Can you believe tomorrow we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day? I feel like I have just gotten over all the Christmas cheer and no sooner here is another event calling for treats to derail our efforts!
Now I’m not all humbug about Valentine’s Day… in fact, any opportunity to show love and kindness and do something special for those we love is great.
Especially as some of us need reminding to do this (whether you think it’s just a commercial day or not).
But how do you show your love and support for those who you care about?
You see if you or your loved ones are fasting and focused on losing weight then don’t sabotage their efforts by buying them a huge box of chocolates (you know the ones mass-produced filled with sugar, fat and hardly and real cocoa). I know that it is given with good intentions but it can really hurt someone’s efforts, taking up all their will power not to binge and pig out on them!
Instead, support and encourage them.
And you can still give them a treat just a much healthier one!
Here are my suggestions below:
Buy them a small box of handmade premium quality chocolates that are made from 100% real cocoa containing at least 70% cocoa content. They are full-flavored and better for you!
This option still allows you to get some ‘brownie points’ but without giving them something that can just derail their efforts.
You see good quality real cocoa has many benefits such as making you feel good, is rich in antioxidants, acts as a stress reliever and it’s good for the heart, a great addition to your fasting diet plan… and they actually taste so much nicer!
You really can taste the flavors of the cocoa and other quality ingredients and can savor it; really appreciating the food……which is what we should do when we eat; slow down and appreciate the taste and sensory stimulus (as this also helps the brain know that you are eating).
So if you are going to give Chocolates go for quality over quantity.
And go for healthier options such as the ultimate ‘brownie points’ winner… prepare a batch of homemade healthy and delicious brownies or some of these other simple healthy recipes treats.
Another suggestion is:
To prepare a healthy breakfast in bed for your loved one.
Then go for a walk or do some physical activity together; something that gets you moving. It might be a lovely walk or a bike ride or it might be something fun that you wouldn’t normally do or take your walk at a different location like a beach, a mountain or just get out and throw the ball around with the kids as an entire family… something you have been thinking about for a while but just never done.
Make the gift and surprise more about your time and devotion and not so focused on the food and calories.
What do you think of these suggestions? I hope this helps!
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!