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Recipe: Franken-Salad and Turkey Sausage With Brown Rice


Copyright 2013 by Trish Causey. All Rights Reserved.

Franken-Salad-Turkey-SausageThis is the first post in what I hope will be a steady supply of recipes that are good for the body — and ergo, great for orgasms!

In one of my recent posts, I revealed that eating isn’t really a big thing for me — it’s more a waste of time than something I look forward to.  I dread cooking when I’m home alone, as I am tonight — I always prefer cooking for other people.  And I wasn’t planning on starting this thread so soon, but tonight’s dish-on-the-fly inspired me enough to post it so you can see how throwing together a healthy meal can be done rather simply and quickly… I didn’t even dread cooking tonight.

Now, this isn’t one of those fancy foodie blogs, so I don’t have lots of pictures.

For my Franken-Salad, I used some left over ingredients plus some freshly chopped veggies to make a quick stir-fry type of meal.  I literally grabbed stuff out of the fridge and threw it on the cutting board for a quick chop, then cooked it.  I just tossed stuff in and didn’t measure, so my “amounts” below are just guesswork.  And most of the ingredients were organic, so just buy organic whenever you can.

I cook romaine and spinach instead of eating them raw because the heat breaks down some of the roughage and allows more of the nutrients to be available for grabbing by the small intestine during the digestive process.

I usually eat on a salad plate (for portion control), but I knew tonight’s salad would be big enough to warrant using a regular dinner plate.  The result was a quick, cooked “salad” that I will definitely make again.

Enjoy!

Franken-Salad and Turkey Sausage With Brown Rice

Copyright 2013 by Trish Causey. All Rights Reserved.

Servings:  1  (yes, 1!)

  • 3 oz. turkey sausage, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 Cup brown rice (leftover)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

In a skillet, sauté the sausage in the coconut oil until it is browned, but not blackened.  Remove sausage from skillet, and set aside.  Meanwhile, heat butter in a small skillet or saucepan, and add rice to heat through.  Watch while cooking salad and cover with a lid when done to keep warm.

  • 2 to 3 red baby bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, sliced very thinly
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts, chopped small
  • 1/4 Cup raisins or currants
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 Cup English peas (leftover or frozen, thawed, drained)
  • 1 head romaine heart, shredded
  • sea salt to taste
  • juice from half a lemon (or 1 T lemon juice)

In the sausage/oil, sauté the baby bell peppers and the carrots for a couple of minutes.  Toss in the green onion, cook for a minute.  Add in the chopped walnuts, raisins, and water, cooking for 1 minute.  Throw in peas and shredded romaine, cooking until it begins to wilt.  Salt.  Hit with a touch of lemon juice.  Done!

Serve Franken-Salad over rice with sausage on the side or tossed in with the greens.

*** Hindsight ***

  • I used the walnuts for protein, and since the veggies have some protein, the sausage wasn’t really necessary for protein content.  I was just kind of craving savory.  However, this salad is very filling, and the sausage was almost too much in that regard.  Leaving out the sausage will make this a tasty vegetarian dish.
  • I used the rice because I needed to use the rice to get it eaten and out of the fridge.  In hindsight, the rice added a starchiness that contrasted with the crisp, fresh vegetables.  If you need the carbs from the rice, perhaps freshly cooked rice will be less starchy.  Otherwise, the rice may not be necessary — it is very not-necessary if you’re on a Primal/Paleo diet as I’m easing into.  Another option here would be quinoa.
  • I chose the red baby bells (over the orange and yellow baby bells in the fridge) because red bell peppers have 3 times the Vitamin C as an orange the same size.
  • The bell peppers, carrots, and raisins are all sweet vegetables, whereas the walnuts are bitter, and the green onion is savory.  The raisins really boosted the sweetness without topping the savory aspect.  By cooking the raisins in a little water, they plumped up a bit, and the end result of using raisins gave the flavor and feeling of having used a “sauce” without the added sugar or oil.
  • I used lemon juice for the acid at the end because that’s the idea that hit me at the time.  You could easily use apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar, if you prefer.
  • I didn’t think about it at the time, but I also have celery I could have added.  Just about any vegetable will work, as will any nut or seed if you don’t like walnuts.  I eat romaine once or twice a day, so I was just trying to jazz up my usual fare.  You could easily substitute spinach or other lettuce/green — though kale or other tough, leafy vegetable will need longer cooking time.
  • This seems to be a pretty versatile salad, but I really liked this hodge-podge version I threw together, hence the name “Franken-Salad.”

If you try this recipe, please let me know by leaving a comment below!  Again, this was on the fly with what I grabbed out of the fridge.  But I will be making it again, and updating the recipe as needed.  Can’t wait to hear from you if you try it!

trish

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Health, Fitness, & Nutrition: New Articles’ Series From ArousedWoman!


