Guess what? Food is NOT the enemy!
That is, unless you’re consuming Twinkies, pork rinds and Funyons on a regular basis.
But what a relief to discover that some of my gustatory predilections are going to throttle my sexual ennui and make me hot to trot.
1. First we have that perennial favorite THE OYSTER.
Web MD says that these mollusks are actually choc-full of that orgasmic hormone Dopamine.
They’re also riddled with Zinc — a mineral that stimulates Testosterone; the sex hormone in men that ladies could use a little more of. (If only it weren’t for the facial hair!)
2. Next we have a food that has thus far under-whelmed me. The beleaguered PEPPER.
I love this article in HuffPo where they liken peppers to the “Shaky Bridge” experiment:
“In the study, men were asked to walk across a tall, shaky bridge, and then asked by an attractive researcher to fill out a survey.
“They were more likely — than those who walked across a less scary bridge — to give the researcher a call later on; mistaking the physiological arousal from their fear response to the shaky bridge (increased heart rate, feeling a bit warm, breaking a sweat) for sexual attraction and arousal.
“In the absence of terrifying suspension bridges, you might try chomping down on a hot chile for the same physiological arousal.
“And just like hot peppers, spices like curry and cumin can also increase blood flow and in turn, your libido.”
3. Next, we have one of my all-time favorites to roast and slather all over any meat I’ve broiled to a pulp. That Olfactory Delight, Garlic:
Garlic helps increase blood flow, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. And increased blood flow, particularly for men, is a good thing in the sack.
4. This particular food I like to have around 5 p.m. while I’m cooking dinner.
It leads me to dancing the salsa between the fridge and the stove (much to my children’s horror) and should Henry mistakenly pass through the kitchen he’s going to get his ass grabbed. Le Vin Rouge:
Stephane Bender at HuffPo says it best:
“As Shakespeare wrote in The Tragedy of Macbeth: ‘Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance…’
“In moderation, however, alcohol can lower inhibitions without the unfortunate side effect of decreased performance.
“A 2009 study conducted by the University of Florence also found that women who drank one to two glasses of red wine a day reported higher … sexual desire, lubrication and overall sexual functioning.'”
Last, but not least, we have my lips’, my tongue’s and my tummy’s absolute favorite. CHOCOLATE:
Chocolate is full of a compound called phenylethylamine, which shoots our bodies through with those sexy, happy, loving hormones serotonin and endorphins.
Who needs to run a marathon to feel sexy, just a little square (or 20 squares?) of your favorite chocolate will do the trick. Best accompanied with red wine.