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Dance Like An Animal, Don’t Eat Them| 4 Vegan Quick Meal Options

“Eat Clean and Dance Dirty”

That’s the phrase stated boldly across the tshirts my home dance studio sells.  The phrase takes on many meanings but I love the implications especially since I take pole dancing classes at the studio.  Considering the phrase, it wasn’t long before I began noticing a lot of my pole dancing friends, including myself adhere to one version of a clean diet; many of us are vegans.

There’s just something about those veggies that fuels our bodies and makes us look and feel so incredibly sexy….especially as we dance. Oh, right. Nutrients! Knowing the value of a clean diet, I have tried eating mostly vegetarian or vegan foods, on and off, over the years. In addition to the way clean eating physically makes me feel, this summer I was also influenced by a book I read about the ethics of animal rights. It inspired me to be more consistent with making plant-based eating choices.

QUICK & EASY MEAL INSPIRATION 

Quinoa Veggie Salad - I cook a lot quinoa inspired meals. I usually throw something together like:

  • Quinoa
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Beans (I like to experiment and try all different kinds, like pinto, red, black and others)

Vegan Tacos - I also like to make this as a quick meal. Ingredients include:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Black beans
  • Vegan Shredded Cheese

I’ll use extra-virgin olive oil in the pan while preparing the tacos, for the antioxidants and healthy fats. Or, I’ll drizzle olive oil over my quinoa and veggie plate.

SUPER SIMPLE SEXY SMOOTHIE - I LOVE making smoothies! I usually combine the following ingredients in a blender:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Almond Milk
  • Acai (They sell them in convenient one-serving packets at health food stores)
  • Flax Seed or Hemp Seed. (Bonus ingredient I sometimes add for extra nutrients.)
  • Kale or Other Greens (Another bonus ingredient I sometimes add! Drinking my veggies is one of the most delicious and quick ways to get my nutrients)

SWEET SUCCULENT SNACKS - When I’m craving sweet food, I go for:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Slice the strawberries and bananas, combine them with the berries in a bowl, and eat them just like that. Sometimes I drizzle agave on top of them, but the fruits are naturally sweet so adding sweetener isn’t really necessary.

DELICIOUS DRINK OPTIONS 

I’ve become a big fan of beverages with health-boosting properties. I’ll drink alkaline water, lemon water, beet juice, carrot juice, veggie juice that includes ginger, kombucha, chia seed beverages and apple cider vinegar beverages.

Nourishing my body in these ways gives me clean, sustained energy. It gets me through taking three or four dance classes in a row on most nights, after busy days of work. When I stray from eating this way, I notice that I get crazy breakouts. Sometimes in place of fruits and veggies, I might have a lot more starches (like bread and pasta), empty carbs and desserts. I’m trying a lot harder these days not to stray. I’d much rather eat clean and then dance dirty.

Have you seen benefits from trying a plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet? What are your favorite easy recipes for plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diets?

Tinie writes about sexuality, open relationships and pole dancing at DanceTinyFox.com. Her favorite hobbies are conducting life experiments and writing about them. Tinie is also an active member of the #PDBloggers.

Editor’s Note: This blog post is how Tinie personally feels about healthy eating options. If you find you are able to eat clean by eating a meat based diet or strictly fruit based diet or any other way, your experience and views are just as valid as her’s. The Bodybinds brand is not trying to tell you how to eat. Tinie has found her own way to eat clean and dance dirty and if it inspires or helps you, how very awesome!

Have Your Kale And Eat For Pleasure Too

 

What’s your favorite food? The one you adore so much that you savor it like a kiss from a lover when you’ve been apart too long.

Describe your ideal meal featuring this wonder food.

For most of my life, mine was lobster.

Warm on a roll with melted butter. Served with a steamed ear of yellow corn. Eaten for lunch outdoors on a picnic table by the ocean.

For dinner, I’d add candles, cloth napkins and sunset view of ocean. Start with a salad or cup of clam chowder. Feast on lobster tail, squeezed with lemon and dipped in butter. Add a baked potato, ear of yellow corn and broccoli with Parmesan fritelle. Accompanied by a glass of Dijon clones chardonnay. For desert, a slice of warm blueberry crumb pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoyed with a cup of decaf coffee or espresso.

 Then I became a nutritarian.

 

Which means I maximize the micronutrient density of my diet. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Most diets focus on tinkering with macronutrients—fat, protein and carbohydrates. But the magic wands are the micros. And those are found most abundantly in green vegetables, other colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits.

Nutritarianism and other plant-based eating have the power to prevent most leading causes of death. And even reverse heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory problems.  After I changed my diet, asthma I had for two years disappeared in ten days.

When I enthusiastically shared my ‘fountain of youth’ discovery with my public health class one astute student asked:  “What’s the catch?”

Avoiding ‘foods’ that harm and minimizing those that have little nutritional value.

Applying Dr. Fuhrman’s “Ten Best and Worst Foods for Health and Longevity” to my favorite meal plate leaves salad, followed by broccoli finished with a bowl of blueberries. Butter and cheese were on his original 7 worst list, so they were off-limits. I could (and do) eat corn and potato, but they aren’t the most nutrient dense vegetables. Sadly, lobster isn’t safe for regular consumption because of mercury and other contaminants.

