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Love is sweet, you don’t have to eat it to feel it.
It’s that time of the year again, Valentine’s Day brings lots of candy and chocolate to mind and too much to our mouths. Regardless of our romantic status, people love to indulge on sweets for this holiday. Celebrating togetherness for some, but also soothing loneliness for many. There are so many more ways to show love than giving and indulging in sugary treats!
This article will give you some activity ideas to feel the love we all need and want. Action is the best way to show someone (especially yourself) you really care about them. So much more important that buying chocolate and candy, show someone you love with action this Valentine’s Day.
Before we get into activity ideas, first let’s explore some facts about sugar to inspire you to make this Valentines holiday more about treating ourselves and one another well and less about the sweet treats we don’t need. Sugar is detrimental to our health, no shocking news flash there, but its effects are killing us slowly over time. The top costs of sugar to health are:
Sugar in excess leads to weight gain, increased cortisol, gut flora imbalances, brain fog, fatigue, diabetes, insomnia, heart disease. Depression and anxiety are linked to sugar’s influence, creating spikes and dips in blood sugar, throwing off our hormonal regulation making us feel stressed. Much like the long-term effects of excessive alcohol and nicotine consumption, too much of a good thing shortens life spans and invites a roster of preventable diseases.
There are tons of healthy alternatives on the market. One of the best alternatives to white cane sugar is maple syrup which is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Still high in natural sugar, but loaded with vitamins and minerals. The darker the syrup, the higher in nutrient density!
DID YOU KNOW? Pure maple syrup has the same beneficial classes of antioxidant compounds found in berries, tomatoes, and flax seed.
Dopamine, the hormone that fuels the drive to desire things, surges in sugar’s consumption, like any other pleasurable chemical substance that enters the body. Some are lucky and can have just one small piece of chocolate, candy or cake while others can’t seem to ever have enough. It’s best to have alternatives instead of sitting with a bag of M&Ms which only leads to guilt and remorse the next day. There are tons of support groups for help if you happen to be in the habit of overdoing sugar on a regular basis.
Demonstrating love is being loving! According to the book, “The 5 Love Languages,” by Gary Chapman, people have different ways to show affection based on how they desire to receive it. It might be fun to discover your primary love language at their website 5lovelanguages.com. if you have a mate, ask them to do it too, it’s a great topic of conversation to learn more about one another. Here are some activities and actions to take categorized by each love language to do with someone or enjoying your own company.
Here are some more ideas of things to do:
Celebrating love with action instead of sweets is not only for Valentine’s Day, but everyday of our lives. Making time for the people we love, including ourselves makes life feel healthier and so much more satisfying. Love is food for the soul!
Sugar is the devil. Show love in better ways and discover what it means to be well!
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