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Add these healthy, aphrodisiac foods to your romantic Valentine's Day menu and you and your partner are sure to be in the mood for love!

1. Honey

Sweet and sticky, honey contains the mineral boron, which helps the body utilise estrogen and improves testosterone levels in the blood. For dessert, try baklava drizzled with honey and served with greek yoghurt, or baked peaches with honey and vanilla bean ice cream.

2. Oysters

The classic aphrodisiac, oysters - and other shellfish - are packed with zinc, a mineral that increases libido. Why not start your meal with half a dozen oysters and champagne.

3. Garlic

Yes, it may be a bit stinky, but if both you and your partner eat it you won't notice the smell. Garlic increases blood flow to the important areas, and is great incorporated into many dishes. Try classic garlic mushrooms, olive and garlic focaccia or whole roasted garlic spread on ciabatta toast.

4. Figs

Figs have long been associated with love and fertility. They make a standard fruit platter look decadent and delicious.

5. Chocolate

Us girls know all to well the feel-good properties of chocolate, but it also helps release the 'love chemical' that induces feelings of attraction and happiness. A chocolate fondue might be retro but it is delicious, decadent and a really fun way to enjoy dessert with your partner. Or why not whip up this rich chocolate tart for the perfect end to your Valentine's Day.

6. Basil

With great health benefits for the body, the scent of basil is said to have an aphrodisiac effect. Make like the Italians and use basil in a homemade fresh pasta dish, such as basil pesto spaghetti or chilli and basil fettucine.

7. Bananas

Loaded with B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and the bromeliad enzyme, bananas apparently increase the male libido. Bake classic banana cake or take some time to create these divine chocolate banana donuts.

8. Avocado

Boosting the immune system with B vitamins and potassium, avocados have long been associated with sexuality. Baked avocados make a wonderful starter.

9. Almonds

Thanks to their high vitamin E content, almonds help support female hormones, and have been seen as a fertility symbol for hundreds of years. Their are numerous recipes you can find for gluten-free chocolate tortes made with almond flour.

10. Asparagus

Asparagus is packed full of vitamins and minerals, in particular folic acid, which can help improve libido in both men and women. A super sexy starter is steamed asparagus spears dipped in almond and garlic butter sauce. Eat with your fingers and maybe even feed your partner.

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The holiday season is hardly the time to worry about health and fitness. Especially considering that, for many, December’s poster boy is a morbidly obese old man that gorges himself on cookies and cake. But despite the abundance of treats and temptations, this doesn’t mean your diet will fall to ruins. Below, we’ll discuss a framework you can use in order to stick to your plan.

How the Holidays Affect Your Weight

It’s an oft-repeated “fact” that people gain an average of five pounds over the holidays. But that’s not true. In reality, studies have shown that this number is closer to only one pound. Any excess comes down to excess water retention from carbs and salt, as opposed to actual adipose tissue, so it’ll disappear in a day or two.

But beyond a bloated figure on the scale (excuse the bad pun), it helps to keep things in perspective. The fact is, an average adult gains about 0.5-1kg per year. Additionally, your weight is as likely creep up during the holidays, as it is to fall in the following months due to normal seasonal fluctuations in body mass. That isn’t to say changes in air temperature and humidity are to blame for what you stuff into your mouth (and, transitively, your waistband). It’s just that being a bit heavier over the holidays is normal, and you shouldn’t freak out and punish yourself over it.

Instead, reframe your efforts and adjust your goals over the festive season. Because November and December are basically months of socially-approved hedonism, it’s kind of unrealistic to assume you’ll be able to lose weight at a normal pace (unless you consider deprivation a rewarding way to celebrate). What’s contextually realistic is to aim to maintain your weight and health over this period. Given the evidence, that’s already a big win.

Schedule Planned “Failures” In Your Calendar

Not only can you prevent seasonal weight gain, but you can actually lose weight during the holidays–assuming you have a properly structured caloric program in place–by sticking to a few simple strategies.

The first tactic is to identify all the events that you’re going to be indulging in holiday food. For example, Thanksgiving dinner Christmas, your company’s Holiday party, and SantaCon (for us classless degenerates). After you’ve identified them, categorize the events into three categories:

High Indulgence: These are the events that are inextricably linked to fatty foods and sugary desserts. Thanksgiving and Christmas fall under this category, as does New Year’s Eve if you plan on drinking a fair amount.
Medium Indulgence: Seasonal celebrations with a strong chance of temptation. These are days where anything you could want to eat or drink is laid out for you, but without the social pressure to consume. Work parties typically fall under this category.
Limited Indulgence: These days contain Holiday-related temptations, but they either aren’t as palatable, or there’s no one goading you into derailing your diet. If you choose to indulge, you won’t be doing any damage as long as you plan for it with flexible dieting.

