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10 Grownup 'Junk Foods' for Your Girls' Night In

10 Grownup 'Junk Foods' for Your Girls' Night In

Easy, indulgent, and very tasty — your girlfriends will thank you for these treats

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Treats that complete a great night.

A night in with the ladies is a time-honored tradition, a chance to get the girls together, catch up, and snack on some delectable treats. Whether you’re meeting up for your weekly book club, having a movie night, or just hanging out with your besties, you'll want to serve something good to eat — something fun.

10 Grownup 'Junk Foods' for Your Girls' Night In

What you're looking for are recipes that are easy to make for a big group and yield delicious results. You’re not worried about how healthy your meal is — what you want are riffs on junk food favorites that will keep the party, and the conversation, flowing all night long. The recipes below take their inspiration from such classic nibbles as candy bars and tater tots, then shake things up with some adult-friendly ingredient upgrades.

And what’s a girl’s night in without a little wine? We’ve got you covered with wine pairings for each of these recipes, too. Read on — and get ready for your girls' night in.

Bacon Avocado Dip

While bacon avocado burgers might be a little too messy for a night in, this dip takes those flavors and packs them into easy-to-share form. Red or white wine work equally well with this dip, as long as enough acidity to cut through the rich flavors. A chianti or chablis would work well here. For the Bacon Avocado Dip recipe, click here.

Banana Split Chocolate Fondue

What’s a girl’s night in without chocolate? This version combines two indulgences — banana splits and melty chocolate — for a decadent take on a classic. Merlot or pinot n will work well against the fondue’s creaminess. For the Banana Split Chocolate Fondue recipe, click here.

13 Fun Ideas for a Girls Night in .

Grab a bottle of wine and settle in with these fun ideas for a girls' night in. You don’t always have to go out, spend a ton of money, and worry about having a designated driver to experience a good night with your best lady friends. Set a date, put on your favorite outfit or even your favorite PJs, and plan one or more of these ideas for a girls' night in.

10 Sneaky Things Making You Fat

Most people know exactly why they’re carrying around too much fat: they eat garbage and they don’t move much. It’s obvious.

But there are others who do try to train hard and improve their diets, and yet they still struggle. Maybe they lose some fat, but it always seems to boomerang right back.

Sound familiar? Here are 10 less-obvious things that could be the problem.

1 – You’re Battling Bad Gut Bacteria

Cravings aren’t “all in your head.” They’re partly caused by what’s going on in your gut. Your diet creates an environment for your bacteria – both good and bad. Researchers call it an ecosystem.

Problem is, when you try to change your diet, your “bad” gut bacteria will demand to be fed, making you experience cravings. It’s a lot like withdrawal symptoms.

“Metabolically-unfavorable gut bacteria can cause cravings of the junk foods that best feeds them. They can also cause you to feel dysphoric (bad) feelings when they’re deprived of their favorite foods.

“The good news is, you can break their control fairly quickly by not giving in. When you consistently don’t give in, these bacterial populations reduce, you become metabolically healthier, and you start feeling better than ever.”

Think of it almost like a relationship between parasite and host. To continue thriving, your gut bacteria consumes what you give it, and makes you feel physically deprived when you go without it.

Fix It

If your gut’s ecosystem makes you crave what you consistently eat, then change your cravings by changing your gut’s ecosystem.

Want to crave healthy foods? Then consistently consume them. Feed the good gut bacteria.

How do you get rid of the bacteria that makes you want more crap food? You starve those little bastards.

Yes, you’ll feel “deprived” at first. Count on it. But you can survive without junk food. The bacteria that feeds off it can’t.

Eventually you won’t feel as compelled to have low-nutrition foods densely packed with calories (i.e. junk food).

2 – You’re Battling Your Brain

When it comes to cravings, part of it is in your head.

Researchers say that our desire to eat a balanced diet is reduced when we eat high sugar, high fat foods – obesogenic foods.

This has a massive impact on your brain’s reward centers, driving you to eat more of it and actually decreasing your appetite for nutritious food. Regularly eating crap food will make all other food less appealing. You’ll also be fertilizing the bad gut bacteria discussed above.

The more junk food you eat, the less rewarding it becomes to the area of your brain that measures reward/pleasure. You’ll have to consume more to get the same positive response.

Sure, some people can eat moderate amounts of junk food without repercussion, but many others can’t. For them it often just opens the floodgates instead of satiating the appetite.

Fix It

Think ahead. If a chip is going to make you want half a bag of chips, then eat an apple or have a protein shake instead. You know which option will satisfy hunger and which one will set you up for rationalizing more.

