All posts tagged: Health

Trials and Tribulations Of A Cyclist

Cyclists; it seems as though they’re everywhere. You’ve probably noticed them around your neighborhood one too many times. Clad in tights, sporting a helmet atop their head, straddling some top of the line bicycle. I’m proud to admit I’m among the large percentage of those individuals, minus the tights. I take pride in my baby blue cruiser with an adorable basket in the front. Seeing how I was born and raised in D.C, I never got around to learning how to drive. What with public transportation surrounding the city, it seemed redundant to learn. However, with metro being what it is today, biking seems to be the only reliable way to get around the city. Not to mention it’s the ultimate way to burn calories. But lately, riding around town seems to becoming slightly more dangerous. The reason for this is the unpredictability of drivers. I have had four close encounters with an oncoming car within the past two weeks. Which, if you’ve experienced, is extremely unnerving. Now, I’m familiar with the understanding that biking in the city can be extremely tumultuous. This is why I’ve taken …

Why Voicing Your Opinion in the Bedroom Is So Difficult

Picture this, you meet an amazing person who meets your every description of an ideal mate. They’re attractive, witty, successful, and don’t automatically change the channel when Grey’s Anatomy comes on. There’s just one problem, the sex is mediocre if not bland. Believe it or not, there was a time when I use to think a person always climaxed during intercourse. What’s worse, I actually believed both partners orgasmed simultaneously. Blame it one the one too many rom-coms I’ve watched throughout the years. Imagine my surprise when neither of the above rang true. As shocking as it may sound, not everyone is presented with a happy ending after intercourse. Sure, the planets may align and the chemistry is on point, but there aren’t any sparks within the bedroom. What’s a girl to do? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You’d be surprised at how many couples are dealing with the exact same dilemma. Now, I’m not a certified psychologist so I’m not going to pretend that I have all the answers. I’m merely speaking through experience, and believe …

My First Barre Experience Was…

I like to consider myself a fit person. I eat right (on most occasions) and I exercise frequently. When I first discovered the Barre scene,  I was genuinely excited. I took ballet as a child and although my dancing career never fully took off, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Being a fan of new and interesting excising trends, I was intrigued regarding the Barre Method: a 55 minute ballet-like exercise mainly focusing on the hips, thighs, and rear. It seems that every individual, not to mention a batch of fit celebrities, are getting into this new exercising craze. Being a fan of Birkram yoga, and seeing how popular that turned out to be, I decided to try this new Barre trend out for myself. Bright-eyed and excited, I arrived at the Barre studio which was nestled on a corner street in the chic neighborhood of Georgetown. After checking in, the friendly receptionist gave me a grand tour of the small studio. Donning my stylish new workout ensemble, I headed into a mirrored studio where my memorable workout was to take place. …

A Girl’s Guide To Feminine Hygiene

Okay, it’s time to get real about feminine hygiene. No, this isn’t one of those health tutorials similar to the ones back in high school. In fact, I’d like to consider it a casual tête-à-tête amongst us woman folk. Although it might seem pretty straight forward when it comes to keeping your lady parts clean, it’s actually a little more complicated. Three out four woman have acquired a yeast infection sometime within their life, and nine times out of ten improper hygiene tactics are usually the culprit. With that being said, I thought I’d do a little research to see what the appropriate methods are when it comes to keeping your nether regions clean. 1. Get Familiar With Your Anatomy  I was ten when my mother officially informed me on the anatomy of my lady parts. She purchased me a copy of The Care and Keeping of You, (which had loads of immensely graphic images) and told me to direct any questions on the subject to her. You could imagine I had a million. Although we understand the concept of the vagina, there so …

Acorn Squash and Kale Over Penne

If you’re a regular reader of The Gaiety Girl, then you would know I’m a huge foodie. Although I consider myself a part-time vegetarian, I honestly have no preference when it comes to food. Just as long as it’s healthy and low-cal, I’ll devour it. Whenever I come across a delicious recipe which meets that particular criteria, I get a little excited. With that being said, you could imagine my absolute elation when I stumbled upon a certain recipe while scouring Health.com. Don’t be fooled, I’m not as healthy as I’d like to think I am. Acorn Squash and Kale Over Penne, is the recipe, and allow me to inform you that it is indeed delicious. I come from a long Italian lineage, from my mothers side, and anything involving pasta is okay in my book. It’s such a versatile dish which can be incorporated with just about anything. The recipe is listed below, curtsey of Health.com, so please feel free to try it out and tell me what you think. Enjoy! Ingredients 6 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled …

Detoxifying Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

I’m a sucker for anything which claims to be healthy. I’m continuously scouring Whole Foods for the newest health bar or smoothie which proclaims to have beautifying effects. However, not every recipe I’ve tried ended up granting me with longer locks or radiant skin. With that being said, I’ve become slightly more cautious of the ingredients which I put into my body. But I was recently sent a link, via POPSUGAR, for a smoothie recipe which, not only offered detoxifying results, but major health benefits as well. So of course, I had to try it out. The results were nothing if not incredible. After consuming the tasty Detoxifying Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie, I felt refreshed and on my way to a healthier diet. The recipe below included strawberries, lemons, spinach, and dates; which help regulate your digestive system and help the body naturally cleanse. Not to mention, it’s dangerously delicious which offer major points in my book. Ingredients 1/2 cup pure coconut water 1 1/6 cup local, organic strawberries 1/4 medium-large local, organic lemon 1 handful of organic spinach …

Rape Statistics and Why They Shouldn’t Go Unreported

Judging from the confident, luxurious life, Madonna leads; it’s difficult to assume the iconic pop star lived a life less extraordinary in the past. Dig a little deeper, and one will find how far from reality that particular story actually is. While promoting her new album, Rebel Heart, Madonna made time to visit The Howard Stern Show and discussed some rather enlightening details regarding her past with host Howard Stern. During the interview, Madonna revealed, that while living in New York at age 19, she had been sexually assaulted. This isn’t the first discussion Madonna encountered regarding the topic of rape. During a 1995 interview with a British magazine, Madonna confessed to being sexually assaulted, explaining that the experience forced her to become a survivor. When asked Madge chose not to report the incident, she responded saying “You’ve already been violated. It’s just not worth it. It’s too much humiliation”  I have a vast problem with that comment, and here’s why. What is probably most shocking about the incident, isn’t the fact that it actually occurred, but that she chose not to report …