Chocolate for your loved one

Giving chocolate to your loved one for Valentines Day is an old tradition. But why do we associate chocolate with love and what are health benefits of eating it?

Benefits of chocolate.

1. It improves our life.  Anandamide is the chemical in chocolate that quickly activates dopamine receptors in the brain which temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression and provides the sense of wellbeing or “high”.

2. Substitutes for love.  It delivers a potent neurotransmitter called phenylethylamine, which is more commonly known as the “love drug.” That is why people crave chocolate when love is missing in there lives.

3. Makes us happy.  Cacao also has tryptophan – a precursor to the mood-stabilizing neurotransmitter serotonin.

4. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems. It has anti-clotting, blood-thinning properties that work in a similar way to aspirin which can improve blood flow and circulation.

5. Prevents cognitive decline. Cocoa’s flavonoids seems to make people feel more awake and alert and perform better. ( No wonder why my mom always gave me dark chocolate  when I took my tests).

6. It  is also and inflammation fighter due to resverathrol  presence. Eating dark chocolate is the most natural ways to reduce the inflammatory processes underlying the chronic, degenerative diseases.

7. Keeps cholesterol healthy. Naturally occurring polyphenols in cocoa, the fundamental component in chocolate, actually boost levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, while at the same time reducing the atherogenicity of so-called “bad” variety – LDL – by preventing its oxidation.

8. Increases energy. Chocolate contains caffeine, a stimulant that can help heighten physical energy and alertness, but studies also show that it can inhibit inflammation in the brain that causes migraines.

9. May reduce cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods.

10. Increase insulin sensitivity and reduce risk of diabetes.
All those beneficial properties related to dark chocolate over 70%. My personal favorite is 85%


1. Non-organic bars might contain GMO- soy product, such as lecithin!
2. Watch for amount of sugar!
3. Do not overeat!

As mentioned in Cleveland Clinic study:

“It’s important to remember the word moderation. There’s a measured and tested amount of chocolate – 6.7 grams a day (or one small square of chocolate two or three times a week) – that provides the best health benefits. While it undoubtedly comes as a pleasant surprise that chocolate is actually good for you, eating the right amount is crucial if you want it to be a benefit and not a liability.”

Keep all this information in mind  when you buy good quality chocolate for your Valentine.

If you would like to surprise you loved one and make chocolate yourself check my recipe from the forthcoming cookbook.



Love, Health & Happiness this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. It’s a beautiful holiday to celebrate and share with your family, children, partner, spouse and friends. We traditionally share our love on this holiday by purchasing gifts, flowers, chocolates, candy, or fancy dinners for our loved ones.
But have you thought about what you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day for yourself?
Why do we purchase all these items and indulge in such unhealthy eating behavior?
Is this how we show someone we love them; let alone is this how we perceive feeling valued and loved by others?
Do you believe that if you put others first that they will love and therefore you will feel loved?
Do you believe it is selfish to love yourself first? I’d like to challenge you on a different approach in conveying your Love this Valentine’s Day. That is to practice the selfless, not selfish, act of self-love.A famous psychologist and social philosopher coined the idea that:“In order to truly love another person, a person needs first to love herself, in the way of respecting and knowing oneself.”In my book Listen to Your Body and Regain Your Health I share with you my Secrets including:

  • The four aspects of self-love
  • The Process of Transformation in Trust and Self-awareness
  • Self-care routines; like my ‘Mirror Work’ Exercise

The only way to Love others with all of your heart is by first loving yourself.

Take this Valentine’s day as an opportunity to not only love others, but love yourself too. Listen to what your heart is telling you.

Follow your heart, Listen to your body, Reenergize your mind and Exert positive energy into your spirit.

When you have accomplished these tasks of being a healthier, happier and self-loving you, you will then discover the power of sharing your love with others.

So, take this Valentine’s day to connect with your inner self.

I wish you all Love, Health & Happiness this Valentine’s Day.