Food for Love this Valentines

Food for Love this Valentines

February 12, 2017

An interview for UK Health Radio with Amy Reiley

With Valentines on February 14th, food and love are hot topics. Amy Reiley is an aphrodisiac food authority with a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu. Through her company, Life of Reiley, Amy has found many avenues to promote her aphrodisiac knowledge and unique take on life’s “consuming passions.”


Aphrodisiac foods are foods that directly impact sexual hormone levels and can be used to seduce or increase libido. Foods and drinks have been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries all over the world. Historically there wasn’t an abundance of foods so to set aside certain foods and treat them in a special manor, meant there were often measureable results! However, because the food or choice of food was very different than today deficiencies in nutrients that were required for love making and fertility was common.


Whilst Amy Reiley worked on her degree she conducted a self-directed study into the relationship between food and sex. She was keen to share this information with others, which initiated Amy’s career as an author. In 2006, Amy released her first book, Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook, cementing her role as a leading aphrodisiac food authority. She has since written Chile Aphrodisia by Rio Nuevo press and Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.


So if you’re planning your Valentines meal Amy shares some foods, which can have an immediate effect on the body. These include;

  • Chilli peppers as they raise the body temperature, flush the cheeks and if you eat enough you can also experience a rush of endorphins.
  • Alcohol within moderation can have an aphrodisiac effect, especially champagne.
  • Coffee as the caffeine can put you in a good mood and provide a rush of energy so at the end of a meal you can leave the kitchen and go straight to the bedroom!
  • Warming spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger as they are all reputed to flush and energise the body.


Amy also suggests we should be mindful of the senses when we are planning seductive meals. Considering different textures and temperatures can stimulate the senses further and help to create a seductive atmosphere. Amy has created The Eat Something Sexy website which acts as a showcase for food history, science and recipes. She has also created her 10 steps to a sexy diet. These include tips around drinking water to plump up your skin, spice up your life to stimulate your senses, take time to stop and savour the good things in life and eat plenty of good fats which are essential for your metabolism and hormones.


So if you’re wondering what to cook this Valentines Amy’s aphrodisiac go to is Chocolate Smothered Brie with garlic, strawberries and crusty bread. Aside from that Amy suggests you need to consider your romantic partner and find foods you can share as a couple to help get you both in the mood.


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