Healthy Valentine

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Healthy valentine is celebrating Valentine's Day in a mindful way -- mindful of your health and the health of the planet. Celebrated on February 14, Valentine Day is a special day for those in love. Over the years, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones in the name of St. Valentine. But the history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

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Why should I be aware of this?

Valentine Day is a day for indulgence and togetherness. With health concerns affecting all age groups, it is important to mark this occasion by celebrating it in an eco-friendly and healthy way. In fact a healthy lifestyle is important for those who have no health problems too. It is a statement of your concerns and is a good occasion to show to your loved ones what matters to you.

All about healthy Valentine

Valentine’s Day is an occasion to show the special someone how much we care. While chocolates and a candlelit dinner can still be an essential part of the plan, you can show you care with a day filled with activities to enjoy together, making an active decision that takes fitness of self and the planet to heart.

Some of the most thoughtful and 'best ever' gifts are not about the money. They're about the time, the effort, the creativity and the thoughtfulness of the gift."

Here are tips to help keep you, those you care about and the planet safe and healthy on Valentine’s Day and all year long.

Healthy Valentine options

For Valentine’s Day – or any day – give your sweetheart something that’s as good for the planet as it is for your relationship and health.

  • Go for sustainable trekking.
  • Have dinner at a restaurant that supports local farms.
  • Go for a nature walk with a home cooked picnic hamper.
  • Give a gift hamper of herbs for beauty to your sweetheart.
  • Cook at home instead of going out
  • Use home made natural candles
  • Keep responsible eating in mind as you plan your day.
  • Steer clear of blood diamonds.
  • Use common foods to make delicious beauty products
  • Buy locally made chocolates.
  • Take time to go on a walk in your neighborhood or out in nature on a hike.
  • Watching a comedy show or funny movie can increase endorphins that improve feelings of well-being and reduce stress.
  • Opt for ethical clothing.
  • Make hearts, gifts and greeting from recycled paper an dclothes.
  • Opt for a staycation

What can I do?

  • Opt for organic food
  • Say no to plastic
  • Go for sustainable clothing
  • As a couple decide to reuse and recycle
  • Focus on maintaining a positive outlook, developing enriching personal relationships and doing satisfying work. Attaining and sustaining good mental health goes a long way in protecting physical health.
  • Invest 30 to 60 minutes a day in exercise.
  • Take off the extra weight. Carrying around even a few extra pounds increases the risk of heart disease.

Healthy food options for Valentine's Day

If you want to make a special meal for your Valentine , here are some healthy and green options.

  • Low fat protein choices -- vegetarian, beans, tofu, seeds, fish, lean meats.
  • Unsaturated fats -- extra virgin olive, canola oil, avocados.
  • Foods high in Omega 3: walnuts, soybeans, flax, seeds, leafy greens, salmon, mackerel, halibut.
  • High fiber foods -- whole wheat, oats, brown rice, fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Smaller portions, lowfat meals and take time to relax while eating.
  • Eat more antioxidant, high vitamin and mineral foods: more portions of organic vegetables (including 'green leafy') fruits and berries.

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References

  • Healthy Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine Health and Safety Tips
  • How to have a heart-healthy Valentine's
  • Top 10 eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts

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