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#GIRLUTIPS Vol I. How to stay healthy during Winter

Posted by in Tips

  1. 100 calories Eggnog recipe to help you stay #BeachReady

Still feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving? How about pumping the breaks a little bit going into the Christmas holiday with this guilt-free recipe that tastes good while helping you look good!. It’s quick, tasty and easy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 11 cups cold skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (1-1/2 ounces each) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Artificial sweetener equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine the milk and vanilla. In another bowl, combine dry pudding mix, sweetener, and nutmeg. Whisk into milk mixture until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.

YIELD: 12 servings

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):

  • Calories: 102
  • Total Carbs: 16g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Sodium: 279

 

  1. How to make your nails, hair and skin #ShineBright all winter

Make a moisturizer and chapstick your best friends this winter and start an easy bedtime routine. Before going to bed, make sure you moisturize well, especially on your lips and cheek, to keep your face from drying up. Remember to coat your lips with chapstick as well, to prevent the heater from drying out your lips overnight.

Whenever possible, avoid washing your hair too much as that leads to dry hair. Try using a dry shampoo instead. I use a deep hair mask to keep the follicles healthy and brush my hair thoroughly in the morning and evening. This will naturally move your scalp oils down your hairline and keep the hair smooth and healthy.

You can do one yourself with 3 simple ingredients: olive oil, honey and oats. Mix all ingredients well and make sure your hair is completely detangled before applying it from root to tip. Leave the mask in hair for 15- 20 min. Shampoo and style as usual and voilà! #DYI

 

  1. How to plan a #GirlsNightIn this winter

These winter sleep tips are meant to keep your face extra moisturized to prevent the heater from stripping the moisture. Keep your room cool and opt to bundle up instead, being cool will help you sleep better. Try to get some sunlight by sitting next to a window at work or taking a walk outside when its sunny.

Follow these tips along with our GU products to make this winter fun and easy without jeopardizing your weight, skin or sleeping habits!  Order your GirlU GoBOX (or any individual product) today with a special Christmas discount, entering the code HOLIDAY17 at checkout!

-Mayling

 

Chocolate for PMS, a benefit or a cliché?

Posted by in Health, Menstruation, PMS

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You have seen the gif files of emotional women stuffing their faces with chocolate for PMS symptoms.  Does chocolate really provide PMS relief or is it yet another goofy claim to manage fluctuating hormones?

Chocolate begins with cacao, which is loaded with flavonoids and antioxidants.  Both are more prevalent in dark chocolate and chocolate with 70% cacao is the best choice for health purposes.  Here are a few of the good things our research showed about controlled chocolate consumption.

  • Chocolate is good for cardiovascular health.
  • Chocolate keeps the brain healthy and prevents memory decline.

But does it help with PMS?  According to our research, it might have a temporary “feel good” benefit.  Carbohydrates help brain cells make more serotonin, which is the “happy” or “feeling good” brain chemical.  This can damper the anger, irritability, anxiety and cravings women might be facing 3-5 days before menstruation.  As mentioned before on this blog, serotonin levels are thought to drop during the PMS phase of the cycle due to hormonal fluctuations.

Chocolate has sugar and caffeine, sugar is a carbohydrate and the caffeine will help with fatigue.  The key to all of this is “controlled consumption.”  A couple of pieces of delicious dark chocolate melting in your mouth might just make you feel a little better on a temporary basis, too much chocolate will send you crashing later on with a big time sugar low!

Think in terms of consuming one or two individually wrapped Ghirardelli
Squares, or Hershey Kisses or Dove Chocolate Mini Squares…not a gigantic Toblerone!

Conscious Period’s Dual Giving Program for Menstruation

Posted by in Menstrual Hygiene, Menstruation, Press

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The GirlU Blog has covered global menstruation issues and the team decided to do a little research to see what was happening in the United States to help women who are struggling economically or who are homeless.  What we learned was pretty shocking…not much is going on to help these women at all!

