My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Want to save money today? Then look for cheaper versions of the stuff you want to buy. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, we don’t do it when we shop while in especially upbeat moods, which high estrogen has in store for you today. In fact, in one study, researchers found that shoppers in good moods are so impulsive, they tend to choose the very first item they pick up regardless of price!

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: According to a Tulane University study, you’re allowing more people to enter your personal space than you did last week. In fact, you may be reaching out and touching them more, for instance, with a pat on the arm as you talk or by hugging someone you normally don’t.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising progesterone is doing the food ordering today. And what it wants is creamy, gooey, crunchy, yummy sinful treats. On a diet? Then indulge your palate in creamy low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit, a gooey low-fat cheesy burrito, crunchy low-fat granola or all-natural sorbet. You’ll satisfy your cravings while avoiding lots of fat and extra calories.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Fend off a bad premenstrual mood by taking time this weekend to update your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LiveJournal or other blog. New research out of the Netherlands shows that these and other social networking sites amp up feelings of happiness by giving you a strong sense of belonging and a boost to your self-esteem that lasts long after you log off!

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