Valentine’s Day: Hokey or Healthy?

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Valentine’s Day tends to conjure up images of big red heart boxes stuffed with Russell Stover’s 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 bittersweet. 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 toward 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!) than by showing you care about his or her health and longevity? Here are some thoughts.

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 percent of proceeds go to support species, habitat, and humanity), Equal Exchange, and Green and Black’s.

Gift of Touch—Nothing says you love someone like a massage. A 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 it together.

Breakfast in Bed—Having breakfast in bed is by far one of the sweetest indulgences. Not only does it let your loved ones relax and linger in their PJs, but you can cook up something healthy and tasty at the same time.

De-Stressing Coupons—You may have seen “Love Coupons” before, but why not make up your own special coupons that are personalized to “de-stress” 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 ones with kindness and take a load off their shoulders.

Draw a Bath—If your loved one is busy and doesn’t have much time for himself, he probably could use it. Draw him a special bath with essential oils, relaxing music, and candles and he 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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