Ten Superfoods to Make You a Stallion in the Sack

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Valentine's Day, the one day of the year that obligates Americans to get all sexy and romantic, is a week away. Whether you've been with your little honey pot for a few weeks or a few decades, the holiday can be a great excuse to use "more than words to show [him or her] how you feel," as the wise rock band Extreme once cooed. For some couples, that might mean exchanging jewelry or heart-shaped boxes of sweets. But for many, V-Day might also be a good time to pour some sex back into the loving cup of the relationship. According to a professor of sociology quoted in a New York Times article, about 15 percent of married couples have not had sex with their spouse in six to 12 months. And, not surprisingly, couples in sexless marriages are less happy than those who frequently make the bed rock.

Obviously, there are a ton of reasons the sex might slip out of a relationship. For some, of course, it's lack of desire. While there's no food you can eat that will turn your partner into Gisele B√ľndchen or David Beckham, there are some potent superfoods out there that have the power to trick your brain and consequently your nether regions into getting as aroused as they would for one of Maxim's (or Glamour's) Hot 100. And the best part about these eats is that they're good for more than a roll in the hay - most of them increase your sexual potency because their incredible arrays of nutrients increase your general potency and health.

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Nutribullet: the Real Low-Down on This Glorified Blender

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When the company first sent me a Nutribullet for review, I unpacked it with excitement and immediately started loading the tall, bullet-like plastic cup with kale, carrots, ginger, berries, and a bunch of other produce I had in the crisper. Instead of reading the instructions, I followed the lead of the brightly colored pictures on the box and the handbook, dumping in chunky vegetables and fruits until the contents reached the top of the extractor cup.

My failure to read turned out to be a mistake. I figured out how to screw the blade-equipped cover onto the tall cup and lock the vessel onto the base, allowing the blending process to start. But the contents barely shifted, let alone liquified, and I started to detect the scent of burning plastic as I continued to watch the frustrated blades whirring inside the cup. This is because I neglected to add any water, I discovered when I became confused enough to crack open the instructions booklet. When I did add the liquid and blended again, I ended up with a concoction that was about as tasty as you might imagine. The Nutribullet, it turns out, does not have the power to make liquified ginger, berries, and carrots taste very good.

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Miami ING Marathon: Tips for Carb Loading

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Miami's ING Marathon is only four days away. I'm counting because I'm running it. These last few days before a race find many athletes stressing out about food. The truth is, no matter how hard you've trained, poor timing and choices in your eating style can sabotage your run. I've experienced this a few times. During a 9-mile trail run in Reading, Pennsylvania, I spent my entire jaunt bent over, my stomach threatening at every turn to yuke up the three bowls of oatmeal I'd eaten at 1 a.m. the night before. And, though I exceeded my expectations during the Philadelphia Marathon in 2010 time-wise, I had to make three porto-potty stops along the way as a result of guzzling about a gallon of Gatorade before starting. Won't do that again.

There is so much mythology around the foods that boost performance, I decided to compile a list of the ones that really will help you out on the long road this weekend (along with those to avoid), and some tips on when to eat them.

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Five Sexy Vegan Valentine's Day Gifts: Edible Body Butter, Candy Lips, and Beyond

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When people hear the word "vegan," the last thing that comes to mind is decadence. The first thing is usually an image of a scrawny, pale lady wearing Birkenstocks and hugging a tree. Not exactly the picture of sensuality.

But as usual, my aim for this column today is to challenge preconceived notions about veganism, this time by highlighting some scrumptious and sexy vegan Valentine's Day gifts. Yes, the holiday is nearly a month away, but since the supply for vegan treats is apparently short of the current demand, many of these items are selling out fast. So if you want to surprise your vegan sweetheart with some vegan sweethearts this holiday, you'd best get on it, STAT.

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Miami Vegan Ultra Athlete to Munch Hummus, Sweet Potatoes During 62-Mile Race in Asia

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Chad Weller, a Miami-based ultra athlete and running coach, has kept to a vegan diet for 18 of his 35 years on earth. He's been an endurance runner for 15 of those, and has competed in more than one hundred races to date, 10 of which were 100-milers. He's got 20 races and two more 100-mile competitions scheduled for 2013 after the invitation-only North Face-sponsored trail 100K (62 miles) he's slated to run in Amphoe Pakchong, Thailand on February 2nd. And his simple philosophy on endurance running extends to his outlook on veganism: If it feels right, don't question it. Just keep doing it.

The Ohio native has been an athlete all his life, playing team sports like basketball and baseball during his childhood and teen years. But strangely enough, it was as a result of his modeling career, beginning in his late teens, that his interest in both the vegan diet and in long-distance running became piqued.

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Interview: Dr. Oz Responds to Uproar Over Time Article, Clarifies Stance on Organics and GMOs

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Dr. Mehmet Oz has taken a lot of flack lately about a recent Time magazine article, in which he seemingly reversed his position on organics and genetically modified (GMO) foods. In a phone interview yesterday, I got the straight dope on this sudden shift in opinion, directly from the doctor. 

