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Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Believe it or not, the point of Valentine's Day is not to send your sweetie into insulin shock. It is not necessary to present blood sugar spiking, non-nutritive, trans-fat-laced cancer bombs as a token of your tender feelings. You always have that option, but it's not actually the point of the celebration. Really.
You don't have to give these things, and you don't have to get them. If you're working to avoid added sugar in your diet, and Valentines Day has you running scared, know that you have options.
First, Valentine's Day is traditionally a day to celebrate romantic love. We've stretched the celebration to include all forms of love, romantic, platonic, brotherly, sisterly, and other-worldish. I'm concerned mainly about you. The Valentine's tokens you give and the ones you get.
So it's already raining candy hearts in your house or office? Decide now that you don't need them. You have been eating them all your life, no doubt, and know exactly how they taste. I can argue that I have had more than my share of them in my lifetime. Not eating them this year is not any form of deprivation for me, because I've already had all that I could ever need. Not eating them does not make me a scrooge. I can say with absolute confidence that I have fully lived the entire conversation heart experience, and now I'm moving on to other things.
Chocolate jonesing? More chocolate availability can make your chocolate addiction feel worse now than usual. Give somebody else the job of grocery shopping and drugstore visiting during this time when the shelves are buldging with the stuff. If you can avoid being in the path of the extra chocolate this year, you'll help yourself keep the monster at bay. Some people do well enjoying just one bite of chocolate to satisfy the craving. But you know if you're not one of those people, and instead need to keep the chocolate out of your line of sight to help you stay in control, do it.
Love is the point of the celebration. What is loving for you would naturally support your good health and well-being. Think along those lines, and you're likely to have a Happy Valentine's Day, indeedy.
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