Junk food is only tempting to two kinds of people: Those who regularly eat it and those who’ve just begun to avoid it.

People who’ve gone without it for a long time usually don’t crave it. It won’t be a temptation once you develop an appetite for higher quality foods.

And once you’re living there, then the rare special occasions when you do splurge won’t even make a dent.

Again, there will be a period of time where you just have to tough it out.

3 – You’re Becoming Your Parents

Everyone says they’ll never turn into their parents, yet most do. We either revert back to the habits we grew up with or we spend a lifetime fighting them.

Junk food lovers, overeaters, chronic sitters, drinkers, smokers, hoarders, you name it – if these are your parents, you’re going to need to be even more conscientious about avoiding the same path.

This is how adulthood was modeled for you, but it’s not just about behavior. Our genes are like the “hardware” that’s passed down to us. Epigenetics, meaning above genetics, is like the “software” – changeable.

Geneticists now say that even the choices and life experiences of our parents – their epigenetics – impacts our DNA. So if your mom and dad smoked, drank excessively, ate like crap, and now get around via a motorized chair, then you may have inherited more than height and hair color.

Not only that, studies show that overweight women who give birth to overweight babies are setting them up for a higher body fat and propensity to grow up overweight or obese.

Bottom line: If your mom and dad were out of shape or unhealthy, you’ll have a harder battle ahead than those whose parents weren’t.

Fix It

Don’t blame your parental unit, but don’t “go with the flow” either. You’ll need to be more intentional than those who grew up under different circumstances.

The way you live determines how your genes manifest. Because of epigenetics you can actually turn on or turn off certain genes through your behaviors.

Nobody has more control over your choices than you. Whether you think you inherited “fat genes” or just developed the same bad habits over time, all the more reason to avoid the shit your overweight relatives have been doing.

First, don’t buy or bring home any of the nostalgic foods/drinks you fell in love with as a kid. Leave them in the past. Your life’s pleasures shouldn’t revolve around things which evidently make you fatter and less happy overall.

Eat like your parents and move like your parents, but only if you want to suffer the same maladies, take the same medications, and get around the same exact way.

Know your vices, know their vices, then do the opposite.

4 – You’re Not Increasing Lean Body Mass

Lean body mass is everything on your body that’s not fat. You can raise it by packing on more muscle. But if you’re obsessed with the scale, you won’t want to.

This type of thinking is detrimental and ignorant for someone who’s carrying extra body fat.

But some people (yes, even men) don’t want to gain muscle lifting weights, or they want to find the training program that’s not going to add any size because they think they’re already too big.

Fix It

Don’t think of muscle as more weight on the scale or more size on your frame. Think of it as metabolically expensive tissue that will help you get leaner and eventually lose a lot of fat.

Muscle mass improves your body composition: the ratio of fat mass to lean mass. It can also help you lower your body fat set point.

The more muscle you have, the more food you can eat without much repercussion. Everyone whose built it already knows this little secret.

Stop trying to avoid hypertrophy. It’s not just for bodybuilders. It’s for everyone who wants a healthier, leaner body.

5 – You Lie to Yourself

Some people get serious about changing the way they eat, then as soon as their cart passes the crap food aisle, they grab a couple boxes of cookies or a few boxes of sugary cereal.

Why? Rationalization – the act of making plausible excuses to justify your destructive behaviors.

We’ve all been there telling ourselves we’re only going to have a small serving a day, or we’re getting it to save until we’ve been “good” enough to deserve a treat.

There are endless rationalizations you could come up with. And when a craving hits, your own mind will betray you by making you believe you can’t be happy or live fully without eating XYZ.

Some people even say they won’t “deprive” themselves by avoiding cookies, ice cream, or cake. But clearly, nobody is deprived without these things.

If you think these foods are what make your life meaningful, then you need to get a life.

Fix It

Call yourself out. Think back to all the times you rationalized buying crap and then ate more than you intended.

You’re pre-planning failure when you make excuses. The best way to keep yourself from doing it is to remove the opportunity.

Don’t try to avoid food when it’s in your home avoid it when it’s at the store. Because once you get home you’ll make even more rationalizations about your appetite, or what you deserve, how hard you trained that day, or how avoiding junk food is an eating disorder.

If you have access to all the healthy food and water you need, you’re not deprived, you’re just deceived and dependent on junk. Wake up.

6 – You’re Bogged Down With Information

Some people read diet studies, articles, blogs, books, and reviews. Then they talk about doing it, but keep putting it off. Then find “reasons” to never really change anything they’re doing.

They seem to have it all figured out, but it doesn’t really matter because they’re not willing to put that information to the test.

