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Being tired is no fun at all. You can't concentrate at work, you exercise less, and getting out of bed takes a lot of effort. It's a miserable way to trudge through life. But did you know that having more energy may be as simple as choosing the right foods? Overall, the key is to focus on low-glycemic foods (because they release energy slowly) that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in excess fats. Iron is also very important because it produces red blood cells that carry blood to exercising muscles. A first step is to eliminate "quick-fix" foods that contain simplex carbohydrate foods, like candy bars and soft drinks, which spike your energy level before it plunges quickly. Next, start incorporating these 10 foods into your diet.

Daily
1. Whole grains. They're high in fiber (which can help slow the breakdown and absorption of sugar) and complex carbohydrates. They also contain antioxidants similar to those in fruits and vegetables. Additionally, they reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Adults should eat 6 to 11 servings of whole grains per day. Examples include whole grain breads, pastas, and rice.

Breakfast
2. Oatmeal. According to the American Dietetic Association, oat products are some of the best sources of soluble fiber. You can combine oatmeal with raisins, honey, and yogurt for extra flavor and energy. 3. Bananas. This fruit is packed with potassium, which helps your muscles contract. One per day prevents stiffness that comes from sitting at a desk. 4. Orange Juice. This drink is ideal for the morning and is extremely high in vitamin C, which helps you get the most iron out of other foods.

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5. Pasta. When athletes "carbo-load" before a game, they usually eat a big plate of spaghetti. It's extremely high in complex carbohydrates and low in calories, fat, and sodium. 6. Salmon. This fish is high in protein, and its high concentration of omega-3 fats and B vitamins can boost your cardiovascular health. 7. Beans. A small, powerful vegetable packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, beans can be used in creative ways. Add them to soups, burritos, pastas, and dip spreads. In 2005 the Department of Agriculture recommended that Americans eat three cups of beans per week.

Snack

8. Dried fruit. These high-energy, low-fat snacks are easy to pack and almost never go bad. Try a medley of apricots, figs, and raisins. However, be aware that some commercially packaged dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide, which has been shown to increase your risk of asthma. 9. Almonds. Ounce-for-ounce, this is the most nutrient-dense nut. Research has shown that adding two ounces of almonds to your daily diet increases your intake of vitamin-E and magnesium. 10. Yogurt. Quick, easy, and delicious, yogurt is available in a variety flavors. One cup of lowfat yogurt contains almost 13 grams of protein and 17 grams of carbohydrates-just what you need for great energy.

id you know that right food can enhance your love making and increase your libido? Using particular foods can create sexual magic. This revelation goes back centuries, for example, Greek and Roman cultures enjoyed ripe fruits and exotic dishes before making love. Diet plays an important role for sexual well being. The choice of right foods can have a pleasing impact on your sex life and enhance your mood towards more enjoyable lovemaking. Today, youngsters in India too are getting innovative with the food to ignite the passion. After all, food is the most effective way to socially trigger the desires for intimacy. And if served in a sensual way, it’s very likely you will surrender to it. Romal Singh (Journalist), aged 22, says, “I love experimenting with food but prefer keeping it unmessy, like for example, the use of fruits would turn me on or a nice dollop of whipped cream. Anything oily is a big no as it just makes things too slippery for anyone’s benefit.” Meals that have good portions of fruits and vegetables will always aid the time of passion. The beneficial nutrients keep organs in peak condition and energy at maximum levels, both of which are vital for libido. Fruits Fruits are undoubtedly a healthy way to spark arousal for love. These include, apricots, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, oranges, lemons, limes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, kiwi, pears, plums and pomegranate. In particular, the forbidden fruit of apples, and the potassium rich bananas, can give energy when it is most required. Another fruit that is known for boosting your sex drive is avocado, which is rich in vitamin E. Some berries are very beneficial, such as blueberries which are high in vitamin B and encourage healthy sexual function, raspberries which enhance sexual arousal, and of course the most symbolic fruit of love, strawberries, especially with chocolate! The seeds of these latter berries are rich in zinc, which boosts testosterone in men and helps women get in the mood for love.

Vegetables Vegetables that a well known for their aphrodisiac properties include, asparagus, spinach, carrots, celery, bean sprouts, corn, chillies, artichokes, cucumbers, broccoli, Swiss chard, leafy greens, onions, garlic, ginger, aubergine (eggplant), courgettes and fresh salads. Pumpkin seeds are very good for sex because they are high in zinc. Too many potatoes are not recommended, especially fried.

