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My Top 3 Foods to Beat PMS Symptoms!

by Nicole Jardim

Foods to beat PMS symptomsI used to be that girl who dreaded my period AND the week before my period. It would begin with the ridiculous sugar cravings (yes the kind where eating a whole chocolate cake would be just fine), then the bloating would start (probably because of the whole chocolate cake), and it would culminate in the worst cramps ever (think the kind of cramps that make you throw up and want to pass out). And then I’d get my period! That was my life for many years and I felt like I had no control over my body or what was happening to it every month. Approximately 75% of women struggle with similar issues every single month so I’m sure you can relate.

Eventually I figured out that I do have control – I have control over the food that I eat and how I live my life. Who knew!? I have learned over the years that every bite you take counts when it comes to how your body functions and how you want to feel physically and emotionally.  I have also learned that the main cause of PMS is an underlying hormonal imbalance in which your estrogen levels increase while your progesterone levels decrease. This is known as estrogen dominance.

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TOTM Giveaways: Essential Planner for Girls & Women + TOTM T-Shirt

Our favorite “time of the month” happens to be the 2nd Friday of every month when we get to join forces with You ARE Loved to offer Twitter fans the opportunity to participate in our monthly #PeriodTalk tweet chats. August brings a special guest, Valarie Carey, Founder of TOTM (Time Of The Month), author and menstrual educator.

Menstrual Calendar - TrackerNot only has Valarie agreed to be our special guest, but she has generously given us two prize packs (Planner + T-Shirt) to giveaway to encourage participation.

Prize #1: TOTM! Time Of The Month! The Essential Planner for Girls and Women of All Ages (3rd Edition: October 2012 – December 2013) The book offers tips and advice for girls and women of all ages who are cycling.  With easy to document pages, one can measure and track the flow of her menstrual cycle.

“This journal is a MUST have for every menstruating age female. No matter young and beginning the journey or older about to end.

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Relay for Life Recap

As many of you know, Be Prepared Period sponsored a team in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event last month in Arlington, Washington. Since we wrote about our “Why do we Relay” in our post, Be Prepared Period Supports Relay for Life we thought it only fitting that we share some of our favorite moments from the event.

Realizing words are simply not enough to express this year’s Relay for Life experience, we figured it would be better to share some pictures from Relay. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words!

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Celebrating With a Lunette Giveaway!

Our favorite “time of the month” happens to be the 2nd Friday of every month when we get to join forces with You ARE Loved to offer Twitter fans the opportunity to participate in our monthly #PeriodTalk tweet chats. August brings a special guest, Valarie Carey, Founder of TOTM (Time Of The Month), author and menstrual educator.

To help us celebrate this month’s chat and encourage participation our awesome friends over at Lunette have generously donated a Lunette cup for us to give away to one very lucky participant. And even better, the winner gets to choose their size and color!

Lunette Giveaway

What’s Lunette?

“Over the past 70 years, a woman’s choice for internal menstrual care has pretty much been limited to tampons. Wouldn’t you like something better, something . . . nicer?

Now there is an alternative that is healthier for our bodies, our environment and our pocketbook — the Lunette menstrual cup.

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Keeping an Open Mind When it Comes to Menstrual Alternatives

LunetteWomen today have more feminine hygiene options than ever before. So why is it that most have never heard of alternative products than the traditional tampon or pad choices?

We believe it is the lack of PeriodTalk. So many girls and women feel this subject is “taboo.” But we are here to put a stop to that! And so are our friends at Lunette as they discuss PeriodTalk in their most recent post.

There are options besides disposables.  It may seem foreign if you’ve never heard about the option I’m about to talk about.  There is a stigma, promoted over the decades, that menstruation is an unclean affair.  This idea has kept women focused on throw-away options, as if seeing your own flow or making contact with your own body is somehow a bad thing.  Think about what that implies.  It has the potential to breed body shame and compromise one’s view of her own womanhood.” To read the full blog post, click here.



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Happy Anniversary to #PeriodTalk

Feby (Female Empowerment) BraceletUpon hearing it for the first time, many people wonder, “What is #PeriodTalk and why should I attend?” Our friends at Feby.com answer this question beautifully in a post about their #PeriodTalk experiences.

