This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” without sabotaging your – or your loved one’s – meal plan. I say it’s a myth that February 14th needs to include an oversized heart-shaped box of gooey sweets. Instead of seeking quantity and its abundance of calories, saturated fats, and sugar, I suggest going for quality, with one of these out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas. I recommend them to those living with diabetes and those who love them, but always in moderation and portion size that fits with your needs. Remember, too, that you can say caring, love, and romance without food at all. How? Sign up for a dance class or couple’s massage. Woo your someone special with flowers or with a handholding stroll under the moonlight. Celebrate this day of love, kindness, and friendship in any way your heart tells you to.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE*, is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss Week by Week, contributing editor for Environmental Nutrition, and has written for many publications including EatingWell, Diabetic Living, Her Sports + Fitness, and LifeScript. Weisenberger is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.
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