Nuts Nuts can hugely boost your sex drive because nuts like almonds are bursting with essential fatty acids that help maintain a healthy balance of sex hormones. Brazil nuts are great for men as they are a major source of selenium, a vitamin that helps keep sperm cells healthy. Others include cashews, walnuts and peanuts. Meats and Fish Lean red meat, liver, egg yolks, fat-less chicken and turkey, sushi, and oily fish which is high in omega 3, can all aid your love making. In particular, oysters are well known for their aphrodisiac properties because they are the richest food source of zinc. Chocolate When it comes to making love, chocolate can’t be ignored. It is often referred to as a “love drug.” Use it as a sauce or as sweets or even in cakes, it will, certainly melt hearts and bring the two of you closer. Chocolate contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that increases the body’s endorphins and natural antidepressants. It can also increase blood flow to all the right places, increasing sexual desire. Go for at least 70% cocoa solids and dark chocolate. Nisha Bhandary from Mumbai, who recently got engaged feels, “Chocolate and love is an evergreen combination, it sweetens the relationship and is a good stress buster too.” If you want to be erotically bold and experimental, try using a chocolate sauce or whipped cream to paint your lover, and then lick away! Food which is rich in L-Arginine, such as granola, oats, oatmeal, chickpeas, soya beans can be very beneficial for men. Other foods such as vanilla, honey, flaxseeds, cardamom, porridge, lowfat margarine, wholemeal bread, tofu, beans, and brown rice will all contribute towards giving you a sexual boost. According to Dr. B.A. Roy, sexologist, “Nutrition plays a vital role in lovemaking. Fresh fruits like apple and green vegetables are very nutritious and can stir libido to revive sexual function.” He further adds “Onion, garlic and drum sticks too can be used; in fact they are used for medicinal purposes. With hectic work schedule and peer pressure, many are falling prey to

eating disorders which can ruin your sex life in long run.” The quality of our food has a great deal to do with the quality of our sex. Drinks A night of passion can always be intensified with the addition of a favourite wine. What better way than sipping luscious red wine to give your time together a relaxed mood. Naturally, if you can get hold of vintage brands like Sassella, Brunellos and a nice French Chateau, it is adds to the occasion. Champagne is also known for its sexual properties. Wines are better than spirits or beer, because too much alcohol can affect your sexual performance too. If wine is not your thing, you also have large choice of fresh fruit drinks, fruit smoothies and soft drinks like Slice (aamsutra), Appletiser, Sholer, Carpe Diem as alternatives. What do chefs in India have to say? R. Selvaraju, executive Chef, Taj Residency, Bangalore. “A good food and drink do increase the sexual desires and helps in love making. A high quality chocolate and wine is something mostly used by couples. In Arabian countries most men usually indulge in hot coffee and dates to increase the libido. Sea food like lobster too helps in increasing the sexual hormone. Certain kinds of fruits like prunes are also known for its aphrodisiac properties. Healthy balanced foods do mechanically make you geared up and other items like ice creams, whipped cream mentally set the right mood.” Nimesh Bhattia, executive Chef, The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore. “Food and sex can change your mood and uplift your desires. Good food touches all the five human senses i.e sight, hearing, touch, smell & taste and so does sex. There are many aphrodisiac foods like onion for its herbal properties, garlic for its aphrodisiac qualities and strawberry for its shape. Coffee based drinks like Kahlua and Tia Maria are also very effective. Wine sets the ambience and ablaze your desires. If I have to select something, it would be lots of chocolates, raspberries, strawberries, wine and roses.” Not all foods are great for enhancing your sex life. For example, fried, oily, fatty food and rich cream sauces can leave you feeling more sluggish than sexy. Interestingly, foods that are excessive sugar, salt, saturated fat and highly processed foods are related to frigidity, difficulty reaching orgasm and slowing down sex drive dramatically. So, it’s best to eat more of the wholesome sexy foods to give your love life a well deserved boost! 1. Fruits and Vegetables: "Plant foods are packed with nutrients and low in fat," says Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "As a result, they help keep the arteries unclogged and help prevent both heart disease and erectile dysfunction." 2. Tomatoes: "Studies show that the tomato component lycopene, a member of the vitamin A family, helps maintain prostate health," says Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist and

