Top Six Tips for a Healthy Valentine’s Day
So you’ve decided this is the year you’re going to do Valentine’s Day up right, and you want to know how to make the most of it without ending up in the hospital or on the eleven o’clock news. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Don’t go breaking my heart
Romantic French restaurants, rich desserts and heart-shaped boxes of candy may sound romantic, but a visit to the E.R. with chest pains… not so much. Instead of overindulging to show your love, why not use Valentine’s Day as a kick-off to a heart-healthier relationship: join a gym with your sweetie, or set a weekly date to take a long walk, or sign up for a couples’ cooking class to learn to prepare healthy – and delicious – meals that will keep you both around for decades to come!
2. A kiss is just a kiss
Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of cold and flu season, so it pays to make sure your immune system is functioning optimally before all those suitors come a-calling. Chiropractic care can keep your nervous system in tip-top shape, and a properly functioning nervous system is the key to staying healthy, even when your Valentine gives you a big, wet sneeze instead of the handmade card you were hoping for.
3. I’m leaving on a jet plane
Your idea of romantic might be the Eiffel Tower… or a canoe ride down the Amazon. In any event, if you’re going farther than the cozy Italian restaurant on the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. Find out if your destination requires vaccinations and make sure you bring necessary sunscreen, insect repellant and any medication you take regularly. Nothing says “Unhappy Valentine’s Day” like a trip to a foreign hospital.
4. Tiny bubbles
Overindulging in alcohol is the leading risk factor for serious injury – and the third leading cause for preventable death. Go easy on the bubbly, and factor the cost of a cab into your Valentine’s Day budget just so there’s no temptation to drink and drive. Besides, if you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t it be great to remember it?
5. Come on, baby, light my fire
Candle-lit dinners at home and cozy fires in the fireplace are the epitome of romance. Being interrupted during a romantic interlude by firefighters is just plain embarrassing. Don’t let other Valentine’s Day “activities” distract you into leaving fires unattended, or embarrassment could be the least of your concerns.
6. Take my breath away
Remember, many people suffer from food restrictions, allergies and other sensitivities, and the best way to show you care is to be sensitive to those concerns. A lobster dinner isn’t romantic to a person with shellfish allergies; prime rib is appalling to vegetarians; the most beautiful flowers in the world aren’t romantic to someone with asthma. Take the time to find out about your Valentine, and they’ll appreciate the consideration.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the end of your diet, or the reason for your very first – exciting! – ambulance ride. Remember moderation and consideration and you might just find lasting romance this Valentine’s Day.