“#PeriodTalk is significant on many levels.  It provides a place for girls, parents, educators, small businesses and organizations and the general public to discuss anything related to menstrual health and wellbeing. Unlike almost all other forums #PeriodTalk is just that – talk about periods.  The focus is not sexual education but specifically menstrual education and that is important when you consider how young girls are getting their first periods now, some as early as 7 or 8 years old.  They are too young to need to know about such things as birth control options but rather should be taught about their changing bodies and how to care for it in the best possible manner and to approach it with a positive attitude without embarrassment.” To read the full blog post, click here.



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Celebrating Menstrual Visibility

Ruby's Red Wash FounderMenstrual advocate and friend are just a couple names to describe the founder of Ruby’s Red Wash. We are honored to have had her support as both a guest and participant in our tweet chats with You ARE Loved over the last year.

In a special post about #PeriodTalk, she writes, “As someone who thinks and talks about menstruation and tries to bring to light the imbedded cultural shame of it every single day, the significance of these regular, public talks on periods has not gone unappreciated by me. Though I am regularly immersed in the topic of periods, the experience of talking openly about menstrual bleeding on a public forum was a bit surreal at first. One does not normally talk about such things, right? And, especially in such great detail and with such candor.  (Gee, I get to type the word “blood!”)  The rules of the culture say that you are supposed to work out the details of bleeding on your own, maybe have a brief conversation with girlfriends every now and then, and then rapidly just move on. So, it has been refreshing and utterly liberating to actually speak ‘out loud’ (as best as one can on Twitter) about what it means to menstruate—lightly or heavily – with a pad or with a cup –as a pre-teen girl or a peri-menopausal woman—to have survived Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)—or to tragically know someone who has not.  All of this storytelling, talking, divulging, inquiring, confessing, and “chatting” amount to real, human ideas and experiences and are part of what it means to be female.” To read the full blog post, click here.



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It’s Time to Throw a Menstrual Party!

Society for Menstrual Cycle ResearchOur friends at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research say, “It’s time to throw a menstrual party!” And we couldn’t agree more!

For more PeriodTalk Party buzz, check out their blog post. We are so grateful to have so many wonderful individuals and organizations helping us celebrate a year of PeriodTalk tweet chats with You ARE Loved. Thank you all!



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PeriodTalk Tweet Chats Celebrate First Birthday

Our great friends over at Softcup are helping us (& You ARE Loved) celebrate PeriodTalk’s 1st Birthday! Check out their celebratory blog post.

Don’t forget to enter to win Softcup’s awesome SpaFinder Gift Basket filled with over $100 in goodies!

Period Talk Celebrates First Birthday



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Summer Fun: Marysville’s Healthy Communities Challenge Day

Be Prepared Period - Healthy Communities Challenge DayWhat’s not to love about a challenge, especially a healthy one? We enjoy hearing about various challenges, that is why when we heard of Marysville’s annual Healthy Communities Challenge Day we immediately joined in!

Every year Marysville hosts a community event filled with interactive activities, fitness demos, and live entertainment focusing on fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This year, we were thrilled to be included in the fun!

A big part of our mission at BePreparedPeriod.com is to educate girls and women on healthier feminine hygiene product options. Many are not aware of organic/natural options or eco-friendly menstrual cups, products that can truly help women achieve a Better Period. So this opportunity or “challenge” to help educate families on healthy options was right up our alley!

And thanks to our awesome friends at Instead Softcup & Maxim Hygiene, we were able to add another layer of fun…prizes (goodie bags)!!!

After participants spun our trivia wheel (directed by the inspiration of Be Prepared Period) or guessed which tampon was made from organic vs conventional materials they would receive a goodie bag filled with samples and informative brochures. Trivia Wheel - Tampon Test

It was exciting to see that even though 90% of our visitors weren’t familiar with alternative options, 70+% were willing to make the switch/try a new/healthier type of product. (And what better way to try new products than to receive FREE samples!)

In addition to our fun activities we also held a giveaway for one of our stores newest additions, The Summer Sampler. A kit that contains 6 products from 3 different brands. (Another great way to try multiple products without investing in a full box of something with the fear of not liking it.) Congratulations to our winner, Danielle!

Summer Sampler Giveaway

So, after:

- Introducing hundreds of women to new products

- Educating families on alternative/healthier options

- Raising Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) awareness

- Helping parents understand the importance of early puberty education

- and so much more (including a lot of fun)…

…we have to mark this challenge: COMPLETE!

 



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