Is your relationship suffering from lack of intimacy? Do you feel unappreciated or taken for granted by your partner? Read on to discover simple, nutritional answers to transform a lackluster love life into an amazing one.
Many modern couples are interested in adopting healthier lifestyles, which goes hand-in-hand with achieving greater emotional intimacy. There is a proven link between a whole foods diet and an increase in libido. Whole foods nourish whole people, and that means greater sexual vitality and renewed intimacy are a natural “side effect” of eating healthier. When people are whole, energy flows to create connected, honest, and loving relationships.
The whole health approach provides the foundation for improving closeness and satisfaction in couples. To nourish an amazing relationship based on respect, trust, intimacy, and love, incorporate these three amazing foods into your diet:
1. Whole Grains
Whole foods contain the vital energy of the plant, which nourishes all levels of mind, body, and spirit. Energetically balanced whole grains are grounding and help to center your whole being from the inside out, achieving peace and harmony. Including whole grains in your regime not only nourishes your sexual health but also the quality of your relationship.
Are cereal and flour products, such as bread, considered whole grain foods? Many people believe they are, but when we discuss whole grains from a macrobiotic point of view, the ones we want are whole, intact, and unmodified. Examples that are best for your overall health – and for sexual vitality – include brown rice, whole oats, and other grains that are unprocessed and cooked whole.
2. Bean Dishes
Another grounding whole food, beans are high in protein and fiber and low in fat. Unlike meat, which clogs your arteries and stresses your kidneys, beans provide long lasting sexual vitality while supporting kidney function. Mineral-rich aduki beans and black soybeans are especially healing to the kidneys and reproductive organs.
3. Cooked Vegetable Dishes
Eating organic, seasonal, locally grown vegetables brings our bodies back into harmony with nature and its rhythms. For the best spectrum of vitamins and minerals, include a variety of vegetables in your meal plan and remember to eat the whole vegetable, including the ends and tips. This allows the energy of the entire plant to nourish your whole being – body, mind, and spirit.
The cooking process allows you to connect with your food. Appreciation and respect for the food you are consuming not only aids digestion and improves the quality of a meal, but it also enables you to carry this sense of gratitude into your relationships.
Eating whole foods will help you to become whole – not only in relation to others, but within yourself. As you relearn your own wholeness, your intimate partnerships will reflect this transformation and evolve into amazing relationships.
Julie S. Ong is Your Guide to Macrobiotic Living and author of The Everything® Guide to Macrobiotics (Adams Media, 2010). She helps couples boost energy, improve sexual health, and nurture loving relationships through better ways of eating.