Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone: even all you singles out there!
Valentine’s Day is a day for love. Red. Pink. Purple. Hearts. Hugs. Kisses. Hallmark Greeting Cards. Flowers. Stuffed Animals.
That all sounds fine with me. Some people hate it, and say “you should show your appreciate everyday. Or, “everyday should be Valentine’s Day”. Yes, I would agree. But, it’s a holiday that isn’t going away and what’s wrong with one day a year where people are overly loving? Too many of us take things for granted and before you know it, the ones we love are gone.
One thing I could do without for Valentine’s Day are the classroom parties! My goodness, that was a long day. Sure, the kids love it, but they were so loud and crazy all day…and it’s only Thursday! I’m sure tomorrow will be more of the same – either hyped up on all of the chocolate and candy they received, or just coming off those sugar highs.
Which brings me to the point of my post. Avoid the disaster that is an overabundance of chocolate! So many times we throw curve balls at our mind and body by offering up excuses to eat things we normally wouldn’t. Many of these days are holidays, but I’d say Halloween and Valentine’s Day are some of the worst culprits. The other days just seem to be about eating a ton of food, but these tricky days offer up mostly candy and chocolates. Hey – chocolate occasionally is fine…but some of the things I was presented with today…No way am I going towards that.
I received a large heart shaped chocolate bar on a stick, and a hollow chocolate chick/bunny…can’t remember which. Either way, the first ingredients on each were “sugar”. Remember, FDA requires that ingredients be written in order by size, largest to smallest. Another dandy I got were some famous chocolate balls that are wrapped and I cannot recall those either, but thank goodness the nutritional info was on the bag. It went something like this:
3 balls – 230 calories….160 calories from fat. 18 grams of fat! Ahhhh! That’s not good. I knew I’d regret those later. As I walked into the staff lounge, I dumped all of my candy in a basket and I know that stressed out teachers will enjoy those in the near future. I did eat one hershey kiss
So…enjoy your Valentine’s Day. Eat some chocolate if you want…but remember, there are always healthier alternatives to everything!