Valentine’s Day-Turn UP The Heat With These Natural Aphrodisiacs!


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Are you ready to rock your world with a healthy dose of fun? From fruits and veggies to herbal elixirs, there are ways to pump up the volume of feeling amorous, without drugs and artificial stimulators. These are nature’s way of giving us aphrodisiacs to experience the love connection to ourselves and others. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. In this modern age of love potions, potent elixirs, pills and synthetic chemicals, the Ancients had the right idea. They discovered foods, drinks and behaviors that increased sexual desires.

It is especially noticeable in plant foods which have aphrodisiac effects. Putting the placebo effect aside, Western medical science may not have any proven claims to their efficacy, many lovers still enjoy the presumed effects of aphrodisiacs because they turn up the heat in the body. One of the main effects is that they stimulate the senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound.

Author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, is also a writer, chef, and speaker, with five ground breaking books, including the award-winning The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, and the Vegans Daily Companion.

As a compassionate animal lover, she is “A star in the vegan Universe” VegNews. 

Check out:The 30 Day Vegan Challenge, “you will learn about foods that increase libido – no powdered rhino horn or exotic oysters, but good wholesome foods for good wholesome fun.”
“Some aphrodisiacs are considered such because of their texture. Agave nectar, derived from a cactus-like plant, oozes a thick sweet syrup. The romantic effect of champagne has more to do with the bubbles than with the alcohol. And apricots, mangoes, peaches, and tomatoes – also known as “love-apples” – are on the list of sensual foods primarily for their built-in succulence.”

Food and sexuality have been associated in various ways throughout history. Foods such as chocolate, known as a sexy potion because of the release of dopamine in the pleasure center of the brain. Remember the incredible display of pure, raw sensuality in front of the refrigerator in movie, 9 1/2 Weeks? That may well be the most sensuous, sexually invigorating scenes ever!
Some provide symbolism, such as the biblical “forbidden fruit “or the cherry with its associations related to virginity. Seeing the color red may increase passion. Spicy foods like chili peppers increase heat, blood flow, blushed skin, swollen lips and also release endorphins.

An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” It’s light and full of vitamins, and adds a welcomed freshness to many dishes.

Here are more:

Almonds have been regarded as a fertility symbol throughout antiquity.

Agave oozes a thick, sweet syrup.

Avocados have been considered an aphrodisiac since Mayan times — when they were eaten to improve sexual desirability. They are visually symbolic.

Bananas are noted for their obvious shape, but also chock full of potassium and Vitamin B, an important part of the proper function of sex hormones.

Celery is also high in essential nutrients necessary for great sex, and it contains two chemicals — androsterone and adrostenol — which serve as a sexual attractant when ingested.

Champagne is intoxicating but mainly used for it’s titillating bubbles. Prosecco is super bubbly!

Chocolate has always been an elixir with phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex.

Cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, your sex drive

Figs have been a part of biblical history, one of the ancient fruits that were highly coveted because they are sweet and soft. The Greeks linked this sensuous fruit with love and fertility.

Garlic is another strong flavor enhancer and is known to get your juices flowing.

Ginger like chili peppers, ginger spices things up and increases circulation and body temperature.

Honey which is organic, raw and rich in B vitamins, supports testosterone production, which can increase desire. It also contains the boron used in estrogen production, which is important for female desire.

Pine Nuts since the Middle Ages, they have been known to increase sexual stamina. Loaded with zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone.

Pomegranates are a symbol of fertility. The seeds of this luscious red fruit improve blood flow and are rumored to increase genital sensitivity.

Sweet Basil is a sweet, pungent herb that not only appeals to the sense of smell, but the taste is energizing, and may boost your sex drive.

Vanilla is always a great flavor enhancer for desserts, but it is also a powerful spice, in foods and especially candles.

But you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to experience these potent elixirs. This can be a year round delicacy, so make sure you indulge daily, especially when these delectable aphrodisiacs are in season.

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Getting Fit for the Twentyfirst Century


Having a Ball-getting fit and having fun

Having a Ball-getting fit and having fun

Turning Potential Into Performance

How would you like to reach your peak potential?

The optimum 21st century workout helps you to align with your inner design. The gyms of the future will not use out-dated machines and equipment that dictate the movements of your body to fit with the programming. The workout of the future will be specifically geared to your personal body needs. No more noisy, grinding machines, no more dehumanizing workouts that make the body keep up without intuitive interaction. The 21st century body is lean, aligned and fit for peak performance. The future is NOW!

