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Is PMS Cramping Your Style?

Posted by in Health

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What is actually causing the pain of cramps

It’s that time of the month. Like a snake shedding its skin, the lining of your uterus must contract to bring the uterine lining down and out of the body. The uterus is made of smooth muscle tissue, and just like any other muscle in your body, doing hard work can cause it to cramp. Unfortunately, this muscle movement must happen for your period to occur. For most women with moderate cramps, an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicine works well.  If the pain is unusually severe, please see your doctor just in case there is something else causing that pain.

Though getting up and moving around may be the LAST thing you feel like doing during your period, exercise helps manage the discomfort and pain of cramps. The endorphins released during and after exercise are natural painkillers that help alleviate the pain of cramps.   Go for a walk or a quick bike ride so you can take your mind off your misery and put all of your muscles to good use.

Guilt-Free Smoothie for PMS

Posted by in Health, Products, Videos

Did you ever think your blender could help alleviate PMS discomfort?   There is some science behind these ingredients, but this GirlU smoothie is not only enjoyable but also incredibly healthy.  PMS is a challenge, but at GirlU we like to find natural and plant based solutions!  Here are a few of the ingredients and the reason why they are important for lessening PMS symptoms.

Main Ingredients:

  • Bananas are sweet and creamy when blended and they have a high potassium content that can help reverse the water retention often associated with PMS.
  • Cocoa powder is rich in anti-oxidants, but we put it in the smoothie as a healthy alternative for sweet and chocolaty cravings.
  • Maca powder is rich with vitamin C, D and E and is used for making those cramps, body pain and mood swings less painful and annoying.  Maca Root is a “superfood” that most people have not discovered yet, but it definitely enhances your energy level so it’s best consumed early in the day.

Here’s a #GirlUTip, for frosty, refreshing results, use frozen bananas. The easiest thing to do is to peel a banana, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer so it is ready to go.  The last thing you want to do is wrestle the peel off when you are already in a bad mood!

Throw all of your ingredients in the blender and then sit back, drink up and enjoy!

For the full PMS smoothie recipe and nutritional content check out the video below!

Break up the Grind and Deskercise

Posted by in Corrective Posture Fixes at your Desk, Fitness

Whether you’re on the grind in the library or at work, chances are that you spend quite a bit of time sitting at a desk. Our bodies aren’t naturally structured to sit for prolonged periods of time, so it’s important to break up that feeling of being chained to the desk every so often. Take quick mini-breaks throughout the day with these quick fixes to work those “good posture muscles” while you work:

  • Make “desk angels”: Bring your arms up 90 degrees as if you’re lying down to make a snow angel. Move your arms up and down, squeezing the spot between your shoulder blades. Reactivate your upper body, bring your shoulders back from a slouchy position, and channel your inner kid with this move!

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  • Grab elbows behind back: Just as it sounds. Squeeze your shoulders down and back for a natural posture lift.  If you can’t reach your elbows, grab your forearms – now you have a flexibility goal to work for!

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  • Push your chin back: Fight upper cross syndrome (characterized by slouchy, rounded shoulders and an obvious curve to the neck and upper back) with this fix. The chin tends to jut forward when sitting at a desk, and the added pressure can cause back and shoulder aches. We don’t notice because we’re usually looking at a computer screen, not a mirror! Push your chin back every 30 minutes or so to maintain good posture.

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A Happy, Healthy 4th of July BBQ

Posted by in Health, Nutrition, Summer

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Who doesn’t love a day off in the middle of the summer to get together with friends and family to celebrate? BBQ’s usually start early in the day but the party never ends until after the fireworks so the number one tip is to pace yourself!  Don’t show up hungry and start stuffing yourself with the chips and dips the moment you get there.  Two reasons why you should offer to bring an appetizer to the BBQ.  First of all, you get the “good friend” credit with the offer and second, you ensure there will be some healthy snacks available.

The 4th of July is the ultimate hang out and play holiday, so be sure to join in a beach volleyball game or lead everyone in a game of tag football.  Throw a frisbee in your bag, or pick up one of those bean bag toss games…just don’t turn it into a drinking game because it all goes back to tip #1, pace yourself.

Remember, a can of beer has about 150 calories and 13 g of carbs and they go down pretty quickly on a hot day!  But, three of those and “BAM,” you’ve loaded yourself up in more ways than one. That heavy, bloated and gassy feeling is from the carbonation and that sloppy drunk thing in the middle of the day isn’t worth it either.

Use common sense and stick to the 4th of July “food pyramid!”  Vegetables can be eaten in unlimited amounts.  Add your protein during a reasonably sized meal as you settle into the celebration, like, a burger, some ribs or chicken from the grill.  Go easy on the chips, pretzels, cookies and brownies that are always in abundance at these parties.  Drink a bottle or a glass of water in between those cocktails, helpful hydration in more ways than one.

Be safe, have lots of fun, eat for your health and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Torch the Fat & Ditch the Face Paint: Simple Workout Makeup

Posted by in Workout Makeup

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We don’t always feel so glamorous while we’re breaking a sweat. Most of us won’t go barefaced to the gym, but pre-workout, skip that full makeup routine! The full foundation+blush+eyeliner regimen that you might have been rockin’ ever since you renewed your 24-Hour Fitness membership looks a little…well, weird.  And chances are that once you hit that target heart rate, your hard work will turn into a runny mess.

I have yet to develop a line of “run-free” makeup, but it is totally possible to strike the balance between a workout-ready and a put-together face for the gym. Taking a minimalist approach, follow these basics for your workout makeup:

  • DO: Concealer- Who said diamonds were a girl’s best friend? Apply concealer to soften the look of under-eye dark circles, zits, and blemishes.
  • DO: Tinted lip balm- The secret to keeping the lips moisturized while giving you a little color!
  • DON’T: Mascara- Unless you’re positive that the “waterproof” label is bona fide, avoid wearing mascara for the gym. Nobody likes the look of smudged mascara running down your face. (Definite respect for beads of sweat though!)

Stick to these guidelines, and let nature do the rest! You’ll get a natural, healthy glow from a solid training session. Now you know how; look good and feel good before, after, AND during your workout!

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