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Just recently a dear friend of ours has suffered from a massive heart attack. We are all praying that he pulls through. This sort of trauma happens every day to millions of people, yet when it strikes so close to home it stops you in your tracks. Sometimes I feel like we are all just sitting ducks waiting for our turn to _______ (fill in the blank).

The phrases: life is precious, live life to its fullest, live in the moment, stop and smell the roses, tell those you love just how much you do love them, tomorrow is not promised to anyone, etc., often flow from our mouths, but do we really live by these words? Or could it be we just toss them around at random times when we feel deemed appropriate?

Stress is no doubt an evil that comes from all around. We don’t see it coming, we don’t ask for it, but it’s delivered to us on a silver platter. Stress can come from so many directions: the abusive husband, the cheating wife, the disobedient child, the scandalous business relationship, liars & cheats, finances, economy, jealousy, so on. And no matter how much we think or choose to believe that we are able to handle this unwanted stress, our mind and bodies tell us differently. Symptoms may arise such as: migraines, IBS, high blood pressure, anxiety, panic, and sadly heart attack, stroke, or even death.

As I often say, we must turn our backs on negativity, because it only endangers us and puts us at risk for symptoms and illness. So what do we do when we turn our back, but it seems to follow? We as humans can only do what we are capable of, and must rely on our faith for the rest. With faith and love in God, all things are possible.

When we are healthy, we face stress strong and able. But if we are not in optimal mind and body, then we only fall to the ground and allow it to get the best of us. So, love your heart, don’t feed it all those foods high in animal fat & cholesterol, ladened with salts, butters, creams and such! This just puts a strain on it and then becomes stress to your heart. Energize your mind, body and heart with whole, plant-based foods, legumes, nuts, seeds, and gluten free grains that maximize your ability and wellbeing. Your body can’t fight back when you’ve knocked it down. Build it up, and keep it strong. Exercise and eat right, you deserve it!

A heart healthy food for you to consider today is asparagus. Rich in folic acid, potassium, and cancer-fighting glutathione, this Mediterranean member and green of the lily family is best in early spring. That would be right about now – great! Stalks should be bright green with tips that are tightly closed. Such flourishing color indicates its tenderness (no matter the thickness of the stalk).

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One way I like my asparagus prepared is rather simple. After it’s been cleaned and dried, I drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper; bake in the oven at 400 for 12 to 15 minutes. Simple, yet delicious. There are many de-lish and healthy ways to prepare asparagus, enjoy some tonight.

Don’t allow stress to conquer you, or poor eating habits to be your demise. Wise up and strengthen up. Keep the faith and treat your body with love.

Heart healthy love…