Top athletes in their field know that reaching their peak potential takes hard work, time and talent. Maximizing their potential to peak performance involves more than sweat equity. It is about working smarter, not harder.

RIM‘s advanced exercise program empowers you to reach your highest level faster, safer, longer than any method available. This scientifically designed, tested and proven system lets you achieve peak performance with less effort, whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or Monday morning quarterback.

Fit, fun classes that really make an impact

Fit, fun classes that really make an impact

The key point is to lead the body to align with it’s inner design.

The body has it’s own inner alignment and sense memory. The difference between this method and all other methods is that your body will lead you to what it needs rather than imposing an inaccurate set of workouts that do not meet its current needs.

This is a precise method that attunes with your own body, personally designed to match its needs.

RIM’s founder, Dr Edythe Heus has applied her over 30 years’ experience to develop a way for achievers to advance, heal and protect their fitness as they push their performance to new levels.  For the last decade Dr, Edythe has fine tuned RIM with an elite group whose success relies on gaining and preserving a competitive edge – Olympians, top tier individual athletes and teams in the pro leagues, high powered executives, Hollywood celebrities and their stunt doubles and most recently dancers and performers in Broadway’s most physically demanding production, Spiderman Turn Off the Dark.  All of them experienced dramatic improvements.

RevInMo group class

RevInMo group class

One client remarked after the first session, ” I felt freedom in my tense areas, I felt an openness in areas that were shut down and tight, I felt alive and excited and hopeful. What I learned from Dr, Heus is that as the body ages, it goes into lockdown in parts where it is stressed and injured and then it affects the whole system and everything has to compensate for the injury or shut down. So my feet affected my quadraceps, my inner knees did not support my thighs and also went up to the groin. The body is a whole system and my lower left lumbar is unsteady. Now I know what needs to be done to heal and look forward to working it out with Dr. Heus”

Now with the opening of the first RIM Fitness Studio in midtown Manhattan a wider public has the opportunity to gain the advantages the elite enjoy.

Slip Slidin' Away with Dr. Edythe Heus

Slip Slidin’ Away with Dr. Edythe Heus

They offer a variety of semi private group routines  (limited to 8 people, personal sessions, certification programs for trainers and physical therapists who want to treat their clients most effectively.
Now there is even a new special class for women’s sexual empowerment

Another inspired client remarked that “After my session I felt more energy in my body, more freedom and the desire to PLAY. This work allows the body to feel more freedom and less fear, which is the best place to begin to play and have fun. Most exerciser routines tense the muscles, keep them in a pumped up state-then relaxed then pumped. This used my body to create a whole body experience that afforded me the luxury to play again, like a kid.”

http://www.RevInMo.com

The Hotel Bel Air: Every Guest Gets the Royal Treatment


The Favorite Hideaway of the Stars
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What could be better than being a guest in the palatial ‘home’ of a royal? When Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of the Brunei Royal Family (BIA, Brunei Investment Agency) purchased the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, California, they closed down this landmark for over 2 years to remodel the already posh property. According to wiki, “His elder brother is the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. While Prince Jefri is known for his extravagant lifestyle, he has assisted in creating a stunning portfolio of the finest hotels, http://www.dorchestercollection.com His personal holdings (were at one time) a huge art collection, the British jeweler Asprey, The New York Palace Hotel, The Beverly Hills Hotel, also in Los Angeles and Plaza Athénée in Paris.” Without digressing into the mystery of this backstory, suffice it to say that the level of taste is beyond extravagance.

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Even a true Royal appreciates the warmth and ambiance of this secluded hideaway. As Prince Charles once described, “it’s like staying at a rich friend’s home.”

The 3 most adored guests are still the gems of the Swan Lake in the picturesque front lawn. The original vision of “creating a natural California oasis, planting palms, coastal redwoods, ficus trees and perennial blooms” are still the focal point. Sun worshiping at the shimmering oval-shaped pool is still a private affair. The Celebs still love the secluded privacy and anonymity.

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When it opened in 1946, Hollywood flocked to the see and be scene at the fresh and luxe retreat. Even in the glam era, Hotel Bel-Air was a haven for camera shy celebrities including Grace Kelly, Jackie Gleason, Cary Grant, and Marilyn Monroe, served celebrities, heads of state and dignitaries. It is still visited by the uber rich and famous.

