A Sweet Treat for the Heart
We didn’t need any more excuses to eat chocolate, right? We’ll give you another one, besides a sweet guilty pleasure. Eating chocolate could help prevent heart disease.
We didn’t need any more excuses to eat chocolate, right? We’ll give you another one, besides a sweet guilty pleasure.
Eating chocolate could help prevent heart disease, and strokes according to Harvard’s Medical School, and the Heart medical journal.
People who indulged in dark chocolate on a regular basis had a lower risk of developing heart disease. The reason is the cocoa bean has polyphenols, and these compounds help with inflammation and increasing blood flow.
Chocolate has antioxidants that are also found in fruits and vegetables.
The study was conducted in Norfolk, England for 11 years, and those who ate more chocolate, died of cardiovascular disease than those who didn’t consume chocolate at 17.4 percent.
The average American consumed 107 pieces of chocolate annually, and women topped men by eating 89 percent compared to men who ate 85 percent. With any study, it’s important to balance how much you eat, and remember that there are a lot of calories in a chocolate bar.
Not all chocolate is the same, so stick to dark chocolate in small doses. A lot of the polyphenols are cancelled out in milk chocolate with all the fat and sugar usually added.
Romina di Giuseppe led a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition (2008) and found that there was a reduction of inflammation in those who consumed dark chocolate, than those who did not.
“People having moderate amounts of dark chocolate regularly have significantly lower levels of C-reactive protein in their blood. In other words, their inflammatory state is considerably reduced.”
Chocolate could also lower cholesterol, and improve blood pressure.
So, there you go. Enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate for a happy heart.
Thoughts from Pam Grout
Prosperity is a decision we get to make
“Everything you need is deep within you. Upon your request, upon your insistence, upon your need and stating that need, stating your intention, it will arise.”—Michele Longo-O’Donnell
Like everyone else on the planet, I learned ages ago that opportunities for pain and suffering are always going to be available and that if I was going to live with intention, it’s best to steer clear.
I’d have never become the author of 17 books, a reporter for People magazine and a world traveler if I’d accepted the onslaught of “negative invitations.”
“That’s not possible,” naysayers always insisted on telling me. “It’s hard to write a book. Even harder to sell it. You’re an unknown from Kansas. You got B’s in your journalism classes, for God’s sake.”
“Talk to the hand,” I’d always say to those voices. “That may be your way of seeing things, but I choose a different reality, a higher path.”
But in 2008, after three years of ever-increasing income, even being in a position to turn down a fourth project for National Geographic, I took the ego’s bait.
By then, a constant stream of bad news dominated the headlines. My profession, journalism and book publishing, was among the hardest hit by the global downturn. Publishers were cutting back their lines, lowering their advances. Many of my colleagues in the newspaper business were suddenly without work.
Again, I normally don’t listen to such nonsense. I much prefer a spiritual reality that proclaims abundance no matter what the circumstances. But by 2009, after little by little letting the dire news seep in, I plucked the aforementioned recession invitation out of the trash. I decided to take just a peek.
The party was in full swing. My agent was repeating the “nothing’s selling” mantra over by the punch bowl. Regular clients were on the corner sofas, moaning about the economy and their need to buy less.
Before I knew what happened, I bunny hopped right into the middle of the celebration. I began singing the “ain’t it awful” blues along with the party’s deejay. I told anybody who’d listen about my hard times.
Before long, I convinced everyone I know that my career as an independent author was over. I even fooled them into believing that, after all these years on my own, I was old, washed up and as yesterday as the History Channel.
I actually reveled in the sympathy.
Then one day, I got out my beat-up copy of Think and Grow Rich. As I read Napoleon Hill’s words about “thoughts being things,” I suddenly got it.
Look how powerful my thoughts and words had been. Look what I’d done to myself. If I can create this disaster with nothing but my thoughts, I can just as easily create the opposite.
When I think back about it now, I’m slightly embarrassed. How could I have fallen so bumpily off the wagon I’d use so successfully for so many years? I know good and well how this stuff works. I know that I create my own reality. I know that listening to dooms-dayers is the most futile exercise in the world.
I wasted no time using Hill’s famous advice.
Within a week, I had two new assignments. A new book contract came next. Rather than live frugally, the advice my friends were freely passing out, I decided to spend the summer overseas, volunteering and letting my newly-recovered faith pay the bills.
That decision to say, “I am prosperous and, of course, I can afford to travel overseas to volunteer” was the beginning of a more fruitful life.
Needless to say, I’ve taken that beautifully-engraved invitation and ripped it to shreds. And don’t bother sending anymore. Because from now on, my RSVP’s to any negativity will say one thing, “Have a good time. But don’t expect to find me there.”
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.