A Valentine’s Day Guide to Health & Self-Love

Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic gestures and indulgent treats, but this year, why not celebrate by showing yourself some love? Embracing health and fitness is one of the most powerful ways to care for yourself, both physically and mentally. So, whether you’re single or coupled up, let’s explore some ways to prioritise your well-being this Valentine’s Day.

1. Fall in Love with Movement:

Rather than focusing solely on chocolates and roses, why not treat yourself to a workout that makes you feel alive? Whether it’s a heart-pumping cardio session, a calming yoga flow, or a strength training routine, find a form of movement that you enjoy and commit to making it a regular part of your routine. Exercise releases endorphins, boosts mood, and strengthens your body – the ultimate act of self-love.

2. Nourish Your Body with Love:

Instead of indulging in sugary sweets, nourish your body with foods that make you feel vibrant and energised. Fill your plate with colourful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Remember, food is fuel, so choose options that support your health and well-being. Cooking a delicious and nutritious meal for yourself can be a wonderfully rewarding way to show yourself some love [See our delicious recipe below for Inspo!].

3. Prioritise Rest and Recovery:

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of rest and relaxation. This Valentine’s Day, make self-care a priority by carving out time for restorative activities such as meditation, reading, or simply unwinding with a warm bath. Quality sleep is also essential for overall health, so aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

4. Practice Self-Compassion:

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, and that includes showing compassion towards yourself. Be kind to yourself, especially when faced with setbacks or challenges on your health and fitness journey. Remember that progress takes time, and it’s okay to have moments of imperfection. Treat yourself with the same love and understanding that you would offer to a close friend.

5. Connect with Loved Ones:

While Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, don’t forget about the other important relationships in your life. Reach out to friends and family members who lift you up and make you feel supported. Share laughter, good conversation, and meaningful connections – these moments are invaluable for your mental and emotional well-being.

This Valentine’s Day, embrace the true spirit of love by prioritising your health and fitness. Whether you’re sweating it out at the gym, enjoying a nourishing meal, or simply taking time to relax and unwind, remember that self-care is the ultimate act of love. By showing yourself kindness, compassion, and respect, you’ll cultivate a deeper sense of well-being that radiates from the inside out. Happy Valentine’s Day – here’s to loving yourself, inside and out!

V-Day Healthy, Yummy Recipe!

Heart-Healthy Salmon with Roasted Vegetables and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 salmon fillet (150g)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place the salmon fillet in the centre of the baking tray and arrange the cherry tomatoes and asparagus around it.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the salmon and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  • While the salmon and vegetables are baking, prepare the chocolate-dipped strawberries. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until smooth, stirring in between.
  • Once the salmon and vegetables are cooked, serve them hot with fresh lemon wedges on the side.

DESSERT ~ Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Optional: shredded coconut or chopped nuts for topping

Instructions:

  • Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, coating about half of the strawberry. Place the dipped strawberries on a parchment-lined plate.
  • Optional: Sprinkle shredded coconut or chopped nuts over the chocolate-covered portion of the strawberries.
  • Place the plate of chocolate-dipped strawberries in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.
  • Remove the chocolate-dipped strawberries from the refrigerator and serve them as a sweet and healthy Valentine’s Day treat.

Note: Feel free to adjust the sweetness of the chocolate-dipped strawberries by using more or less dark chocolate according to your preference. Enjoy this nutritious and delicious meal & dessert with your loved ones!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Evie x

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