I totally understand about not feeling festive (or hungry). I've kinda' learned to fake it by putting lots of food on my plate and picking at it all night, drinking non-alcaholic drinks that look alcaholic, etc. Especially at parties, but sometimes I do it just with my husband so things can feel "normal" for me sometimes.
Did you end up having a nice Valentine's Day? I hope so!
diagnosed with UC in Feb 2007
taking 12 Asacol/day since then
take Rowasa enema as needed
Mega-dosing on iron due to anemia
Have tried dozens of alternate remedies:
glutamine, sunflower/spinach, omega3, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbal prescriptions, blood allergy testing (avoiding dairy and eggwhites), tried no nightshades, tried SCD (not very strict to be honest), tried Guts to Glory program, briefly tried David Klein diet, mega-probiotics, probiotic enemas, slippery elm enemas, etc. etc.
I know that the right combination for what my tender tummy needs is out there!