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3 Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy Valentine’s Day

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

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Valentines Day is the LOVE holiday…the day when we express our love to the special people in our lives.

The tradition of Valentine’s Day is believed to have originated from the pagan customs of the Third or Fourth Century B.C., when the Festivals of Purification were celebrated in Ancient Rome.   With the advent of Christianity, priests attempted to replace all ancient heathen practices, and in the fifth century A.D., they created its own holiday around the same date,  and selected a saint who to honor for his devotion to love.

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a day when health takes a  backseat as most people embellish their loved ones with chocolates, little candy hearts with sayings on them and all sorts of sweet, heart shaped treats and lavishly rich dinners.

What would it be like to enjoy the magic of your  Valentine’s Day love connections without compromising your health and your waistline?

Here are 3 key strategies that you can use to create new and memorable health promoting Valentine’s Day rituals.

1- Celebrate and thank the one person you can count on to be there every moment in your life, through thick and thin, good times and challenging ones and until you take your last breath…YOU. Do something special for yourself. Self love and care is health care. One of the bestcandle ways to improve the quality of your health and increase your energy and longevity is to consistently make time to reward and acknowledge yourself.

Take a minute right now to stroke and massage your shoulders, arms and hands. Doesn’t that feel great? Plan a time for a candle-lit hot bath, or an evening in bed to read, write or meditate. What’s your favorite pass time? What do you love to do? Reward yourself by scheduling time to do it. Schedule it right NOW.

Jot me a note in the comments box and let me know how you plan to show self love.

valentine chocolate small2- Create special treats for your loved ones using whole, fresh, organic and living foods.

As a special Valentine’s Day gift from me to you, I created a recipe sampler you can use and enjoy.


3- Make aphrodisiac foods a part of the celebration, to spark some passion into your love life.  These  traditionally include:

  • Almondaroma is supposed to induce passion in a female.
  • Arugulahas been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D.
  • AvocadoThe Aztecs called the tree the “testicle tree”.
  • BasilIs supposed to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility.
  • Chocolatecontains PEA, a neurotransmitter that stimulates a feeling of love and connection.fico 1
  • Fennela source of natural plant estrogen, fennel was used in the early Egyptian times as “libido enhancement”.
  • FigsAn open fig is said to resemble the female sex organs and traditionally thought of as sexual stimulant.
  • Garlicis said to stir sexual desires.
  • Mustardis believed to stimulate the sex glands and increase desire.
  • Pine Nutshave been used to stimulate the libido as far back as Medieval times.
  • Raspberries and Strawberriesare described in erotic literature as fruit nipples
  • VanillaThe scent and flavor is believed to increase lust.

Do you have any favorite aphrodisiac foods?  Submit your recipes and a description of the aphrodisiac properties of the food here:


I’ll be choosing one to publish in this month’s newsletter, which will be sent on Thursday February 18.

Please comment below… what are your valentines day plans?

Happy Valentines Day!

Remember to download your Valentines Day Recipe Sampler HERE and have fun!

With Love, Roses and Raw Chocolate Kisses,

Dr. Ritamarie

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  1. Mandy on February 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I’m going to meditate and then have a lovely hot bath…and light some candles while i’m at it. My veggie green smoothie is at hand…and i’ve enjoyed 3 dark chcoclate / ginger choccies…what more could a girl need! Well….maybe you shouldn’t answer that!

  2. Alicia on February 15, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Thanks Rita Marie! Your info is always appreciated! Have V day to you too!

  3. Alicia on February 15, 2010 at 2:09 am

    We celebrated Valentines Day with a delicious gourmet meal at Beets Cafe ~ Herbed Cheese Rvioli was amazing! My sweetheart gave me a beautiful card and a crystal with a turtle that will hang in our window that cast rainbows of light – when I got home there was a gorgeous bouquet of flowers waiting for me.

    Today is all about self care, relaxing and slowing down after a busy few weeks – sitting in the sun by the lake, walking our puppies and enjoying each others company.

  4. Mary on February 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Thank you, Dr. Ritamarie!

    A Red Smoothie for Breakfast! (Raw, Organic)
    1/2 Cup Cranberries
    1/2 cup Blueberries
    1/2 Cup Strawberries
    2 Bananas
    1 Cucumber (peeled for the sake of the colour)
    A few stems of Red Swiss Chard (not leaves)
    Filtered Water (enough to make it drinkable)
    Stevia or raw Agave syrup (to taste…
    Cranberries are very sour)

    Merry Mary

  5. Adelaida Khpshanosova on February 15, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Thank you so much for your kind words,I was reading and crying,Yes some time you want to feel special!

  6. Denise Coleman Lyng on February 15, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    I celebrated by having a 90 minute massage yesterday, started with fresh green juice this morning, went snow shoeing today, (my favorite winter activity), and am planning a nice hot soak this evening!

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  8. Kathy on February 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for the lovely Valentines gift. I celebrated self love by taking a relaxing bath with epsom salts and lavender oil. It felt wonderful and I hadn’t done something like that in ages!

  9. MaryKatherine on February 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I celebrated by marrying the love of my life at the same place my grandparents were married. My wedding ring is comprised of 3 diamonds – mine, my grandmother’s and my great-grandmother’s.

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