The holiday season is often considered a time of indulgence. Sweets and treats may be on many people’s minds as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It can be a stressful time, especially those trying to lose weight or achieve a healthier lifestyle. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Though it is important to eat well and exercise often, the key to healthy living, is moderation.
We are in the age of fad diets and trendy exercise regimens, so the idea of not following a restricting diet, and instead enjoying all foods, is not so much the norm. As a nutrition student, I am taught that any food can fit into one’s diet, including sweets, if it is done with care. If you are nervous about navigating the upcoming holiday, don’t be. There are many treats that are both healthy and delicious. I personally love dark chocolate, and it is full of antioxidants and flavonoids linked to lower blood pressure and reduced heart disease risk. My go to brand is Endangered Species, which is sold at both local grocery stores and the coops in the Upper Valley. Taza and Alter Eco are two other high quality brands to look for when shopping for chocolate (1).
No matter what your eating and exercise habits are, it is important to do what is best for your body. What works for someone else, may not work for you. You need to trust your instincts and do what is best for yourself. Love your body and be confident in who you are. You know better than anyone what is right for you.
By Grace Stott, UVAC Swim Instructor and Member