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From the Second Story column: Candy and flowers hallmarks of Valentine's Day

10:27 AM, Feb. 12, 2013  |  Comments
June Thompson
June Thompson
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Thursday is the day that some people receive their yearly allowance of flowers and candy; that means they only get these special treats on Valentine's Day.

Mega amounts of heart-shaped candy boxes will be opened, and the tasty pieces of truffles, caramels and some of that healthy dark chocolate will be devoured. And those flowers, most likely roses, will be delivered posthaste to ensure the recipients can brag or be embarrassed by the affection garnished on them.

If I were receiving a box loaded with candy and a bouquet filled with roses, carnations and lilies, I'd gush with happy elation.

There's just one exception to this: I got a jump-start on the candy. I've already devoured plenty of chocolate in those small valentine boxes. I didn't care that it was white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate; I ate them all. But I didn't buy the flowers yet; I'll buy those after work today.

I didn't plan on buying the candy before Valentine's Day, but there were boxes and boxes of candy already on the shelves waiting for me to buy them. Who was going to stop me? There's no such thing as the candy police, no one's going to patrol my sugar intake.

But know that February is also Heart Health Month. It's important to look out for one's heart and keep it healthy. That includes exercising regularly - not just one day a week, or when you eat too much candy on Feb. 14. Maintaining a healthy heart every day is vital. Eating better foods - besides a lot of chocolate - can help the heart.

I'm no medical expert. I've been harped at to increase my exercise workout and decrease my candy input. It's not something I want to hear, I just want more chocolate.

The great thing about Valentine's Day is the day after. The candy is usually discounted, but who cares? It'll taste the same no matter which day you eat it, and you might save money when you buy the candy on Feb. 15.

And, if you don't want to share it with anyone, you don't have to buy a large box; a small one will be sufficient, so long as it's more than two pieces. Just remember: whatever you eat, the chocolate has a mega amount of calories.

June Thompson is a correspondent for Neillsville.

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