Written on April 19, 2012 at 9:18 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Brittany Vickers, editorial intern
Feeling a little lackluster in the kitchen lately? How about the bedroom? The two could be related. Food can be a very sensual prop that helps keep things spicy behind closed doors, but which ones should you be welcoming with open arms and which should you close your taste buds to? JJ Virgin, co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, gave us some food for thought on how to kick things up a notch for super-sizzling results!
The three main things to look for in an arousing appetite are a rise in blood flow, circulation and dopamine levels, Virgin explains. Try adding these to your next candlelit dinner for a big bite of romance!
- Oysters and avocados both have a big dose of healthy fats, which are full of dopamine, a neurotransmitter triggering the part of our brain that recognizes reward and pleasure.
- Walnuts (or any nut except a peanut) have high levels of arginine, a natural amino acid that boosts blood flow.
- Fish not only have arginine, but an added bonus of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your cardiovascular health and increase dopamine. A triple threat!
- Spicy dishes, like this Roast Salmon with Thai Red Curry Sauce, stimulate your tongue and kick-start the nervous system—great for post-dinner activities!
And if you don’t want to send your sweetheart flying out the door (OK, maybe that’s a little extreme), stay away from:
- Grains, which can leave you feeling tired and bloated, rather than svelte and raring to go.
- Gaseous foods, like broccoli and beans—no further explanation needed. If you still want to sneak veggies into your meal, try spinach or green beans.
For a complete sensual scene, set the meal in a dimly lit room with the aroma of pumpkins (a guy favorite!) in the air, Virgin says. Just make sure the smells don’t compete with the food aromas. “Try a lightly scented pumpkin pie candle in a nearby room, so it slowly drifts through the house,” she recommends. “Or light it when you head to the bedroom, after you’ve enjoyed your meal.”
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