February 2013

Valentine's Day

Author: Kristoffer Hamby

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE? THINK AGAIN!

Let us get the bad news out of the way first. No matter how you cut, mold, or shape it, chocolate has calories. With a main ingredient in chocolate being sugar, it’s easy to assume it must not be good for you, especially when we live in a beach community and everyone wants to look their best.

Being fit however, means more than looking good. Chocolate is also made up of cocoa solids, which are rich in antioxidants, thought to be helpful in battling high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Dr Karen Ried from the University of Adelaide in Australia examined the effects chocolate has on blood pressure. Her research concluded that dark chocolate “can significantly, but modestly, reduce blood pressure for people with high blood pressure.” An additional study published in the British Medical Journal stated that eating 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has “significant” benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.

High cocoa chocolate contains antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols, which help keep blood vessels dilated, improving blood flow, which in turn reduces blood pressure. It’s important to note here that overindulging in chocolate in itself leads to obesity, which is a leading cause of heart disease. Reid also indicated that it is “in combination with sensible choices, such as exercise” that this preventative measure can be reached.

It is here I better tell you that I am not a doctor. The only medical advice I can give is before you choose any diet, consult your doctor. I should also let you in a little secret: My opinion of chocolate is somewhat biased. As the proud owner of The Chocolate Canopy along with my wife Starr, we are very interested in studies encouraging the consumption of chocolate.

Chocolate can be found everywhere, but the highest quality chocolate can’t. So whether you’re 90+-year-old Mrs. Donnelly who eats one dark chocolate graham cracker each night or our eight-year-old daughter, Sadie, who indulges more frequently, if you’re looking for quality chocolate, we’ll see you soon.

The Chocolate Canopy is a gourmet chocolate company, located at 6 Bow Circle, Hilton Head Island. For more information, call (843) 842-4567 or visit online at chocolatecanopy.com.

BOOK REVIEW

ALONE? ON A FRIDAY NIGHT? WITH A INT OF BEN & JERRY’S AND A BROKEN HEART?

No single woman wants to find herself in this discouraging scenario. Yet, many women end up here after following the advice of countless relationship books that tell women that to have the perfect man they must become the perfect woman.

In her debut book, On Becoming NaughtABimbeaux: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Prince Without Ever Kissing Another Frog, mental health professional, educator and once certifiable bimbo, Morgan Rose clarifies why the reader chooses men incapable of a conscious relationship, how she can shift her self-sabotaging pattern, and how she can recognize and attract a man capable of what true love requires. On Becoming NaughtABimbeaux weaves together relationship research, therapeutic guidance, women’s true stories, germane quotes and, when appropriate, humor. Rose’s voice as an author sets readers at ease as they dive into a journey into their past in order to find the prince of their future.

“Today’s woman, no matter how successful, how independent and confident, and no matter how many times she has trusted her precious biological clock to another ticking time bomb, or just another attractive cuckoo, is primed for a quantum leap from preschool to Ph.D. in learning the truth about love,” Rose said. “Why? Because deep in her heart of hearts, she believes the Cinderella story is possible.”

On Becoming NaughtABimbeaux targets a woman’s intellect, intuition, imagination, emotions and hope to ensure insight as the reader learns the answers to: Why do I so often love the men who can’t? What makes some men lay, lie, then leave? Why does settling feel like I’ve sold out my soul? Why does my daddy and his mommy matter? And, what’s science got to do with it?

Weaving a decade of research with her own extraordinary rebirthing journey, Rose addresses themes such as:
-Debunking the ‘Change Yourself for a Man’ myth
-Living the Cinderella Story: How to bypass the frogs to focus on finding your prince
-Six areas that sabotage your chances of having the love you long for
-The biology of emotional bonding
-How childhood messages impact adult intimacy

For more information, please visit www.naughtabimbeaux.com.

A VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE


A Day at the Spa
Most women are not likely to splurge on this for themselves – which makes it an inspired gift on Valentine’s Day.
Pamper Me!
www.westinhiltonheadspa.com
www.facesdayspa.com
www.palmettobluff.com/spa-treatments.aspx
www.sanctuaryeurospa.com


Send her Flowers on Valentine’s Day.
Yes – they will be expensive.
Yes, it is a Hallmark Holiday.
Yes, do it anyway.
It will make her day.
www.afloralaffairhhi.com


For your angel, 14K pink gold and diamonds.
The Porcupine, Village at Wexford
www.porcupinestyle.com
$685


Pandora creates their beads of sterling silver, gold and gemstones.
This magnificent bracelet features 14K gold beads and diamonds.
The Blue Parrot, Village at Wexford
www.blueparrotgifts.com
$5365


Enjoy the timeless classics of METALSMITHS™ Sterling Silver Heat Collection. Pendants, charms, and bracelets in elegant heart designs that never go out of style. Handcrafted in sterling silver that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Heritage Fine Jewelry, Pineland Station
www.heritagejewelershhi.com

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