9 New Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2011

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rosesLike many holidays, Valentine’s Day plans are often food-centered: A high-calorie meal out, a rich dessert, and maybe some champagne.

But for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss, celebrating cupid’s holiday can be a challenge because it requires one to think outside the usual box of chocolates!

To help, I’ve thought of a few non-food ways to celebrate:

  • Take a walk at sunset with your sweetheart.
  • Enjoy some luxurious bath products with a yummy sweet scent like coconut or vanilla.
  • Write a love letter or poem expressing how you feel.
  • Make a recording of the songs that have special meaning to your partner.
  • Get a bigger bouquet of flowers this year with the money you’d normally spend on chocolates.
  • Give the gift of lingerie, or if your partner doesn’t care for lingerie get some luxuriously soft pajamas, slippers, or a robe.
  • Give your sweetie a book of homemade “love” coupons for him or her to cash in throughout the coming year.
  • Schedule a couples massage.
  • Spend some time snuggling with the one you love.

Not with a special someone this year? Beware the temptation to soothe any disappointment or other difficult emotions you might be experiencing with food. Instead, push yourself to channel those feelings in a more positive direction: exercise, journal, or talk about your feelings, or take positive action in the direction you want your life to go (such as signing up for a medical weight loss program!).

Of course, even if you do have some chocolate or a few glasses of champagne, the world will not come to an end. In fact, if not celebrating with food seems too unromantic, go ahead and have a sweet treat in moderation, but keep it to just the holiday and get back on your usual plan the next day.

Most of all, remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t about chocolate. It’s about spending time with the person or people who are important to you and showing them how much they mean to you. So go ahead, shower them with affection – and let someone else have the empty calories this year!

Dr. Michael Kaplan

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

The Center for Medical Weight Loss

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Comments (3)
Joanne Scaturro

Hugs Dr. Kaplan!

I loved this article on Valentine’s Day. It is my favorite holiday because it is a day I celebrate my friends. So, I have a few more strategies for you:

1) Schedule a “love-in” with yoru closest friends and have everyone bring something that they use for stress reduction (no food or alcohol!) to share with each other.

2) Have all of your closest friends bring pictures of the good times you have shared in the past year. Bring enough copies for everyone and each person can make a little scrapbook or put the pictures in a frame.

3) Make valentines for people at work and tell them what you appreciate about them.

4) Bring a special toy to one of your closest friend’s child or pet!

5) Write a Valenitne’s Day poem to all of your friends and post it on facebook.

I am so happy to count you as a new friend. Thank you for starting this program and changing so many lives for the better.

Love, Joanne

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