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Healthy happenings with your honey: How to do Valentine’s Day right

Valentine’s Day conjures up images of champagne, cheese, chocolate and snuggling up in front of a movie. It’s so tempting to slip into unhealthy habits on the most romantic day of the year. But it is possible to enjoy this day whilst watching your waistline and keeping your health in mind. Foodies can still tempt their tastebuds, and wine lovers will be pleased to know that a glass of red won’t derail your efforts!

Temptation is not a four-letter word

Before you start beating yourself up for craving those Valentine’s Day treats, try to make temptation your friend. Temptation and desire have led to so many amazing experiences in your life. So instead of pushing these feelings away and telling them they’re bad, try to embrace and enjoy them. You don’t always have to act on them.

When you see those chocolates on sale, notice yourself feeling the temptation to indulge. Bask in that feeling for a moment. Let it arise, then gently set it aside. Make the decision instead to prioritise your health. If you need some extra support, our Jenny Craig Consultants are always here to help.

Make moving memories

If the idea of going running with your squeeze on Valentine’s Day makes you cringe, then take a step back. A sunset stroll along the beach or a bike ride to your favourite picnic place can be just as romantic as that cheese platter you’ve been dreaming of. How many of your favourite memories include food?

Sure, some of our favourite events revolve around food, but it’s not what’s on your plate that you remember. It’s the little moments in between. The childhood slip n’ slide adventures, the time you spent hours on the phone to your teenage crush, or the time you felt that rush of euphoria after hiking up a mountain to discover a magnificent view. These are the moments we cherish, and they can be created without the need to over indulge.

Enjoy your favourites – in moderation

You don’t have to completely deprive yourself. You can enjoy some treats and also discover that healthy, low calorie foods can be just as delicious. Our recipe page has some seriously indulgent ideas – from satay chicken nourish bowls to choc orange mousse and everything in between – perfect to treat your love or impress someone new this Valentine’s Day.

Words by Jessica Humphries for Jenny Craig.

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Accidentally active date ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond

Did you know that studies show you are more likely to over eat when you’re spending time with someone you love? And when your date loves food just as much as you do, a special occasion like Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to open that bottle of bubbly or splurge on your favourite banquet. So how can you celebrate love when you’re trying to be good? Is it even possible? Rest assured, there are plenty of indulgent adventures waiting for you to enjoy that won’t ruin your healthy efforts, and will help you to connect with your lover in fun ways.

Nourish together in nature

You don’t have to hike up a mountain or even wake up before sunrise. It could simply be a gentle morning wander through a park, or a sunset stroll around the suburbs. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you can even include a dip before the sun sets. This is a great opportunity to have an undisturbed conversation whilst immersing yourself in nature’s abundant elements.

Get physical

If you’ve ever been to a yoga or group fitness class with a friend you’ll know it often involves sneaky sideways stares and fits of giggles – the perfect prelude to a romantic evening. If you’re not quite ready to combine a Valentine’s Day date night with awkward shapes in public places, there are plenty of online spaces offering an array of activities that cater to all fitness levels. A gentle stretch class is the perfect way to start the day or relax into the evening – getting out of your head and into your body.

Create in the kitchen

You have to eat, right? But instead of over indulging on all the usual suspects, why not get creative and challenge yourself to make something delicious AND healthy? You could set yourself a goal to create a meal from local produce or at least one ingredient you’ve never used, enjoying a wander through your local farmer’s markets to prepare for the occasion.

Indulge in a spa date

Ok, so it doesn’t technically fit under the ‘active’ umbrella, but it’s an essential element in any health lover’s life, and oh so romantic for Valentine’s Day. It’s probably even more relaxing than anything involving cheese or chocolate. For ultimate romance schedule a couples’ massage, or book into a day spa and enjoy the health benefits of steam rooms, saunas and other glorious goodness.

Words by Jessica Humphries for Jenny Craig