Sugar is the devil. I found this out Saturday night when I ate 4 Oreos and some chocolate-vanilla ice cream. I paused for a second before I indulged. I thought, “Last time I had sugar, it wasn’t good. But maybe it wasn’t really the sugar. Maybe it was something else.” Yeah, right. The fun started around 1 in the morning, and went on all day Sunday. I spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom. Seriously, I was so hungry, but so uncomfortable, I didn’t eat until 6pm. Lesson learned loud and clear. I simply cannot eat sugar anymore. It’s over.
Which brings me into a small panic. What the heck can I eat for dessert or for that sweet craving? I never did eat a lot of sweets, but when I wanted something I could eat it. No more. I think I will look up some banana bread recipes (safe of course, gluten free, sugar free) or similar type things. I saw a recipe for these Cheesecake Brownies that I think I could sub honey into. They look yummers. Also, good dark chocolate doesn’t bother me. I just have to watch the sugar content.
I am making my spaghetti squash “baked ziti/lasagna” thingy tonight. I will try to make it thicker so it sets up better. I think I may post this recipe again, but a little better. Bear with me. I’m using ricotta tonight too. The original mash-up is here.
Okay, now to abruptly change the topic: I have used the Diva Cup for 4 days now. I freaking LOVE it so hard!!! I will answer the questions I know I had right now.
First, how will it work? I just read the instructions. There are 2 ways of inserting it, I use the triangle or “push down” one. Where instead of folding the little silicone cup into a U-shape, you just fold a chunk of the edge into itself, and it looks like a triangle/pyramid thing. Result? Smaller, easier to insert shape. See the diagram below: (from the Diva Cup website)
Second, will it leak and will it be uncomfortable?
I was really worried about leaking. I have a heavy flow and I was skeptical. The second time I used it, I had a little leak, but nothing more than seeing some pink on the toilet paper. I think it was just a mistake. The instructions say to rotate the cup one full rotation after you insert it. I say, yeah right. If you can do that, please contact me and let me know how the heck you did it!! I just do what I call “The Sweep”. I just inserted and swept my finger all around the cup to let it fully open and make sure the seal was secure. Works for me. As for comfort, there are some reviews I’ve read about it being really uncomfortable, and everyone’s anatomy is set up differently, but I found it very comfortable. I could sorta feel it the first few minutes, but it just feels like a tampon kind of. No biggie.
Is it a bloodbath when you remove it?? (Okay, that’s not really a nice way to put it, but you know you’re wondering about the mess factor!!)
Okay, yes, the first few times I removed it were a little “amateurish”. Meaning “not quite a murder scene bloody, but bloody enough”. I had to swipe the toilet with a Clorox wipe a few times. Then I got my removal method down cold, and no more murder scene!! You’ll find your method. You just pour it into the toilet, rinse it in the sink, and reinsert. It feels like it takes a long time at first, but you get better at it.
Now, this method of feminine hygiene has several advantages. First, less waste. No more tampons and pads in landfills. And that saves you money too! Also, you don’t have to carry all the period paraphernalia with you. It’s just a little cup in a really cute pouch (it’s purple and has a little drawstring!). And call me weird (which several people already do so it’s okay), but I kinda like the whole primal feel, getting back in touch with your cycle. No really, you will be getting in touch with your…ahem…self like never before. It’s more hands on. You feel your girly-parts and see the blood. It’s cool. However, if you are the squeamish type, it’s probably not for you. But I do think any woman who’s used a tampon may like the cup. You can sleep in it no problem, and you only have to empty it maybe twice a day. Three if it’s really heavy.
Overall, I can’t recommend the cup enough. It saves you money, it’s environmentally friendly, and I think I can officially dub it “The Primal/Paleo Woman’s Preferred Feminine Hygiene Product”. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much. But seriously, check it out!! I got mine at reuseit.com. I love that site, by the way.
Also, I cannot believe I just gushed (haha, get it) about my period….oy, the things I do in the name of science!! Make a girl feel good, ladies, and leave a comment. Preferable about your hoo-ha (does yours have a name??), or your period, or your favorite way to kill cramps. Or if you have the cup, what do you think??