Valentine’s Day is often a time when we eat more sugar than normal. People often celebrate with candy, confections, and special, sumptuous dinners. It’s fine to celebrate special occasions with food. However, there other ways to let people know that you care about them without raising their insulin levels. Here are some ideas for having a healthier Valentine’s Day that won’t show up on the scale.
• Taking a leisurely stroll in a beautiful area, like a park or natural area, can be satisfying and intimate. It can also provide exercise. You can raise your heart rate while spending the quality time that you might not usually have with your loved one. If walking or hiking is too strenuous, perhaps you can go swimming together, or do yoga or Tai Chi.
• If you’re alone and don’t have a partner, you can use the day to treat yourself with love and respect. Maybe get a massage, soak in a hot tub, or go to a sauna. Do something that you would really enjoy and treat yourself as you’d like someone to treat you on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a long-forgotten hobby or go see a friend. Speaking of friends, you may have other single friends. You could always enjoy their company instead of being home alone.
• Prepare a healthy meal together, if you have a partner. Eat it slowly and mindfully together. This can promote a healthier, calmer approach to the act of eating. We also digest better when we’re calm and feel secure and loved.
• Have a slumber party all day with your partner or lover. You can spend the day being intimate and enjoying each other’s company in a sensual way. You can use massage, aromatherapy, and read poetry or something sexy to each other to create the right mood. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, read spiritual books to each other or something that would bring you closer.
These are just a few ideas offered as alternatives to eating a box of See’s candy, drinking too much or engaging in other traditional, unhealthy behaviors. Most of all, I urge you to appreciate yourself and your loved ones. It doesn’t matter if those loved ones are romantically involved with you or not. I hope you have a wonderful, warm holiday and many more to come!