How to approach Valentine's Day while trying to eat healthy

KYW Staff
February 14, 2020 - 3:19 pm
Valentine's Day celebrations.

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With Valentine's Day leading into a weekend, many people will be celebrating, and classic treats like chocolate and wine may be shared as well as a romantic meal. 

So how do you approach Valentine's Day if you want to stay healthy? 

First, understand that it's OK to eat a big celebratory meal once in a while. In addition, both dark chocolate and red wine in small amounts have heart benefits, but the operative word is moderation. 

Finally, there is a clear health benefit to spending quality time with others who are close to us. 

The bottom line is don't feel guilty, but get back on track after the celebration.