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Tips for an Unforgettable Raw Vegan Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by: Dorien Herremans
Tags: vegan, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) It's that time of the year again. Hearts are displayed everywhere and there are Valentine actions and specials all around. Couples are giving presents and are celebrating their relationship, while singles are waiting to receive that valentine card or those red roses. But what if you are a raw vegan? Does this different lifestyle have an effect on your romantic life? What do raw vegans do during this romantic period?

Chocolate
A main theme on Valentine's Day is chocolate, and this stays prominent if you are a raw vegan. Actually, it even gets better when you eat raw foods. Experts and nutritionists claim that raw chocolate contains high levels of minerals, anti-oxidants, amino acids,... But more importantly, it will get you in the right mood on Valentine's Day, because raw cacao contains:

  • Anandamide: a type of oil known as "the bliss chemical", which is released when we are feeling great.
  • Phenylethylamine: helps create feelings of attraction, excitement and euphoria. It is also referred to as "the love chemical".
  • Tryptophan: an essential amino acid. This is another powerful mood enhancer, critical for the production of serotonin.
  • High levels of magnesium: essential for a good working heart muscle.
  • Theobromine: stimulates the heart.

Certain people can have some less than positive experiences with raw cacao. These usually occur when your body lacks minerals. If you are demineralized, and even raw vegans can be demineralized, your digestion does not function optimally. Because of this, you will not be able to properly digest cacao. So start filling up your mineral levels today. Think: greens, seaweeds, supplements, superfoods,...

Gifts
Valentine's Day is all about giving love to yourself and others. It's a great day to surprise the people you love by buying them a present. Here are some tips for buying gifts.
  1. Buy from businesses who:
    • support the environment.
    • help improve the world.
    • are local.
  2. Buy things that are actually useful.
  3. Buy ecological products.
  4. Send an ecard, save a tree.
  5. Make your own present and put some love vibrations in it.
  6. Buy or do something for yourself as well. Love begins by loving yourself.

Finding a date
It is always nice to have some company on Valentine's Day. There are a number of possibilities to meet people, even for raw vegans. Raw foodists form a growing community all over the world. Check the Internet for a local raw vegan pot luck around you. Or just organize one. There are people just like you organizing Valentine's Day events such as pot lucks, retreats, classes, feasts, and so on.
If you would like your Valentine's Day to be more private, the Internet again offers you the possibility to meet like-minded souls to spend the evening, or the rest of your life, with. (See the author's recommendation for interesting links)

Love everywhere
All the opportunities to have an unforgettable Valentine's Day are present. Embrace them and manifest the most wonderful Valentine's Day ever. Let these love vibrations flow into the rest of the year, acting as fuel for the raw vegan revolution. This is in essence a movement with respect and love for all life, everywhere.

Reference: David Wolfe and Shazzie, 2005, "Naked Chocolate".


About the author

Dorien wrote the ebook: Drupal 6: Ultimate community site guide. Now everyone can set up an online community (http://book.drupalfun.com). She is currently doing a PhD at the University of Antwerp.

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