Maca is a root vegetable that provides many health benefits (with no known side effects) and is nicknamed “Spanish Viagra” even though it’s not really Viagra. It benefits men and women but today, it’s all about the guys. :)
Promote restful sleep
Increased testosterone levels
Treat low libido
Boost immune system
*Ladies: If your man already has high testosterone levels and tries Maca, prepare yourself. That’s all I’m saying.
I hate feet. I especially despise looking at feet that have crusty dried out heels. So guys, I’m not telling you that you need to spend hours pampering yourself, but you can take a little time to file your feet and lather on some lotion. You can even do it while you are watching the game. Some of you may need a regular old foot file while others will need a chain saw or this…
I don’t claim to be a fitness expert; I leave that up to the professionals but I can tell you what works for my family and me. I have three main men in my life, my father, my husband and my son. Two out of three tend to be drawn to the contraption below. All three served in the United States military and two of them are currently active duty, which is most likely why they insist on using this thing. I’ll be honest; I hang from it every morning (Once, I broke my thumb doing it. True story.) Why you ask? Well, I hit 5’7 in 8th grade and by the time I turned 35, I was 5’6. So according to my calculations, I shrunk one inch in 21 years and by the time I’m 98, I will only be 5’3. I don’t want to have to buy all new pants.
“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality”. -JFK
My husband cannot stop talking about the book “The Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.
“In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.”-amazon.com
You can learn more about the author at http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html
Have a GREAT weekend guys!
As most of you know, I’m all about food and the effect it has on our health; physically, mentally and spiritually. But what about sexually? Can “so called” aphrodisiac food really help increase sexual desire?
An aphrodisiac: is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have been mainly due to mere belief by their users that they would be effective (i.e., the placebo effect). In particular, Western medical science has no substantiated claims that any particular food increases sexual desire or performance. Wikipedia
*Although no one knows for sure if foods can boost your mood, it’s always fun to try, right?
Ten aphrodisiac foods:
Bananas (no, not because of their shape but because it stimulates libido)
Avocados (does things that I can’t even repeat without blushing)
Dark Chocolate (releases dopamine in the brain’s pleasure center)
Oysters (increases libido)
Garlic (increases blood flow to the sexual organs)
Chile Peppers (gets blood pumping)
Salmon (keeps sex hormone production at it’s peak)
Maca (Lepidium meyenii): is a root plant consumed as a food and for medicinal purposes. Maca is also known as “Peruvian ginseng” (despite the fact that it is not a member of the ginseng family), because it is used as a folk remedy to increase stamina, energy, and sexual function. It is typically taken as a pill or liquid extract or as powdered maca root. -About.com
*You may have noticed that you don’t see any processed or fattening food on this list. Think about it; when’s the last time you sucked down a Big Mac and an order of fries and then felt like getting your groove on? As much as we would like to believe these foods have (just) an aphrodisiac effect on us, it probably also stems from the fact that these are healthy and nutritious choices.
Bottom line: Eat right, feel right. :)
Picture taken from: Soda Head.
Well, here it is, my first interview. I would like to introduce my husband, Den. In the process of managing my food intolerances, I naturally developed a healthy eating plan that he’s been following since he arrived home from his deployment on October 1st 2011.
NAME: Den AGE: 43.5 CAREER: Military professional HEIGHT: 6’0 WEIGHT: 185 pounds WAIST: 32-inch
*I love how men could care a less if you publicize their measurements.
Me: What have you eliminated from your diet since you have arrived home?
Den: Meat (except fish), eggs, processed food; dairy, sugar and I quit drinking coffee (cold turkey).
Me: Is there anything you miss eating?
Den: Beef jerky and egg beaters but it’s nothing that I can’t live without.
Me: What improvements have you noticed?
Den: My cholesterol has lowered significantly and I have way more energy.
Me: Do you have a favorite new food?
Den: Black beans, quinoa and I really like the green smoothie. It’s very convenient in the morning before work (as long as you make it the night before).
Me: Yes, as long as I make it the night before. :)
Me: Any food or recipe that you don’t like?
Den: The second gluten-free pizza crust you made was mushy. Did you throw that recipe out? Please God, I hope so.
Me: Do you feel younger?
Den: Yes, I’m at my high school graduating weight and waist size. I’m pretty sure I’m just as strong as I was back then too. I’m almost 44 and I scored a 98 on my Air Force fitness test.
Me: What is your average weekly workout routine?
Den: I lift weights and run (3.1 miles in 24 minutes) three times a week. I’m only getting in 3 times a week because of work and finishing up my MBA. If I had time, I would love to workout 5 days a week.
Me: Do you have any advice for the men out there that want to try following a healthier lifestyle?
Den: Keep an open mind and try new things. Just because everyone is eating junk food doesn’t mean you have to as well. Remember the food you consume today will affect you later in life.
Me: What have you learned from your wife?
Den: That this is not some fad diet; it’s a lifestyle change (and because you suffer from food intolerances, it’s a crucial lifestyle change).
Me: Any new things you would like to try? Keep it clean, please. :)
Den: I seriously want to get into yoga for the relaxation and flexibility aspects. I’m sure the flexibility will pay off in many different ways, if you know what I mean. ;)
Me: Thanks for being such a supportive, loving and cool husband.
P.S. When does football season end and why does it have to be on in every room in the house?
Den: Thank you for not only being a creative and open-minded role model but also an awesome wife. I love how you are always striving to improve our life, not only today but also for our future.
P.S. Football all year-long would be awesome. Go Bears!
*Stay tuned; I have a lot more people who I want to eventually interrogate, I mean interview. Den will also be posting on my blog in the near future between work, exercise and studying. :)
“Teamwork is working together — even when apart”. unknown