Coregasm: Orgasm While Doing Abs/Core ExercisesNow that we’re moving into 2013, I want to start a few new series for my ArousedWoman readers that focus on Health, Fitness,  and Nutrition, respectively.

These will be separate categories but they certainly intertwine in their importance.  Overall health is required for vibrant sexual response — even if you’re not with a partner.  You cannot be truly healthy if you exercise a lot but then eat junk food on a regular basis.  Likewise, eating a healthy diet but not allowing your body to utilize its full range of motion can adversely affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, even your bone density and skeletal frame.

There is energy transference from the food you eat; and if you ingest unhealthy, “dead” energy, you are unhealthy, “dead” energy.  The body can mask the mounting long-term effects of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) until it seems too late.  However, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been out of shape, it’s never too late to revamp your approach to your health.  After all, erections and orgasms require happy muscles and healthy blood vessels!

Your approach to balancing your overall health should include stress-reducing practices such as moderate exercise and meditation(!!!).  No New Age woo-woo stuff here, people.  Science is finally catching up to what yogis have known for millennia.  Meditation is very good for you!  Not only is meditation great for your mind, but it is also beneficial for your body by increasing oxygen intake, lowering blood pressure, and controlling stress hormones.

On the short list for topics, I will be discussing diet choices for aphrodisiac nutrition, primal/paleo vs. vegetarian/vegan, vitamins and minerals supplements, as well as fitness tips for functional strength/resistance training, flexibility, and range of motion, and other lifestyle choices that will keep your body in optimal orgasmic health.  This summer, I hope to begin a video series on all this as well.

You only have one meat-suit, people.  Take care of it while you’re using it this lifetime. :-)

trish

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OpEd: The Face of Orgasm: Is Your Woman Faking Orgasms or Not?


Copyright 2012 by Trish Causey. All Rights Reserved.
It’s been said that every woman fakes orgasms at some point.  Well, I’m here to tell you I never did.  Never.  I never had an orgasm during partnered sex, and I sure wasn’t going to fake it.  I made sure the guy knew I wasn’t seeing god, or cosmic rainbows, or magickal unicorns just because his penis was inside me.  He could deal with his ego later.

Recently, I read a particular, highly recommended book on cunnilingus but had a difficult time finishing it.  The anatomic information was mostly good, but the male  writer’s anecdotes about female  orgasm were peppered with sexist, rude, even misogynist remarks I simply could not overlook.  Having admitted that he was bad at sex and suffered with erectile issues, the author made the egregious comment that screamers and women who throw their heads back are “obvious” orgasm fakers.

I wanted to throw the book across the room, but unfortunately, I was at a restaurant.  (Yes, I read sex books while eating…  lunch.)

Women are complex creatures and are, thusly, capable of complex, varied types of orgasms.  It only makes sense that the body and the face would have different corresponding reactions.  Yes, I said body.  Were you only watching her face?

For a traditional clitoral orgasm, the orgasm is localized to the clit/genital area.  The woman’s torso will most likely crunch forward.  The hips/pelvis will tuck or raise up off the bed.  Her face will similarly be “crunched” into a look she wouldn’t really want to make otherwise: furrowed brow, gritting the teeth, even jutting the jaw forward.  (I could go into my theory on why this is but I would have to bore you with vocal science and the pedagogy of phonation.)

A vaginal/She Spot orgasm tends to be a full-body wave type of orgasm that washes over the body but lacks the explosion of the clitoral orgasm.  The woman’s mouth will be open, the jaw down and back, and she may moan differently because of it.  Her head may tilt backward, and she may even arch her back.  Please note the vagina has numerous spots capable of various kinds of pleasure and responses.

A blended orgasm that stems from both clitoral and vaginal/She Spot simulation is one of the most sought after orgasms because of its full-body wave effect coupled with the clit explosion.  This orgasm can induce both crunching forward and wild hip motions, plus arching backward, head back, and delicious moaning.

Other types of orgasms include nipple O’s, cervical O’s, orgasms of the P-spot, the K-spot, the perineal sponge, urethral/urination orgasms, anal O’s, and anywhere else on the body that she is super sensitive to touch.

Of all the physically-based orgasms, the most intense, for me, personally, is the uterine orgasm.  The uterine orgasm is brought on by stimulation of the cervix and A-Spot, coincidentally stimulating the prostate/She Spot at the same time.  This results in a compulsory doubling over and emotional outburst — a true gut-wrenching thrashing usually accompanied by uncontrollable crying.  Not pretty crying either.  So the face of this orgasm is kind of like a nervous breakdown — a bit unnerving for onlookers but soul-shatteringly amazing to experience.

