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Belly Fat Might Indicate Hormonal Imbalance

Belly Fat Might Indicate Hormonal Imbalance

If you’ve been eating healthy and working out, you should be losing weight, right? So why is it that no matter what we do, we can’t seem to lose our extra belly fat?

What if we were to tell you that this is due to hormones? Hormones don’t only affect women going through menopause. They play a significant role for everyone from birth to death, and we have to learn how to live with them. If you can’t seem to lose weight (or you gain weight seemingly without cause), you might be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

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A big indicator that you have hormonal imbalance is belly fat. If you have extra belly fat, it could be due to low testosterone, low estrogen, high insulin, or high cortisol. If you don’t take care of it, you’re putting yourself at risk for diabetes and heart disease. Check out the symptoms below to see if you might have hormonal imbalance.

Insomnia and Low Libido

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    Lack of sleep causes your stress levels to go haywire and increases your cortisol levels. It’s really no surprise that lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in your hormonal levels too. Lack of sleep also causes low libido, which eventually causes sex hormones to diminish.

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    One of the ways to cure this is to ensure that you’re going to bed at a regular hour (and sleeping through the entire night). Try drinking some tea before bed (no caffeine!) and listening to meditation music. Lavender essential oils and diffusers are known to help you sleep, too.

    Cravings and Fatigue

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      Have you ever wanted to down an entire chocolate cake and bottle of wine in one sitting? If you’re like me, you give into cravings and then regret it afterward. You sit back with a stomach ache and ask yourself why in the world you ate that much.

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      Eating too many sweet foods (along with wheat and dairy) causes your hormones to crave more. You really need to be careful, as these foods lead to weight gain (which is what you don’t want). Fatigue plays a big part in your hormonal imbalances, too. That extra cup of coffee you drank this morning? Did it help with the mid-day crash you had? No, it didn’t. Again, you have to stabilize your wheat and grain intake. If you eat too much, it will mess with your blood sugar and really harm your weight loss process.

      What can we do to get back on track?

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        We’ve learned that hormonal imbalance is due to lack of sleep, fatigue, and cravings. So, how can we put what we’ve learned into action? To start, you need to identify what is causing your hormones to run amuck. Are you not getting enough sleep? Perhaps you could incorporate yoga and meditation into your daily routine. Do you stay caffeinated all day? This will leave you feeling sluggish and you’ll want more coffee. Perhaps you’re letting your cravings get the best of you. Eat something sweet, but eat in moderation. You don’t need to shove a huge piece of cake down your throat to feel good about yourself. Figure out the root of your problem and go from there.

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        Conclusion

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          Isn’t it shocking to know how much goes into your weight-loss regime? There are so many things that contribute to hormonal imbalance, it’s hard to keep track. If you’re unable to lose the extra weight, you’ll need to figure out the root of the problem. It could be the workout routine that you’re doing, or it could be from one of the above issues. Figure it out and you’ll solve the problem in no time! Remember, everyone is different! We all deal with hormonal imbalances in our own unique ways. Make sure you figure out what works for you.

          Have you noticed any hormonal imbalances lately? What are you doing to get back on the right track? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to share this with your friends and family, too!

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          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

          Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

          But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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          The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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          While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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          While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

          If You’re Staying In

          1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
          2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
          3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
          4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
            • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
            • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
            • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
            • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
              • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
              • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
              • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                If You Want to Get Away

                1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                  • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                  • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                  • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                  • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                  • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                  • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                    • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                    • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                    New & Exciting Experiences

                    1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                    2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                      experience.
                      • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                      • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                      • Experience white water rafting.
                      • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                      • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                        • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                        • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                          • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                          • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                          • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                          Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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