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How Incorporating More Aphrodisiacs Into Your Diet Can Improve Your Health

If you’ve heard the term “aphrodisiac” explained within the realm of food, chances are it was an article that came out around Valentine’s Day helping you plan the sexiest meal to get you and your partner in the mood before the romantic “afterparty.” But what if I told you that incorporating aphrodisiacs into your diet consistently can positively affect your health and relationships overall, in addition to strengthening your performance in the bedroom?

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At a recent educational offering at transformative music festival Lightning in a Bottle, famed raw chocolate aphrodisiac wizard Jacqui Lalita shed light on the fact that many of the foods we consider aphrodisiacs are adaptogens, as well. For those who might not have heard the term, an adaptogen is a food that helps your body adapt to stress or adverse scenarios. 

Consumption of certain adaptogens can cause reactions like increased blood flow, increased brain focus & output of serotonin, increased oxygen in the blood, and more. Coincidentally, these effects are also known to help prepare and assist our sexual organs for the tryst in the bedroom. 

In Lalita’s session, she educated us on mushrooms like Lion’s Mane and chaga, which are known to increase brain focus and immunity, respectively. She also shared the magic of He Shou Wu, which promotes longevity and youthfulness, and even went as far to share a personal testimony of the impact of these herbs on her life.

“My dad had esophagus cancer a few years ago and it was really bad,” Lalita explained. “He was in a feeding tube for six months, and it really seemed like he was dying. He couldn’t eat for six months, he lost weight, was passing out… So I shipped some reishi power and moringa powder and I had him mix it with water and pour it in his feeding tube. He started getting strength and feeling better and he came out of malnourishment, and that became known as his daughter’s magic powders in the hospital.”

Outside of potential health benefits, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs have been known to enhance personal relationships and interaction as well, and not just ones rooted in intimacy. Chefs Michael Montano and Monique Benabou, founders of When Chefs Talk Dirty, held a seminar at Lightning in a Bottle entitled “Four Course Foreplay,” where they taught how to make a sensual three-course-meal for your significant other. But it’s not just about the sexy time. 

Benabou states, “When we do our pop-up supper club, people are asked to use their hands instead of utensils… which [taps] into something primitive and rooted. That paired with different spices that get certain endorphins running opens up such good conversation.”

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In this way, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs can also serve as a way to open yourself to social interaction without involving alcohol, the traditional “social lubricant.” This certainly was the case at Lightning in a Bottle, where the crowd huddled inside the Learning Kitchen tent was ready to devour and learn about a cooled melon & coconut lemongrass soup, which packs a hard punch of adaptogenic power.

The base of the soup consisted of cantaloupe and watermelon, which are full of niacin, potassium and Vitamin A, known to boost fertility, and was accented by spicy jalapeño to increase blood flow. At the end of the day, this all really boils down to the idea of treating food as fuel, honoring plants like mushrooms and cacao that have crazy benefits for us, and overall building the foundation for a healthier life. 

As Jaqui Lalita accurately sums up, “I truly believe that food is medicine. I think that going forward, this is becoming more and more obvious, people are realizing the connection between what they put in and how they feel. And I think that with diabetes and obesity and cancer and all these things just rising, people are starting to see actually: transition to a cleaner diet and getting off processed food, GMO food, stranger than science fiction food.”

You can learn more about Lightning In A Bottle and their educational offerings here.


Online Food Ordering At Music Festivals Is The Future

Any music festival-goer knows that in the midst of planning out the weekend, you have to set aside at least an hour to actually eat something. The typical weekend music festival runs from noon to midnight, so a meal break is a must.

Postmates is trying to make that dining experience a little easier with its in-festival pick-up service.

The food lines at music festivals can get pretty insane, with tens of thousands of people attending, and each has to eat at some point. Even with the typical 20-plus food booths, long lines are inevitable.

At this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw Festival at Dodger Stadium, Postmates teamed with a handful of the participating food booths and added the option to order online.

That potentially means significantly reducing the inconvenience of having to wait in line only to miss a musical act.

Postmates ran this same service at the Panorama Music Festival in New York and said they plan to keep incorporating it at future festivals.

I took them up on the new app feature and actually spent the whole Flog Gnaw festival weekend skipping the lines — not missing a single musical performance.

There is a downside however, which I will highlight later on, but here is the breakdown of how it worked:


If you did have the Postmates app during Camp Flog Gnaw, the first thing you saw upon opening it was an alert for the new “Pick-up” option.

The app did a good job of displaying the booths that were within the festival and showed the available menu items for those restaurants.

For Camp Flog Gnaw, there were quite a few L.A.-based restaurants that teamed up with the ordering app, such as Kogi BBQ, Trejo’s Tacos, Hawkins House of Burgers, and Fat Dragon.

I went with Kogi first to test it out.

Perusing the menu, I ordered a short rib burrito, and it even let me customize it without green onions. Because f*ck onions in burritos.

I got a notification that my order would be ready in 15 minutes, and at that point, I was in the system.


In less than 15 minutes, I received another notification that my order was ready, so I walked toward the food area and looked for the Kogi booth.

THE LINE WAS INSANE. I’m talking about 50 yards in length, at least.


I asked a fellow near the front how long he’d been in line, and he said about 35 minutes. Of course, anyone who’s ever been to Kogi BBQ is no stranger to the long lines, but it’s not exactly optimal for festivals.

I walked past everyone in line, towards a sign that read “Postmates pick-up” and told them my order number. I was handed my burrito, and was on my merry way.

That was it. I skipped the infamous Kogi hype line and was able to get ready to watch Raphael Saadiq’s set.

The Downside

While the Postmates feature is cool, anyone who has been to a music festival knows how tough it can be to get internet reception around thousands of people who are all trying to use their phones.

Full disclosure, the only reason I had a seamless experience with the feature was because there was WiFi in the media tent. I didn’t have the same fortune away from the tent. There were others who were lucky enough to find cell service and use the feature.

The Middle Ground

Postmates pick-up probably can’t work if everyone has the same access to WiFi, and can all order. If everyone in attendance were ordering through Postmates, you’d end up with the same wait time issues.

It’ll be interesting how this will be incorporated in the future, but if I can put in an order while watching Post Malone, then run over to pick it up after the set, one of the biggest inconveniences at music festivals would be solved.