Love is in the air! This year, give your Valentine or yourself the gift of good health!
This comes with the suggestion that you have a conversation with your loved one to confirm that a health-oriented gift is saying “I love you and want to keep both of us healthy” vs. “you need to change yourself”.
Looking for some healthy gift ideas? New sneakers (maybe red or pink) or workout clothes, a new yoga mat, a GlucoseZone app subscription, a water bottle with a motivational saying like “I don’t Sweat, I Sparkle” or “The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes” or an activity tracker all make great gifts! If you’re looking for something for overall health and wellness, try an activity tracker, gift certificate for a massage, or a smoking cessation class. A local farm or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you get a food delivery every week during the season will keep healthy habits going all year long! Beautiful flowers are a great gift too if you feel that one of the gifts above will be taken the wrong way.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about gifts, choose healthy foods as the base for your special Valentine’s day meal. Try healthy fruits and vegetables like roasted cherry tomatoes or homemade tomato soup, strawberries, raspberries, bright red radishes and beets, red tipped lettuce and watermelon cut into heart shapes. Berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are good fruit choices because they have a lower glycemic index.
For dessert, small amounts of dark chocolate that is 72% or higher (cocoa content). Dark chocolate is high in healthy antioxidants and lower in fat than milk chocolate. The antioxidants come with fat and sugar when it is consumed as a chocolate bar, so keep your intake to 1-2 ounces/day if you are having it on a regular basis.
Choose an active way to spend Valentine’s day. Volunteer by yourself or as a couple at a local food bank, animal shelter, library, literacy program, or local hospital – giving back is shown to boost your mood, reduce stress and it brightens the days of others too! Go bowling, take a hike, go for a walk on the beach, go to the Zoo, or take a ballroom dance class.
There are countless ways to celebrate Valentine’s day. In the end, it’s all about saying “I love you” to the important people in your life.
About the Author:
LaurieAnn Scher MS, RD, CDE is the diabetes educator for GlucoseZone. With over 30 years in practice, she embraces new technologies and ideas that are grounded in human physiology to help people with diabetes achieve the best outcome. With an undergraduate degree in Clinical Nutrition from Cornell University and a Masters in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University, Teachers College, she is comfortable applying innovations in nutrition, exercise and diabetes to the current practice of diabetes management. LaurieAnn is comfortable with challenging the status quo to personalize diabetes care recognizing that while diabetes may be similar as a disease state, not everything works for all people all of the time. Join LaurieAnn to help discover how to manage your diabetes in the GlucoseZone.