Don’t Fall for the #ThighBrow

Our days of the thigh gap and the bikini bridge seem to have past; however, a new trend is underway called the thigh brow. While discriminating the different feminine figures into believing there is one superior than the others, we are forgetting what it means to be different, beautiful, and what it means to be a female. If you are unaware of the new trend, the thigh brow points out the flesh of skin that rolls over the top of your thigh when you bend forward, indicating you have a butt, or big booty. If the thigh gap and bikini bridge weren’t ridiculous enough, women are now objecting themselves to think their bodies are not good enough unless they look like the Kardashians because that is what is considered “attractive.”

While the term “feminist” has gotten a bad rap over the years due to many misunderstanding what it truly stands for, which is women advocating the importance of females’ social, political, legal, and economic rights to be equal to those of men, we are now seeing many well-known female celebrities who are now getting involved to make a difference. Embracing a positive attitude towards body image and female possibility, we need to look past our flaws and accept them. Big is beautiful, curvy is beautiful, petite is beautiful, sassy and proud is beautiful, and being a female is beautiful!


Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham rose to stardom in 2010 with the premiere of Girls, where she plays Hannah, a 20-something who tends to give her audience a little too much information, but is the star because of her ability to keep it honest and real. Girls is about four young females living in New York who are trying to survive as new college graduates, women, and often times, sexual beings. If you’ve seen the show you know why we are putting Lena Dunham on this list of strong females. In Girls Dunham crosses lines many producers and writers fear to cross. She embraces her sexual self and her body, she encourages life and living it to the fullest, and she makes you feel uncomfortable, but strangely addicted to her humorous and sinful way of looking at things.

Off screen, Dunham is a female activist who advocates on many issues. As a survivor of sexual assault, Lena spoke at Variety’s Power of Women New York where she talked about her personal experience along with her work with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services. Dunham is passionate about educating women to be women and accepting their flaws and just being real. Many feminists have commented on Lena’s work and are excited to see what she is going to do in the future. Currently, she is working on launching a weekly email newsletter with Girls’ co-showrunner and production producer, Jenni Konner. The newsletter is called Lenny, which will be a mix of personal essays and articles focused around the feminist perspective.


Emma Watson

While you might know Emma Watson for her role as the sweet and sensitive know-it-all, Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter Series, little know Watson’s feminist side. While being a lovable star and one of this year’s sexiest actresses, Watson advocates equal rights for women and men. For the past few years Watson has been a big advocate for educating young girls. As a recent grad from Brown University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Watson travel around the world to teach underprivileged children the importance of obtaining knowledge for life long goals. She recently just traveled to Bangladesh and Zambia to talk to young girls about gender equality and education.

In 2014, Emma Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and through that role she helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which asks men to advocate gender equality and teach women to stop “man-hating.” Watson is currently still advocating HeForShe and traveling around the world and teaching men that women are strong individuals who can be independent and have a voice.



 For years, Beyoncé has been teaching women the importance of being independent and not being afraid to be sexy. Her strong feminist attitude has been shown through her music through songs, such as Girls and Flawless. Her entire career is based around hard work and strength, and this is something women can learn from. She is a goddess in the eyes of many and a female who is dominating the male dominated music industry. She is a role model for black and white women alike, and believes men and women should be treated as equals. In previous interviews, Beyoncé talks about how her mother taught her to be brave and never be the victim who made up excuses. With hard work and an optimistic attitude you can accomplish anything. Beyoncé often states she wishes to raise her daughter, Blue Ivy, with the same morals and concepts.

At the 2014 VMAs, Beyoncé projected the word, “Feminist,” in bold letter after her performance, and gave the definition to over 12 million viewers. By sharing it with the masses, Twitter was bombarded with feminist tweets from the many. With her power to delight in beauty and sexuality she will continue to be a role model for many young girls and women. Currently she is voicing he concerns about the rumors of her divorce with husband, Jay-Z, stating that women and men must work together to be one. With communication and the stopping of the “man-hating” women and men need one another to be equals. Both genders need to be understood and work together to fix the problem and create a balance.