These signs are for physically-based orgasms that most people can do without much effort.  Use plenty of lube, work the spots, communicate — not very difficult.  However, energy-based orgasms cause the body to twist and contort in ways unimaginable.

Kundalini orgasms are known for inducing a sharp, sudden, involuntary  arching of the back, in both women and men.  While some men consider arching the back to be a “woman’s” type of orgasm, I like to think of this phenomenon as a “human being’s” orgasmic response.  For Kundalini orgasms, the mouth may be wide open, deep moans being heard, while the head is bent so far back, you might think the woman is going into a gymnast’s backbend.  All of this is involuntary.  (And pretty frickin’ incredible!)

So what is the face of a woman who is having real orgasms?   Not something she’d want posted in the church’s Sunday bulletin, that’s for sure.  If the woman can, in any way, be considered to look “pretty,” she’s not having a real orgasm.

If she is crunching forward and her face looks as if she is somewhere between “really pissed off” and “warrior queen about to rip your limbs from your body,” then she’s probably having a real orgasm.  If her head is back, her mouth open, and her brow slightly to fully furrowed, that’s a great sign of a real orgasm as well.  When her arms fly up over her head, don’t be offended!  This doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to hold on to you.  Especially if her hands wind up behind her head, this is a great  sign of a deep, powerful orgasm.  (If you’ve read my DailyOJ, you know I can vouch for this effect.)

Her eyes may be open during clitoral orgasms, but for most other types of orgasms, her eyes will probably be closed.  For myself, I’ve noticed my eyes shoot open at the onset of blended orgasms but then immediately close again through the rest of the climax/multiple orgasms.  For Kundalini orgasms, my eyes are closed, head is all the way back, hands fly up over my head, and my body rocks-and-rolls side to side while my knees come up, then my legs kick out over and over again.  (Just sayin’.)

Other indicators of real orgasm are legs shaking and toes/feet curling inward, energy zings down the legs, rapid breathing, and even female ejaculation.

You decide:  Which one is faking and which one is real?

Along with the facial contortions or the gaping jaw and arching back, her skin will become flush due to increased blood flow, her nipples may be so perky they’re reaching for the ceiling, and her hips (hell, most of her body) will be moving involuntarily.  For energy orgasms, she will probably be rockin’-and-rollin’ side to side with extra contractions and rolling through her abdominals, not just crunching forward or arching backward as during physical orgasms.

If she can speak in complete sentences, or is constantly reassuring your ego, she might be faking for your benefit.  If her words are incoherent and grabbing at you is her only primal form of communication, then you might be on the right track — to helping her orgasm.

More importantly, don’t be so visual.  This isn’t porn.  This is a real, live woman.  You need to feel  her reactions.  When a woman is close to orgasm, especially if any clitoral stimulation has been done, the clitoral bulbs that form a “horseshoe” over and around the vaginal opening expand with blood flow, just as the penis expands with blood flow during arousal.  This feels like a vice-grip clamping down on your penis.

(Side note:  My asshole ex-husband used to tell me he didn’t like the vice-grip feeling because it made him start to lose his erection… so that’s probably why I never orgasmed with him.)

Remember, guys.  You cannot “make” a woman orgasm.  Orgasm begins and ends in the woman’s mind — not just her brain.  Stimulate her mind first and the body will follow suit.  In fact, the face and body will tell you everything if your sexual relationship is rooted in honest communication.

What does your face look like in orgasm?  Send me a picture, and I just might post it!

trish


OpEd: Shaving the Genitals: Why I Prefer Going Bare Down There


Toenails confound me.  Perhaps toenails once served a purpose as claws when we wore loincloths and had to fend for ourselves in hand-to-hand combat.  Or maybe they helped us climb hills to plan an attack on a mammoth or run up a tree fleeing a saber tooth tiger.  Toenails have outlived their usefulness in the 21st century, as have the Appendix or the bones of the coccyx that recall our once fluffy mammalian tail.

Genital hair is just as useless in my opinion.  Oh, sure, some say genital hair acts as a cushion during mating, and scientists say genital hair’s original purpose was to absorb the pheromones of a lover, their scent lingering long after he or she had left the coital splendor.  Absorbing scent is the main reason I don’t care for the au naturel hairy-mammoth-between-the-legs look.  Though I have other reasons as well…

After the BP oil spill in 2010, people around the world donated their luscious locks (from their head) to be woven together into absorbent mats and dropped on the affected Gulf.  Hair was reportedly the best material for absorbing the oil.  Soaking up moisture is another reason I shave.

