Valentine's Day

Yes, its that time of year again - Valentine's  Day is on the way, with thoughts of love, romance, hearts, flowers ....and chocolates!  But low carb dieters needn't despair - there are a variety of low carb chocolate solutions available.  To get into the mood, read through our collection of articles on Valentine's Day, its origins and romantic traditions.  Then check out our low carb chocolate pages!

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About Valentine's Day
On February 14th of each year, lovers celebrate their love on Valentine's Day. This is the day that lovers exchange gifts and affection to prove their devotion to each other.

Where it came from
Just as soon as the stores put away their Christmas merchandise, out comes the Valentine’s Day items — even though Valentine’s is still more than six weeks away. I don’t know why, but it always takes me by surprise to see Valentine’s Day merchandise so soon after Christmas. I’ve always wondered where Valentine’s Day came from, and under those circumstances, a person could be forgiven for thinking it was invented to create more business when Christmas is over. But no, after a little research, I discovered that Valentine’s is not a holiday that was invented by greeting card companies to sell more greeting cards or by candy companies to sell more candy or by florists to sell more roses.

History
Valentines Day is one of the most enigmatic of holidays, having appeared in many forms. But all “Valentine’s Days” have drawn suspicion. In fact, after hundreds of years of attempted reform, Christian observance came to an end when the Catholic Church purged St. Valentine’s Day from its calendar in 1969. Still, the holiday continues to inspire an annual avalanche of cards, not to mention the mass consumption of chocolates, flowers and sometimes, pricier presents. What do we commemorate when we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Ways to be romantic
I invite you to think of Valentine's Day as Focus on Love Day, as opposed to Hurt About Lack of Love Day or Ignore Being Single Day. Below you will find ways to make your Focus on Love Day extraordinarily romantic, whether you are in a long-term relationship, dating, or are single.

Ten tips for Valentine's Day
The Valentine’s Day gift you choose for your loved one and how you decide to spend the day says a lot about the quality of your relationship, so give something that has real meaning to you. Gifts from the heart don’t have to be expensive. Since the traditional gifts of flowers or chocolates don’t last forever, here are ten creative ways to express your love.

Key to romance
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and everyone from devoted spouses to secret crushes will be seeking the right gift for that special someone. Sharing a bottle of wine usually makes for an amorous evening. But, what’s the perfect wine for your Valentine?

Keep the beauty
A gift of red roses is one of the most popular tokens of affection exchanged each Valentine’s Day. You can keep the memory of this lovely gesture alive all year long by preserving your roses. Whether used in arrangements, wreaths, or even as potpourri, dried flowers can be enjoyed for months, or even years.

Rethinking romance
It's time we rethink our notion of romance. It's not about silk underwear or Godiva chocolate or booking a babysitter for a night on the town. Romance is best realized with the small attentions: Phone calls during the day. Good night kisses that linger into dreams. The effort it takes to listen - really listen - to one another even over rowdy preschoolers.

Cupid's arrow
Valentine’s Day is a touchy subject with me. It is not that my husband forgets to honor our love on that day. In fact, he is better at remembering Valentine’s Day than he is at remembering our anniversary. Perhaps I should consider making our anniversary a National Hallmark holiday with lots of billboards and other advertising to help the poor guy recall the day we became husband and wife. No matter. We have Cupid’s celebration for which he can ramp up his adoration for me.

Dose of romance
Ah, Valentine's Day. Here you come again. Urging me to be romantic. Telling me that if I buy my wife a dozen roses, a box of chocolates, a Hallmark card and dinner at a fancy restaurant, she may keep me around for another year. You say that good romance, lavished on the right woman, can be just as effective as bribery. Perhaps you're right, but I have a few questions:

Low carb chocolate pages
There's no food that stirs the passions like chocolate.  Whether its dark, white, or in between, chocolate is one of the all-time favorite foods and flavours. And YES!  You CAN eat chocolate on a low carb diet!  Of course, you need to find a sugar-free chocolate that uses a low carb sweetener

 


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