1. Indulge in dark chocolate. Who doesn’t love a little chocolate on Valentines Day? Dark Chocolate naturally contains antioxidants that help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It also has many emotional benefits:
- It tastes good
- It makes you happy because it contains serotonin and stimulates endorphin production
- It gives you an extra energy boot because it contains caffeine
2. Plan an outdoor activity. Spending quality time together outdoors may increase the richness in your relationships and in your life.
It’s important to get adequate amounts of sunlight for its vitamin-D boosting benefits. The “sunshine-vitamin” keeps us happier and healthier. Enjoy the suns free-benefits to:
- fight depression and go through the day with a positive attitude
- have clearer skin and a sun-kissed glow
- ward off common cold and flu symptoms and sleep more peacefully
Not only are there health benefits to spending time outdoors, there are emotional benefits as well. A simple hike, jog, trip to the zoo, or walk in the park can increase the spontaneity, adventure and fun in your relationships. By soaking up the sun and spending time outdoors your loved ones will surely experience the Y-O-U that they have always loved.
3. Wine and dine at a new healthy restaurant:
Go to dinner at a healthy place you’ve never been to before. Healthy whole foods naturally have health benefits like- added nutrients, great taste, and they will leave you feeling light, refreshed and well nourished. Red wine has many heart-health benefits as well. Red wine contains antioxidants and resveratrol that help protect you from heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Did you know there are emotional benefits to this concept as well? Trying something new increases the spontaneity and adventure to your relationships. It’s the simple discovery of the unknown. You know, that thrilling and exciting feeling of getting outside of your daily routine. Give it a try. What do you have to lose?
*(Check out the Whisk and Ladle in La Jolla, CA if you’re in the area!)
4. Cook a guilt-free dessert together.
Here are 2 gluten-free (flourless) treats that ill be baking this year- they take under 15 minutes in TOTAL prep and baking time!
Flourless Peanut Butter 5-Ingredient Cookies:
- 1 cup Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup (packed) golden brown cane sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (about 6 ounces)
Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown. AMAZING!!
5. Lighten the mood- literally.
Light candles around the house to lighten and brighten the mood. Candles not only set the mood, they bring about relaxation, love and joy. Scented candles like vanilla and cinnamon calm the mind and soothe the soul. Turn off the TV, brighten up the night, and enjoy good conversations with your loved ones.
In good health and style,
Ciara Lydon HHC
Holistic Health Counselor & Wardrobe Therapist
My friend Evelyne with Health Coach San Diego posted this article on her Newsletter that went out this morning. I had to share because whether or not to buy organic is a question that I get from many of my clients and healthy friends. To sum it up——> Buy organic whenever possible
Here it is: Organic food is grown without using pesticides, chemical fertilizers, fungicides, or herbicides. Many studies have shown a nutrient benefit in organic foods over conventional foods.
Sure, an organic apple may be a bit pricier than its conventional counterpart, but you can’t put a price tag on good health… plus, have you tasted the difference? I’d rather spend more on food now than pay a hospital bill later!