Erotic Dreams

Erotic dreams are graphic video’s that play during sleep, sure to leave us awakening with overt feelings of excitement and sexuality. They occur within a person’s mind, fueled by images collected through life experience, books, drawings, photographs, and movies. Erotic dreams occur without conscious direction and can be logical or nonsensical. The subject matter varies from common activities to those that may be considered taboo by society or the dreamer. According to the Kinsey studies nearly all males and 2/3 of females report having sex dreams.

An erotic dream can be your mind’s way of experimenting with behaviors that you man never actually engage in. Heterosexual men are often horrified when they experience the common homosexual scenario. This can lead many men to question their sexuality. Women often have trouble with dreams that involve forced sexual play or rape-like situations.

In situations like these it is common for our subsconscious to censor dreams, replacing rude ideas with symbols. A dream about a train rushing through a tunnel is analyzed as symbolism for heterosexual intercourse. Bananas, towers, sausages and snakes commonly represent the penis, while tunnels and caves are female symbols.
If the content of your dreams is repeatedly troubling it may be necessary to seek counseling but usually erotic dreams are a pleasurable experience, allowing us to dapple in things that we may not have the ability to experience, or showing us something that we may wish to try. Sharing an erotic dream with a partner just might turn in to a rewarding experience of fulfilling those latent desires.

Masturbation Merriment

Masturbation is the stimulation of one’s own genitals to create sexual pleasure. It is also known as autoeroticism and onerism. Masturbation is considered to be a healthy means of self-exploration with many purposes, including:

Pleasure of arousal and orgasm
Means of relieving sexual tension
More rewarding experience than a partnered encounter
A method of keeping sexual desires from clouding one’s judgement, and
Self-exploration

Sex educators reccommend masturbation to adolescents as a way to become acquainted with their sexual organs and responses. Masturbation is also an effective tool for women learning to orgasm and men dealing with ejaculatory control. Adults who masturbate usually have more liberal views and consider pleasure and important goal of sexuality.

So, Who’s Doing It?
Kinsey found that 95% of men and 75% of women masturbate frequently, including single and married respondents. Studies also indicate that the higher one’s education level the more likely they are to engage in masturbation. Moreover, people cohabitating are more likely to masturbate than those living alone.

Is Masturbation Harmful to a Relationship?
Some people believe that sexual pleasure should not be experienced alone. They fear that a partner’s desire to masturbate indicates a problem in the realtionship, that they are not fulfilling their purpose, but studies proved that married partners who masturbate enjoy more sexual and marital satisfaction than those who don’t. People’s biggest concern with masturbation is doing it too much.

How Often is Too Often?
Masturbation can be harmful if it interferes with daily activities. Sometimes masturbation is the symptom of a problem, and not the problem itself. For example, someone who is experiencing intense emotional anxiety may use masturbation as a form of self-comforting. The problem in this example is the emotional anxiety, not the masturbation.

Although masturbation poses no physical disadvantages it is often considered sinful and dirty. Next week I’ll explore the negative connotations of masturbation.

Healthy Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

The other night my girlfriend Deanna invited me for dinner, so I graciously accepted and grabbed a bottle of local Ontario white wine enroute (Trius Sauvignon Blanc). Yes, nutritionists and health nutters do drink wine once in a while, especially when it’s home grown! Little did I know what Deanna was preparing in her kitchen would pair magically with the wine I brought.

Deanna is a young woman who serves as inspiration to anyone who thinks they can’t cook. All it takes is a little motivation and creativity. About a year ago she took some time off in between jobs, and during this break she taught herself (without any classes) how to create delicious and nutritious food in her kitchen. I remember when it was not uncommon for Deanna to be microwaving low cal/low fat dinners every night instead of cooking — not anymore!

The most impressive part of the meal was the whole wheat pizza crust she made from scratch. It was so delicious that I honestly thought she’d bought a gourmet pizza crust from Whole Foods and just put her own toppings on. Boy, was I wrong. It was a thrill to think that my friend — a typical frozen-dinner-girl — had converted herself into a good cook.

Recipe

I get excited about fast food that has been converted to health food, and pizza is one of those foods. Most pizza that comes from a box contains trans fat, excessive amounts of sodium, ingredients that a third grader can’t pronounce, and additives and preservatives that didn’t exist when our grandparents were kids — also known as “phood,” or as Michael Pollan coined the term, “food-like” substances. If you eat real food with real ingredients, your health will improve immensely.

If you love pizza as much as I do, you’ll love this recipe.

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour (You could swap this with spelt flour)
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
1 egg from a happy organic chicken (slightly beaten)
1/4 cup water or almond milk
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. In another small bowl, beat egg with a fork, add half of the olive oil, add the water or milk. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until it forms a ball of dough (you may feel you need to add a bit of extra flour to get the right consistency).

Grease a round pizza pan. Sprinkle flour onto a flat surface (your counter) and roll dough into a flat circle-ish shape slightly bigger than your pan. Scoop the rolled dough onto the pan and roll/press around the pan to make the crust edge. Using the remaining olive oil, brush the dough before adding sauce and toppings (so that toppings don’t bake into the crust).

When it comes to topping your pizza, the only limitation is your creativity. Here’s one suggestion: tomato sauce to cover the entire pizza surface, then sliced zucchini, roasted red peppers, arugula. Lastly, sprinkle goat cheese or organic mozzarella and add a touch of sea salt and pepper to taste.

Once your favorite toppings have been added, bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust edges are golden.

Serves 2-4 people. Enjoy!

Written by Joy McCarthy

Please note: All of these recipes are created in my joyous kitchen with the healthiest ingredients. I’m not a calorie counter or a professional chef — I’m a nutritionist who loves to cook and bake, and I’m delighted to share my creations with you.