Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Erotic Food

Hidi Ho everyone,

Hope you are all having a awesome day.

Today, I thought i would talk about food.  Erotic food....to me this screams chocolate! LOL
The erotic power of food has been celebrated for centuries. Casanova was said to share oysters with his paramours to whet their sexual appetites. Greek and Roman cultures enjoyed a parade of ripe fruits and exotic dishes before engaging in sensual pleasures. It has even been said that a delicious meal is the quickest way to a man (or woman's) heart. Afterall, what courtship would be complete without a romantic dinner?

Nutrition plays a vital role in love and lovemaking. The quality of our diet has a great deal to do with the quality of our sex. Many nutritious foods can stir libido, revive sexual function and enhance overall health, especially when served up in a sensual way.

Healthy Ingredients for "Gourmet Love"

The dietary ingredients for a lifetime of wonderful sex include a variety of fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Complex carbohydrates should be the centerpiece of a healthy sex diet, with lean proteins comprising about 20% to 30% of daily calories, advises Chris Meletis, N.D., chief medical officer at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Meals rich in fruits and vegetables provide beneficial nutrients that keep organs in peak condition and energy at maximum levels, both of which are essential for lovemaking.

Although some foods arouse, others can impair sexual function. Fried fare and rich cream sauces can leave us feeling more sluggish than sexy. What's more, excessive sugar, salt, saturated fat and highly processed foods are linked to frigidity, difficulty reaching orgasm and lack of interest in sex. Cutting back on these foods will help revive and preserve sexual vitality and enhance overall well-being. It's also a good idea to limit consumption of alcohol and coffee, and to skip tobacco altogether. These "pleasure drugs" can dampen sexual desire and leech beneficial nutrients vital to our sexual health.
The good news is that some indulgences are beneficial. The rich, delicious decadence known as chocolate contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that raises the body's endorphins, our natural antidepressants. Enjoyed in moderation, a few morsels can lift libido, providing a tantalizing prelude to sex.
The following is a selection of high vitality, fresh foods that supply nutrients essential for a healthy sex life. "Looked at in the right light," writes author Diane Ackerman in "A Natural History of the Senses," "any food might be thought aphrodisiac."

Sexual Sustenance

Taking the time to investigate which fruits and vegetables appeal most in terms of their fragrance, shape, touch, texture (and of course, taste), allows us to see our sustenance with new eyes. With these characteristics in mind, gathering the ingredients for a "sensual" new way of eating can be fun.
Here are some tips:
Feast on fruits.Bursting with fiber and antioxidants, and thought to be imbued with aphrodisiac properties, many fresh fruits are as sensual as they are nutritious. Apples, apricots, bananas, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, quince, raspberries and strawberries are celebrated in erotic literature throughout the world. Whichever fruits you choose, enjoy them often, and with a new appreciation of their attributes.

Devour delicious vegetables. Asparagus, carrots, celery, corn, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant and several other phallic-shaped vegetables have long been prized for their aphrodisiac effects. Although it may be hard to think of them as "erotic", these earthly delights certainly invigorate the body with vitamins and minerals. The avocado, on the other hand, is undeniably sensual—so much so that the Spanish conquistadors helped spread its reputation throughout the world as a powerful stimulant. The juicy tomato, or "love apple," a potent source of the powerhouse antioxidant, lycopene, was once a highly sought-after libido enhancer. Other veggies reputed to turn up the heat and fortify the body, include: beans, garlic, leeks, onions, parsley, peppers, soybeans, spinach, truffles, turnips and watercress. Serve these foods often for optimal sexual health.
Savor fruits of the sea and lean proteins. Shellfish including abalone, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp, lobster and deep, cold-water fish like cod and halibut, fuel the body, the brain and sex drive. Oysters, for instance, are rich in zinc and iodine. Zinc, a vital sexual nutriment, is essential for testosterone production in men and women.
Eat lean meats. Meats such as chicken and turkey are healthful in moderation. "Good protein intake is important, but excessive amounts can interfere with sexuality," warns Elson Haas, M.D., and author of "Staying Healthy With Nutrition". If possible, choose organic meats to avoid hormones, antibiotics and other additives typically found in these foods. Nuts, seeds and beans are also excellent sources of protein. Both pine nuts and pumpkin seeds are sexual adjuvants.
Get a little on the side. Although a healthy diet provides most of the nourishment necessary for sexual wellness, a multivitamin/mineral supplement offers extra health insurance. Vitamins including A, the B group, C and E are necessary for sexual functioning. Vitamin E, for instance, supplies the sex organs with sufficient oxygen. B vitamins, including niacin and B-5, can help men and women reach orgasm and improve sexual stamina. Selenium, manganese and of course, zinc, are also vital in regulating hormones and revving up sex drive. Rather than taking these individually, take a multivitamin/mineral to ensure correct dosages. Check with your doctor to learn which brands he or she recommends
The Erotic Element

Now that the ingredients are in place, it's time to have some fun!
Start by taking the time to savor each meal. Nutritious foods fuel our sexual energy, but it is the art of eating that can be truly erotic.

A lovingly prepared meal served in the proper ambience can precipitate passion. To help set the mood for a night of romance, try some of the following:
•Prepare a dinner for two with your beloved. (How about cooking in the nude for some added spice?)

•Spread a blanket on the floor set with candles and flowers, but no silverware.

•Dim the lights and play music that sets the right mood.

•Sip champagne, wine (one glass can be a turn on) or seltzer water.

•Serve fingerfoods such as olives or raw vegetables and dip.

•Feed your partner a juicy slice of mango, a delicate sliver of pear, or sweet grapes.

•Take turns feeding each other in creative ways.(Offer to nibble ripe raspberries from your lover's chest.)

•Finish with an arousing massage or a warm bubble bath.

For a real adventure, try a picnic in a secluded park, on the beach, or even in the bedroom. Pack light foods that can be fed to each other such as strawberries and chocolate, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, French bread and low-fat cheese. Wear something sexy. And don't forget a blanket. Treat each course as an overture to lovemaking.
Most importantly, eat well and with pleasure.

I hope all this helps you....does me!

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