admin - February 13, 2014
You’ve probably heard it before, but we need to keep up with nutritious diets, regular physical activity, and necessary health screenings to have a healthy life. Holidays can make it tricky to stay on top of your healthy lifestyle, especially holidays that involve tons of sweets like Valentine’s Day. Chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate hearts, cookies, and cupcakes are plenty of ways to get off track with your health goals.
To give you and your sweetheart a heart-healthy gift this year, use some of these ideas:
Skip out on the traditional sweets
Instead of getting the traditional tempting sweets, try something different. Fruit baskets are a natural way to sweeten up the holiday while adding in some healthy nutrients. Try searching for foods at the grocery store that have a heart check mark on the package, meaning they have limited amounts of total, saturated, and trans fat.
Have a romantic dinner – the healthy way
Eating out at restaurants makes it difficult to know exactly what is in the foods you’re eating. Try cooking up a home cooked meal and spice it up with healthy seasonings. Rekindle an old flame with a favorite recipe, but substitute some ingredients for lower-fat or no-fat versions. If you are heading out to dinner, be sure to check online to see if the restaurant has nutritional information for the menu. Most chain restaurants have the information listed, so you can make a health conscious choice
Make your date an active one
It’s recommended that everyone get 30 minutes of exercise per day, so why not make it an activity for you and your loved one? Take a walk, do partner yoga, ice skating, or even take a ballroom dance class. Whatever you decide, just be sure to get moving!
Each of these tips can be combined with other healthy aging methods to ensure you’re staying on track this Valentine’s Day. In all things involving healthy aging, it’s all about moderation. Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily have to mean tossing your diet out the door. You can stay healthy, even on a holiday. All of us at Life Line Screening believe in you, and we wish a Happy Valentine’s Day!