The latest intel for a less annoying time of the month.
The drink: Swap coffee for water. “Coffee depletes magnesium in your body. During your period, your uterine muscles are contracted [hi, cramping] and magnesium helps to relax muscles,” says Melissa Ramos, a Toronto-based nutritionist and creator of Sexy Food Therapy, a website and clinic that specializes in digestion and hormonal health. Intervene by upping your liquid intake. “It sounds counterintuitive, but drinking extra water helps flush out excess water,” she says. She suggests drinking two litres of room-temperature H2O a day. “Cold water decreases the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can lead to bloating; you can’t digest food properly without adequate levels of stomach acid.”
The nosh: Skip processed for organic. Hit pause on your default period snack that’s loaded with unpronounceable ingredients and preservatives and try the acutely addictive Prana Organic Chocolate Bark ($5.49, prana.bio), which contains high percentages of organic cocoa and blood-sugar-stabilizing powerhouses like almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds. The Canadian brand currently has four flavour offerings, from the sea-salt-infused Carazel to the vegan-friendly No Mylk’n, a dairy-free, crispy-rice-laced milky chocolate made from rice syrup.
The Honest Company Organic Cotton Tampons ($9.25 for a box of 16, honest.com).
Actress Jessica Alba’s wildly popular line of household products has been expanded to include organic tampons, which are free of synthetics, fragrances and deodorants. Cute packaging too.
The DivaCup ($40, divacup.com).This is as polarizing as Kanye, but the women who swear by it love never having to re-up on supplies. Composed of medical-grade silicone, the cup warms up and adapts to your shape, creating a near-airtight seal that can hold fluid for 12 hours. To achieve that snug fit, the cup must be rotated 360 degrees, which takes patience and practice. The cup is offered in two sizes—for before and after having a baby/turning 30.
LunaPads (from $12, lunapads.com).
The Vancouver-based company offers a plethora of soft, washable cotton pads, depending on flow and size (from extra-long to thong). The patterns are lively and bright and lift any enviro guilt from using disposable pads.
Tampon Tribe ($8 per box, tampontribe.com).
Skip the stress of sending bae out to restock your supplies at 11 pm on a Tues; Tampon Tribe is a monthly subscription service that are compostable and free of plastics. For every sub sold, a portion is sent to Girls INC, a non-profit organization for young women. The cost—$8 plus postage to Canada—includes 16 tampons and 10 pads.
Here lie the most beautifully comfortable period panties in the world. They delicately slip over your distended lower belly with a seamless waistband, and the built-in leakproof pad steps in like an understudy if your OG method starts to give way. Knixwear Lace Leak-Proof Boyshorts ($36 each, knixwear.ca).
When you don’t have time for a hot shower but need a fast refresh, try these Good Clean Love Rebalance Moisturizing Wipes ($9 for a box of 10, goodcleanlove.com) instead. They are formulated with a patented technology that replicates natural lubrication without disrupting the growth of good bacteria—a crucial component for healthy vaginal flora. This translates to minimized odour without dryness. The wipes are vegan and free of petroleum, petrochemicals and parabens.
1 handful fresh parsley
Blanch parsley, chop it and then set it aside. In a pan over medium heat, add butter and sauté garlic and onion until they begin to caramelize. In a medium pot, bring stock to a boil and then add the coconut milk, onion and garlic and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and then toss everything into a blender. (We love the Vitamix Ascent A3500 Blender, $799.95, vitamix.ca.)
As is Hollywood tradition on the day before the nominations for the Oscars are announced, another awards show made public its short list...but trust us, this is one list of honourees you don't want to be counted among.
The 2017 Razzie Awards aka The Worst Movie Awards just announced their nominees, and well, it wasn't a good year for Batman vs Superman, or Zoolander 2, who between them have the most nods.
Batman vs Superman actually appeared twice in the Worst Actor category (rough day for Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck), while Zoolander 2 saw both Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller were razzed for their work in Zoolander 2.
The winners (?) will be announced February 25.
Plus Skai Jackson's glowing complexion, Lily Collins' glitter lids and 7 other beauty looks we loved on Instagram this week.
City of stars...looks like the Hollywood gods are smiling upon Lalaland this Oscar season! Also: Meryl Streep.
The nominations are rolling in as we type, and it's looking like a big day for everyone's favourite Ryan Gosling / Emma Stone fronted musical. With 14 nominations, it's the most nominated musical of all time (sorry Mary Poppins).
Speaking of most nominations...Meryl Streep just got a nod for her work in Florence Foster Jenkins, which just made her the most nominated person in Academy Award history.
Other notable nominations:
Canada's Denis Villeneuve as best director for Arrival!
Lion is getting an unexpected amount of love—best picture, best supporting actor and actress for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. (Remember when we interviewed Rooney Mara about her experience on the film?)