What does sexy feel like? It's more than just putting on a little black dress or a studly suit. At the core of your sexy self is a wellspring of positive feelings, including confidence, vitality, and authenticity, as well as energy, aliveness, and gusto. Sexy is all about how you feel, how you act, how you look, how you live. Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of the new book, Eat Your Way to Sexy, shared how to tweak our diets to improve our passions!
Elizabeth has a free presentation of Eat Your Way to Sexy January 31st at the Community Health Education Center, Bldg. D on the Salem Hospital campus from 6:30 - 8 p.m located at 890 Oak St. SE in Salem. The presentation is called the Women's Health Event with Elizabeth Somer. Register to attend by going online or by calling 503-814-2432.
1. You say you that by changing some diet habits, we can reboot our lusty selves?
Yes! Inside that sexy self, there is a whole lot of circuitry and circulation going on. For you to feel really sultry, powerful, alive requires a fine-tuned brain that sends messages quickly and freely, a healthy heart that pumps blood efficiently and easily, and clear and elastic blood vessels that effortlessly move blood and oxygen throughout your body, from head to sex organs. The better that circuitry and circulation work, the more energetic you feel and the better lover you will be. The building blocks and assembly-line workers for those well-revved systems come directly and only from your diet. Just as you wouldn't put sawdust into your gas tank and expect your car to run right, eat junk and you'll feel like junk. Eat, move, and live right and you will be amazed how strong, confident, energized, and sharp you are.
2. Sign me up! What is your S Ex Y Diet?
I absolutely guarantee if you follow the guidelines in the Sensual Extraordinary You Diet - The SE xY Diet, you will be happier, leaner, and sexier than you ever have been before. You also will look younger, feel friskier, and think faster. You'll enjoy sex more, respond and perform better, and find your sex life more satisfying. Better yet, your entire life will be better. Just eat real, authentic foods 75% of the time and follow a few simple steps, including:
1. Give yourself some space.
2. Feed your #1 sex organ.
3. Have an antioxidant orgy.
4. Take the pill.
3. Take us through a day and show us how to put these steps into practice:
To give yourself some space, you need to eat regularly throughout the day, starting with breakfast. People who eat breakfast think more clearly and creatively, perform better at work, have more energy and a better mood throughout the day, and have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight. I'm not talking a doughnut and coffee. You need to focus on authentic foods and my Menage-a-Trois breakfast that includes 3 foods: 1) a whole grain to supply energy to the brain, 2) a protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied, and 3) 2 colorful fruits or vegetables.
4. How about lunch. What should we eat to feel lustier here?
As you focus on real, authentic foods, make sure at least half the place is colorful fruits and vegetables, which are packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation associated with heart disease, dementia, and a loss of sex drive. This is an easy one, just include 2 servings of fruits or vegetables at every meal and one at every snack. Americans are averaging only 3 servings a day, we need to triple that. Make it easy on yourself. Eat Your Way to Sexy doesn't have to take time. Lunch should be light and low-fat, so just open up a bag of salad greens, add some left-over chicken breast strips, or black beans and a little light salad dressing for an instant meal that reduces inflammation and loads the plate with an Antioxidant Orgy.
5. How can we feed our #1 sex organ?
That #1 sex organ is your brain, where imagination and desire are fueled. To think clearly and passionately you need to reduce inflammation in your circuitry and circulation and then fuel your brain with the building blocks it needs to function at top speed. The #1 building block for brain cells is the omega-3 fats and of those, DHA is the most important. People who get what I call in the book "Wet and Wild at least 2X a week" by including fatty fish, such as salmon, to the menu also are the ones who are up to 70% less likely to develop dementia and are at much lower risk for depression. Again, make this easy on yourself. Broil a salmon fillet, steam some broccoli, and serve with instant brown rice for a dinner that took less than 15 minutes to prepare.
5. One of your S Ex Y Diet tips is to give yourself some space. What Does this mean?
To boost the feel-good chemical in your brain, serotonin, you need to spread your food intake out evening throughout the day and have a G-spot snack either mid-afternoon or after dinner. The "G" stands for grains. Whole grains. Some air-popped popcorn or a few graham crackers will boost levels of serotonin, which has a relaxing and mood-boosting effect. It only takes 30 grams of carbs to get the effect, so this is not a licence to binge on a truck-load of carbs! If you need to feel energized mid-day, have a Quicky Snack with has a bit of protein, such as train mix or cheese with crackers and fruit, which will block serotonin, but raise the energizing brain chemical, dopamine.
6. You say that "taking the pill" is important, too. What "pill" do you mean?
Few people eat perfectly every day. So on the days when you fudge the rules a bit, take a moderate-dose Multi, a Calcium & magnesium supplement, and an omega-3 DHA.
Do you have abundant energy? Do people comment that you look up to 10 years younger than you are? Do you sleep well, think clearly, and are happy most of the time? Are you on no medications and feel vibrant? What you eat, how much you move, and how you choose to live affects your attitude, thinking, emotions and physical health. You are one big package. You choose how sexy you are by the foods you choose to eat. Eat junk and you'll feel like junk. Eat well and your body will repay you a thousandfold with abundant energy, a sharper mind, a fit body, and a lustier life