5 ways to give your belly the best Valentine’s Day ever

Valentine’s Day is all about love, obviously. Love of chocolate. Love of champagne. Love of expensive romantic meals. Love of… er… oh, your partner. I kid, I kid. Kinda – after all, we all know about my tendency to put food before all others.

For those of us with digestive disorders that have colonised (ha! see what I did there?) our bodies, it’s important that we show our bellies some love too on Valentine’s Day. And just because we can’t guzzle down heart-shaped chocolates and edible roses doesn’t mean we can’t still have an amazing V-day that doesn’t leave us sick, or feeling bloated, sore and dismal.

Here’s what I plan to do to give my belly its BEST Valentine’s Day (post-UC diagnosis) ever.*

*Prior, it had many best V-days, though admittedly the requirements for ‘best’ were pretty low, starting and ending with food.

1. Don’t veer from your diet: BORING, I know. And I’m sorry. But you’ll thank me tomorrow when you don’t have the IBD-equivalent of a 3-day bender hangover. Sticking to your diet doesn’t mean you have to have a piece of dry chicken with carrot juice for dinner. Tonight, we’re going to a fancy-shmancy place where I plan to order a rump steak, with no seasoning, grilled in olive oil. I’ll ask for avo slices and plain grilled mushrooms on the side. It’s totally SCD safe and, actually, it’ll be pretty delicious too.

I really don't know what's going on here but I'm pretty sure she's breaking the SCD rules

I really don’t know what’s going on here but I’m pretty sure she’s breaking several SCD rules

2. Have wine: See, I’m not so mean. If you’re not flaring, go ahead and have some wine. Just make sure it’s the dry kind – red or white. You could even have vodka if you wanted to, or whisky. But please, please try to avoid the bubbly. For many of us with IBD or IBS (myself included), it causes terrible bloating. And who wants to be bloated on the most romantic night of the year?

Bonus: it might help you impress your date too

Bonus: wine might help you impress your date too

3. Have dessert: I’m like a saint, aren’t I, permitting you these heavenly treats? Except that by ‘dessert’, I don’t mean that shared chocolate mousse with double whipped cream topping. Just because your partner can scoff it down without a moment of gastric distress (it’s like a super-power I swear), doesn’t mean that you’ve suddenly developed the power to, too, just because it’s Valentine’s Day. Prepare something using SCD-legal ingredients, like these gorgeous Valentine Linzer heartsΒ or this divine-looking raw vegan cashew cake (thanks Miss Piggy!).

4. DIY: I don’t mean that kind of DIY – who wants to fix cupboards on Valentine’s Day? (besides every man that ever lived, of course). I mean that you should throw together your own romantic meal at home – and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Last year, I cooked dinner for K and I at her place. Our starter was tomato soup served in shot glasses to look fancy; mains was a thai curry with rice that I’d coloured red with food colouring (a little weird to wrap your head around, but totes fun for V-day) and dessert – for her only, of course – was white choc mousse that I’d also subjected to the food colouring treatment. It was inexpensive, it was super romantic with tons of candles, our own favourite music and the perfect lighting, and it ensured that I could eat anything I wanted. My belly was happy.

Last year's V-day dinner, made by yours truly

Last year’s V-day dinner, made by yours truly

5. Drink tea or soup: Everyone knows that tea is like a hug in a cup, so there’s really nothing more appropriate to be drinking of theΒ day of love. Choose an SCD-legal kind, and enjoy the soothing, warming benefits. It’s the best way to show your belly some adoration. And if you’re flaring, switch the tea for soup (the bone-broth variety) and your body will truly thank you for it.

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Have an awesome Valentine’s Day peeps. I wish you lots of belly love ❀

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9 thoughts on “5 ways to give your belly the best Valentine’s Day ever

  1. I liked this post! Vodka though might not settle well for people who are gluten sensitive, since it’s derived from wheat grains. I definitely agree with the wine tip though…it’s my go to and I rarely have belly problems:) Happy Valentines!

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    • Thanks so much for this tip! There’s a lot of controversy around booze on SCD. Apparently vodka is considered ‘safe’, but I totally agree that people would need to test it first. I found this awesome post the other day that explains the whole vodka/gluten thing. Personally, I’d rather have wine because I’m not exactly going to drink my vodka neat! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too – have a great one πŸ™‚

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  2. Great tips!!!
    About the vodka – a lot are potato based actually πŸ˜‰ But still way too rough on the belly. As is most alcohol. I stopped drinking entirely and it’s the best thing I have done for my health. My fancy thing is that I drink my juice out of a wine glass πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much for sharing my Strawberry Cashew Cream Torte πŸ˜‰
    xoxo
    Happy V-day!!
    Ella

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    • Ah, thanks so much Ella for that input. I have been alcohol-free for 27 days now (I sound like an alcoholic, don’t I!?) and I MISS it! But I think you are absolutely right – it’s the best thing for one’s health. I plan to re-introduce it very moderately after 30 days – I’m talking a few glasses of dry white a week, to test it. I love the idea of drinking juice out of a wine glass! I’m def going to try it πŸ™‚ And I can’t WAIT to try your torte when I’ve introduced all those things to my diet. Your blog is beautiful!

      Have an awesome V-day, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog x

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  3. Thanks for the mention! I actually had some of my raw vegan cheesecake today with a variation on flavors: Raw Vegan Chocolate-Amaretto Cashew Cheesecake
    with Raw Strawberry Sauce and Raw Vegan Sugar-Free Chocolate Chunks.. I know some can’t handle cocoa on SCD, but I have already put in my “broth, tea and gelatin” days lol, so I can do cocoa (as long as sugar free, grain free and vegan) once a week.. Have a great V-Day! ❀

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    • No problem! When I saw your recipe just knew it was something I wanted to make… it just seems so far off though, given that I’m only on phase 2 right now! But I’ll get there. Those variations sound deeeelicious! Good to know that you can tolerate the cocoa and also that there is a bit more flexibility (based on what your body can handle) further down the road. Thanks for popping in – great to receive your feedback πŸ™‚ x

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