Monday, February 14, 2011

Make Your Heart this Years Valentine

Our heart; the wellspring from which our true nature is revealed is the dwelling of intuition, love, creativity, wisdom, gratitude and faith; qualities generally associated with the mind. We know deep in our heart, the ever beating orb is entwined with influencing and being influenced by everything we do, say, see and eat.

Do you love and respect your life-blood, pumping pal? Last week Dr. Gregory Martin, Indiana State Health Commissioner advised heart-clutching vegaphobic Hoosiers, “We have to take a fresh look at our comfortable habits and apply better wisdom.” Hard-headed Hoosiers are one of the unhealthy states in America, and what they eat or don’t eat is the cause, hence, avoidable.

Open your heart to new foods and love your way toward a heart-healthy diet. Give your heart the daily gift of antioxidant blueberries, potent disease-fighting foods. Delicious dark blue jewels are infatuated with fiber, vitamin C, and available fresh and frozen year long. How about wild caught Salmon? If it’s not farm raised, salmon contains clean protein packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid love. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week.

Popeye and his Valentine Olive Oyl knew spinach is a powerhouse. Its rich, dark color comes from the amorous phytochemicals, vitamins, folate and iron that protect against heartbreaking situations. Don’t even flirt with grocery spinach unless it’s organic. Non-organic spinach is sprayed generously with cancerous insecticides. Consistently eating a variety of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and grass-fed dairy products lovingly protect a hungry heart and minimizes ‘the big one”.
Limiting certain fats is important. Of the types of fat; saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fat, saturated and trans fats increase risk of coronary artery disease. Major sources of inflammatory saturated fat include beef, pork, butter, cheese, milk and hydrogenated coconut and palm oils. Trans fats are banned in many major United States cities since they are worse than saturated fat because they raise LDL and lower HDL. Unlovable trans fats lurk within deep-fried fast foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods, margarine's, and crackers.

Want to break your heart; eat canola, a member of the mustard family. Canola, a hyped con-job developed in Canada, is bogus oil engineered from the rapeseed plant. It’s an excellent insect repellent according to the EPA. To their credit, the FDA has taken a stance to protect babies from the unknown risks of Canola oil and prohibits Canola from being used in infant formula. Canola is found to be poisonous for all living things, including humans. It’s also used as a lubricant, fuel and a solution to illuminate the colored pages of the magazines.

Instead, gift your heart extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, fish oil, flax and chia oils, raw unrefined organic coconut oil, and modest quantities of sunflower, sesame, safflower, peanut, and ghee. Unlovable cotton seed oil is the filthiest. Remember; never let any oil reach the smoking point; heat destroys the love. Rarely mentioned, fat from grass fed beef actually contains omega 3 fatty acids that reduce plaque. Factory Farms feed the furry vegetarian bovines other dead cows, ugh, genetically modified organism (GMO) corn, mouth-watering growth hormones, appetite stimulants and pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and everyone’s favorite, aflatoxins. This aberrant grocery meat should be avoided like Ebola. Other health-appropriate Valentine options include winter squash, oatmeal, Navy beans, cinnamon-an anti-inflammatory, and apples including the peel. Be aware, chocolate is a calorie-rich, fatty food. A little is wonderful, a lot is not.

This Valentine’s Day have a dalliance with your heart. By tenderly embracing real, living
foods intended by Creation to restore, rebuild, and sustain the temple, you engrave a love note onto your heart saying, “I care.”

Eating greasy, sugary, dead bar coded food with no fresh produce or whole grains heaps contempt upon your monogamous temple. So, what’s it gonna be, Valentine?

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