Part of the problem is that, to them, the perfect diet requires a PhD, tons of time in the kitchen, or obsessive logging and measuring of every morsel of food.

Fix It

Instead of thinking you have to go whole hog on a diet, just think about improving your current one.

What can you do now with the way you’re already eating? What are your current food choices and how can you tweak them?

You don’t have to subscribe to a diet or hire a guru in order to make progress. It’s not the perfect diet for you now if you can’t even do it.

What would be perfect is making simple changes, mastering those, and making more simple changes later.

7 – You Think You’re Doing it Right

On the other end of the spectrum are those who are all about application without research. They invent their own diet strategies, ones that seem beneficial, but aren’t. What kind of diet strategies?

  • Smoothies containing multiple pulverized fruits – because fruit is healthy!
  • Bagels, toast, and cereal in one meal – because grains have fiber!
  • Sandwiches piled two-inches high with Skippy – because peanut butter has protein!
  • Beer every night – because beer has nutrients and stuff!
  • Eating very little all day then pigging out before bed – because science!

People who come up with their own strategies often read a headline and don’t have the time or desire to dig any deeper, so they dive right in.

This is actually admirable, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were assessing the results, and adjusting as needed.

There’s some degree of validity in most dietary strategies but adopting them and turning them into daily practices before you know they even work is a recipe for failure.

Fix It

Always assess. It’s possible that what you’re doing will work, but you’ll never know unless you seriously examine the results, then tweak and improve what you’re doing. Sometimes you may find that it’s a crappy plan and you need to scrap it all together.

Is the way you eat day-in and day-out working for you? If it is, you’ll either be lean or you’ll have made progress since the last time you switched things up.

Jot down everything you eat for two weeks. Then look at it from the eyes of an outsider. Remove your personal biases. Use some common sense.

It’s okay to not have the ultimate eating plan down. What’s not okay is to keep sabotaging yourself.

8 – Your TV is Killing Your Diet

Food is pleasurable, TV is really good lately, and this combination is a way to de-stress. I get it and I’m right there with you.

The problem is, sitting in front of the tube means focusing on the plot, characters, or drama… not the amount or quality of what’s going into our mouths.

And the stuff we can pack away during this TV-trance adds up.

Fix It

Try one or all of these tricks:

  1. Swap the kind of food you’re eating for something more filling and nutritious.
  2. Cap your TV time at one or two shows. Then spend spare time going for a walk, getting your workout clothes or meals prepared for the next day, or fooling around with your spouse.
  3. Measure and prep what you’re going to eat ahead of time. Then savor it and end your eating there.
  4. DVR your favorite shows and save them for the weekend just to shake up your routine. Then add them back when you can sit and watch without also munching.
  5. Practice viewing without eating.

9 – You Lack Structure or Need More

Some people want a plan to follow at all times. They thrive off of black and white rules that are either quantitative (counting macros, points, or calories) or qualitative (paleo or clean eating).

Many of them like to know well in advance what their breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be every day of the week.

Structure is good. But too much can backfire causing you to either give up, yo-yo diet, or resent healthy eating altogether. You have to figure out how much you need and how much will drive you crazy.

Coach Thibaudeau talked about this in his blog with regards to training motivation. He says you’re either a programmer or a problem solver.

The same can be said for eating: you’re either a planner or problem solver.

If you need to figure out your eating as you go, then adhering to a meal plan or a set of numbers will make you hate your life. If you hate having to figure out what to eat on the fly, then having a plan or set of rules to follow will work great for you.

Fix It

Know yourself and either create a little more structure or give yourself a little more room for instinct and common sense eating.

Some of us thrive on rules, routines, meticulous food prep, and meal plans while others need more leeway based on their current circumstances, intensity of workouts, and lifestyle.

You’ll be more motivated to eat healthfully if you figure out how much structure you need. And there’s a broad spectrum of how much you can add.

I’m not much of a planner, but I like a little structure and batch-prepping certain foods on Sundays so that they’re readily available.

My workouts affect my appetite all day long, so I never worry about bigger meals or extra starchy carbs. I count nothing, but measure out foods that are much higher in calories, like peanut butter and sour cream.

There’s nothing complicated about the way I eat. Simply avoiding obvious crap makes me more in-tune with my appetite, and leaves more room in the diet for a higher volume of food, so I eat a lot, stay lean, and enjoy the hell out of it

10 – You Eat Like Other People

“Mike eats whatever he wants, drinks every night, and stays lean! If he can live like that, so can I!”

Never use other people’s eating habits as an excuse to eat like poop. This is another example of rationalization.

What you don’t see is his body fat set point, how hard he works out, his metabolism, lean body mass, and the time he spends not sitting at a desk or on a couch.