It’s too hard. And restrictive.

 

Many people say that nutritarianism is too radical, too hard or impossible to follow because it eliminates all their favorite foods.

Relief from a specific health problem draws some, but even that isn’t enough for everyone. I keep trying to convince my mom who suffers from diabetes and muscle and joint pain her doctors can’t alleviate, but she says food is one of the few pleasures she has left.

Dairy was tough for me to give up, but after reading The China Study for motivation I imagined it with a skull and cross bones because it’s toxic and addictive.

My husband sometimes still eats dairy. After about six months of being a nutritarian, I took a bite of my husband’s pizza, another old favorite of mine. I was delighted to discover that I didn’t like it. It was too salty!

More pleasure!

 

Eating a plant-based diet awakens the taste buds from their salt, sugar and saturated fat induced coma. They become so sensitive that the standard American diet becomes unpalatable.

My mom tells me she doesn’t like vegetables enough to live on them. Yes, mom would feel worse for several days as her body detoxifies and food will taste bland while her taste buds recover.

But then a surprising benefit becomes more pleasure rather than less.

In season produce dances like fireworks on the tongue.

 

My current favorite food is Charentais melon (ie french cantaloupe) with black raspberries. Last week it was homemade marinara sauce made from first-of-the-season San Marzano tomatoes. A couple weeks ago blueberries were at their peak from my favorite farm. (Note to self:  next year ask what varietal it is.) Before that, it was Albion strawberry and cantaloupe breakfast smoothies.

Next week it might be an heirloom tomato salad. Come August I’ll be savoring red Gravenstein apples and Frog Hollow Cal Red peaches.

In Fall, I salivate when Kobocha squash and japanese yams appear in the market in anticipation of making a silky smooth soup spiked with cinnamon and ginger that makes an orgasmic pairing with velvety Pinot Noir.

Winter brings the sweetest curly Kale. And juicy navel oranges.

Try it yourself.

Wake up your numb taste buds by avoid the worst foods from Fuhrman’s list and consume an abundance of the best for at least ten days, preferably six weeks.

Then go on a tantalizing treasure hunt at your local farmer’s market.

What makes your taste buds sing?

Lisa Faulkner is the passionate + playful pole dancing professor. She also writes for PDBloggers and Bad Kitty. Come learn and play with her at poledancingprofessor.com.

The Sexy Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate

Indulgent treats like dark chocolate can make you feel wonderful while infusing your body with antioxidants.

Dark chocolate is the candy of love! Nothing against gummy bears or lollipops, which also have their merits (and, in fact, are valid options for enticing your love interests… sugary goodies of any kind will do). Dark chocolate, however, takes things to another level. How does dark chocolate improve thee? Let us count the ways… The antioxidants in dark chocolate keep cells healthy, lower blood pressure, and help protect your body from free radicals and oxidative stress. Beyond the benefits of antioxidants, dark chocolate can awaken your senses, bring you very much into your body and the present moment, and put you in a romantic mood. You are, after all, devoting time to enjoying and treating yourself. Your readiness to let go, relax and fully feel good in the moment contributes to how much romance you experience in your life. Because dark chocolate is considered a dessert, enjoying a bar helps you feel pampered. It encourages you to be open and receptive to pleasure.

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Yes, yes, yes!

Whether you’re enjoying a dessert on your own or savoring sweets with lovers of yours, dark chocolate can bring out your sensual side.

It’s more than just candy and can be a full-blown experience. Just dreaming about dark chocolate before you even get your hands on it is where it all begins. This phase of anticipation leads to finally getting your hands on the sweetness you’ve been waiting for, unwrapping your treat (with the same eagerness you might display while removing a lover’s clothing!), and at last savoring the complexities and nuances of flavor in dark chocolate (or what you’ve been fantasizing about for some time now).

The fun really begins when you’re with lovers. Have you ever tried drizzling dark chocolate syrup all over a lover’s body? I can’t recall having ever tried this myself, but I imagine it’s sticky sweet fun! Or try taking a bite of dark chocolate, have a lover get a mouthful of whipped cream, and kiss each other!

Paired with red wine and strawberries, dark chocolate becomes an especially romantic treat – as well as a prelude to other date-night activities.

Dark chocolate can relax you – and feeling relaxed and sensous can lead to passionate make out sessions! Try having a lover blindfold you while they feed you different varieties of dark chocolate.

Get some.

Not only does dark chocolate help you nutritionally, it can do things for your love life that will have you saying, “yes, yes, yes” to more chocolate on a regular basis! Put these things on your sexy bucket list for dark and delicious fun:

  • Drizzle dark chocolate syrup all over a lover’s bare skin.
  • Take a bite of dark chocolate and kiss a lover who has whipped cream in his/her mouth!
  • Surprise a lover by blindfolding him/her and feeding them different varieties of dark chocolate.
  • Make s’mores together while buck naked. Hot gooey marshmallows and dark chocolate firmly pressed against each other between graham crackers = YUMMY!

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What’s the sexiest thing you’ve done with dark chocolate? What’s something sexy that you’d like to try involving dark chocolate?

Tinie writes about sexuality, open relationships and pole dancing at DanceTinyFox.com. Her favorite hobbies are conducting life experiments and writing about them. Tinie is also an active member of the #PDBloggers.