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Managing Weight Loss & Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, and sticking with the program is the best thing to do!

You may feel anxious today about how you are going to navigate around the tempting chocolates and candied hearts, in order to stick with your program. Fortunately, there are many non-food related ways to show affection on this international day of love. Keep these 14 tips in mind for a Valentine’s Day that will not jeopardize weight loss.

  1. Let your loved ones know there is no need to get you chocolate or other non-program food choices this year.
  1. Show your love with non-food related items. Give friends a movie pass, get your spouse flowers, or give a family member a new tea/coffee mug.
  1. If you have children, start healthy Valentine’s Day habits early. Instead of giving them candy, choose another “treat” like stickers or a fun notepad.
  1. Keep a pack of sugar-free mints or gum on hand for when the candy craving strikes. Instead of popping a candy in your mouth, toss in the gum or a sugar-free mint.
  1. Pre-plan your Free Exchange allotment. Having experienced Valentine’s Day in the past, it shouldn’t come as a surprise what types of treats usually surround you. Decide on your favourite treat that is between 75-150 calories, and stick with having one.
  1. If you cannot help but associate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, enjoy one piece of dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa, 75-150 calories) for 1 Free Exchange, and make sure to enjoy every bite. You can also try Chocolate VHP Shakes if you already have some!
  1. Continue to stay active. Valentine’s Day occurs during the winter months so find a fun winter inspired activity to try alongside your Valentine. Go for a romantic winter walk, try heading to an outdoor skating rink, or even go sledding.
  1. If you plan to go to a restaurant, be wary of the pre-set Valentine’s Day menu. Your best bet is to order à la carte. That way you can choose one dish without feeling like you have to eat each course that is presented to you.
  1. Going out for a romantic dinner is nice, but cooking at home can be equally romantic. Being able to control what you cook will help your weight loss stay on track, all while impressing your partner with your skills in the kitchen.
  1. Get creative by making your own healthy Valentine’s Day dessert. Try melting one piece of dark chocolate and pouring it on top of ½ cup of strawberries (or any other fruit you enjoy). This simple, yet decedent, dessert can be counted as ½ Fruit and 1 Free Exchange.
  1. If your workplace is filled with jars of candy, keep them out of site. If the chocolates are out of sight, they will likely be out of mind. Even if you have to walk around the office a different way to resist the temptation, do it.
  1. Keep your portions in control and make sure to record everything in your Food Journal, even if it is an extra Valentine’s Day chocolate on top of your daily food allotments. If you slip up, it’s okay. Just get back on track at your very next meal.
  1. Stick with Valentine’s Day colours and fill up on all the delicious healthy red foods. A few healthy options include strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, red peppers, cherries, red apples, or pomegranates.
  1. Love yourself! Do not just tell everyone else you love them; let yourself know that you love YOU.

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