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Hello,<br><br><br><br>
I have a question that is kind of embarassing but I feel the need to ask <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I decided to become a vegetarian when I was about six years old (that is around the same time I found out where beef came from). Anyway, I'm not very good at eating healthy although I try to eat as much tofu and veggies as possible and take vitamins. I've never had much of a sex drive and was wondering if any other vegetarians have experienced similar problems?? If so, what kinds of food should I be eating that are essential for this<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> ??<br><br><br><br>
Thank you!<br><br><br><br>
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I don't know if foods actually "give" you a sex drive. Supposedly aphrodisiacs (sp?) like oysters (not that we're going to eat those) and chocolate help you in that area and of course there are a million herbal supplements out there that claim to give you one but I don't know if any of them work.<br><br><br><br>
I don't have a sex drive either but mine I think mostly stems from being exhausted (mum of 3) then on top of that I have a chronic illness and am on antidepressants for that which kill anything that might have been left.<br><br><br><br>
It's not fun (for my poor hubby especially, I'd rather read a book or wash the dishes!!). I asked my doctor about it but he was kind of dismissive, told me to "do it" more and I would want it more that it's all psychological (errm, aha). Anyway, sorry I'm not much help but just wanted to let you know you are not alone.
 

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I don't have much of one either due to anti-depressants. I have also heard that the birth control pill can give you a low labido. If you eat nothing but junk food and soda then your diet might have something to do with it.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I guess I should really start eating healthier anyway. Then I'll know whether my diet has anything to do with my low sex drive.<br><br>
I don't have much of an appetite and don't eat very much. My average daily diet consists of a banana, coffee, popcorn, and pasta. I eat tofu and veggies when I go out, mostly.
 

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You do need to start eating better! But that probably doesn't have much to do with your sex drive, unless it is linked to what is probably a fairly low energy level in general.<br><br><br><br>
My sex drive is fine, maybe better since I made the switch.
 

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I have a very high sex drive for a girl. Im almost always down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
You are DEFINATELY not eating right, and that could lead to a lot more problems than just sex drive issues. Start adding in some beans and nuts to your diet. Get some healthy staple meals you can eat a few times a week that are centered around beans (chili's, soups) and nuts (you can make delishes stir fry dishes with veggies and almonds or cashews).
 

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If you eat pasta in the evening, that can leave you feeling sluggish and probably not keen on sex. Are you on any medication or the contraceptive pill?<br><br><br><br>
When I started taking the pill my sex drive plummeted.<br><br><br><br>
It could also be about the image you have of your body or yourself. Do you like yourself?
 

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I've always had a moderate sex drive (not too low, not too high) excepting the few years when I was on the pill. I didn't notice a change when I went veg two years ago (save perhaps that I'm more likely to be down with gettin' down when I'm not sluggish and bloated from beef burgers...ugh).
 

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You definitely need to eat more.<br><br><br><br>
Green leafy veggies at least once a day, preferably with every meal. Some healthy oils - extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, seeds and nuts (but skip the peanuts), avocados. Don't be afraid of fat - you need it for energy, to be able to use certain vitamins, and the keep things lubed up, plus all these foods have vital vitamins and minerals. Some good complex carbs from whole grains. Beans! If you are eating whole foods and get some moderate exercise you really don't need to worry about calories.<br><br><br><br>
You may be dehydrated. Drink 1 oz of water for every 2 lbs of weight per day- for example I weigh 130 so I need to drink at least 65 oz of water per day, not including tea, etc. Add more if you drink anything with caffeine in it because caffeine is a diueretic. Consider cutting out or limiting your coffee consumption.<br><br><br><br>
It sounds like maybe you are a snacker/grazer, but then you eat a big evening meal. Your metabolism is basically not working well - you need to try and eat the bulk of your food earl yin the day, and eat your last meal no more than 3 hours before you intend to go to bed. You don't need to cook much to eat well, nor do you have to constantly change things up if you like routine. I found it really hard to try and make sure we were getting the right stuff so my ds and I eat basically the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch, and then have variety with our early evening meal when dh joins us. We have a green smoothie and sprouted bread with nut butter for am, a big green salad with veggies, beans, and seeds for lunch, and then usually a hot meal with a legume, whole grain, and veggie for supper. Snacks are fruit, nuts, rice cakes, popcorn, flatbreads....Also consider making a stew or soup and freezing it in portions. Then you can just take out what you want to eat right at that time.<br><br><br><br>
Take a supplement. You're probably anemic and need some iron and B 12. And take some dha too.<br><br><br><br>
I had bad cycles and little sex drive when I was eating soy. After cutting it out and replacing it with more nuts, seeds, and legumes, I have no problems at all! I don't think it is a problem for everyone but it could be for you. I think before I would cut it out consider adding more of the above foods to your diet first, so at least you are eating <i>something</i>.
 

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Wow, thanks for the advice Miss Moe. I'm also considering seeing a nutritionist. Why is coffee bad?? That is horrible news! I drink a lot of it.
 

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Oh God, I would never again take the pill or any other type of hormonal birth control. It also made me not want to have sex, ever (how ironic). Besides all the other horrible problems it caused. Screw the pill!
 
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