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Valentine's Day the Habits of Health way!

02.12.14 |

How to have a healthy Valentines Day

Tips to help you:

  • Begin the day with a healthy start: Enjoy a delicious shake to start your day or take a brisk walk with your sweetheart (or dog)
  • Choose something healthy to do with a friend or your honey: Take a walk, bicycle, jog or go hiking, go to the gym (Many athletic clubs have couples classes) or play tennis or swim.
  • Give the gift of health! (Instead of candy or chocolate) here are some ideas:
    • Pedometer.  Barnes and Noble has one as so does K-mart and  many online companies and athletic stores.
    • Take a trip or plan a fun excursion(to a museum or aquarium or Broadway play) that you can share a new experience with your friend or someone special.  It’s a chance to start new memories and it means a lot more than material objects!
    • Give a funny or motivational or fitness-minded book!  These are good for their health and show your honey or friend that you care about them.
    • Give Exercise equipment,such as a scale or exercise ball, bands or bar bells, exercise video, gift certificate to athletic shoe or clothing store, Pilate’s lessons, or private trainer.
  • If you go out to Dinner or make a special dinner, make healthy choices…
    1)   Always break down leftovers into single serving sized containers. That way, when you reach in the fridge to find something to reheat, you’re retrieving just enough for one helping.   Breaking down your leftovers will help you limit your food intake.
    2)   Start your meal with a salad.  Eating a salad before lunch or dinner is a sure-fire way to keep you from overeating.  It will help curb your appetite and keep you from over eating in other food groups.  Load up on salad and veggies.  The fiber in the veggies will help you feel fuller.
    3)   Remember to have five Medifast/day!  By eating healthful small meals throughout the day will help keep your blood sugar even and keep cravings and hunger at bay.  Mini meals are by far the best way to prevent overeating because you’ll never get too hungry to lose control and overeat.
    4)   Keep your “seconds” off the table!  Don’t serve family style.  Keep pots and platters of food off the table.  This will keep you from temptation to overeat.
    5)   Watch your portions!  Learn how to “eyeball” the proper amount.
    6)   Split the main course with your sweetie!
    7)  Order two appetizers, such as shrimp cocktail and salad instead of a large meal.
    8)  If you know that the wait at the restaurant could be long,have a shake before you go!