Fix It

Don’t use other people as dietary role models. Yes, listen to them if they have insight to share, but only apply what’s applicable to you. Filter the information you hear through your own common sense.

Think critically for yourself and take some damn responsibility.

When you improve your diet, don’t see it as restricting yourself from having what everyone else gets to eat. That’s the way children think. Instead, see it as figuring out what your body needs, and learning to love eating that way.

List of Foods that Go Straight to Your Butt

All the foods that were mentioned below are very butt-friendly and healthy too. If you’re eating junk foods (bad carbs), then stop that routine as it will not only increase your butt size, but also your overall weight.
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They contain unhealthy carbs which spikes your insulin levels, which is not good for your overall health.

After you’ve performed the butt enhancement workouts, your booty enters the ‘repair cycle’ where there will be tiny microscopic tears in your gluteul and the muscles surrounding it. In this phase, it looks for calories and when you provide calories from healthy foods with the correct ratio of carbs, fat and proteins, then you’ll able to grow your butt naturally.

So, it is always important to have a proper diet after you’ve finished your workout session.

How Much Should You Eat?

You should aim to consume 10-30 gm of protein and some carbs (¼ of your daily total intake) within 30 minutes after your workout. In case you do a lot of resistance training, then aim for 0.8g of carb per 1 kg of your body weight and 0.2 to 0.4 g of protein per 1 kilogram of your body weight spread across the day.

Listed below are the foods that increase your buttocks size naturally. I’ve also given the macro-nutrients information for the respective foods for better understanding.


If you want to increase your buttocks size, then you’ll have to increase your protein intake. Don’t mistake that only bodybuilders would require protein shakes. In general, every human being require proteins in order to stay healthy. So, drink a protein shake after your workout session and also in between your meals. Below are a few protein rich foods you should include in your diet.

  • Protein powder (vegetarians can choose hemp protein. It contains no animal by-products). Our preferred choice: 100% Whey Protein
  • Kidney beans: Highly nutritious, but toxic if not properly cooked or raw. 100 gm serving contains 127 calories, 22.8 g carbs, and 8.7 g protein.
  • Chickpeas: Also known as garbanzo beans, these are high in protein and fiber content along with vital minerals and vitamins. 100 gm serving contains 364 calories, 61 g carbs and 19 g protein.
  • Soya nuts: Available in different forms – soy flour, soy protein, tofu, soy milk, soy sauce and soybean oil. They’re rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. 100 g serving (cooked) contains 173 calories, 16 gm protein and 10 g carbohydrates.
  • Cottage cheese: It is a dairy product made from milk and has been an important of our human diet. It is highly delicious as well as nutritious. A 100 g of low-fat cottage cheese contains 81 calories, 10 g protein and 4.8 g carbs.
  • Veg burger: Unlike its non-vegetarian counterpart, the veggie burgers has no risk of colon cancer and so is widely considered by many health enthusiasts. Most veg burgers contain 70 to 170 calories each based on the sizes. Choose the burger with soy protein and with less sodium.
  • Eggs: Eggs are no doubt one of the superfoods on the planet. They’re loaded with nutrients like Vit A, B5, B12, B2, Folate, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vit D, E, K, Calcium and Zinc. A single egg contains 77 calories, 6 gm protein and 5 g healthy fats.
  • Chicken breasts (prefer skinless): Chicken is one of the best low carb foods with high protein content. It should definitely be included in your diet if you’re trying to built your butt.
  • Salmon fish: An excellent source of Vitamin B12, Vit D, Selenium and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Tuna fish: Especially good for heart health. It helps in reducing the coronary heart disease as it contains very high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. A must for every one, irrespective of their gender.
  • Turkey: A very rich source of protein, iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It also contains Vitamin B6 and niacin. Be sure to get skinless turkey as it contain less fat.
  • XXtra lean ground beef: Unlike the regular ground beef, the extra lean ground beef contains fewer calories, less fat and similar protein content. A 3-ounce lean ground beef has 164 calories and 2.9 g saturated fat, which is very less compared to the earlier.
  • and most lean cut meats

2.Complex Carbohydrates:

When it comes to carbohydrates, below are a few foods that are rich in healthy carbs.