According to seeing-stars.com, “Virtually everyone who is anyone has stayed at the original 92-room Bel-Air hotel, including Britain’s Royal Family, Presidents, and the biggest names in Hollywood, who prize the hotel for its charm and its seclusion. Warren Beatty and his wife Annette Bening stayed here after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Jim Carrey was recently spotted singing at the piano bar. Nicole Kidman and Hillary Swank were also guests. Oprah Winfrey threw a slumber party here when she turned 40, while Diana Ross recently stayed here to unwind.”

“Oprah Winfrey has a long history with Hotel Bel-Air. As Oprah stated on her 50th birthday to People magazine and on national television, “Hotel Bel-Air is my favorite hotel.” She gathered friends on the front lawn where Celine Dion sang “Happy Birthday” to her as a surprise. She hosted a luncheon at which she was the guest of honor alongside 50 women, including Diane Sawyer, Toni Morrison, Ellen DeGeneres and Salma Hayek. As a frequent guest, the beloved Chalon Suite was also made over at Oprah Winfrey’s request.”
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“The hotel offers 103 rooms, all of them Mediterranean-style villa/bungalows, yet no two the same. Room 160 is known as the Princess Grace Suite, and according to L.A. Magazine, Carly Simon likes to stay there. Joan Collins prefers room 166. Room 138 is known as the Swan Lake Suite, because of its view of the swan pond. Other guests have included Prince Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tina Turner, Al Pacino, Whitney Houston, Mike Nichols, Diane Sawyer, Val Kilmer, Martha Stewart, Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and even the very private, Michael Jackson.”

During the Academy Awards week, 2013, a couple of award nominees had their hair coiffed by Sam Kavenchy at the exclusive salon, Joseph Martin. One of the nominees sported a totally new look and when his name was announced as the winner, he was almost unrecognizable from his powerful character role in the academy award winning film. Another winner also had his hair styled by Sam and they both were beaming with their new, award winning looks! So if you intend on winning an Academy Award, you should definitely get a winning hairstyle at this tony salon!

The private enclave in the heart center of the property is the favorite restaurant for all occasions,Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air. “To be a part of this extraordinary restoration is a great honor,” said Puck.  “The Hotel Bel-Air is one of the most beloved icons in Hollywood history and has created many wonderful memories for such a long time.  It was important for us to respect its heritage, keeping menu favorites like the famous tortilla soup, while creating an entirely new concept that features the wonderful, fresh and local ingredients which surround us.”
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Over the years, the hotel has developed into one of the most sybaritic and profuse properties, highly acclaimed throughout the world. As the hotel and city have matured, Hotel Bel-Air’s original ambiance has remained intact.  Some loyal guests are pleased with the new facelift, while others are reminiscing about this Grand Dame who has gone to the plastic surgeon and is now a bit too slick for her age. Whether you’ve been there before or are a newbie, it is still a must see beloved landmark in the shrinking style of true luxury and class in Los Angeles.

The makeover which took two years to complete boasts a new 12,000-square foot building with a fitness studio, loft guest rooms and a 4,134-square foot La Prairie Spa is a welcomed addition to this secret hideaway. The spa menu is a rich array of luxurious treatments and offers the one of the most exclusive, coveted skincare lines in the world.
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“What could be more relaxing than the sensation of gently floating on the ocean? Not much. Well, that’s the feeling the Advanced Marine Biology Facial will give you. For most people, ultimate relaxation is the destination. This is achieved when your brain sends messages to your entire body to release tension. This release of tension causes the blood to flow more easily allowing detoxification to occur. As you lay on a warm water filled mat, muscle tension is released and circulation is increased. The skin is then transformed using sea-born elements found within La Prairie’s Advanced Marine Biology Collection which work to encourage cell turnover, detoxification, hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection”  Joo-mee Song, aesthetician and beauty magician.
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Many guests fly across the globe to visit the hotel and spa. Locals swear by Joo-mee’s gifts and make up about 50% of the spa goers. The Hotel Bel Air is so loved by it’s neighbors, all they have to do is walk down the street to get pampered. Many are high end celebs live in the tony neighborhoods of Bel Air, Brentwood and Beverly Hills and just need an escape close to home for some R&R. It is so hush-hush that the locals never tell anyone about it. The Los Angeles glitterati want to keep this best-kept secret hideaway hidden from the maddening crowd.
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The most extravagant feature is the hotel’s new Presidential Suite, starting at $15,750 per night, is the piece de la resistance. For the uber rich and famous guests, it is over-the-top-luxury, this 6,775-square feet of suite with private dining for 10, a chef’s kitchen, a study, a great room with grand piano, even has a private pool! It is breathtakingly beyond words, and bank account. Unless you’re in the league with the Royals, perhaps this is just another place to hide away. There are a few more expensive suites around the world, like the Royal Penthouse Suite in the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, at a whopping $52,000
The most fitting description of this enclave of pampering, is from a star of the glam years, Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot) who lived at The Hotel Bel-Air.