exercise physiologist. Lycopene is best absorbed when tomatoes are cooked with a little oil, as in pasta sauce. 3. Nuts: They're high in the amino acid arginine, which is crucial to the synthesis of nitric oxide, a compound in the body involved in generating erections. What's more, "nut oils are nowhere near as harmful as saturated fat or trans fats," Lieberman says. "In fact, recent studies show that nuts help reduce cholesterol." 4. Pumpkin Seeds: "In addition to being a rich source of zinc, pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients, including the antioxidants selenium and vitamin E, which are good for the arteries," Bonci says. 5. Olive Oil: Saturated fat and trans fats narrow the arteries, but monounsaturated fat, found in olive oil, helps keep them functioning well. 6. Wheat Germ: It's difficult to get enough vitamin E from diet alone, but wheat germ is a particularly good source. "It helps keep the arteries healthy," Lieberman says. 7. Oysters: This shellfish has a centuries-old folk reputation as a "virility food." Scientists scoffed - until they discovered that oysters are also very rich in zinc, which is essential for men's reproductive and sexual function. But if you eat them raw, be sure they're fresh and from uncontaminated waters, or your evening of get-down could turn nasty.

Sure, consuming lots of unhealthful foods can result in listless workouts, a flabby belly and a shorter life span. But lurking behind those buckets of finger-lickin' goodness is a catastrophic consequence you may not have considered: Eating too much junk could be softening your sausage, and a lot sooner than you think. "Sexual function depends on the cardiovascular system, the heart and blood vessels, and the nervous system - the body's electrical wiring," says Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist and exercise physiologist in New York City. "Good food choices can keep these sexually crucial systems functioning at their best, but bad ones can poison them." The occasional food splurge won't destroy your mojo overnight, but consuming too many of the worst nutritional offenders is likely to sap your function sooner or later, adds Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's not that you have to avoid bad foods entirely. But eat them sparingly, and base your diet on the foods that are good for sex and for your body as a whole."

Here are the worst foods for your nether region, a rogue's gallery of comestibles that can let the air out of your balloon faster than she can say, "That's all right, baby. There's always next time." 1) Fatty meats: More bacon means less porkin' Myth has it that gorging on red meat is manly, but fatty cuts of beef, bacon, sausage and full-fat luncheon meats can be wack for your wood. "Most men know that saturated fat and cholesterol narrow the arteries that nourish the heart and increase risk of heart attack," Lieberman says. "But they also narrow the arteries that carry blood into the penis, which contributes to erectile dysfunction [ED]." These arteries, by the way, are some of the smallest and will be the first to jam up with plaque. Researchers at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia examined the cholesterol levels and sex lives of 3,250 men over age 24. They found that as a guy's cholesterol went up, so did his likelihood of suffering from ED. Those with cholesterol counts above 240 were almost twice as likely to report erection problems as those with levels below 180. And while high cholesterol is bad in the long run, a single fatty meal can impair your arterial function immediately - something you may regret when she surprises you in her latest Victoria's Secret purchase. 2) Dairy: Are you a man or a mouse? Low-fat milk and cheese can be excellent protein sources, as long as you aren't allergic or sensitive to them. But think twice about opting for their higher-fat cousins. Most cheeses are high in saturated fat, and they can be as damaging to your arteries - both above and below the belt - as prime rib. "Many men know that meats cause problems, but don't know that full-fat cheeses are just as bad," Lieberman says. "The worst mistake is to combine meat, milk and cheese - for example, a bacon cheeseburger with a shake. A meal like that is loaded with saturated fat and, over time, can reduce blood flow into the penis." Which could eventually leave it softer than warm brie. Merde! 3) Baked goods: The trans-formed man When hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to change it from a liquid to a solid, the result is something called trans fat. The prime example is margarine, but you'll also find this kind of fat in a wide variety of crackers, cookies, chips and fried fast foods. And it's bad - real bad. "Trans fats are worse for the arteries than saturated fats," Bonci says. The Food and Drug Administration is planning to require that trans fats be listed on food labels, but until then cut back on any products that contain "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil, or margarines that aren't labeled "trans fat-free." Think of hard margarines as

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