What are your plans for the V-Day? We always do food, the is the first thing I think about when I think V-day. And lately working out has not been happening so not feeling so great about my V-Day outfit either. But no worries, here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the most romantic (and at times, stressful) holiday of the year:
· Eliminate pre-date jitters with some cardio!
o Take 30 mins in the morning to walk, run, bike, etc. The endorphins your body releases during and after your workout will help you relax and allow you to clear your mind for the big night.
§ Did you know? If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes (Source: American Heart Association)
· A healthy meal is a romantic meal:
o Plan Ahead: If you know where you’re going ahead of time and there’s a menu available online, be sure to review it and identify some of the best options that align with your healthy eating habits.
§ Aim for lean meats like fish, skinless poultry and beef (flank, tenderloin, sirloin) and avoid anything fried. Also, instead of eating the white bread rolls that come out before dinner, request whole wheat rolls – if they don’t serve them, it’s best to just skip it.
o Menu 101: It may seem simple, but knowing how to read a menu is a key element in selecting the right items. Pay attention to terms such as “blackened” vs. “creamed” and “steamed” versus “sautéed,” as these preparation methods make a huge difference in how healthy a menu item is.
§ Knowing what is on the menu ahead of time will also reduce any stress or anxiety that may come from figuring out what to order.
o Take It To-Go: Because so many restaurants serve huge portions, suggest sharing a meal with that special someone and/or request a “to-go box” when ordering and pack up half of the meal before beginning to eat.
o Slow Down: While it is important to learn what to eat, focusing on how to eat is also a key component to dining out successfully. Be sure to chew slowly and notice the flavor and texture if the food – savor the flavor.
§ Also, don’t forget to pause mid-meal and check your appetite to prevent overeating and feeling stuffed. Remember, the first bite always tastes best!
***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only. In honor of National Heart Health Month, Jenny Craig, proud supporter of the American Heart Association, is sharing these tips.