He describes it as the “best wife” he’s ever had. “If I could, I would marry Hotel Bel-Air tomorrow,” he said. “She doesn’t ask me where I’ve been all night. She doesn’t mind if I bring a girl home. She makes my bed every day, feeds me regularly, takes my messages faithfully and puts my laundry in the little boxes tied up with ribbon.”
http://www.hotelbelair.com

M.A.K.E.-Keeping it Real With Raw Food


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Matthew Kenny is crafting the future of food

You can finally indulge in a fabulous ‘tasting’ experience at the new Matthew Kenney’s M.A.K.E. without guilt. Located inside the Santa Monica Place Market, in Los Angeles, California, M.A.K.E. is a living foods, raw restaurant, featuring cutting edge plant-based cuisine. Everything is alive, radiant, nutritious, plant based food that is so full of energy, it is a delight for all the senses. The rich fuschia colored Chidori kale for the eyes, the ears get the crunch of the sesame-flax crisps, Kenney is a master presenting the tastiest raw food recipes with the biggest wow factor. Each bite has a continuous surprise of flavors, layered to discover for the whole palate. The most fun is ‘deconstructing’ the dish and sharing the guess work with your fellow foodies.

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Note: Matthew Kenney Culinary is right next door, with a state-of-the-art raw food Academy. It feels as if the student chefs are creating these unique recipes all at once and the dishes are designed in the moment, just for you.

This whole-food centered eating extravaganza is the result of innovative ideas inspired by seasonal, local produce, as well as many of Matthew’s classic raw food dishes.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein
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The manager and servers were very helpful and explained the dishes so that even a neophyte would understand. When each serving arrives it is like a gift, where you are aroused by the attention to detail and the artfulness of the plate designs.  Here’s a fun game: try to keep the beauty of the plate arrangement in tact (almost impossible) while awakening to the ingredients and enjoying the cacophony of flavors with a surprise in each bite.
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Matthew Kenney is taking on the food industry, and leading the global vegan/raw food movement, considered a top chef and trainer in the field, an author of several best selling raw food recipe books. He is also the founder of the renowned Raw Food Culinary Institute “105 Degrees” in Oklahoma City. In addition, “PlantLab is an experimental kitchen and laboratory redefining plant-based cuisine. PlantLab utilizes modernist techniques to develop new culinary innovations, pairings, and recipes. Through strategic partnerships, PlantLab is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, some of which is straight out of a laboratory. We believe that plant-based cuisine deserves the level of attention and analysis that only PlantLab can provide.”
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Follow him on the new afternoon cooking show, Fresh Take, on the Health and Wellness Channel. “Matthew is a wonderfully inspiring chef who is on the forefront of the movement to bring nature back into cooking and the culinary arts. We’re very lucky  to have tapped into Matthew and his enthusiasm for something so worthwhile and needed in society today,” says Health & Wellness Channel founder Drew Nederpelt.

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FYI-Tony Robbins says, “If you want to be alive, eat live foods”. He also brings up the point that our planet is 70% water and our bodies are 80% water. He says then, that it only makes sense for us to eat mostly water rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and sprouts. He explains that proper diet increases one’s energy, which is necessary for total success.
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For further information, books and the Apothecary of Chocolate, check out his site:
http://matthewkenneycuisine.com

He’s got two other restaurants:
IN THE RAW, a vibrant raw food bistro located in the beautiful North Shore region of Chicago.

And soon to be:THE WHITE LOTUS, located at The Space Miami, in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, The White Lotus will be a living foods restaurant, featuring cutting edge, plant-based cuisine with local influences.

The Art Of Love


Listening now to the Art Of Love Series with Alanis Morissette,Arielle Ford, Katherine Woodward Thomas, Alison Armstrong

Looking back from the other side of men-o-pause, experiencing the lusciousness of all the divine feminine energies coming forth from The Art of Love Series, I am now bathing in the champagne bubbles of my authentic me, and playing full out in my new and last great romance. Living each day with an open heart and finally looking in the mirrors that authentic love reflects, sometimes it is not so pretty. The soul union is of the highest realm and the mechanistic world can be transcended, in balance with the masculine/feminine dance of romance.