9 Ways to Get Fit with your Pet

dogIf you are a pet owner, spending quality time with your pet is probably one of your favorite activities.  There are many benefits to being a pet lover and one of them is that pet owners tend to be more physically fit as they work to keep up with the demands of an active animal.  No matter where your level of fitness stands, you can easily get fit with your pet in fun and meaningful ways.

Here’s a bonus: pets benefit too!  Pets can suffer from the same health conditions as people when they are not physically active, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, cancer and arthritis.  Help your pet stay healthy by moving together this fall.  Here are 9 ways to get fit with your pet:

Run, jog or walk:  This is probably the most obvious way to get fit with your pet, but also the most effective.  Chances are you may be doing these activities anyways.  If you walk your pet regularly, gradually make your walks a little longer, especially as the weather cools and is more tolerable.  Running and jogging with a pet can be motivating as they probably love the activity and encourage you to go further and faster.

Up and Down:  Incorporate your pet into a complex calisthenics move such as a burpee or jumping squat.  Hold a toy or pet treat in your hand and lower it as you do a squat, push-up or other low move, then switch to a higher position and make your pet jump up with you to grab the object.  You’ll both be panting after about 15 reps.

Swimming:  Not all pets will enjoy swimming, but certain breeds of dogs love it.  Of course you will be somewhat limited by watering holes as you can probably only do this in a public lake, ocean or your own backyard swimming pool. If you have the opportunity, swim laps with your dog, practice treading water and throw a ball to see who can swim to retrieve it faster.

Fill the Food Bowls:  For dogs, cats and other free-roaming pets, place food and water bowls throughout the house so you and your pet have to take more steps to get to them.  If you feed your pet from a large bag of dry food, carry it around with you for extra resistance as you fill the bowls.  Same with water pitchers to fill up water dishes.

Chase:  Fetch is fun but rather one-sided if your pet is doing all of the leg work. Instead, play chase where you hold the object of your pets attention and have your pet chase you around your yard or a park to get it.  Let your pet take a turn as well by chasing after it when it has the object.  This will be a fun and exhausting game for everyone.

Agility Course:  Set up a pet-appropriate obstacle course that you can participate in as well.  Show your pet exactly what to do by doing it yourself.  Take turns following each other through the course.  Mix it up each time you play the game so you are both working different muscles and learning new skills.

Stair Master:  Run or walk stairs with your pet inside your home or elsewhere.  Be sure your pet stays next to you or well in your line of sight so you don’t trip over each other  Stairs are excellent exercise for the heart and all lower body muscles.

Tires:  Set up 6 to 10 tires in different formations and work on speed and agility by running through them quickly without falling.  This works for almost any pets’ level of fitness because they can take as many steps or leaps as they want.  You, on the other hand, will have to do it the old fashion way.

Inspiration:  If you have a non-traditional pet, use it as inspiration and a workout buddy of sorts.  Move your hamster’s cage near your treadmill and run while he’s scampering about on his wheel.  Do yoga while watching the peaceful aquatic movements in your aquarium.  Complete a workout video as your snake slithers about in its cage.  Whatever pet you have, use it for motivation and inspiration to get yourself moving.

Remember, just like you, your pet should stay hydrated after exercise and needs great nutrition to sustain regular physical fitness activities.  Have a blast while you get fit with your pet!

How to Stay Positive at Work

It tends to be easy to fall into a slump when you’re feeling miserable about your current job or profession. Most American’s spend more time at work and with their coworkers than they do at home with their families, so being happy at your job is extremely important. Finding a happy medium at work will cure your blues and help you feel more optimistic about creating a stronger motivation to get your tasks done and feel more confident and positive about going to work.


Today we are sharing ten ways to stay positive at work:

  • Be More Appreciative: Embracing the small things that make your life at work easier is a great way to stay positive. Maybe your commute isn’t very long, or you have supportive coworkers, or maybe you’re really appreciative of your job’s benefits because you are able to take care of yourself or your family. Finding a constructive way to view your workplace will encourage you to have a more encouraging attitude.
  • Give Yourself Goals and Be Optimistic about Them: When you’re feeling down about work, remind yourself this time in your life is a chance for you to be one step closer to your dream job or a career goal! Not everyone is going to have a boss or coworkers they get along with, but setting goals for yourself and being optimistic about this will certainly help you in the workplace.
  • Don’t be Afraid to Learn New Skills: Learning new skills at work will help you become more engaged, but it’s also a great thing to put on your resume for future career possibilities. Learn as much as you can from your everyday work responsibilities, from working with different computer programs to learning the best ways to communicate with staff and clients.
  • Remember to Take Care of Yourself While at Work: Never forget to eat or drink plenty of water while you’re at work. Keeping your body healthy and hydrated will improve your health, keep your mind clear and focused, and help maintain a positive attitude. Being hangry won’t help any situation.
  • Stray Away from Multitasking and Overloading: Multitasking multiple projects can be a hard thing to do. It’s been proven that multitasking increases stress in the workplaces and you should advise against it. However, in a normal work environment multitasking is almost required. Instead of overloading yourself try and focus on what needs to be done first. Staying organized will keep you from feeling disappointed or letdown when you can’t accomplish everything you set out to do at once.
  • Leave Your Work at Work: One thing which surely will help you stay sane, is to keep your work at work. When work is done, stop working! Don’t bring it home with you and find yourself getting to the point where all you feel like you do is work. It’s okay if you are unable to finish something by the end of the day. Startup first thing the next morning.
  • Build Relationships with Coworkers: It’s important to get along with your coworkers because you will be spending a lot of time with them. Building professional relationships with the people you work with will help your attitude immensely when you know you have a good and supporting relationship with your staff.
  • Learn from your Mistakes but Move On: Mistakes are going to happen, and it’s important to learn from them, improve them, and then move on. Don’t dwell on what you can’t fix because continuing to put yourself down from a feasibly mistake will only create more frustration at work.
  • Don’t Settle for the Same Routine: Everyone has their share of fun and boring tasks they must finish throughout a week. Instead of piling all of your boring tasks into one day, spread them out through your week. Do one boring task and then one fun one. It’s important to stay positive and not dread a day of work because you have set it up to be that way.
  • Stay Up to Date: While it’s important to stay positive at work, it’s also important to stay up to date with what is going on at work and with work. Communicating with others and discussing what your company goals are is a great way to improve your attitude in the workplace.



The Importance of Hugging

friends_croppedStudies show that hugging is critical to our health.  Yes, that squeeze that warms your heart, actually helps you live a better life, grow and overcome challenges.  It’s no wonder that skin-to-skin contact – essentially hugging – is one of the vital acts of nurturing a newborn.  But hugging should go well beyond early childhood.  Today we’re exploring the importance of hugging.

What Makes a Good Hug

A true hug should be a full embrace that lasts at least 20 seconds.  One of the most amazing things about hugging is that it is immediately reciprocal:  hugging someone else is also a hug for yourself.  So you reap all the benefits of hugging by extending a hug to someone else.  A family therapist once said, “We need four hugs a day to survive.  We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.  We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”  Make it your goal to give and receive 12 hugs a day!

Health Benefits of Hugging

Hugs are the universal medicine.  That seems like a sweet and frivolous thing to say, but there is scientific evidence behind the health benefits of hugging.  Hugs release a hormone called oxytocin, aka “the cuddle hormone,” which makes us feel good and emotionally connected with others.  This neuropeptide can also lower blood pressure and stabilize the heart rate, both of which are crucial for cardiovascular health.  Research indicates that hugs are most beneficial to adults, whose bodies are already undergoing the natural aging process and could use the physical and emotional health enhancements more.

Furthermore, hugs boost self-esteem and relieve stress and anxiety by reducing the stress hormone cortisol in the body,  In fact, this response is almost instantaneous upon receiving a hug as a good embrace relaxes and calms the body.  Hugging also reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness, and make us feel more socially connected.  This is do to yet another hormone, dopamine, “the happiness hormone.”  Families that hug feel more united and children who receive plenty of hugs not only have less behavioral problems, they are also more emotionally stable as adults.

How to Become a Better Hugger

Hugging does not come naturally to some.  It may or may not be part of your normal repertoire depending on how you were raised, your level of comfort touching others and your personality.  But now that you know the importance of hugging and how good it is for your health, you may want to try to become a better hugger.

Hugs are a wonderful way to greet people or say goodbye.  Most of us don’t say hi to a complete stranger with a hug, but after getting to know them for awhile, we may feel compelled to hug them, even after a first encounter.  Hugging can also happen spontaneously at any time.  Of course, if a friend is feeling down or seems out of sorts, a hug is obviously in order.  Then other times, when you connect with someone on an idea, you discover a common interest or you just want to be friendly, a hug is a great way to show your affection.  And don’t forget hugs of appreciation.  Hugs can convey a lot of sentiments so keep hugs in your daily arsenal to ensure you reach your goal of at least 12 a day!

Things Your Coworkers Hate

Friends-with-coworkersChances are, you spend as much or more time with your coworkers as your family.  While you don’t have to love them or even like them, you do need to get along in the spirit of teamwork and collaboration.  So, could you be doing things your coworkers hate and not even realize it?  If you are the office black sheep, there is a reason why everyone has turned against you.

Here’s a list of what you may be doing wrong that truly offend your coworkers every day:

You Talk Too Loudly:  Whether you are on the phone for a business or personal call, everyone on your floor does not need to hear it.  Check your voice level every once in awhile to make sure you’re not unintentionally yelling or even laughing too loudly on the phone.  The same is true of person-to-person interactions.  If you do need to have a heated conversation, go into a conference room or an office with a door so you can keep those around you out of it.

You Play Unfairly in the Game of Office Politics:  Let’s face it, no matter how much you want to stay out of it, office politics exist and should be regarded.  But when you display unnecessary roughness, your coworkers probably won’t like it.  For instance, brown-nosing the bosses can be off-putting, especially when you butt into an agenda that thwarts that of your coworkers.  Many people are short-sided and act selfishly to advance their own careers, while your leadership, and certainly your coworkers, would value teamwork in the long run.  Also, going behind a coworkers back by reporting them or slighting them in front of the boss usually gets back to them with negative effects for you

You are Too Emotional:  Most people believe that you should never cry at work.  It doesn’t mean you can’t feel and are soulless, but you should have the emotional maturity to wait for a private moment to let out your emotions.  A good cry has its time and place, not during business hours or with coworkers.  Additionally, being overly angry or aggressive is not appropriate in the workplace and can really turn off your coworkers.  Learn ways to cope with your emotions before they spill all over your professional image.

You Eat Foul Smelling Food:  It is practically a cardinal sin to heat fish or any other odoriferous foods in the break room microwave.  Stick to normal salads and sandwiches or chilled meals so as not to make your coworkers want to vomit at their desks.

You Smell Bad:  If your coworkers cringe every time you come near, you may want to check your pits.  It is common practice to wear deodorant, especially if you live in a hot area or have a stressful, sweat-inducing job.  Keep perfume or body spray at your desk in case you need a refresher midday.

Your Email Etiquette is Sloppy:  If you have an office job, email is probably one of your most important business tools.  So when you have bad email etiquette, it may make your  coworkers job harder because they are left sorting through unnecessary emails or trying to piece together your intended message.  Coworkers appreciate clear, concise communication so don’t reply all unless everyone needs the information, streamline your thoughts, proofread and include all necessary attachments.

You Have No Sense of Humor:  A place of business should be professional, but having a sense of humor can make your workplace a happier and more congenial space.  Cracking an appropriate joke every now and then and keeping a sense of humor about your job can make the difference between being liked or disliked by your coworkers.  Sometimes things go wrong, but with a sense of humor about it, everyone will be in brighter spirits to come up with a solution.

The Benefits of Farm Fresh Foods

Many are aware of the health benefits farm fresh foods have compared to canned or processed items. There is no denial America is struggling with weight and obesity problems, and it’s no surprise when you can find a fast food establishment popping up everywhere you turn, especially in our very own hospitals. Without the proper knowledge and resources many individuals aren’t consuming the recommended daily amounts to live strong and healthy lives. In fact, a study showed that Americans only eat half the amount of the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day. So many are unaware of the health and money saving benefits farm fresh foods can give them! Today we are going to discuss why it’s important to consume the right foods in order to produce thriving children, families, and communities.


Fresh foods are the best option if you’re trying to eat healthier, but what exactly does “fresh” mean? Often times when you want to find something fresh you will not find what you’re looking for in canned or processed foods. Although canned foods can be the next step up from fresh foods because they are often packaged soon after they are harvested, they often will have much higher sodium levels which can be a major drawback. Processed foods on the other hand are nowhere close to the nutritional value of fresh foods. You will find processed items have little to no nutrition, and they are made mostly of manmade filers to add taste and to stay available for longer periods of time.


Farm grown and fresh, raw foods are the best route! When food has a shorter span from growth and delivery to your stomach, the more nutrients you will get. Farm fresh foods often look and taste better too! With so many benefits of buying local, such as eating seasonal foods high in vitamins and minerals, the safety of knowing where your food is coming from, and fresh fruits and vegetable are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients, you will also be supporting your community and local farmers. Compared to grocery store prices and other vendors, farmer’s markets often times sell their produce at lower prices which means you can be saving in more than one area!


Eating healthy doesn’t just replace the bad with the good; it also gives your body a boost which in the end will help you feel and look better. Buying local farm fresh foods is a great way to get the family involved and start the journey of eating healthier and creating a thriving family and community.

Improve Your Digestive Health

digestion-390x210You eat multiple times a day, so keeping your digestive health in good shape is important to the way you feel and your ability to function daily.  Did you know that much of your immune system resides in the digestive system?  Yup, that’s right.  So maintaining good digestive health is a tremendous way to boost every other aspect of your health too.  Also, it helps prevent discomfort associated with gastric issues and even life-threatening diseases of the stomach, intestines and colon.

Improve your digestive health with these tips:

Eat the Right Foods:  Fiber is the number one aspect of food that supports digestive health.  Fiber not only keeps digestion and bowels regular, it also helps prolong the feeling of satiation and stabilizes blood sugar levels, which helps you feel full longer without needing to eat more.  There are two types of fiber:  Insoluble fiber binds with foods to push it through the digestive tract to be eliminated.  Insoluble fiber includes vegetables, whole grains and the flesh of fruits.  Soluble fiber absorbs water and helps soften stools.  High soluble fiber foods include nuts, legumes, seeds and the skin of fruits.

Limit Fatty Foods:  High-fat foods are difficult to digest and often cause constipation.  Fatty meats are especially rough on the digestive tract.  If you do choose to eat food high in fat, try to mix them with high-fiber foods to aid digestion.

Eat the Right Way:  When it comes to digestion, it’s not just what you eat, it’s how you eat it.  Eating smaller meals throughout the day is less taxing on digestion than eating fewer heavy meals that can bog the system and slow it down.  Plus, a steady stream of nutrients in more frequent small meals keeps energy levels up so the entire body, including the digestive system, can function better.  In fact, eating around the same times every day can help regulate your system too.  Also remember to eat slowly.  Wolfing down food quickly can cause indigestion and heart burn.

Consume Probiotics:  Probiotics are healthy bacteria that exist naturally in the digestive tract.  Adding more probiotics either through supplements or active live cultures like those found in yogurt can boost your ability to digest foods and fully absorb their nutrients.  Healthy flora also support the immune system and can counteract the negative effects of a poor diet and antibiotic medications.

Hydrate:  It’s vital to your digestion that you drink plenty of water.  Water hydrates the system and flushes out a variety of toxins, pollutants and foreign substances that can enter the digestive tract.  Aim for 8 to 10, eight oz. glasses of water a day, and more if you are active or sweat often.

Get Moving:  Physical activity invigorates the entire body, including the digestive system.  Exercise can help move foods through the body and encourage them to be eliminated as waste.  It is also great for the colon.  Conversely, a sedentary lifestyle slows digestion, may cause constipation and is unhealthy for the colon.  Regular exercise can greatly improve gastric distress and soothe digestive issues too.

Manage Stress:  In addition to a poor diet and lack of exercise, stress is a major culprit of digestive problems.  Most of us have experienced the effect of stress or anxiety on our stomachs.  It can cause bloating, constipation, gas, diarrhea and a variety of other serious digestive health issues including ulcers.  Find ways to manage your stress to keep digestion on track.

The Edible Bowl: A Delicious Way to Serve Food

As we head into fall, it’s time to refresh your party planning ideas.  One of the most fun ways to serve easy-to-eat foods at a party is in an edible bowl.  You’re not only adding to the flavor of your dish, you are also saving dish washing and disposables.  It’s a win-win!

Edible bowls can range from down-and-dirty simple serving, to elegant meal preparations, and they’re always fun.  Whether you are feeding football fans, kids, or your fanciest guests, try these edible bowl varieties at your next gathering:

melonbskt7sbsFun with Fruit:  Many fruits can be hollowed to make a beautiful bowl for serving, well, fruit.  Watermelon is one of the most classic fruit bowls where you can serve a large fruit salad.  Watermelon rinds can be carved into neat shapes including interesting ridged edges, sharks, bunnies, and for the very creative, a basket.  Apples, kiwis and oranges can be hollowed for individual fruit or ice cream bowls, and pineapples make a creative way to serve sweet-and-sour Asian-inspired dishes.

Veggie Delight:  Bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbages and cucumbers can all be scooped out to make a unique edible bowl.  These are all snazzy bowls for serving dips or salsa, or try tuna, chicken or egg salads in cucumber cups or tomato bowls.  The bonus, your guests can get some added nutrients by eating the bowl too.

Eggtastic:  Hard boiled eggs form a natural cup when you remove the yolk and, when sliced length-wise, each one yields two edible bowls.  Deviled eggs are traditionally served in hard bowled egg whites, but you can also try cold meat salads, bean salads, or whole grain salads like quinoa or tabouleh.  Hard boiled egg whites are easy to grab and pack in a lot of protein.

bacon bowl_courtesy of marketwatch.comMeaty Bowls:  Who would have thought that you can use meat to create a savory bowl to serve food?  Use a muffin tin to shape meats such as thinly sliced salami or bacon strips, and then bake them to solidify the shape.  Bacon can even be braided into a small, yummy bowl.  Salami bowls are ideal for antipasti and bacon bowls are scrumptious with eggs, mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes or low carb sliders.

Mellow Marshmallow Cereal & Popcorn:  Similar to cereal squares such as rice cereal treats, mold your blend of marshmallows, butter, cereal, popcorn (or both) into a bowl shape and use it to serve sweet delights.  For a pop of color, work brightly colored candies into the mixture.

Edible Breadable Bowl:  The classic edible bowl, bread bowls are awesome for warm soups and dips.  As you eat and empty your bowl, break off some moist bread to complete your meal.

chocolate_bowls_raspberries_choc_mousseChocaholic:  Deliciously sensual chocolate is an excellent bowl making food.  Once melted, it can be set into a variety of shapes including large or individual serving bowls.  These are perfect for serving small pastries, cookies and ice cream.

Crispy Chipsy:  Pita bowls, Parmesan bowls and filo dough cups are easy to bake or you can find store-bought versions too.  These may even make salads and other veggies more appealing to kids.

Feeling Parched:  Parchment fruit and vegetable bowls are fabulous for the more advanced party hosts.  Thinly slice and dehydrate desired produce and then mold it over a bowl covered in wax paper.  Let it dry and wha-la, you have a beautiful bowl for your next entertainment gig.

The Spice of Life: How Spicy Foods May Help You Live Longer

spicy_food_808104134.jpg_detailA new study published last month found an unexpected association between eating spicy foods and lowered risk of death.  Eating fresh spicy foods as little as once a week may prolong life, according to this new research.

The study included over 450,000 men and women between 30 and 79 in China.  Their diets and health histories were recorded and then researchers followed up with them around seven years later.  The results show that those who ate fresh spicy foods once or twice a week had 10% lower mortality.  Those who consumed spicy foods more than three days a week had a 14% lower risk of death.

