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Jun
9

Summertime Workouts–Change It Up!

Posted by in Fitness, Health

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Warmer weather and longer hours of daylight provide a great opportunity to move the workout from the gym to the great outdoors. Whether you choose a local high school track, a hiking trail or city sidewalks, moving to outdoor locations provides great variety for summertime workouts.

With a change in location comes a change in preparation. Sun protection is key. Sunglasses and a baseball cap are not enough since the lower half of your face is still exposed and leathery skin is never cute. Use a 30 SPF or higher sunblock and don’t forget the ears, shoulders and the tops of your hands.

Hats come in all shapes and sizes, it’s not old lady to buy a hat with a large brim and even a “skirt” on the back to cover your neck. Prevent redneck and prevent sun damage on one the first areas to show sun damage.

Bugs used to just be annoying, now they need to be avoided for health reasons. If you will be out in the woods, remember to use a tick repellent. If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes, think about the timing of your workout or use repellent.

If you are working out on trails, get the right shoes. Your gym shoes are made for cross training on relatively soft and even ground. There are several brands made for trails and there are sneakers with better support for running on pavement. Best to own a pair just for outdoor running so you can run through the mud with glee.

Look for opportunities to join a team…softball, ultimate frisbee and volleyball leagues exist all over the country. You never know who you might meet, but you will get a great workout and some fun socializing. Just remember to hydrate with water before the team goes to the post game watering hole for victory celebrations!

Jun
3

Beach Bag Snacks

Posted by in Nutrition

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Hooray, summer is here at last! It is time to escape to your favorite water spot with a bag packed with some good reading material and a towel. Whether your swimming spot is a beach, a bay, a lake or a pool, it’s always important to pack beach snacks as well! Is it just me, or does everyone else get hungry after a bracing dip into the ocean?

Snacks at the beach must be practical, there is not a lot of sand free preparation space. Foods that melt or leave a mess on the hands and face are best left at home. Don’t load up on foods that give you a food baby (aka bloating) or attract those always hungry, vulture-like seagulls.

So what’s in my bag? Fruits are the best! Fruit is light, hydrating and pretty sexy when eaten with a bit of dramatic flair. Plus, fruit will not make you feel bloated. My top 5 fruits for the beach are watermelon, sliced apples, pineapple, grapes and pears. They are all super refreshing when packed in a cooler with ice.

If you need something on the salty side, choose nuts over chips. Nuts are not nearly as greasy and they pack a protein punch that will make you feel full.

Don’t forget to pack a water bottle and please, no no no to full course meals! It’s the beach, I mean really….

Oct
15

Your Period and Kissing

Posted by in Health

Silhouette of a couple kissing

Recent studies say there’s a relationship between your period and kissing.
Image: Shutterstock

I recently read an article that talks about the relationship between your period and kissing:  how we feel about it as women and how it all coincides with our menstrual cycle.

Rafael Wlodarski, a student at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and Professor Robin Dunbar looked into the evolutionary reasons behind kissing. Using an international survey of over 900 adults, they figured out a few interesting things:

  • Women generally rate kissing as more important than men do.
  • Kissing frequently is related to relationship satisfaction.
  • Kissing helps us assess mates and determine who’s in it for the long haul.

In addition, women enjoy kissing more during the follicular phase, or while they’re ovulating—and rate it less important during their luteal phase, or the few days before they get their period.

So it looks like kissing may be more than just a prelude to something else; it’s actually a way of maintaining happiness in a relationship, as well as choosing the right mate. And depending on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle, she’ll be either more or less interested in using the kissing method on her partner.

If you’re looking for more info on the subject, check out “Menstrual Cycle Effects on Attitudes Toward Romantic Kissing,” a research paper that was published in both the Archives of Sexual Behavior and Human Nature.

Either way, it’s interesting to think that smooching is just one more way of Mother Nature leading us to the right partner.

Jul
22

Have your chocolate and eat it, too

Posted by in Nutrition, Uncategorized

Chocolate cravings and PMS seem to go hand and hand much to the dismay of many women.  What’s to blame for this sneaky occurrence?  During PMS, your levels of estrogen fluctuate, which could decrease serotonin, the hormone responsible for feeling good and regulating your mood.  Decreases in this vital hormone tends to cause symptoms of  irritability, carbohydrate cravings, and depression.

chocolate cake for pms

Fortunately, there’s no need to resist when there’s a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Here’s a vegetarian recipe for Devil’s Chocolate Cake from P.S. It’s Healthy that’s also sugar- and butter-free.

Jul
4

An UNinterrupted Independence Day

Posted by in Health, Nutrition

Happy Independence Day Eve, everyone!  While you’re busy with prep work (or simply figuring out what to wear to the barbecue tomorrow), it’ll be useful to keep in mind the sorts of dishes you’ll be eating tomorrow and what sort of effects they might have, especially if you’re going through PMS right now.  Though these tips are aimed at alleviating symptoms, they’re also generally useful health tips as well!

Here is a list of some popular foods you’ll most likely be enjoying this Fourth of July:

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  • Ribs: Studies have shown that a diet rich in iron actually prevents PMS symptoms especially in comparison to those with potassium-rich diets. This isn’t to say load up on iron-rich foods but a call for a more well-rounded diet to alleviate PMS discomfort. Meat is a great source of iron, so work in a couple of ribs into your diet this Independence Day. There’s no better excuse to eat some yummy barbecue! But also keep in mind that too much red meat (and dairy!), chockful of saturated fats, can aggravate mood swings. They tend to cause estrogen levels to rise and an imbalance to hormone levels, so everything in moderation!
  • pieimagecopyrighted4 Pie… sweets… desserts in general: It’s going to be hard, but refrain from eating too much cake or sweets! Refined sugar causes an immediate rise in blood sugar levels since it makes it hard for the body to process estrogen. You’ll also tend to feel bloated from sodium retention, so don’t forget to cut back on using the salt shaker. Highly refined sugars also rid the body of natural vitamins so it’s best to limit sugar intake (and also alcohol) 2 weeks before your period starts to keep PMS in check.
  • spinach-arugula-cranberry-walnut-saladSide dishes of beans, leafy greens and such: To put it simply, these are good. They’re  packed with riboflavin (B2) and thiamine (B1) which lower PMS symptoms. Ironically, vitamin B supplements have been known to make PMS symptoms worse, so get your source of B-vitamins from their natural source: food.

There you have it—if you happen to be lucky enough to not have PMS during Independence Day, more power to you! But for those that do, hope this list of popular foods this holiday will help you make better choices so that you can enjoy your day UNinterrupted.

Wishing you a safe and fun Fourth of July,

Girl U

 

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