HERE’S the scene: You cook your partner a delicious Valentine’s Day meal but then feel the bloat come on and consequently end the night early.
If you don’t want that to happen, a nutritionist has revealed exactly what food to stay away from to ensure your sex is just as yummy as your meal this holiday.
BURGERS AND FRIES
“Energy can massively affect mood, it can affect sexual desire, which is not what we want for our Valentine’s night,” London-based nutritionist Lily Soutter told The Sun.
“High fat, heavy meals can even make the best of us feel very, very lethargic, sluggish, sleepy, so on Valentine’s Day, you could consider having something slightly lighter rather than your saul kind of burger and chips.”
As a swap for a burger, Lily mentioned trying the Future Farm plant-based burgers, which can be bought online.
“[It] is certainly something which is lighter, which doesn’t compromise on flavor, it mimics the same texture and flavor of meat as well, so you can still enjoy your favorite classic,” she noted.
Perhaps you want a sweet spaghetti and meatball scene to set the stage for a romantic kiss like the classic scene from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp this Valentine’s Day.
If you do, Lily said to make sure you lighten the dish to prevent feeling lethargic and heavy afterward.
“If, for example, you are craving carbs, you could look at having maybe a lighter-based sauce such as a tomato sauce over your creamy, heavier pasta dishes, which can make us feel slightly sleepy,” she explained.
“But also, some of these lighter dishes ar gentler on the gut and digestion.”
She also said if you’re craving pizza, eat it in moderation, as cheeses can be quite heavy and pepperoni can be high in fat.
Perhaps, this could be your chance to try cauliflower pizza, which has been a lighter option in mainstream markets for a few years.
“One of the areas you may want to be mindful of is too many gassy-type foods like beans,” Lily noted.
“They’re super healthy, super-rich in fiber, but you know on that night, if you’re prone to bloating, it’s something you may want to reduce within your diet.”
If you do want to cook some beans as part of your dish, she said rinsing canned beans in water helps reduce their gas-creating elements.
Chocolate is a staple for Valentine’s Day, so Lily is in no way saying we need to completely cut it out of the holiday.
Instead, she recommended making a light chocolate sauce to dip fruit into rather than consuming a heavy cake or brownies.
“There are really easy recipes that you can make at home,” she noted.
If you’re doing plant-based recipes, cacao, a bit of coconut oil or nut butter mixed in and you can dip some fruit like strawberries into your chocolate as well which can make it more Valentine’s-esque.”
OKAY, BUT WHAT CAN I EAT?
There may be some foods to stay away from this Valentine’s Day, but Lily shared just as many things she does recommend consuming that won’t impair anyone’s libido.
“Try to get rainbow-colored fruit and vegetables onto your plate which are not only lighter but are gonna provide lots of those antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, all those sorts of things,” she explained to The Sun.
“Making sure it’s not totally beige on your plate would be great.”
She also recommended taking notes from a Mediterranean diet, which focuses on consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and fish and limits meat and dairy.
“There is research around a Mediterranean style diet which appears to be good obviously for heart health, blood flow, there’s research looking at this in relation to sexual health as well so these benefits may also help the blood flow to sexual organs,” she said.
BE MINDFUL OF HOW YOU EAT
Lily said it’s not only important to be mindful of what you put in your body, but how you consume it.
She suggested that people chew their food completely and slowly to ensure proper digestion before getting into bed with their partners.
“If you realize you’re eating too fast, put your knife and fork down between each mouthful, chew thoroughly [and] savor the flavors,” she instructed.
She also said to avoid distractions like televisions, cell phones, and laptops.
“This really does help with not only the enjoyment of what you’re consuming, but it also really helps with the gut, or the digestive process, reducing bloating, indigestion, all of thee factors that may ruin your evening,” she explained.
Lastly, Lily said to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself this Valentine’s Day, because even with the right diet, stress can lead to a range of issues like indigestion and bloating and prevent you from performing your best in bed.
“So if you’re struggling and you feel super stressed, just take a few deep breaths before you eat to send some messages to the brain to tell it to sort of relax,” she noted.
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