So if you haven't noticed, we decided to get a little wild this week and write about two of our most basic needs/favorite things: food and sex. Come on, you know you love it. Don't be shy. Keep reading...
The erotic power of food is no secret as it's been celebrated for centuries. Roman cultures engaged in a prelude of ripe fruits and exotic meals before getting it on, and it's been reported that Casanova shared oysters with his lovers to get them in the mood. And we've all heard it before: a romantic meal is the quickest way into someone's heart (pants?)
Some foods are simply sexy: juicy fruits, dark chocolate, mead, oysters, saffron, whipped cream, candy necklaces...But the connection between food and sex isn't always about seduction - it's also about health. Good nutrition plays a vital role in both love and lovemaking. The quality of our diet greatly influences the quality of our happiness and, therefore, our sex lives. Certain foods can stir libido, revive sexual function and enhance overall health.
It's actually quite simple: A good, balanced diet gives you more energy. The more energy you have, the more active you are, which contributes to increased lean muscle mass. Increased lean muscle mass leads to an increased metabolism, which drives hunger and digestion. You keep eating good foods, being active, and Wham! You're all of a sudden feeling confident, sexy, and you're hair looks good, your skin is smooth, wow, you've got serious sex appeal. Could this really be because of the healthy choices you made lately. Certainly could!
Good nerve function, healthy hormone levels, and an unobstructed blood flow to the pelvic area are essential to sexual performance. To keep these systems working they way your want them to, a diet should be based on legumes, grain products, and other complex carbohydrates, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and the right levels of lean protein (typically 0.8g per kg of body weight per day). I guess you could say good behavior equals bed behavior. Particularly important are vitamin C to strengthen blood vessel walls, and low-fat dairy products, whole grains, and green vegetables for riboflavin to maintain the mucous membranes that line the reproductive tract.
So where's the Guiltless connection between food and sex? It's all about confidence. Food, body image, and sex are intertwined. Healthy choices not only increase health benefits, but also your confidence. If you feel good about your food decisions, you're more likely to allow yourself to love your body. Let's face it, not many people enjoy stripping after a Big Mac and a Budweiser. But how about a dinner of spring greens, berries, fresh seafood, and a little wine? The goal is to feel good, and to love your body enough to really enjoy letting someone else love it too.