On his show, Oz has frequently expressed the superiority of organic fruits, vegetables, and products, citing the high toxicity of their pesticide-laden non-organic counterparts. But in the Time article, titled Give Frozen Peas a Chance - and Carrots Too, Dr. Oz used terms like "food snob," "elitist," and "snooty" to describe organic foods and the people who buy them. The pesticide content he so frequently disparaged, along with the other side effects of conventional produce (pollution caused by pesticide runoff and the mysterious effects GMO foods have on health, for example), were notably omitted from the piece, prompting many health-conscious media outlets and consumers to accuse the doctor of having sold out to the nefarious food giant Monsanto. Below, read how the doctor explained his apparent flip-flop, and what he thinks we can do to further the healthy food revolution in 2013.

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Four Tips for a Perfect Juice Cleanse

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Most of us have been stuffing our faces and beating up our livers for the past month or so. These facts combined with the pressure to choose a New Year's resolution make this time of year a particularly busy one for the body detox industry.

There are all sorts of capsules, bottled concoctions, and powders you can buy that promise to help you shed the pounds that have crept up on you over the holiday season. But in my opinion, the best cleanse is one that is done with water, plant foods, and raw organic juices, which you can make fresh in your juicer at home or purchase at a juice bar. (No, Tropicana and Welch's are not juice-cleanse approved!) The energy you get from these sources is pure, organic, and powerful, in contrast to the strange bottles of "detox" sludge that often contain a host of chemical preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors and flavors.

When you drink raw organic juice in lieu of solid food, you save your body the energy it normally expends during digestion. Your body can then redirect this surplus of energy toward healing and improved organ function. The raw vegan juices also supply a highly-concentrated dose of phytonutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants. This is why many people who suffer from auto-immune diseases, cancer, and other maladies are able to heal without drugs when they make juice fasting part of their therapy. This is why I think of juice cleansing as a gift to the health of your internal organs, where the loss of impacted food weight and excess fat is a welcome side effect.

See also:
- Detox Cleansing Without Cravings or Fat Rebound.

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Detox Cleansing Without Cravings or Fat Rebound

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Now that the holidays are over and the smorgasbord of sugar cookies, fatty meats, cheese plates and cocktails of all kinds has come to a halt, many feel like such lard-asses that their instinct is to embark on a sudden and drastic plan of deprivation.

Their New Year's resolutions to counterbalance the havoc they've wrought on their organs and figures throughout these months make perfect sense, but experts like Alina Zhukovskaya, who is the Detox Specialist and Raw Food Guru at OnJuice (a new organic juice home-delivery service launched by Boca-based DeliverLean), caution that it's better to ease into a juice cleanse rather than fall straight off a cliff of greasy pastries into a stream of raw bok choy juice. (Trust me; she's right. I've tried doing juice fasts without planning a gradual separation from or return to solid foods, and the result was a maniacal post-fast food binge that left my stomach protruding like a watermelon from underneath my rib cage.)

Zhukovskaya practices what she preaches. Having imbibed a few too many flutes of champagne on New Year's Eve, she's about to embark on a juice cleanse of her own, but not before she readies her system for the purification process.

"It's all about balance. Have a good time and then get back on the healthy wagon and feel good again," Zhukovskaya said. And the amount of time you've spent "having a good time" can help to determine how long it will take to straighten yourself out.

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Dr. William Davis: Wheat Is Cause of Obesity and "Most Perverted Food on Store Shelves."

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Wheat gluten has been dogged on so much over the past few years, you would think it was a serial killer rather than a cereal protein. But jokes aside, there's a reason that the weirdly named food component has become such a nutritional pariah. Incidence of celiac disease, an illness that causes an autoimmune reaction to gluten that flattens the little hair-like protrusions in the small intestines and causes bloating, gas, rashes, chronic fatigue, diabetes, diarrhea and early osteoporosis, has risen about four-fold over the last 50 years, and it's not just that people are diagnosing the condition more often, as research shows.

But some contend that the problem with wheat goes beyond celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. In fact, Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist and a self-proclaimed "seeker-of-truth in health," has written a New York Times bestselling book called Wheat Belly, in which he details how food scientists' bastardization of gliadin, a protein and a component of gluten, is to blame for the obesity epidemic, the soaring rates of type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers, and a long list of other health problems that plague modern society.

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Vegan Pop Up to Take Over New Orleans-Inspired Lagniappe in Midtown Sunday

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New Orleans is known for its jazz, its eclectic cultural milieu and its gumbo, a thick stew usually anchored by beef stock and crowded with shrimp, chicken and sausage. So what the heck would vegan gumbo look and taste like? Your guess is as good as vegan chef Keith Kalmanowicz's, but he'll work it out before Sunday, when his monthly plant-based smorgasbord takes over a new venue: the new New Orleans-inspired Lagniappe (pronounced "Lan-yap") in Midtown.

Kalmanowicz is the creator and head chef of Love & Vegetables, a by-donation vegan dinner event that usually pops up at Earth N Us urban farm in Little Haiti the third Saturday of the month. His last two dinners --- a nine-course chakra-balancing feast characterized by dishes like beet-red quinoa and blueberry polenta; and a Thanksgiving-inspired meal featuring vegan green bean casserole and lentil loaf --- were so popular that he and his co-organizers were inspired to expand the reach of their plant-fueled parties. The event at Lagniappe in Midtown on Sunday will mark the first time the gentle chefs will venture off the farm.

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