Musicals Make My Heart Sing!

What brings your heart the most joy?...Is it dinner out with your special someone? In honor of February lets talk date nights. I once heard that you pay for dates now or you pay for divorce later and that stuck with me. At times you may feel like you are too busy or dates may feel expensive, but there is no doubt that dates are preferable to divorce for the married people out there and cheaper in the long run. It's much better for your heath too! My husband and I love to go to see musicals. That is our favorite date night or day activity. We both really love the singing and the acting. I think I got him into it when we were in college and we lived by the La Jolla playhouse. You could buy standing room only tickets and then they would give you seats after the show started. It was super cheap for people under 30 - they wanted to get us hooked. I was already hooked, but I'm really glad it got him into it too!

Our hormones are regulated by going on dates with our special someone. Oxytocin, the love hormone is released as well as serotonin (mood regulator), and dopamine (feel good hormone), which all contribute to better health.


Foods that are Especially Good for the Heart

In honor of February I thought we could all eat a few extra servings of some heart healthy foods. Here are 10 highlights:

  1. Fatty Fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to lower heart disease risk. Ie salmon and trout.

  2. Berries: Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, berries contribute to heart health.

  3. Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and other nuts are high in heart-healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

  4. Legumes: Beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and nutrients beneficial for heart health.

  5. Dark Chocolate: In moderation, dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content has antioxidants and flavonoids that can benefit heart health.

  6. Garlic: Contains allicin, known for its potential to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

  7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: High in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, olive oil is a staple of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. (Do not heat)

  8. Leafy Greens: Kale, spinach, and other greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support heart health.

  9. Avocado: Full of monounsaturated fats, potassium, and antioxidants, avocados are great for heart health.

  10. Green Tea: Contains catechins, which are antioxidants that improve heart health.


Cool Resources

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