    : Compared to its white counterpart, the brown rice is a healthier option. It is rich in anti-oxidants and high in fiber content (gift to people with constipation). Unlike the white rice, the brown variant releases the sugar slowly, thererby stabilizing the blood sugar levels.
  • Quinoa: It is gluten-free, protein rich and contain all 9 essential amino acids. 1 cup (185 g) Quinoa contains 8 g protein, 222 calories and 39 g carbs.
  • Oats: They’re rich in dietary fiber and can keep your weight in control. A 100 g serving has 390 cal, 66g carbs and 17 g protein. Even fiber content is very high (11g).
  • Brown bread (whole grain bread, eat it in limited portions)
  • Sweet Potatoes: Rich in carbs and so have it in moderation.
  • Weetabix: It is a popular british cereal brand which contains 4 g of fiber, 4.5 gprotein per serving. It is high in iron and B vitamins.
  • Couscous: Rich in niacin, riboflavin, vit B6 and folic acid. It has 3.6 g of protein in just 100 calories.
  • Cereal (low sugar eat sparingly)

3.Good Fats

Many people get afraid when they hear the word ‘fat’. In reality, fat doesn’t make you fat, but excess calorie consumption does. However, you should note that there are 2 types of fats – good and bad. There are many foods that are rich in good fats, which could help you lose weight.

  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts etc.
  • Avocados
  • Peanut Butter (get the natural one)
  • Almond Butter
  • Fish Fat/Oils such as fish oil pills, salmon fat, etc.
  • Soybean oil
  • Soymilk
  • Tofu
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts

4.Fruits & Vegetables

Generally, they are rich in nutrients, anti-oxidants etc and the good thing about them is that you can eat your stomach full without worrying about the calories. You can get all the vitamins and minerals for your body by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.
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Note: Bananas, Potatoes and Mangoes should be consumed in moderation.

Bigger Butt Diet Plan (Sample Menu)

It is always advised to eat 6 small meals a day for better overall health. Since, you’re trying to boost our buttocks size, we’ll have to focus on foods that make your butt bigger. Here is a sample meal plan that contains right type of foods for your bum.

  • Breakfast: 2 Egg Whites, a Slice of Brown Bread and a fresh fruit
  • Morning Snack: a Bowl of Greek Yogurt with berries (or) a small plate of vegetable salad
  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast with greens
  • Evening Snack: Whole Wheat Bread with Peanut Butter (or) a slim piece of Tuna
  • Dinner: A piece of lean beef steak with veggies
  • Snack: A protein shake (or) handful of nuts and berries of your choice.

Does Eating Junk Food Make Your Buttocks Bigger Fast?

The simple answer is, yes! Eating junk food will definitely make your butt bigger.
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However, you’ll need to understand that junk foods will not only increase your buttocks size, but also your overall body weight. If you’re ultra-thin and wanted to gain some weight quickly, then including these junk foods in your diet is a pretty good idea. But, if you wanted only your booty to grow bigger, then you should stay away from such eating practices.

Impact of Junk Foods on Buttocks Growth

Since these junk foods contain a lot of sugar and processed ingredients, they’re normally high in calories. Hence, you won’t be getting any nutritional benefits, except some empty calories. When you consume these junk food items in excess, all the calories (surplus) will be converted into fat and are stored in your adipose tissues. And the fat is usually distributed to different places in your body such as thighs, butt and belly, and not solely to your buttocks area. However, a few lucky ones with better genetics will be able to store more fat on their buttocks instead of their thighs and belly.That said, eating junk foods may increase fat storage in different parts of your body, but you can’t manually control the fat storage location.

Does Cornbread Make Your Bum Bigger?

Recently, I got a query from one of our readers ‘Christie’. She asked whether eating cornbread will make her butt bigger or not .
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It seemed that a lot of other readers too is having this doubt. So, I thought of replying this in the form of an article instead of emailing just her, so that everyone could have their doubts cleared.

Well, the answer is both Yes and No. Eating cornbread along with Chilli, Butter etc… can definitely increase your buttocks size because they’re high in carbohydrates and fat. Having said that, you should also note that it will not only increase your booty, but you’ll also gain fat (unwanted padding) elsewhere in your body. Whether the fat is stored on our booty or not depends on several factors like the body type and shape, genetics and hormones.

Say for example, you’ve gained fat around your belly along with the booty after eating the cornbread, then you’ll need to perform belly reducing workouts in order to eliminate the belly fat and have your bum size increased.

That’s all girls! Include these foods to make your buttocks bigger naturally. The combination of proteins, healthy carbs and fat in moderation along with booty shaping workouts is the right key to achieve best results. Although, these foods don’t directly contribute to your buttocks growth, they will definitely help in setting a base for your booty to grow bigger fast.

Nuts and Seeds Snack Ideas

  1. Larabars
  2. Peanuts
  3. Cashews
  4. Almonds
  5. Pecans
  6. Walnuts
  7. Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted)
  8. Pistachios
  9. Sesame Seeds
  10. Pumpkin Seeds
  11. Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit

5 Simple breakfast ideas

Here are a handful of simple, high protein, real food breakfast ideas to get yourself and your family to embrace the breakfast ritual.

1. Grain-free pancakes and sausage

Who knew that a banana, scoop of nut (or seed butter), and an egg could create such a yummy pancake batter? This basic Banana Almond Pancake recipe is a weekly go-to in our house, served alongside chicken sausage.

2. Breakfast tacos

This is one of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas for teenage athletes. Everyone loves tacos!

Scrambled eggs with diced peppers and onions, topped with avocado and salsa, pulls together in a snap. Serve with grain-free Siete Foods, or non-GMO corn tortillas and a side of berries.

3. Leftover hash

Saute up leftover diced chicken, steak, or eggs along with sweet potato from last night’s dinner. Cook it in butter, ghee, or coconut oil, and add a handful of spinach, broccoli, or diced apple!

Quick, simple, and DELICIOUS!

4. Fried eggs, fruit and greens

It only takes five minutes to fry a couple of eggs in butter or coconut oil. Serve them over a bed of kale, spinach, or arugula, and grab an orange to go along.

5. Parfait (oat, chia, yogurt)

Overnight or baked oats, chia pudding, and plain whole fat yogurt all convert into healthy parfaits that can be made ahead. Pair with a hard-boiled egg, and you’re out the door.

5 Foods You Should Never Eat When You’re On Your Period

One internet search and three million results explaining what you should and shouldn’t be eating when it’s that time of the month. Yes, the time when you are on bloody fire because there really is no better way to put into words the agony of the sensation of thousand exploding knives in your uterus.

Growing up in an Indian household, you sure do hear about innumerable dos and don’ts when it comes to health and hygiene while you are menstruating. While one classic taboo attached with menstruation is not touching pickle bottles during your periods every month, we now clearly realize how utterly absurd and illogical this whole belief is. Sans any reasonable base to the taboo, our generation has been glad to have questioned, and hence discarded this outrageous practice.

Coming over to the more practical facets of periods, there is definitely a prescribed diet. A diet which includes healthy foods, and that which dismisses anything that could worsen the cramps or aggravate the pain. While food cravings are hard to not give in to and cramping and bloating are commonplace, avoiding some foods can help alleviate much of the period pain. Ironically, the foods you reach out for as comfort foods may well be the reason behind your pesky emotions, unbearable cramps and bloating.

Here’s a quick cheat-sheet on what not to eat when you’re that weepy, irrational being. Because well, these just make your period worse, and who’d want that?

1. Dairy Products

Dairy foods are responsible for everything: bloating, cramping, pain. Foods like milk, cheese, and ice cream contain arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid which can increase inflammation and can cause cramping.

2. Caffeinated Beverages

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We might be in love with coffee, but knowing that drinking caffeinated beverages is linked to an elevated frequency of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), we might want to refrain from over-indulgence. Caffeine intake in excessive amounts could lead to anxiety, and symptoms of cramping, mood swings, etc. become more pronounced because of caffeine consumption. You don’t want flavored poison, do you?

3. Sugary Foods

Sugar cravings are the most pleasing temptation to give in to. And it is not uncommon to see women and girls hog wildly on sweets. Dark chocolate does not count, for it is one of the best foods to relish without guilt. Just don’t seek doughnuts, cakes, and processed sweets.

In addition, relentless sugar intake is also related to ageing. World-renowned anti-ageing expert Dr Daniel Sister shares: “Eating too much sugar over time ages the skin, making it dull and more prone to wrinkles. This is due to a process called glycation. Sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and forms harmful molecules called ‘advanced glycation end products’.”

Let’s have a general rule: no refined sugars.

4. Fatty foods

Avoid fatty foods like the plague when you’re on your period. The fatty foods are not kind with the hormonal changes that your body undergoes. High-fat foods have a strong influence on hormonal activity in your body, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. So no burgers, fellas!

5. Salty/Processed Foods

Salt cravings are at a hilt while you’re PMSing. The first instinct in most cases is to resort to processed foods because they are the most easily available, but giving in to this temptation is the worst thing to do to your body. It can end up making you feel bloated and puffy to no end. Instead, use spices to flavor up your food.

3. Sea Food

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“I’m on a sea food diet. I see food and I eat it,” is probably one of the most popular foodie pick up lines.

So basically, all the foodies would end up jumping with joy if they get to know how sea food like tuna and salmon will help in fulfilling all those booty-licious (sexy booty + delicious food) dreams.

Fish such as tuna and salmon are low calorie but full of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins. These dietary components support a healthy muscle structure and a feminine hourglass shape.

