Another example of this lack of knowledge occurred just the other day as I was listening to a podcast. I was shocked to hear the host, a mother of a five year old, was still unsure of how to get pregnant again. Her first pregnancy had been a surprise and repeating the happy accident was harder than she’d thought it would be.
Yes, both examples are pregnancy-based but this is a big indicator that the basic knowledge of how the female reproductive cycle with it’s four complementary phases works.
A woman that tracks her cycle and is in tune with her body will be highly aware when conception is possible and when it is not. Please keep in mind, the knowledge of how your body works should not be left until a moment when you might consider trying to have a baby! All women, from a young age, are entitled to understanding how their body works!
Many health challenges that a woman may face can be resolved by understanding how her body works and how best to nourish that body for glowing health. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and the first step is becoming educated.
As a Health Coach (as well as a PPCES) that focuses on women’s health, including pregnancy and postpartum health, I have some great resources to share! I’ve included two books that really should be considered required reading for all women! Men, both young and old, could benefit greatly from understanding how the female body works so I’ll add this to their required reading list as well!
Kindara app + Wink - Everything that you learn in TCOYF can be implemented using the brilliant Kindara app + Wink. It is a great resource for all women but especially those who are trying to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy. I’ve used the Kindara app for many years and it’s just awesome! My annual doctor’s appointments are so much easier because I’ve recorded all of my cycle details every month. If I have a concern I can quickly refer to Kindara and provide detailed information to my doctor.
I know, you were expecting a much longer list but honestly this is it! Start with the TCOYF book and the Kindara app. When you’re ready to dive deeper read Womancode and use the My Flo app to begin making health inducing choices that support your cycle. How you live your life is going to change with this deeper knowledge of how your body and mind work. Educate yourself and then support the girls and women in your life towards their education.
The movement from societal ignorance to intelligence takes time but it begins right now with you.
This is not an advertisement. I have not received any form of compensation for sharing my thoughts on the above mentioned resources.
The days are longer and that just might mean you’re spending more time out in the sun. I’m a firm believer that using sunscreen everyday is a necessity, no matter the season. Springtime is a good time to recommit to the daily application so keep reading for details about my favorite sunscreen brand. Hopefully, it will inspire you to try it or find something that works for you.
Supergoop! has been my favorite sunscreen brand for at least a year now. I’ve tried out many other brands and often wound up with white streaks due to poorly absorbed product, an oily face, or a sunburn. I discovered Supergoop! after buying a little sun kit from Sephora, which featured a few Supergoop! products. They were all amazing! That’s hard to pull off but I think the brand is successful because they stay very focused on their ultimate goal of suncare (Sun 101) ensuring that their full product range is effective! The only thing that I’m still hesitant about is long term wear when in the water. If you’re planning on being out surfing, snorkeling, or whatever water based activity you enjoy, plan to reapply often (every hour) or find something that is heavily water resistant.
What I use...
A few of the other products I’ve tried are the Forever Young Hand Cream, which is a rich cream that is perfect for dehydrated hands. The eye cream is also awesome! It would be a great choice for a day where you might be outside a lot without sunglasses. Maybe you’re in a wedding party where everything is taking place outside. Prep your eyes with the eye cream and smile away! The City Sunscreen is also fantastic, very lightweight. Great for anyone that enjoys wearing foundation because it can easily act as a smoothing base.
Honestly, I imagine that all of their products are going to be fantastic! They apply well, smell good, and they work! AND...they’re reasonably priced! There are a lot of sunscreen brands that I would love to try but are completely out of my long term price range. It’s one thing to splurge to try something but what if it’s fantastic and yet completely unaffordable for continual use. My nightmare. But with Supergoop!, that’s not an issue.
Where to get it!
I’ve purchased my Supergoop! from Sephora only because I’m usually trying to hit the free shipping mark. Anybody else do that? However, the actual Supergoop! website has the same free shipping at $50 so if you’re ready to stock up and protect your skin from the oh so glorious yet damaging sun than head that way! They have a lot of cool sun kits that are great for anyone looking to give the products a try before jumping into the larger sized versions.
Ooh! I’m so excited for you to try it! If you do please let me know what you think!
Recently, I recommended foam rolling for tight muscle relief and was inundated with questions about what, why, and how. These are all the right questions to be asking. I provided brief details on why it’s beneficial but I thought it would be a great topic to share here on Just Add Color!
So, let’s start with what might lead someone to consider looking into foam rolling.
Many people discover foam rolling (or self-myofascial release) through something they’ve seen on Pinterest or some form of social media, or perhaps their gym recommended it. Whatever the source, the details behind the technique are often a bit unclear.
I need details....