I read an article recently that claimed over 60% of women under the age of 40 in the U.S. shave some or all of their genital hair.  It seems that the 20-somethings shave the most, around 80% of them, while women in the 40 to 60 age range are slowly increasing their numbers in the bare-down-there department — perhaps coinciding with the rise in cougardom?  Older women looking for younger men who’s tastes have been developed by what they’ve seen in porn?

For the longest time, I only shaved my labia and the sides of my mons veneris, maintaining a sufficient inverted triangle of fuzz as a testament to my adulthood.  Seeing females with completely shaved genitals in porn and skin mags would kinda creep me out.  It was as if they were targeting male viewers who preferred young females — very young females.  The pre-pubescent look just wasn’t for me.

Only recently did I begin shaving it all as bare as a genetically-altered lab rat.  In the shower late one night, I was tired and barely awake under the soothing hot water.  But knowing I couldn’t tolerate a day of stubble, I hoisted my leg up onto the tub faucet and began shaving, and then — oops! — the razor slipped.  My perfect triangle was now gouged.  So I thought, why the hell not?!  And I shaved myself completely bare for the first time ever.  (This is in light of the fact that I haven’t shaved my thighs since I was 21.  But my genitals get the razor treatment every night, and sometimes during the day.)

For a woman, the genital area is dark, damp, and humid.  In Western society, women tend to be covered up under layers of clothing, underwear, and hosiery.  Women’s genital hair absorbs a variety of moist substances including sweat, oils, vaginal fluids, urine, and blood.

The hair also absorbs the smells from being saturated with any combination of those fluids while maintaining a hot, humid 98.6 degree body temperature.  It’s no wonder men think women smell like fish!  (Though the fishy smell is usually a sign of a bacterial problem that needs attention.)  Even gynecologists have begun recommending women shave at least the labia to lessen the chance of bacteria hanging out in the bush(es) and making its way into the vagina, possibly causing any number of issues from bacterial vaginosis to chronic pelvic inflammation disease.

I readily admit that shaving the genitals is a form of body modification, as is a woman shaving her legs and armpits, or a man shaving stubble from his face or waxing his back.  Any kind of grooming can be seen as “changing the body,” from wearing make-up or painting your nails to getting your cranial locks trimmed and styled.  Wearing deodorant could even be viewed as body modification!

While certain forms of body modification are simply barbaric, such as male circumcision and female genital mutilation, I have no qualms asking a partner to shave his or her nether-regions. Why? #1 – The person decides if he or she will shave their genitals, and #2 – The hair will grow back. Therefore, asking a partner to shave or “manscape” is perfectly acceptable. Why?  #1 – The person maintained his/her freedoms of choice and will, and #2 – Shaving is not a permanent change.

I remember very clearly the first time I shaved “down under.”  The tub drain clogged up. I dreaded the thought of calling a plumber and having to explain, as someone with long, flowing tresses, where all that short hair came from.

I also remember the moment I actually told someone why I shave.  It was after one of our weekend-long theatre orgies, and a friend and I were making the bed before we had to leave for rehearsal.  She said something that prompted me to respond, quite matter-of-factly, “I started shaving because I got tired of getting the hairs caught between my fingers when I masturbated.”  (This might have been the first time I actually said the word “masturbated” out loud.)  My friend, who was shockless, seemed amused (and shocked). And yet, the gleam in her eye told me she totally understood.

Another incident or two led me to “require” the shaving of my partners.  Though you’re not likely to see a hairy penis in porn, some men do have hair along the shaft, and yes, I prefer that shaved as well.  I have mad skills in the oral pleasure department, thank you very much, and my main issue with male genital hair is that I love sucking testicles.  Shaved testicles have the mouth feel of sucking on peeled grapes.  An intriguing texture, to be sure.

Simply put, I got tired of pubic hair becoming dental floss.  For me, nothing ruins giving a great oral session faster than having to pause and scrape loose short hairs off the roof of my mouth with my tongue — picture a dog trying to eat peanut butter — it’s not pretty.

Then there’s the hair around the anus and trapped up along the butt crack.  Put your nose in that area of someone’s backside if you can’t imagine the smells those genital hairs absorb!

Shaving makes me feel so much cleaner and healthier.  In fact, as I like to say, “My cunt’s so clean you could eat off it.”

Because I work at home, I have the luxury of washing off after I go to the bathroom.  I know I can put my hand between my legs any time and love the smell on my fingers because the only scent that’s there is my true essence from deep with me.

So I completely respect a person’s right not to change his or her body by shaving.  However, my potential partner will have to respect that I’m not going to gag on pubes or unpleasant aromas from their nether-regions.  (And really, who would turn down sex over this anyway?)  So shave or move along.

Aroused and squeaky clean,
trish

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