When we think about Valentine’s Day, we often think about a big red heart that signifies our love for our Valentine.
Just as you may think about the health of your relationship with your Valentine (and how your Valentine’s gift could positively or negatively impact that relationship!), it’s important to think about your actual heart – the one that pumps blood to keep your body running.
February is American Heart Association Month, and while it’s always important to monitor how you can practice positive heart health, care for your heart and for the Valentine that owns your heart could be a great combination that will make for a great Valentine’s Day.
So instead of focusing on that great Valentine’s Day meal, focus on the whole month, using February’s focus on heart to re-boot your health.
January is the month that everybody seems to be trying out a new diet. Often, people seem to pick a fad diet, and by February, many fail because so many fad diets require a severe cutback of many vital nutrients.
Those that are still running strong with their new diets by February, though, are likely those that opted for a more balanced diet. Focusing on heart-healthy foods is a sustainable way to eat healthier and, unlike what your Valentine does to you, keeps your heart from skipping a beat.
Some dos and don’ts for a heart-healthy diet include:
And a healthy treat for Valentine’s Day
A Valentine’s Day dinner date is great fun. While it’s tempting to splurge on fried and fatty food on that meal with your Valentine, it’s still good to make heart-healthy choices, if for no other reason than to make sure you’re still feeling good for any after-dinner activities. Some easy rules of thumb to find low-cholesterol menu items at popular Valentine’s restaurants include: