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Is Timing Everything When It Comes To Fertility?

March 5th, 2014 No Comments

Considering how our bodies function, the answer is yes.  And being the people we are, we want to control every minute of it!

Several of my girlfriends are having problems getting pregnant.  There don’t seem to be an similarities between their genetics or past lives.  What’s consistent is how they have changed their diets to paleo. In other words: no processed foods, dairy, grains, or sugar.  Pretty much how we should all eat, but somehow convince ourselves we don’t need to be so meticulous ALL the time.

There is a new study that takes this a step further: when you eat.

Author of “The Big Breakfast Diet,” Daniela Jackubowicz studies how the timing of meals affects insulin levels.  She found that obese women who ate a breakfast of 3,000 calories lost considerably more weight than those who were on a low carb diet.  She then went on to study women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

“PCOS is a common disorder that impairs fertility by impacting menstruation, ovulation, hormones, and more, is closely related to insulin levels. Women with the disorder are typically “insulin resistant” — their bodies produce an overabundance of insulin to deliver glucose from the blood into the muscles. The excess makes its way to the ovaries, where it stimulates the production of testosterone, thereby impairing fertility.” — Science Daily

The women in the study ate only 1,800 calories a day.  Half ate big breakfasts, the other half large dinners.  The women who ate more in the morning showed decreased insulin levels which resulted in an increased rate of ovulation and lower testosterone levels.

Whether we have the syndrome or not, the timing of our meals seems to greatly affect our body chemistry.  Plus, we could lose a few pounds on the way.  Someone pass me some bacon please!

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Let’s talk about sex.

April 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Sex Nerd Sandra

I don’t actually mean I’m going to talk about sex with you.  Or you need to comment.  I think we should just listen for a change.

This morning I opened up my email to see Refinery29’s list of recommended podcasts to listen to while sitting in traffic instead of the radio.  Now that I do so much of that in LA, I’m able to realize that’s a BRILLIANT idea!  Scrolling through I saw the link for Sex Nerd Sandra.

The funny thing is, I’ve met her, in the flesh, and had the opportunity to get tips on my very own yaya (yes, that’s what I call it).

Of course there was an introduction from my friend before we got into the nitty gritty.  She was curious about expanding her audience online and then I might have asked about her latest sex topics and been wildly fascinated by one… or two :)  She doesn’t have the appearance or demeanor of someone who outwardly advises or let alone even discusses sex.  But once I got her going, I was saying things I never dreamed I would say to a woman I met 3 minutes ago. She’s so calm and matter of fact.  Like nothing embarrasses her so I felt like I could say anything.

Her podcast is just as fun and honest as she is in person.  You’ll see the list of topics is undeniably interesting. I mean, how could you not want to download and listen to “GSPOT TMI,” “Orgasms for Everyone,” and “Vag, Dating, and Trolls” instead of that Bruno Mars song for the 10 millionth time. (They put that and Rihanna’s “Stay” on repeat out here.)

When I get back to LA, I’m going to reconnect with her and do a little video.  You should see her in action.  In the meantime, download a podcast, follow her on twitter @SexNerdSandra, learn something, cringe a little, and laugh a lot.

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