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February 14, 2012 by Katie

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

 

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So, normally I am not so much a fan of Valentine’s day. But this year, I addressed the issue in my February goals and I decided that rather spending my energy being hateful, I would embrace the holiday! I’m normally a big fan of themed things, so really, I should love this holiday!

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I decided to first do a little background research on Valentine’s Day itself. Everyone calls it a “Hallmark” holiday, meaning that it was invented by card companies to make more money. I decided to learn where the holiday really came from in the first place. And where’s the best place to start? Wikipedia.

It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). (source)

Saint Valentine

What I found most interesting about this article is that they sent greeting cards in the 15th century! How random is that? I thought it was a more recent thing, especially since there wasn’t really a postal service before, just a man on a horse! So, of course, I looked up greeting cards on Wikipedia and found that greeting cards began in China to celebrate the new years and that handmade paper greeting cards began to be exchanged in Europe by the early 15th Century.

Also, I was browsing the Runners World and came across a Valentine’s Day related article called Chocolate: Now Good for Endurance by Amby Burfoot. Obviously, it grabbed my interest. Because it’s not like I’m obsessed with chocolate or something…

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The article first discussed how low-fat chocolate milk is a great option to refuel after a workout, due to it having fluids, carbs and protein. However, the article went on to say that dark chocolate, especially the variety that comes closest to the natural cacao bean, is said to improve endothelial function. This means that you have flexible arteries, which is helpful in resisting cholesterol deposits.

Now, I know most of you reading this blog aren’t currently worried about cholesterol deposits in your arteries,  however, we always say start healthy habits now!

The article also says that, among mice (ha), that the active ingredient in chocolate results in a “greater endurance capacity.” This information came from an article in the Journal of Physiology, published in July of 2011. I skimmed the study and it looked pretty interesting. If you’re a science nerd like me, you can find it here.

So if anyone gave you chocolate for Valentine’s Day (especially dark chocolate…) then go crazy! Haha, it’s good for you!

 

Oh and remember how I baked those cookies for an Environmental Law Society bake sale on Monday, and said I had to sit at the table for an hour and sell things? Well, it actually made my Monday WAY better!

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Although I couldn’t eat any of the goodies, it really made the time pass to be sitting at the table and it was great to chat with the people who came by! I’m glad I signed up, my long Monday didn’t feel quite as long!

 

And if you start to have any negative feelings today (whether you’re single, or attached but disappointed in your V-day with your man), then remember this:

BRILLIANT.

(Also from Anette’s pinterest page)

 

Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone!

And if you need a Valentine, there is plenty of me to go around, because I love all of you for reading! THANK YOU!

 

What are your opinions on Valentine’s Day?

Any fun plans for the day? Wearing any red or pink?


24 comments »

  1. Wearing red like a true office lady today. Happy V day to you! :)

  2. Aww great post! Love that you have embraced the day and I’ve just learned loads about valentines day, thanks!

  3. Maureen says:

    I am wearing pink to work and made treats for all my kids at school!

  4. I like Valentine’s day, but I do think it’s a little silly that we need a day to celebrate our love for other people. Shouldn’t we show others that we care everyday?? Still, I do sometimes get caught up in the holiday…

    Thanks for the history about the day, that greeting card thing is really interesting.

  5. i don’t mind valentine’s day, but i’m also not crazy all into it. my husband feels like it’s a dumb holiday that forces people to show their love to someone on a specific day when he feels like people should be doing that on a regular basis anyways. he makes a good point, and i agree, but i’m also not opposed to flowers, chocolate, and a nice dinner. :) we’re not doing anything too crazy. he’s making us dinner at home (which never happens, so it’s quite a treat!), and we’re just going to relax and enjoy one another’s company. :)

    • I agree that we should show our love every day, but I’m such a sucker for anything themed, I think it’s nice to make one day extra special! I hope you two have a great v-day, that’s sweet of him to make dinner!

  6. I love Valentine’s Day, if for nothing more than the acceptance of pairing pink and red together. I think it’s just a sweet time to tell the people around you how much you care and I certainly don’t think you need to be in a relationship to celebrate. I think men *tolerate* the holiday, but it’s really just an excuse for girls to say how much they care!

  7. I celebrated Valentine’s Day over the weekend so tonight it’s probably a movie, food and chocolate with some of my friends!

  8. Awww HAPPY Valentine’s to YOU!! Love this idea of chocolate being good for me. I will have some, thankyouverymuch :)

  9. glad you’re enjoying the day :)

  10. My thoughts are this: it’s a day of LOVE! Whether it be your significant other, your family, yourself, pet, whoever. Not to say all the anti-Valentine people annoy me..but there’s no reason to be cynical over the holiday.

  11. kaitwatts says:

    I enjoyed your research into the holiday. I just wore my pink sweatpants to the grocery store. That has to count for something in celebrating the holiday, right?

  12. Erin says:

    Now, did someone bake those donuts at the bake sale or was that a cop out? ;-)

    I did wear pink to work. Well, a gray suit with a light pink pin stripe and a pink blouse. Gotta class up the joint.

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