We also learned that menstrual supplies are not covered by food stamps and are taxed in 40 of 50 states.  Homeless shelters and “midnight run” charities don’t typically include menstrual supplies as part of their collection drives.   We’ve read about young girls and women using mud, grass and leaves to collect menstrual blood in countries like Africa and India, but right here in the US, homeless and economically fragile women are also in a real jam when dealing with menstruation.

Through our research we found two women who are attempting to do something about this. Annie Lasco and Margo Lang are the founders of Conscious Period, purveyors of organic tampons with a dual giving model.   They are so close to their Indiegogo goal, please check it out here.

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Conscious Period will sell organic tampons and with each box sold, they will donate a box of organic pads to women in need in Los Angeles, where they are based.  As we have written about here, there are some concerning chemicals and ingredients in tampons.  Scarily enough, there is no regulation requiring tampon manufacturers to disclose the ingredients in tampons.  And to quote from the Conscious Period Indiegogo campaign, “women spend over 100,000 hours of their lives with a tampon in contact with some of the most sensitive and absorbent skin in the body.”  Makes you think!

Part two of the Conscious Period giving model mirrors what is going on in India and Africa.  Part of the campaign will fund the set up of a cottage industry in Los Angeles to produce pads domestically for women in need.  This will provide jobs and hygienic supplies!  The model is working beautifully in India and with these two dynamic women leading the cause, chances for success close to their home seems pretty high!

Please check out the Conscious Period campaign today.

Friendship Is Good for Your Health

Posted by in #GirlUBeWell, Health

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Friendship and female companionship are key components for good mental health and feeling positive about life.  These are not your Facebook friends, these are your girlfriends who you actually talk to and actually go out with to do fun things.  This is the best screen free activity in our #GirlUBeWell blog series!

Face to face chatting, dishing, laughing and catching up are the underpinnings of a “girl’s night out.” A GNO doesn’t need to be an alcohol fueled, dressed to the nines kind of outing. It can be a night at a ceramics class, a dance lesson, a movie, a coffee shop or a shared pint of ice cream on the couch.

Even if you have a boyfriend or partner, make time for your girlfriends.  Put phones face down in the middle of the table and listen intently.  You never know who needs an attentive ear or some friendly advice or commiserating and you never know when that day will come when you will need someone to lean on in a crisis or to listen during an emotional time.

Research shows that friends are an important part of healthy aging and staying social helps you stay positive.  Start a book group or a knitting circle so you have to put dates on the calendar.  Other ideas are birthday dinners, walking group or spa weekend…just get dates on the calendar to spend time with your girlfriends!

The PMS Lack of Research Rant

Posted by in Menstruation, PMS, Premenstrual Syndrome

rantAfter years of reading articles about premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, there is one sentence about the lack of research that appears in almost all of these articles.  Even though half of the population is female and even though there are millions of women who are menstruating monthly, the one line in these articles says something like, “there is very little research around premenstrual syndrome” or “there is very little research about the woman’s cycle” or “there is some general consensus that serotonin levels drop during the luteal phase but very little research,”  do you get the picture?

It is galling, really and truly galling that there is very little research on the effect of surging and dipping hormones.  PMS isn’t a disease to be cured, but why isn’t study and research warranted on the topic if women suffer from PMS?  There isn’t even consensus around how many women PMS effects.  Some articles say 60-70% of menstruating women, while other articles say 85% of menstruating women have at least one symptom of PMS.

Would there be ample research around PMS if it happened to men?  Take male pattern baldness which seems to be more of a genetic condition than a disease, so again a condition to be eased or reversed but not cured.  Look at the pipeline of products from topical foams, to pills, to hair plugs, lots of people have worked to ease this condition which is vanity based and not pain based.  It is just an interesting comparison.   Erectile dysfunction is another example of a male health issue. Plenty of research on that topic, lots of medicines to help there and yet there are probably fewer men experiencing ED on any given day than the number of women suffering from PMS symptoms on any given day.

Right now there is a wave of innovation by women who are tackling period products and premenstrual discomfort because we know it’s an issue and we know there are better ways to handle it.

Stay tuned to GirlU for more information on our upcoming products for PMS relief…we are focusing on one issue and that is living each day uninterrupted.  We want to give you the products you need to ameliorate the many symptoms of PMS so you can live those days without interruption.

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