Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Men Really Think of Your Body

This may come as a shock to you but guys see you differently than you do.
You know why I’m saying that?

Because when YOU look at yourself in the mirror, you see that front tooth that’s a bit crooked, the line where your bra presses in (you call this your “back fat”), the too-small breasts or the too-wide rear, your goofy knees, funny toes…. The list goes on and on.
But you know what your MAN sees? A woman he’d love to strip naked and get busy with right this instant, maybe sooner.

3 ways MEN see your body…

If you asked any man which physical attributes attracted him, it’s really hard for him to move past the standard T&A answer you’d probably get from any man. You can almost see a physical effort as he drags his sex-craving brain past the chest, past the butt, and FINALLY he’ll tell you something like, “She has gorgeous shoulders…”

1. They see what makes you WOMANLY

This means when they look at you they instantly notice the things about your body that make you uniquely a woman. Breasts, hips, ass, curves… Even the way you walk. It’s nearly impossible for a red-blooded heterosexual male to notice anything before they read the parts of your body that say: I am a woman.
Your arm flaps do not make this list. Your cellulite does not make this list. Your stretch marks do not make this list. Even if you have a muffin top “thing,” Sorry.

2. They see what makes you UNIQUE

That chipped tooth you hate? They think it’s kind of charming. The muffin top? They can’t see it because it’s too near your nice round butt, which they think is the finest thing in nine counties. Do you think your lips are too thin? They just love it when you smile at them. (And truthfully, when they think about your lips on their body, they are NOT thinking “Oh her lips are too thin.” I PROMISE.)

If guys notice a particular body part of yours that you think makes you hideous (and I guarantee you they would never use that term) they just think it makes you uniquely…you! And since it’s YOU they are desperate for, they want that part of you as much as the others.

3. They see what you constantly draw their attention to

This is where you have the power to rock or ruin a relationship.
When you constantly complain about your own body, a man’s desire to enjoy and love you are being eroded a little at a time. In other words, you’re rejecting him. He thinks, “I could touch her body all day,” and you say, “I’m too flabby.” You’re not only tearing yourself down, you’re tearing HIM – his thoughts, his desires for you, his excitement about you – down.
And it works the other way, too. Show off your pedicure, go sleeveless, wear that backless dress, and ruthlessly tease him with the body he absolutely adores.

A man loves a REAL woman

Of course he looks at the naked, “perfect” girls in the magazine or online. And of course you’re bombarded with “perfect” skinny chicks on the runway or the billboard.

But a picture of perfection – whether it’s real or not – is no competition whatsoever for a living, breathing, fragrant woman sitting next to a man at a restaurant. Or pressed slightly against him in the elevator. Perfection can go hang; you are up close and personal.  You can be assured that while he might fantasize about a playmate of the month, he’ll take a real woman over a figment of his imagination EVERY time.

Celebrate your body (and let him do it, too)!

Of course you want to invest time and energy into a healthy, beautiful body. But meanwhile, don’t let your own issues with your body drive him away. You deserve all the fabulous man-attention as he wants to give you!

Tips To Make Nails and Hair Stronger

winter_nail_care_tipsStrawberries

Because they contain a large amount of biotin — a B vitamin essential in maintaining strong nails — strawberries are a must-have in any diet. Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants, which promotes good health overall.

Eggs
Eggs are a good source of biotin, as well as protein. Nails are made out of keratin, the same protein that makes up hair follicles. And just like it does with hair, consuming lots of protein strengthens the nail bed, too. Adding a healthy amount of protein like chicken, turkey and fish will also help.

Broccoli
Foods that contain cysteine — an amino acid that creates keratin — should be on your grocery list as well. Broccoli not only contains cysteine, but also packs a substantial dose of iron. An iron deficiency can cause nails to curve inward.

Products That Make Nails Stronger

Julep Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum ($28, julep.com)
Keep both the nails and cuticles strong with this protein and peptide-rich serum. The peptides promote the body’s natural production of keratin for healthy-looking nails, as well as the production of collagen for soft, hydrated cuticles. Use daily for best results.

Essie Millionails ($10, essie.com)
Fortified with iron and amino acids, this treatment coat of polish helps prevent peeling and splitting of the nails.

Nail Health No-no’s

Taking off your gel nails without a professional.
You should always get a gel manicure removed by a manicurist at a salon. If not done properly at home, you can end up with broken and brittle nails.

Biting your nails.
If you bite your nails, you can kiss long, strong nails goodbye. Plus, it’s just unsanitary. Your nails have twice as many germs as your fingers! To nick the habit, always wear nail polish. You’ll be less likely to ruin that cute striped nail art. Also, there are terrible tasting over-the-counter products you can apply to your fingertips.

Smoking.
We shouldn’t have to tell you that smoking is bad. But it also has an effect on the appearance of your nails. Because smoking reduces circulation, it limits the amount of biotin that enters the blood stream, which means your nails don’t get the nutrients they need to be healthy. Plus, smoking can turn nails and fingertips yellow.

Skimping on zinc.
White flecks in your nails doesn’t indicate a lack of calcium — it’s actually a lack of zinc in your diet. Just like iron and biotin, zinc is essential to keratin formation. Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds are great sources of zinc.