Chocolate. Champagne. Wine. Decadent desserts.
These are all things that come to mind when wanting to treat yourself and indulge on Valentine’s Day. Heck, I would even dare to say that it is what comes to mind when we think of treating ourselves any day of the year.
But what if I challenged you to think of ways you can treat yourself and indulge without turning to food?
I often pose this question to clients when creating healthier lifestyles, as we are all programed since our childhood that food is a cure-all and reward.
Do well at the doctor? Get a lollipop. Win a t-ball game? Go for ice cream. Celebrating a birthday? EAT CAKE! It is imbedded in our minds and routines that with any sort of emotion comes food–but what if we were to change that?
This Valentine’s Day, I want to challenge you to identify ways you can celebrate without the indulgent food and drink. I am not saying you can’t go to dinner, or enjoy a glass of champagne on a Wednesday because it is a holiday, but perhaps you can just pick one thing that involves food or drink and enjoy the rest of your day nourishing yourself in more fun, and less sugar-laden, ways.
Below is a list of suggestions to get you started on a super sweet non-candy Valentine’s Day!
Do something you have always wanted…but found an excuse not to.
Have you always wanted to just sleep in an extra 15 minutes and be late for work but felt too guilty to follow through with it? Or maybe you have always wanted to go for a mid-day pedicure. This Valentine’s Day, DO IT and don’t feel guilty about it!
I like using the acronym “BAD” to mean
Breaking from the norm
Doing something fun
We often indulge in decadent food just to be rebellious. We have done such a good job obeying our morning alarm clock, eating well, working out, crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s day in and day out–it gets exhausting! Sometimes, you just have to let loose and let your hair down, which often leads to saying ‘I deserve to eat this whole pint of ice cream!’ but perhaps you can go about it in a different way.
So, pick something BAD to do this V-Day like not making the bed (breaking from the norm); leave work 15 minutes early (acting out); and meet a friend for an after-work movie (doing something fun) and you will feel like a new person.
Winter is the perfect excuse to curl up with a cozy blanket and watch your favorite movie without feeling obligated to go outside and enjoy the warm weather. Take that up a notch on the “indulgent scale” by throwing your favorite blanket in the dryer for 5 minutes before snuggling up with it, or spray some essential oil spray on your pillows to make it a perfect night’s sleep.
Thanks, loves, for sharing part of your Valentine’s Day with me. Sending you lots of love on this beautiful Wednesday!