate is also high in potassium that is vital to your cardiovascular health.
|I’ve never tried this Xocai stuff, but they have it on their website|
Dark chocolate is also high in fiber! A diet high in fiber contributes to lowering cholesterol, is beneficial in lowering colon cancer, and improves metabolism Studies on dark chocolate have shown that it is very high in antioxidants and prevents oxidation of the ‘bad cholesterol’ that implicates your cardiovascular health.
It is estimated that approximately 1 billion people eat chocolate every day. The average American consumes 12 pounds of chocolate a year.The average European consumes 15 pounds of chocolate a year.
Nine out of ten people love chocolate.
Fifty percent of the population cannot live without chocolate every day.
Chocolate is known to increase serotonin and dopamine.
The topic of chocolate is universal.
Chocolate in its raw form is the highest antioxidant food on the planet.
When chocolate is processed or heated 60-80% of the beneficial antioxidants are killed.
Gourmet healthy chocolate promotes a healthier body by helping it come into balance naturally.
Chocolate that is not processed is a whole clean food that contains beneficial compounds called Flavanoids.
Theobromine is a natural ingredient that is a safer alternative as compared to caffeine.
It is a vasodilator which opens the blood vessels that helps reduce blood pressure and may even help with high cholesterol.
Chocolate helps curb your appetite and has been proven to help you lose weight.
I am so excited about any chocolate that helps you lose weight!
For fun and interesting tips on chocolate follow them on twitter @Immachocoholic
For more makeup fun follow me @Corinnamakeup
Check out www.gourmethealthychocolate.com for some Valentines Day chocolate options.
At least that way if you’re going to do some chocolate damage this Valentines day, you’ll be doing it the right way 🙂
And as for flowers?
I found this fun item on “What His Flowers Really Mean…”
Just between you and me, I never thought they put that much thought into it???