Whether dining out for a romantic date or showing your love by preparing someone a special meal, there is no question that eating is a sensual act. But some foods have earned special distinction as super sexy libido boosters. For our Food & Sex issues, the Ms. Fit editorial staff decided to put the sexiest foods to the test.
When people say “tastes like chicken,” I don’t know what they’re talking about—though I do remember glaring at bites of it during dinner table stand-offs until Mom, frustrated, sent me to bed. When I was pregnant, then when our first daughter was born and solely nursing, my friends and relatives kept asking if I was going to “make” her become a vegetarian when she moved on to food.
Ms. Fit: Tell me about Raw Girls. What do you do?
Amy: Each week, we prepare a box of gourmet raw foods to be delivered to your door. All prepared simply, with local ingredients we source from local farmers in and around Memphis. In addition, we have a gourmet cold pressed juice business called: Raw Girls Juicy Cleanse, where we deliver cold pressed juices, super food smoothies, Chinese herbs, supplements and raw foods, all to support a healthy cleanse that folks won’t starve while participating in.
Ms. Fit: Let me know a little bit about who each of you are and your backgrounds.
Amy: I’m a passionate foodie who loves to work with local produce and make friends with local farmers. I attribute all that’s great about our food to the farmer. They are the ones cultivating the soil, and harvesting mineral rich produce that sustains us, as opposed to processed foods that deplete us. I base my entire menu each week on what I can find locally.
When people learn that I’ve been vegan for half of my life, they often ask why. “Is it political? Ethical? Environmental?” My response: “It’s personal.” This answer isn’t meant to be a cop-out; it’s actually an invitation to a longer conversation, my way of saying it’s more complex than one reason. It’s all of those things and more, and it is deeply rooted in a personal place.
What and When to Eat to Fuel Up for Fitness
“Can I get a protein shake? With extra protein?”
I glance at the guy beside me, drenched in sweat. He swipes a gym towel across his forehead. His arms are knotted with so much muscle, his biceps billow at his sides, as if gripping two giant beach balls. Randy from A Christmas Story comes to mind, and I can’t help but wonder if he ever whines, “I can’t put my arms down!” The woman he’s with looks at the smoothie menu and orders the same thing.
“If you want to get big and strong, you have to get your protein after you workout,” he says. “Whey protein is the best. At least 50 grams in this shake. It’s awesome. With skim milk. And maybe some egg whites tossed in for extra protein.”
She nods, her head bobbing maniacally, as she nervously sips the giant brown drink. He has muscle, so he must know what he’s talking about, right?
She tastes the mixture and winces. “Won’t this make me bulky?”
“Not if you’re eating enough protein and restricting carbs.”
I tune out at this point, biting my tongue until I feel the bitter tang of blood.