Valentine’s Day: Hokey or healthy?

Valentine’s Day tends to conjure up images of big red heart boxes stuffed with Russell Stovers chocolates.  Dare I say, “Yuck!”?  Not only is the heart shaped box somewhat lacking in creativity, but it is also filled with low quality chocolate that leaves you feeling over-sugared and underwhelmed.

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is bitter-sweet.  If you are in a relationship, it is an over commercialized, over priced holiday, that compels individuals to purchase hokey gifts and merchandise for the pure sake of saying ‘I love you.’  If you are single, you either find ways to celebrate it with friends and family or avoid it all together, hating the fact that there is a holiday to remind you that you are indeed…single.  But it doesn’t really have to be that way, does it?

Valentine’s Day, in its truest sense, is a celebration of love.  And although we tend to focus on love shared with a special someone, love can be shown towards yourself, your pet, your family, your friends and even strangers.  So what better way to say I love you, to any special person in your life (including you!) then to show you care about their health and longevity?  Here are some thoughts:

  1. Dark Chocolate. If you are going to do the candy thing…go for the highest quality, healthiest type you can.  Dark Chocolate, in particular is healthy because of its purity in cocoa content and the dose of antioxidants it delivers.  Milk and white chocolates can’t compete.  Some to try include: Endangered Species Chocolate (10% of proceeds go to support species, habitat and humanity), Equal Exchange and Green and Black’s.
  2. Gift of Touch. Nothing says you love someone like a massage.  Massage provides multiple benefits to one’s health, including: relaxation and stress reduction, improved circulation, and detoxification.  If you ARE in a relationship, you can always get a ‘couple’s massage’ so that you can enjoy together.
  3. Breakfast in Bed. Having breakfast in bed is by far, one of the sweetest indulgences.  Not only does it let your loved one relax and linger in their PJs, but you can cook up something healthy and tasty at the same time.
  4. De-Stressing Coupons. You may have seen ‘Love Coupons’ before, but why not make up your own special coupons that are personalized to ‘De-Stressing’ your loved one?  Whether it be to do the chores, take the kids for the day, give them a massage, or walk the dog, you can pamper your loved one with kindness and take a load off of their shoulders.
  5. Draw a Bath. If your loved one is busy and doesn’t have much time for themselves, they probably could use it.  Draw them a special bath with essential oils, relaxing music and candles, and they will be whisked off to heavenly bliss.

Do you have any healthy indulgences you have given to your loved one for Valentine’s Day?

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  • Mike Foley

    The top part of this article is true. valentines day is nothing but an over blown, poor excuse for stores and restaurants to try and make you feel inept or lame if you don’t participate. Which pretty much goes with every other holiday too.

    If I didn’t show my girlfriend that I love her every day, then she wouldn’t want to be in a relationship with me. And rightfully so. We show constant affection to each other in big ways and all the little ways. We care for each other and show it. We don’t need some lame, pseudo holiday to tell us that we should do something that we already do. ALL THE TIME.

    That is how your relationship should be. Show each other that you care, respect and love one another every day.