You can enjoy your sea food either raw in sushi, or try it pan-fried or grilled.

Here is how you can be a sushi master or an expert griller, both at the same time.

15 Homemade Versions of Classic Junk Food

There are dishes you make out of necessity (bread with mustard because you literally have nothing else in your kitchen) and ones that you make for the pleasure they'll bring (homemade peach pie), and then there are ones you make for the sheer challenge and novelty. Homemade junk food falls into the last category. Sure you can go to the store and buy a box of oatmeal cream pies for $3.19. But what's the fun in that? A plate of homemade oatmeal cream pies? That's an accomplishment!

1. DIY Sour Patch Kids
Yep. This whole "cooking" thing just got reeeeeally dangerous. Don't blame me if you fry your tongue eating all the Sour Patch Kids (again).

2. Homemade Oreos
The thing about homemade Oreos is that they are even better than the kind from the store. Prepare to be obsessed.

3. Homemade Snickers Cups

These homemade Snickers cups are nothing short of amazing. The prudent thing would be to drop everything and make them immediately.

4. Homemade Hostess Sno Balls

When Hostess went bankrupt, Sno Balls were off the shelves for a little while. Now they're back, but still tough to track down. No matter, because you can now make a perfect, pink Sno Ball any time you want.

5. Homemade Cheese Crackers

Yep. Cheesy homemade goodness can be yours!!

6. Homemade Lucky Charms

Redefine what it means to be magically delicious.

7. Homemade Vegan Doritos

Game. Changer. (They're vegan too!)

8. Homemade Potato Chips

You can make classic barbecue or sour cream and onion. But why choose? Do yourself a favor and make both flavors.

9. Baked French Fries

Skip the deep fryer and make your crispy fries in the oven with this easy recipe!

10. (Gluten-Free) Soft Pretzel Bites

Sometimes you really want to get a soft pretzel, but you're not 7 and at the zoo with your parents, so there's no pretzel vendor on hand. If you want a really perfect soft pretzel, you're going to have to make your own.

11. Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites

These easy coconut bites are made without refined sugar. And that means you can either have them as a not-so-great breakfast or a totally healthy dessert. (Or both.)

12. Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwiches

Great news &mdash now you can get your Chic-fil-A fix anytime (even on Sundays!).

13. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups may seem like they require special equipment, but if you've got a muffin tin and some paper liners, you're all set to make the best-ever candy at home.

14. Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are a major staple of the frozen food aisle, but binging on greasy microwaved "egg rolls" isn't the best way to feel awesome. Happily, these tasty baked egg rolls are light and crispy without the unappealing grease factor.

15. Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Unleash your inner Homer and make a batch of these gluten-free cinnamon sugar donuts. A six-pack of gluten-free beer is optional.

Top 10 College Dorm Must Have Foods

10. Candy
College is the last time candy is a semi-acceptable item to have around in bulk (unless you're stocking up for trick-or-treaters). Buckets of Red Vines, bags of Peanut M&M's, or anything else that appeals to a student's sweet tooth makes its way into dorm rooms. With no parents around to tell them not to, students have no qualms about having a handful of candy as an appetizer or making it into a full meal when combined with a few spoonfuls of peanut butter (another dorm room staple).

Healthy Ideas:
Take a hint from our Top 10 Back-to-School Food Trends and try investing in some healthy sweets that use real fruit juice, like Jelly Belly's superfruit mix. It uses real fruit juice and fruit puree. Or stock up on chocolate with a high percentage of cacao (a great antioxidant), especially if you are an athlete since a recent study found that chocolate helps boost endurance.

9. Soda Pop
When blood sugar drops after a night of partying or studying, an easy fix comes with the refreshing crack of a can of soda. College cafeterias make it simple to load up on buckets of cold cola throughout the day. Why choose water when Root Beer is just as easy to get?

Healthy Ideas:
Cola comes with a heavy hit of sugar &mdash especially when you are drinking it regularly throughout the day out of trough-sized cups. But even the diet drinkers aren't safe. MSN reported on a recent study that found that even if people are trying to cut back on calories by choosing diet soda, they could be putting themselves at risk for heart attacks and strokes. Your best bet is to stick with water or unsweetened tea.

8. Instant Mac and Cheese
College is full of stress: social, mental, and physical. Macaroni and cheese is one of America's most favorite comfort foods. And unlike your award-winning meatloaf or fried chicken, it's easy to make in the dorm, thanks to powdered cheese and microwaves.

