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Bikini Season Bloat

Posted by in Summer, Tips

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Worried about bikini season bloat?  Usually bloating lasts a couple of days before your period starts so in all reality you should have 3 bloat free bikini weeks each month. There is the good news.

Sometimes the day you are feeling really bloated happens to be on the weekend when everyone is making plans involving bathing suits. Diuretics are the most effective way to reduce bloating, but dehydrating yourself before a long day in the sun is… in a word… stupid.

Have you seen the summer fashion magazines? One piece bathing suits are everywhere and not just in boring, yet slimming, black. There are metallic tanks, crazy prints and a variety of high and low leg cuts. Check out the retro high wasted bikini bottoms and boy shorts as well. Sometimes a more functional bathing suit is better than a really skimpy one…less adjusting, fewer wedgies and a lower probability of losing a top or bottom in the waves!

Think about this though, you could just skip this weekend and go see a movie. The other good thing about summer is that all the summer blockbusters come out and the movie theater is nicely air conditioned. It is ok to put your favorite sweat pants on instead of a bathing suit for now because you’ll be back to your fabulous self in a bathing suit next week.

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!

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….

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.

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.

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