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Love Your Food

A vegan Valentine’s Day, from start to finish

Love Your Food

A 21ST CENTURY VALENTINES

The first Valentine’s Day was in 496 AD; it is thought to have originated partly from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which was also in mid-February and marked the start of their spring season. It’s also rumoured that St. Valentine himself was a priest in Rome in the third century AD – after the Emperor Claudius II banned marriage (because he thought married men were lesser soldiers), St. Valentine offered to marry people in secret. Unfortunately, the emperor found out and sentenced Valentine to death. Whilst in prison, awaiting execution, Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter; he sent her a love letter on the day of his death, 14th February, signed ‘from your Valentine’, and, after merging this with the traditions of Lupercalia, Valentine’s Day was born.

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Our focus this issue is, of course, Valentine’s Day, which (aside from evoking slight nausea at the sight of oversized heart-shaped cards and public displays of affection) brings to mind the topic of relationships, for me. And not just in the traditional sense – we won’t be casting aside all single people and condemning them to a night of rom-coms and dairy-free ice cream (though who would say no to that?!) – Valentine’s Day is a good time to consider all forms of relationships; such as the relationship between yourself and your family, friends, animals, food, even the relationship you have with exercise and fitness, and most importantly, look at how to improve them. When it comes to friends, family and partners, the answer is easy: time. Spending more time with your loved ones is always a good idea, and will often lead to a closer-knit relationship with them (even if they do drive you slightly crazy at times). Why not make a Valentine’s feast for your nearest and dearest, following our delicious three-course menu of plant-based recipes. Choosing plant-based ingredients will also help with the third on that list: improving your relationship with animals. Following a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free diet shows your respect and compassion for animals, as well as for your own health. And lastly, when it comes to improving your relationship with exercise, look no further – this month we have two amazing features on keeping fit, including partner exercises to try with your loved one and fitness tips from social media sensation, Katya Henry. But, beyond all these – as cheesy as it may sound – it’s most important to love yourself, imperfections and all!