Our hearts are an important organ, and just like any machine they need to be looked after from a maintenance perspective. You don't expect your Ferrari to run on castor oil (or whatever a useful mechanical analogy would be), so you should only put the best stuff in your body-machine, too. Over the last few years, some scientists started looking into "broken heart syndrome", finding that grief or anxiety can result in stress cardiomyopathy.

This is where the heart becomes the seat of your love, light, and longing.

I thought this week would be great for heart health, so I'll be posting one exercise, one recipe, and one inspiration to keep our hearts healthy all around.

Exercise:

Dancing!

Sign up for a free account on http://www.pandora.com/, set the dial to Pitbull, and jiggle it for at least 20 minutes. While you're vacuuming, doing dishes, or on its own. Close the blinds if you're uncomfortable.

Alternatively, find a studio in your neighborhood that teaches ballroom, ballet, belly or whatever music is most up your alley. You can buy DVDs, or go to a Zumba class near you and enjoy making new friends while learning funky dance routines you can use next Saturday night.

Recipe: Roasted Veggies

pasta and roasted veg

  • Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit / 190 Celsius
  • In a heat-proof dish, cut up squash, zucchini, mushrooms, aubergine, carrots, peppers, and red onion into the shape of your choice.
  • Add salt, pepper, and other fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme.
  • Fill the bottom of the dish with vegetable broth to prevent sticking.
  • Roast for 40 minutes or until tender and serve over whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, in a whole-wheat pita, or on a whole-wheat sandwich.
  • Tip: add a spoonful of nutritional yeast for extra B12. :-)

Inspiration:

Surround yourself with people who make your heart smile.

The more you try to please people who don't, the more you'll lie to yourself e.g. about being able to afford that new dress or starting that diet tomorrow.

This quote has been attributed to Dr. Seuss, and I like it:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

 

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