Now, from Thanksgiving (that’s November 26th this year) to New Year’s, make note of all relevant events, parties and dinners on your calendar. From that list, you’ll be able to pick a total of four high indulgence days, and 4 medium indulgence days, and as many limited indulgence days that you want. By doing this, and following the guidelines below, you’ll be able to pull through the holiday season with your waistband (relatively) unscathed.

How to Plan Your Holiday Consumption

High indulgence days

These are the easiest and the most enjoyable of the three. Basically, it’s a get-out-of-jail-free card: pretend you aren’t on any sort of diet, and you tie absolutely no utility to your health and appearance. Eat whatever you want, and however much you please.

The emphasis here is that there are no restrictions. You may think making ‘healthy’ choices and minimizing your serving size is doing future you a favour, but it won’t. Instead, reminding yourself of your diet will just bring you out of the moment, and most likely mar the experience guilt. Don’t ruin it for yourself—be present and enjoy it because that’s what the holidays are about.

Medium indulgence days

Unlike high indulgence days, you’re not affording yourself free reign to wreak havoc on the buffet table. While you wouldn’t want to eat like this every day, you will be guiding your food choices by a few rules so you can rebound quickly from any slip-ups.

The first step is to prioritize protein. The reasons behind this are that: it’s the most filling macronutrient, least likely to lead to fat gain, and—let’s face it—guilty pleasures are rarely laden with as much protein as they are with carbs and fats. As a result, tying your intake to your protein needs is an easy way to anchor down your caloric consumption.

So, what you need to do is know how much protein you need per day. Of this, estimate how much protein you’ll have at the event. If it’s a sit-down dinner with a main course, you’ll probably consume around 30g. However, if it’s a cocktail party or happy hour, your intake of the nutrient will likely be negligible.

How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Fat loss relies on one thing: eating fewer calories than you expend. But nobody wants to sit and from those numbers, find the difference between the two. Then spend the meals in the lead-up to the event consuming the remaining amount of protein in the form of lean meat and fibrous veggies. That way, the day won’t be an entire blowout, and the smarter food choices beforehand will probably dampen your appetite and will to splurge during the festivities.

Optional indulgence days

These days are about enjoying yourself, but within the limits. Know your calorie and macronutrient targets, and read up on the nutritional profiles on your favourite holiday foods. If explicit nutrient breakdowns aren’t available, learn to eyeball it. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to eat what you want, in moderate portions, as long as it all fits in.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t expect yourself to be a perfect dieter over the holidays. You’ll feel unsatisfied, and any sustainable diet shouldn’t deprive you from enjoying time with friends and family. So let yourself enjoy the festivities, just with balance and moderation, and you’ll be able to pick up your progress once the season passes.

 

The holidays are here. You plan and plan for that big dinner party. Then you head to the grocery store and get those candied yams, pecan pie ingredients, 10 lb bag of potatoes, a ham and all those little fried appetizers that we all just love! Oh and the cheese balls, you have to make one of those. Hmm, Dad likes chocolate cake but your other side likes strawberry. So, you make them both. Lil Smokies in bbq sauce, oh and those sugar cookies will do nicely.

Sound familar? Did you know that a normal weight person gains 1 lb during the holidays? The problem is they don't lose it. So over time that adds up. Here is the real kicker. If you are already over weight then you could gain 5lbs on average during the holidays and yep you guessed it. Most keep it on for years. We don't mean to be a buzz kill but, there are some easy things that might just help with this years weight battle.

People often over consume 3,000 calories at a big holiday meal and then again with leftovers the next day. Instead of keeping leftovers in the fridge, freeze them right away so it takes more effort to dig back in. You can also buy Tupperware in advance and gift away goodie bags to guests. Send Dad home with the leftover Cake he loves or do like you did your wedding cake and freeze it.

Look, we get it. It's the holidays and we are supposed to have fun and celebrate with family and friends. It doesn't mean you have to accept every appetizer presented to you or you can't have ANY of them either. Pick out what you want to indulged in while you are making the dinner. Then, while you are picking up all those goodies at the store add some protein full appetizers like shrimp cocktail ring and a veggie tray. While your at it make sure you make a nice big salad. Make sure you get an extra large salad and enjoy it. Take your time. Remember even though you are the host, you are to be commended for making the right decisions and thinking about your health.

So, from all of us at VIP Weightloss, Anti-aging and Quick Care we hope you celebrate and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We, also, want you to know that we are here for you. If you feel like you need more energy or if you are feeling depressed come by and let us check you out. It's quick and painless. Please, if we can help make your holidays brighter, please stop by and see us in Jackson at 1047 Union University Dr. or in Paris at 1203 E Wood St.