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Health and Valentine’s: Don’t Let Cupid Shoot You In the Foot!

Box of Chocolates
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This year was going to be the year that you were going to lose some weight and get in shape.  Over the holidays you let yourself indulge in anything you wanted, knowing that the new year would be a fresh start.  So far this year, you have been really good.  You have increased your physical activity and you are eating healthier.  Good for you!

Now, only a month and a half into the year, you are faced with a challenge: Valentine’s Day.  Here comes that large box of chocolates you’ve been avoiding so far this year.

You are faced with a delicious box of chocolates that your loved one so thoughtfully gave to you.  You are sorely tempted.  They look so delicious. You tell yourself that you will only have one but, knowing yourself, you’re afraid one will lead to two and then lo and behold, the box will magically empty itself.

Ways to manage your chocolate
But, it doesn’t have to be that way.  With a little planning, you can eat Valentine’s chocolate in moderation. Here are a few tips to keep you on a healthy track this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Plan how much you’ll eat: Have a food journal at hand and plan out how much chocolate you can eat.  By being accountable to writing everything down, including the chocolates, you will be less likely to overindulge.
  2. Share with others: This is a great way to get excess chocolate out of your sight, so you won’t be tempted.  Bring anything over the amount of chocolate you want to eat to work or to a party.  The more you share, the less you will eat.
  3. Eat slowly, savor the taste: When you chew your chocolate slowly, appreciating every last bite, you will feel more satisfied and will be less likely to plow through a whole box.

Remember, just because the chocolate is there, doesn’t mean you have to let it upset your plans.  Enjoy your chocolates, but do it in moderation.  It’s all about maximum enjoyment, not maximum consumption. A little sweetness can go along way.  Happy Valentine’s, everyone!

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  1. Great post! I always bring gifts like chocolate and cookies to work to share with my colleagues. And the box goes on the table outside my office – not on my desk! But you are so right…we can have treats in moderation. That’s the key to not feeling deprived and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

  2. Mark says:

    I hope the weekend was fabulous! No candy here! My wife snuck in some dark, cocoa chocolate….ok? 🙂

  3. Rosy says:

    I don’t eat what I can’t see. Therefore, me and chocolate isn’t a match made in heaven. I can’t stop at one. I love going into See’s Candy and getting one free piece. I take my time eating it and I’m happy. Thanks, Talli! Nice post!!!

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