Healthy Ideas:
Obviously, the truly healthy change would be to make your own whole-grain pasta with just a hint of cheese sprinkled on top, or (if you're really going for healthy) some brewer's yeast, which has a creamy, cheesy quality. But that is nowhere near as simple as adding water and microwaving. So instead consider switching from Easy Mac to a more natural microwaveable macaroni and cheese. The Kitchn blog has a simple recipe that only uses water, milk, pasta, salt, and cheese. It may not be instant, but it's pretty close.

7. Cereal
When they were young, it was strictly a breakfast food. But now that they're in college, cereal is appropriate for any time of the day &mdash and it certainly doesn't require milk. Although there are healthy cereals out there, we can pretty much guarantee that college kids aren't snacking on Wheaties.

Healthy Ideas:
Mixing cereal in with other healthy snack foods, like sunflower seeds, nuts, and dried fruit, makes for a great trail mix that means you don't have to sacrifice your cereal for oat bran. Try this
Crunchy Cereal Trail Mix to get started.

6. Chips
For many students, it's hard to get through a paper on Chaucer or the mating rituals of monkeys without a bag of chips to help them crunch through.

Healthy Ideas:
Pack in your daily dose of vegetables without sacrificing that salty crunch by stocking up on vegetable "chips." Don't worry, we're not trying to say that a sliced carrot is a carrot "chip." There are actual brands of dried vegetables that maintain a chip-like experience. Try Snapea Crisps or Trader Joe's Veggie Sticks, which taste like crispy, light-as-air fries.

5. Instant Hot Chocolate
For some freshmen, this winter may be their first real winter. Nothing comforts or warms like a hot cup of cocoa, and nothing's easier than stirring a packet of instant cocoa (complete with dehydrated marshmallows) into a cup.

Healthy Ideas:
Luckily, this college cuisine is actually good for you, according to a study by Cornell University. The Brazil Times reported in January on a study conducted by the university that showed the concentration of antioxidants in cocoa was nearly twice as strong as that in red wine and almost three times stronger than in green tea. Of course, no one has done any studies on the marshmallows yet, so it's best to go without more often than not.

4. Energy Drinks
These days, no college dorm room is complete without the occasional empty energy drink can or one in the process of being emptied by the room's occupant. How else are kids supposed to survive an all-nighter?

Healthy Ideas:
We know that it will take more than a suggestion to pry the Monster or Rockstar out of the hands of college kids, but hey, we can always try. There are a few healthy foods and drinks that provide energy naturally &mdash no taurine needed! According to, drinking a lot of fluids such as water or herbal tea throughout the day will up energy levels. Fatty fish, such as tuna (easy to store in cans on dorm room shelves) can help sharpen mental functions.

3. Pizza
For lunch, dinner, or even breakfast breakfast, pizza is a dorm room staple. And who can argue? Even after college people continue to crave a saucy, cheesy pie. An Oxfam survey conducted earlier this year found that pizza was America's number one favorite food.

Healthy Ideas:
Perhaps we could all take a healthier look at pizza. An easy way to save that delivery tip and keep the calories down is to make your own individual pizzas. Top English muffins, flatbreads, naan, or whatever other bready item you have on hand with tomato sauce (pasta sauce works great), any shredded cheese, and any other toppings you would like. Then, simply cook it in a microwave or toaster oven.

2. Microwave Popcorn
If a student's dorm room doesn't have a microwave, then one isn't far away. And where there's a microwave, there's popcorn. Salty, buttery microwave popcorn is a super fast snack for late night studying. It even comes with its own serving bowl!

Healthy Ideas:
Although it does require owning a bowl, popping your own popcorn in an air popper (which can be purchased for around $20) is much healthier than munching on a bag of microwaved popcorn. It also allows for more options when it comes to seasonings. Try cayenne pepper and salt for a spicy kick or cinnamon and sugar for a sweet snack.

1. Ramen
Above all other college foods, ramen remains king. It's cheap. It's easy, requiring only a hot pot (though many kids will skip the cooking and simply crunch down raw noodles shaken with the seasoning packet). And it's got that salty quality that really hits the spot after a long night of studying.

Healthy Idea:
Take a hint from the University of Colorado students who founded Dormet. They used their cafeteria meal plan to collect fresh ingredients from salad bars to cook original recipes as well as precooked items they re-imagined into new dishes. A few handfuls of fresh, precut vegetables from the salad bar &mdash such as green peppers, tomatoes, or peas &mdash thrown into the hot pot while the ramen is cooking will raise the nutritional value of the popular midnight meal.

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Cleveland Clinic: "4 Late-Night Snacks that Wreck Your Diet (and Sleep)."

MIT Medical: "Late-Night Eating."

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UPMC Health Beat: "Is Eating Before Bed Okay?"

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