By Soni Satpathy-Singh
The Kama Sutra is full of voluminous prose dedicated to the merits of a thoughtful diet. It explains which foods foster creative energy in the bedroom, which stimulate passion, and which foods will lead you to disappoint your lover. Eat this. Don’t eat that. I felt as if I was reading another fad diet, like Paleo or Mediterranean. I was almost certain that at some point author Vātsyāyana would suggest I go gluten or carb-free but alas, he did not.
Some of what’s in these Sutras is antiquated. Yet, other points seem to be timeless in their wisdom. These bodies of work reiterated the notion that you are what you eat and that what you eat not only defines your psychology but also has the power to further or alienate your partner.
For instance, according to the Sutras, if one doesn’t exercise restraint from oily foods, the consequence will inevitably be bloating and heaviness — certainly not sexy. I can see the merit in this. When I’ve devoured a generous helping of chole bhature, the last thing I want to do is get all greased up for some lovin’ as I already feel greased up… from the inside. On the other hand, the more your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, the lighter you will feel. Sustaining a clean diet results in a healthier you, with sexiness as an coincidental by-product. The confidence exuded will surely keep your partner attracted.
Women, fret not; the Kama Sutra does not only dole out advice to women on how to keep herself on point and her man happy. Men, too, are advised to adhere to a particular diet that keep his wife cooing in ecstasy (And, no, I’m not speaking of the ecstasy akin to him loading the dishwasher without being asked, I am talking about sexual ecstasy!). Men are told what to eat to improve their stamina, growth, girth, and –other the list goes on.
More often than not, the key is to eat in moderation; how much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Food is nourishment and has the ability to alter and elevate your mood and sexual prowess. Also, food affects the mind which in turn affects the body and further makes one feel better or worse. It’s all cyclical.
From my research, I found that all food fall into three categories: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. Each category has the ability to nourish energy flows and creativity to varying degrees and on a totem pole of sorts. Sattvic reigns idealism and Tamasic is something to move away from.
Moving away from Tamasic foods means limiting foods such as onions, garlic, eggs, heavy meats, and deep-fried, oil-laden dishes. The thought behind this is that said foods are too strong and pungent and lead to negative, altered states not to mention lethargy. Essentially, have too much of these foods and you’ll be too tired to have sex! These foods are also believed to lead to bodily odors, flatulence, and fattiness which can be off-putting to lovers.
Rajasic foods have the ability to stimulate the senses which isn’t necessarily a “bad” thing but due to these foods being difficult to digest, there is a discomfort that comes with this category. Chances are, if you feel uncomfortable, you’re not going to want to be intimate. Foods from this category are: fish, chicken, spices, salt, and root vegetables. Great care has to be taken to prepare Rajasic food as consuming unfresh meats for instance is thought to effect the flow and texture of bodily fluids.
Finally, Tamasic foods are the best to consume as they lend themselves to a clear mind and light body. These foods are fruits, milk, honey, vegetables that grow above ground, and nuts. These also make for the healthiest taste and appearance of sexual secretions and helps pump blood to the right places at the right time when you’re getting it on.
In short, there is nothing short about the Kama Sutra. It is a grand collection of work that looks at sex physically, behaviourally, and spiritually. It’s not just bells and whistles with kinky positions and cute recipes for aphrodisiacs. My hope that it would provide some sort of remedy of eat a Garcinia something or another herb to awaken your inner energizer bunny was rather shallow, ill-informed, and naive. So my take away? Like most things in life, you have to work at creating and sustaining a good thing. And a little restraint at the Sunday afternoon all-you-can-eat Indian buffet may just allow for no inhibitions in your sex life.
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