The holidays can be a tricky time.
On one hand, they only come around once a year so what’s a little indulgence? But on the other, it can be a slippery slope and before you know it you’re not just indulging at the Christmas or Hanukah dinner table, but when a box of green and red sprinkled Tim Hortens doughnuts shows up in the office kitchen.
When I was in grade six my best friend Nadia and I were obsessed with getting our periods. We’d clutch our abdomens, groaning about having “cramps” – I did not have cramps – convinced that our monthlies were about to arrive at any minute. As a naïve 11 year old, I had no idea what I was wishing for.
So now that we’re clear on why you should care about your period even if you’re not trying to get pregnant, it’s time to well, care about your period.
Don’t worry – there’s an app for that. It’s probably no surprise that I have an entire folder of apps labeled “Periods” on my phone. But like pretty much everything in the world, not all apps are created equal. Here are the apps that I recommend for tracking your reproductive health and improving your body literacy.
Pretty much every pregnancy or birth preparation book that I’ve read has ended on the day the baby arrives in the world, with little to no mention of how to care for you in the days, weeks and months following the birth of your baby. Both pregnancy and delivery are major physical events that take a toll on your body, and can be compounded by the physical, mental and emotional stress of caring for a new baby. While nutrition might feel like the last thing on your mind your body needs nutrients now more than ever.
Four years ago today I woke up in a hotel room in New York City. It was my 30th birthday and my guy had whisked me off to my favourite city to celebrate in style.
When it came to holistic, natural living hormonal birth control was my final frontier. I had long favoured unprocessed foods, clean beauty products and chemical-free cleaners before I ever considered giving up my trusty Nuvaring. Natural birth control was something I had read about it but I certainly didn’t understand it. And besides, my hesitation really had little to do with pregnancy – I was terrified to find out what my periods might be like after more than a dozen years on hormonal birth control.
Do you consider your period an inconvenience?
In the year since my daughter was born I’ve noticed that not a week goes by without someone asking on a mummy Facebook group when everyone’s periods returned post-pregnancy.
While I am always happy to see women talking openly about periods, these conversations are a perfect example of how little women are taught about their own bodies and in particular their menstrual cycles.
Okay, confession time.
Even as a nutritionist I find salad to be suuuuuuuper boring. Yes, I eat salad just about every day – sometimes multiple times a day, but these “salads” are usually just whatever greens and vegetables I have in my fridge tossed with some apple cider vinegar and olive oil.