A warning about Valentine’s Day

The Good Life Letter 

10th February 2019

  • A warning about Valentine’s Day
  • If you’re not used to this drink you could feel terrible
  • How to relax and enjoy life a little in the middle of February without the consequences

It’s Valentine’s Day on Thursday.

That’s the day in the year when I hear these soft words of love from my wife’s lips…

“What do you mean YOU FORGOT?”


“Are these from the 24-hour garage?”


“You fell asleep on the sofa again.”

Yes, it’s that time of the year that brings out the most romantic side of me.

Stand aside, Romeo, Don Juan and Cyrano de Bergerac, for Ray Collins is in town and the ladies are swooning!
However, I suspect I am in the minority here, for Valentine’s Day is big business these days, so it must be popular – and from the people buying all the products, it’s not foolish young smoochy types either.

Since the end of January my supermarket has been filling up with pink balloons, cards, chocolates and LOTS of booze offers.

In fact, if I were to arrive on this planet from outer space and judge Valentine’s Day as an outsider, I’d describe it as a day in which people get very drunk and stuff themselves half to death with chocolate as a bizarre ancient mating ritual.

And maybe that’s actually quite accurate…

Because the booze seems to be a big factor.

You’ve got lots of couples with stresses like kids, mortgages, jobs, health worries and financial concerns deciding to let it all go for one night… relax a little… get back to the romance…

And they do it via alcohol as a shortcut.

I’m not judging here, just observing.

Neither are people ‘getting hammered’ – it’s more that they’re sharing a few glasses of wine or Cava.

A few drinks can be just what you need to ignore your stresses and get into a more relaxed, romantic mood.

But it you’re not used to drinking much, you can end up with a banging headache, nausea and general anxiety the next day – which will destroy the point of the nice time you had the previous night.

So if you are the sort who might suffer after even a few glasses of wine, try this before you go out on Valentine’s Day: Proven Hangover Prevention.

If you’ve not tried this before, it’s worth taking the trial to discover the effects for yourself.

A nutritional guard against any after-effects

Indulge’ is a blend of antioxidants, vitamins and sugars you take before you drink to reduce hangover symptoms like headaches and nausea. It contains:

  • Bioflavonoids – Antioxidants that neutralise free radicals, improving immunity and reducing inflammation
  • Milk Thistle – Restores the liver and sustains liver cell membranes
  • Vitamin C – Boosts liver enzymes to break down alcohol more efficiently
  • Magnesium – Assists enzyme function
  • Glucose – Balances your blood sugar levels
  • Fructose – Restores your blood sugar levels

Of course, you can avoid a hangover by not drinking alcohol at all. But if you want to let your hair down a bit on Thursday then give this a go.  Indulge.

Okay so that’s the happy couples who want to indulge in a bit of classic Valentine’s Day shenanigans.

What of the unhappy couples?

Or even… what about the singletons?


There’s no harm in having your own ‘Non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day’.

Find a friend. Cook some nice food or go out if you can find anywhere not rammed to the hilt with smoochy couples.

Why we should have some fun at this time of year

January and February are tough, cold, dark months and everyone deserves a bit of a treat by this point in the year.  It’s been a while since Christmas and there’s a little way to go until Easter.

Besides, some of the Valentine’s Day indulgences can be good for you. For instance, dark chocolate contains antioxidants and minerals like iron and manganese.

It also contains resveratrol – as does red wine.

Resveratrol can:

  • Protect the endothelial lining of your arteries, so blood flows more smoothly
  • Reduce oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells
  • Block the production of inflammatory agents, preventing pain
  • Support cells that improve mental function
  • Suppress the development of malignant cells
  • Improve muscle health, by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer

So a few squares of dark chocolate and a glass of red could be good for you whether you’re in a relationship or not.

Whatever you do, avoid any consequences of even a few drinks – especially if you’re not used to it – by trying this BEFORE you even take a sip.

Click here to try Indulge

Whether you’re in love, single or utterly indifferent, have a great week.

Yours as ever

Ray Collins




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