Monday, February 14, 2011

How Food Can Help You Score in Love

Set the stage for love by following a healthy diet 
The connection between food and love goes much deeper than eating certain foods to increase arousal. The right foods convey vitality, endurance and improved blood circulation; all very important for a special night with that special person. There is no mystery; a healthy diet sets the stage for a fulfilling romantic experience. We’ve all heard it before; eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. Not eating this way yet? Well you should, and here is another good reason why: what’s good for your health is also good for your mojo. We are just beginning to understand how the array of nutrients we get from unprocessed foods impact our bodies; from the phyto (plant) chemicals in blueberries that help relax your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow through them more freely, to boosting your libido by eating enough zinc from meat, whole grains, legumes, and seafood (oysters, a famed aphrodisiac, are high in zinc). If you abuse your body with foods high in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates, over time you’ll increase your risk for heart disease and diabetes, two chronic diseases with serious negative ramifications in the love department.

A little foresight is required to set the tone for a romantic evening. Follow a few simple guidelines to help you get ready for that perfect encounter.

1. Eat Breakfast: Eating breakfast is the best way to assure that you have the energy to make it through the day and into the night. Breakfast foods such as oatmeal, fortified cereals, milk, and eggs provide a good dose of B-vitamins, which will keep your libido soaring and the stress of courting under control. One of the B-vitamins, niacin, is important for the secretion of histamine, a chemical that your body needs for arousal.

2. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: In moderation, both are fine, but tip the scale in the direction of excess and your night of romance could be railroaded. More than three cups of coffee can act as a diuretic and cathartic; where a little caffeine and alcohol may help keep you alert and relaxed, too much and you could spend most of the night in the bathroom rather than with your love interest.

3. Minimize Foods that Create Unpleasant Odors: Many foods that create odors, such as garlic, onions, curried dishes, broccoli and cauliflower are good for you. You still want to eat these foods, but not on date night. The alternative is to persuade your date to eat them with you, that way you will both be blissfully ignorant about how you smell to the world.

The best aphrodisiac is to feel good about yourself. The confidence that you exude because you feel good about the way that you look and feel can make you irresistible to others. A few types of foods can help add to your appeal. If you want to be assured of a “sure-thing”, try one or more of the following:

Celery: Celery doesn’t come to mind when you think about passion, but this unsuspecting vegetable releases pheromones—chemicals that naturally turn us on—with every bite. Munch a few stalks, and you could give another meaning to the term “rabbit food”.

Chocolate: Chocolate contains chemicals that heighten the love experience. One is phenyethylamine—called the “love molecule” because it is suspected to cause the feeling of bliss lovers experience. The other, methylxanthine, is a stimulant responsible for increasing skin sensitivity. Chocolate rightly earns its reputation as a treat for lovers.

Vanilla: The scent of vanilla has been shown to be relaxing, putting people in the mood for intimacy. Light a few vanilla candles and serve vanilla ice cream with a chocolate dessert and you and your intended will soon be in the mood for love.

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