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For me, Valentine's Day is not a holiday linked with food. I became allergic to chocolate in the 2nd grade. I'm sure I got candy treats when I was young, but I have never associated Valentine's Day with big boxes of chocolate. My meals today were just like any other day (except that I didn't eat nuts because I had way to many walnuts and almonds Sunday afternoon).
However, I enabled my family drift away from the BTD for the day. I was in a bookstore a few weeks ago, and they had boxes of little Valentine hearts with Bible messages on them. Things like "God loves you," "Faith, hope, love," "Jesus cares," or "Trust and pray." They were so cute, and I knew they would make my kids smile. I mailed a box to my son and put a box on my daughter's breakfast placemat. Therein is the dilemma. By inserting a reminder of God's love into our Valentine holiday, I also inserted too much sugar!
My daughter babysat for a neighborhood family tonight. I was thinking of what I could fix for dinner that our daughter doesn't care for, but my husband really likes. One of his favorite meals is crab au gratin. It used to be common in restaurants, but it's not a popular menu item any more. He hasn't had it in years. Another dilemma: crab au gratin is a minefield of Type A avoids, but it would make him really happy. I fixed it and balanced it with a large salad. His eyes sparkled as he ate.
Two dilemmas - both times I opted to give happiness instead of health. I think there is a lot to be said for giving happiness, especially since I'll be serving plenty of beneficials tomorrow.
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