Ahhh, awards season. The smell of designer garments and anxiety is in the air (seriously, have you ever thought about how many sweaty armpits there must be during an awards show?). It’s the time of year when our favorite celebrities get all dolled up and wait to hear their names called. But, if you’re like me, you only care about the wins and losses on the red carpet. That’s right — it’s all about the hair, makeup, and FASHION, and the stars never disappoint.
With so many plunging necklines and barely-there getups, awards season presents the perfect opportunity to think about your breast health. Here are some of my favorite looks of the season, complete with tips on how to keep your breasts (and the rest of you) in good shape.
Taylor Swift stunned in this colorful Atelier Versace ensemble at the GRAMMYs . The bright colors make me want a cupcake, but I’ll opt for a salad instead because I care about my breast health!
Tip #1: Eat the rainbow. Colors aren’t just for fancy awards show dresses — they belong on your plate. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and you’ll reap the benefits of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. As a cheat, I throw kale, spring mix, or spinach into my fruit smoothies as a one-and-done healthy meal option. Like Taylor’s lyrics, fruits and veggies never go out of style. As a bonus, each time you eat a carrot or radish, you can think of this outfit.
Lady Gaga was nothing short of breathtaking in this black Atelier Versace gown at the Golden Globes.
Tip# 2: Drink your coffee and tea black if you can. Cream, sugar, and other add-ins contribute unnecessary calories to your drink, or chemicals in the form of artificial sweeteners. While it might taste good, it’s a no-no for the waistline. For a bit of flavor, try adding cinnamon or nutmeg to your coffee. In some studies, cinnamon has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and lower blood sugar levels.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good nude overlay, and Rachel McAdams does it justice in the dress she wore to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
Tip #3: Remember that what goes on your skin ends up in your body. Many lotions contain parabens — chemicals widely used in cosmetics as preservatives — that can be absorbed through the skin. Try using organic coconut oil or olive oil as an alternative. Your skin will look so great in the next nude-illusion outfit you wear that you’ll be ready to bare it all (but don’t). Need help figuring out which personal care products are safest? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
‘Allo, Angela! At the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs), Angela Bassett’s arms gave every woman on planet Earth sleeveless-dress envy. Angela is 57 and looks more incredible than ever thanks to a healthy lifestyle, no doubt.
Tip #4: Incorporate strength training into your cardio routine. Exercises such as lifting weights, as well as body weight exercises such as push-ups and squats, help your body to continue to burn calories after your workout and fortifies the bones (among many other benefits).
After seeing Angela in this dress, I feel a sudden urge to do a few bicep curls…
I think it’s safe to say that Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron stole the show at the Oscars in a flowing red Christian Dior gown. But it’s best to keep this color on the red carpet and out of your personal life.
Tip #5: When you see red, keep stress at bay by doing something you enjoy to sooth the nerves. Try listening to relaxing music, taking a long walk, writing, or meditating. Chamomile tea is known for its calming effects. Unchecked stress can have a negative impact on the body and lead to health disruptions such as high blood pressure and changes in sleep patterns. Reducing stress may boost your immune system and improve your quality of life.
Leonardo DiCaprio is just… so handsome. Sigh. Good looks aside, I’m happy that Leo FINALLY won an Academy Award! He’s deserving, and he definitely did not disappoint in his acceptance speech about the importance of monitoring climate change.
Bonus Tip: Like the earth, your body is a delicate ecosystem. A good way of staying balanced is getting the recommended 7 or more hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation can lower the immune system’s ability to fight illness and lead to low-grade inflammation within the body. Getting quality sleep at night helps your body to repair any wear and tear done during the day and is linked to weight loss. Make rest a priority, and keep your bedroom quiet and dark for the best sleep experience.