Banish Bloat

A little water retention is great for filling out your bikini top but leaves much to be desired when it comes to squeezing into your skinny jeans.  If a puffed up tummy is one of the unpleasant symptoms of your monthly cycle, then follow these dietary tips to keep your abs flat and PMS bloat in check.

Diet Tips to Combat PMS Bloat

Diet Tips to Combat PMS Bloat

Indulge in H2O – By keeping your cells and tissues properly hydrated every day throughout the month you’ll not only feel better but you’re less likely to retain fluid before your period.  Plus, staying well hydrated with good old-fashioned H2O works wonders for your skin, hair and nails.

Limit the Tiny Bubbles – For some of us ladies, the carbon dioxide that produces fizz in soft drinks and sodas can lead to a distended and gassy mid section.  To keep these unpleasant side effects to a minimum, try limiting your consumption in the days before you start.

Steer Clear of Salt – Salty foods cause water retention and only exacerbate PMS bloat. If your stomach is prone to pooching, stay away from salty snacks and processed meats during your period.  Instead load up on foods rich in protein which also serves as a natural diuretic.

Mind Your Menu – Believe it or not, even the good-for-you stuff can wreak havoc on some. If gas is a byproduct of your monthly cycle, pay particular attention to the veggies you eat around your “time of the month.” Certain foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, beans, lettuce, cabbage and even apples are tough for some girlys to digest which can lead to gassiness and the dreaded abdominal swelling.

Bikini Brief

The origins of the modern bikini aren’t at all what you might expect.  Invented by an engineer and named after an atomic bomb test site, the only part of the equation that seems to fit is that Louis Réard was French.  His creation was considered quite risqué at the time because it exposed (are you ready?) … the navel.

Back in 1946, the mere sight of a belly button was enough to send shock waves and indeed several countries, including Spain and Italy, banned the bikini early on. By the 1950s the bikini had become more acceptable in other parts of Europe, spurred in part by regular sightings of popular actresses Sophia Loren and Bridgett Bardot frolicking in the sparse suits along the French Rivera.Bond girl Ursula Andress

Two-piece swimsuits without a skirt panel started appearing in the United States as part of WWII rationing when the government ordered a 10% reduction in fabric used in woman’s swimwear, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the navel-baring style gained widespread social acceptance.

Hollywood played a major role in stimulating demand for the diminutive suit led by a bikini-clad Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in the 1962 film Dr. No.  Another defining moment for the bikini came in 1964 with the publication of the first-ever Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Today, it’s hard to imagine the controversy that surrounded the original itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini.  In an era of butt-bearing Brazilian-cut bottoms and thongs, simply displaying one’s belly button seems rather, well, Girly!

Whatever your choice of swimsuit, slather on plenty of sunscreen when heading to the beach or pool this summer. And, always pack a tampon … just in case.

In Celebration of Mother’s Day

When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children….. Jessica Lange

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled….. Carly Fiorina

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers….. Jewish Mark TwainProverb

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie… Tenneva Jordan

And Girly’s personal favorite: My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it….. Mark Twain

My Girly Side salutes Moms everywhere …. this Mother’s Day and every day.

Supply the Script, Win Some Goodies!

Girly could use your help!  The founders of My Girly Side have commission their very first video starring — you guessed it — moi!  While I’m flattered to say the least, after reviewing the script I think a rewrite is needed.  Take the scene below … now you’ve all experienced it at one time or another, right?  Play it back for me in 150 words or less and you just might find your story included in our new video. And, just for sharing, Girly will send you a free goodie package.  Send your story and contact details directly to me at

Tampon Emergency

Tampon Facts: Believe it or Not

1920s Tampon Box

The first forms of tampons are thought to have been made thousands of years ago by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. They were made from all sorts of natural material, like wool, paper, vegetable fibers, sponges and even grass.

As a medical device, the tampon has been around since the 19th century, when antiseptic cotton tampons treated with salicylates were used to stop the bleeding from bullet wounds, and there have been reports of modern menstrual tampons being used for the same purpose by soldiers in the Iraq War.

The average American woman will use more than 10,000 tampons in her lifetime. While about 70% of women in the U.S., Canada and most of western Europe use tampons, only 2% of women in Mexico do, and only 4% in Italy.

Tampax sold the first tampon with an applicator in 1936, developed from the patent of Dr. Earle C. Haas of Denver, Colorado.

The first advertisements for tampons appeared in the late 1920s or early 1930s in the United States.  The image shown here is an in-store display from this era.

Source: and Museum of Menstration & Women’s Health

Late starting? Sure fire ways to get things flowing!

  1. The hot guy at the gym you’ve been stalking all winter finally asks you out on a date.
  2. The company you’ve been after since college calls you in for a face-to-face interview.
  3. Your new boyfriend surprises you with a weekend trip to the coast.
  4. A last-minute social invite means you’ve got to squeeze into your LBD tonight.
  5. You forget your predicament and wear white shorts to an outdoor concert.

White Short Shorts


1.   No, sharks won’t find you more attractive at that “time of the month.”  Feel free to take a dip. (Land sharks, on the other hand, are a different story!)

2.   Yes, chocolate tastes even better when you’re PMS-ing.  Go figure.

2.   No, others can’t tell you’re on your period.  Not from the front, the side or the backside. Relax.

3.   Yes, you can still get pregnant while on your period so ALWAYS take neccesary precautions.

5.  Just maybe PMS does stand for “Purchase More Shoes!”  If a new pair of Jimmy Choo’s makes you feel better, Girly advises you to go for it!