A friend recently arrived at my house for a party. Upon entering the kitchen, his epicurean choices included slow braised brisket, homemade pirogues, hearty Italian sausage soup and squash rolls, as well as a full bar. He took one panicked look at me and said, “Got any chocolate?” I knew exactly how he was feeling and I took care of him immediately.
There is proof that chocolate has a physiological effect on the body. It has something to do with big words like theobromine and phenethylamine. Those words are all the justification we need in order to let go of the guilt from chocolate cravings. The science even links chocolate to serotonin (the chemical that helps maintain a good feeling) levels in the brain. And, eaten in moderation, studies have shown chocolate can reduce blood pressure! Of course, I should mention the small print here…studies also show that just getting out of bed and into a warm shower elevates serotonin levels, but that’s not important right now.
Go get some chocolate to share it with your valentine…and skip the big words.
Happy Valentines Day