Although the level of spiciness of foods was not considered, the most common sited spicy food among the subjects was fresh chili peppers, which are known to be quite hot.  The results were consistent between gender, race, socioeconomic status, physicality and age.  The study does not show a cause and effect relationship, but does indicate a strong correlation.

This research does not propose why spicy foods may be a winning ingredient in longevity in life; however there are several existing theories that may shed some light on the findings.  Animal trials show promising signs that spices have protective effects.  These include lowering harmful cholesterol levels, encouraging healthy flora in the gut, managing oxidation that threatens the health of cells and reducing inflammation.

The reason for these positive results in animal trials is likely due to the high antioxidant content in spices.  Spices are used for a variety of medicinal and therapeutic purposes and have long been recognized for their excellent nutrients, especially antioxidants.  Antioxidants help combat free radicals and other foreign substances that cause oxidative stress on cells.  Free radicals can mutate cells and lead to disease, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions.  Peppers also have capsaicin, which reduces inflammation, the root cause of many diseases.

Additionally, spices are a simple way to flavor food without adding fat and excess calories.  Flavoring with spices rather than heavy sauces, oils, creams and butters may be a preventative health measure by reducing consumption of fats and calories too.

So go on and spice up your food.  It may help you live longer!

New Leading Lady Postpartum Shapewear Collection

We are proud to present, our new Leading Lady Postpartum Shapewear Collection! We know having a baby can leave unwanted weight around your waist and lower body after pregnancy. Finding time to go to the gym can be hard when you have a new baby and a breastfeeding schedule to maintain. While the extra weight can be a little discouraging, we have the solution! Designed with breastfeeding moms in mind, we have created a line that will smooth and hide all unwanted bumps, bulges, and muffin tops for good! Our Leading Lady Nursing Shapewear Collection is even great for after your postpartum stage. Wear while you breastfeed and beyond, and when you pair our Nursing Shapewear Cami with either the Tummy Control Boyshort or Brief you will have full body control! Read below to learn more about our shapewear line!


Postpartum Nursing Shapewear Cami with Tummy Control

Our specially designed, two-in-one nursing and shapewear cami creates a sleek and sensuous silhouette, while providing necessary breastfeeding essentials new and experienced moms will appreciate! With our Postpartum Nursing Shapewear Cami with Tummy Control you can expect complete all around shaping and superior belly control to help shape and smooth your muffin top. Moms will also enjoy our soft pleated comfort cups with easy pull-aside nursing for the ultimate breastfeeding experience! In addition, while you can wear through your postpartum and nursing stages, our tummy control cami can also be part of your everyday lifestyle after breastfeeding and beyond! Perfect to pair with our Leading Lady Postpartum Tummy Control Briefs or Boyshorts for complete full-body shaping, you’ll love how beautiful and confident you’ll feel and look in our Leading Lady Postpartum Nursing Shapewear Cami with Tummy Control!


Postpartum Shapewear Boyshort with Firm Tummy Control

Our Leading Lady’s Postpartum Shapewear Boyshort with Firm Tummy Control will help you reclaim your pre-baby shape, and be the shapewear you can count on now and for forever! Designed to give you more control than other shapewear panties, our tummy control boyshort offers complete all-around shaping with postpartum control zones that flatten your belly giving you a smooth and slimming look. While your body continues to change after pregnancy, our firm control panty with flexible knit fabric will adjust and always keep you looking your best.  In addition, with firm dual-layered seamless support, you can discreetly wear them under your clothing! Perfect to pair with our Leading Lady Postpartum Tank for full body shaping to enhance your beautiful silhouette, our tummy control panty will become your shapewear favorite you’ll never want to leave the house without!


Postpartum Shapewear Brief with Firm Tummy Control

Just like our Boyshort, our Leading Lady’s Postpartum Shapewear Brief with Firm Tummy Control will help you reclaim your pre-baby shape, and be the shapewear you can count on now and for forever! Intended to give you firm control, our tummy control brief offers complete all-around shaping with postpartum control zones that flatten your belly giving you that smooth and slimming look you’re been dreaming of, while the seamless support lets you discreetly wear them under your clothing without anyone noticing! If you’re looking for some extra coverage and slimming, wear with our Postpartum Nursing Shapewear Cami!


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