It’s that time of the year when we celebrate our love through chocolate, sweets, and a lot of food. So, why not celebrate it this year in a healthy, non-boring way in order to honor our heart and its health?
Plus, this month is American Heart Month, it is just not going to feel right now if we didn’t make sure to maintain healthy and strong hearts. In any case, by adopting a few changes to your Valentine’s Day plans, you and your loved ones can still enjoy that day as well as the entire month without risking anyone’s health.
for a healthier Valentine’s Day
Cook your romantic dinner
On Valentine’s Day, restaurants tend to add more meals to the menu that are not very friendly to the heart or to the digestive system due to the rich sauces and the heavy dressings. Plus, they won’t be very friendly to your wallet as well.
So, attempt to cook the meals at home with fresh and healthy ingredients, and take advantage of the fact that you understand what your loved ones may love to eat including entrées, desserts, salads, and fruits.
It is known that restaurants become so busy during the Valentine, and this is one of the reasons why you should consider whether to trust the quality of their food or not.
Remember that we are so privileged with the internet where you can look for many delicious and healthy meals that you and your loved one will enjoy eating at home without any noise from the crowded restaurants and streets.
Limit the sweets
Valentine is all about the heart-shaped chocolate boxes, it is a tradition that most people adopted in order to spoil their loved ones.
But, what about being the black sheep of 2018 and gift them something different this time? It still can be sweet, delicious, heart-shaped, and healthy. Get your creative juices flowing and create a healthier treat.
Here are some suggestions to help you decide which treat your loved ones deserve, and spoiler alert: they will love them all.
• Heart-shaped fruit (it can be used with any fruit you like and cut it using a heart-shaped cookie cutter)
• Heart-shaped brownie bites.
• Chocolate-dipped marshmallows on a stick.
• Healthy Banana splits.
• Heart-shaped frozen yogurt bites.
• Red velvet pancakes.
Don’t worry if you think these treats are making you look “so cheesy”, Valentine’s Day is all about being romantic after all, and we assure you they will appreciate that you considered their health above all.
It is the Valentine where you should ditch the theatres and any inside activity that will require you sitting, and try to be more active by planning a date where both of you can get active in a fun way.
If you live in a warmer climate, you can go for picnics, hikes, the zoo, or anywhere that will keep you moving. In case you work all day, then you can still go to amusement parks or museums to enjoy a little art and adrenaline rush for a change.
If you live in a colder climate, you can plan for an indoor date like ice skating, rock climbing, dancing lessons, or even cooking lessons because cooking burns calories too.
Valentine can be a great opportunity to be active and also to go outside your comfort zones and try something different for a change. Plus, it will be an addition to the calories you will still love to lose at night (woohoo!).
Limit the alcohol consumption
Valentine’s Day is enough excuse to get drunk in the middle of the week because we are celebrating, right? But, too much of anything good, can’t be that good. So, attempt to minimize your alcohol consumption.
For instance, instead of having 3 beers, maybe you can have only 1 and a half while sharing the other half with your partner (speaking of romantic!).Also, during dinner, you are allowed to enjoy one or even two glasses of wine.
It will help you relax and free your mind from all stress while keeping you aware enough to enjoy the rest of the night with your loved ones, and healthy enough to earn more days with them. In other words, enjoy alcohol but with moderation!
P.S: Women who are pregnant or trying to be pregnant are advised to avoid alcohol completely.
Mental and emotional health is as important as the physical health, and expressing your feelings can be so healthy for your heart muscle, as well as your brain muscle. Don’t hesitate to take this day as an opportunity to communicate your feelings and emotions to maintain a healthy emotional balance.
If you feel like you still can’t communicate your feelings face to face with your loved ones, then you can still manage to let out what’s inside you through a card or a poem. But, make sure to be the one who writes it, it doesn’t need to be too “artsy” as long as it expresses your true emotions.
Write one for every single important person in your life: your parents, your partner, your best friends, your kids, or even your neighbors. Consider it as a challenge, and your loved ones will surely appreciate it.
You know what makes the heart feels really good? Helping others in need! Celebrate this day with your loved ones by volunteering and helping other people, not only it will make you feel really good, it will also make your relationship stronger.
If you have kids, include them in volunteering too to teach them valuable lessons about being and doing good, because after all, that’s what love is all about.
Here are some suggestions where you can go with your loved ones to donate your time to people who need it the most:
• Homeless shelters
• Nursing homes
• Assisted living facilities for adults with disabilities
• Foster care homes
• Domestic violence shelters
• Local charity groups
Whether you are planning to spend your valentine’s day at home or you are willing to travel, be sure to stay aware of any danger that may occur.
If you are having dinner at home: light some candles but don’t leave them unattended. Also, be aware of the allergies your loved ones may have so you won’t mistakenly feed them the wrong meal.
Willing to spend a night full of love and intimacy: don’t forget to use protection to prevent any sexually transmitted infections (especially if you are going for a nightstand) and also to avoid any unwanted pregnancy if you are not in a long-term monogamous relationship.
If you are traveling somewhere new: prepare yourself for any needed vaccinations and take enough medications that you may need. Plus, be aware of what may happen en route, or at your travel destination.