By Beth Hubrich, RD, CaloriesCount Contributor
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would share a little on love and eating. To be perfectly honest, I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It seems very contrived, in my opinion. Who wants to get flowers from their significant other because they feel they have to. But as of last year, Valentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning. On February 14, 2011, the most wonderful bundle of joy entered our lives. A room full of Valentines stacked to the ceiling wouldn’t come close to expressing how much love and joy he has brought our family. And, even though I cannot believe he will be 1 soon, I so hate to see the coming of his birthday. Because once he is 1, it means I have just 17 years left before he “officially leaves the nest.” (A lifetime of birthdays would not be enough for me – 18 is way too short.)
Since my son is a “Valentine baby” it got me thinking about all that we do on Valentine’s Day. And, for many it’s not just an excuse to buy overpriced flowers, it’s also an excuse to overindulge. But I think we should begin to think about this holiday (and others) in a different way.
Do we love to eat or are we eating for love?
I will be the first to admit that I do love to eat. (Last week I had fried dill pickles with a totally delicious sauce, French fries and a Monte Cristo sandwich. Come on, you have to give the “prego” a pass every once in a while.) But, what I should be doing is eating for love. What exactly do I mean by this, you ask? What I mean is this. If I am eating for love, then I am eating to take care of myself so that I can take care of others – my children, my unborn child and my husband. So, this Valentine’s Day why not focus on delicious foods that can help you eat for love – that is eat better? Here are a few quick suggestions:
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Hope you all have a happy and healthy Valentine’s day!