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65 comments on “Fearless. Period. Coffee Talk with Z”

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    Private  |  Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada

    Very nice coffee talk 🙂 I also like working out during my periods. Just like you, I usually have two days that are difficult, but I find that exercising helps the pain and it seems to relax a lot of tension that can be created by having our periods. Therefore, I look forward to my workout even more on these two days 😉

    Bio-individuality is a concept that we often don’t hear about when looking for diets. I loved that you talked about it and that you are being so transparent about how one way of eating works for one but not for another. I eat well, but I still haven’t found what works for me 100%. I try a lot of your recipes or sometimes inspire myself with your them and it helps me through the process of finding my balance.

    Thanks for the coffee talk, I enjoy all of them 🙂

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    Great coffee talk!! 🙂 On muscle soreness, I usually alter the schedule to do my stretch days whenever I’m too sore. It’s usually just one day. I also find that the soreness goes hand in hand with my menstrual cycle – much more muscle soreness towards the end/beginning of the cycle. Magnesium supplements help I find. Both for menstrual pain and muscle pain. I like Calm brand. I take it before bed and it helps to sleep soundly and wake up pain-free.

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    Private  |  Hailey, ID

    ** NEED: What video are those moves in that you showed in this talk? I’m trying to find that video and am really sad that it’s not showing up. 🙂

    ** Q: What kind of words would you share about skin cleansing and sun-tanning? I use fair trade, extra virgin coconut oil for both, but I just wondered. I get a million comments on my skin not looking old and wrinkly at my age (55), so I feel like I’m onto something good with this! But what do you think, especially for we in tons-of-sun states !

    COMMENT: Like everyone else, I really appreciated this talk, too. Personally, my strongest workout days are THE day right before my period starts (ya.. still regular at 55!). Then, I have to keep moving because I’m wired that way, but I do better after it ends when I workout every day of my periods.

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      Hi Tanya,
      The video is a sample of new workouts Zuzka is putting together for Zgym. so not available yet 🙂

      I am curious about the coconut oil you use for skin cleansing. Is this similar oil to what you would cook with? and how do you apply it?

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        Private  |  Hailey, ID

        Thanks Amelia!
        I can’t wait for that video – if she said that in this coffee talk, I must have missed it! I love the slider and kettlebell combos !
        Yes – what we cook with (usually Dr Bronner’s) is what I use for cleansing. It’s the only cleanser I use anymore for removing all makeup (including waterproof mascara) without drying and stretching my skin. I melt less than a 1/2 teaspoon of the oil in my finger tips and just massage it VERY GENTLY over my face, concentrating on my eyelashes so I get it worked into the mascara. Then I just use a rough washcloth with warm/hot water to gently rinse and wipe it off. There’s no eye-sting and zero dry skin.

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          I agree, I also love the slider and kettlebell combos. and can’t wait for the meal plan 🙂
          Thanks for the tip, I will give organic oil a try. I have dry skin so I feel that would feel nice.

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        Private  |  Walsall, West Midlands, UK

        Hi remember to only use organic coconut oil, i add organic bee wax and melt them in a pan, pour to the glass container and such cream i apply on my face and lips and hands and anywhere i need, works wonders xx

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          Thanks for the great tips!

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    Hi Zuzka! It’s great you talk about personal hygiene specially for woman I’m changing to natural now and I can recommend thinx! I’m in love about this period proof underwear and how it is eco friendly as it is not disposable. But I’m having hard time finding a good natural deodorant without chemicals specially that can take one of your workouts! Do you use any special brand ? I tried the honest sage and it was really great and it worked! but is now discontinued 🙁 this was a game changer as I used clinical strength of different brands and I had the worst smell whenever I did had a sweat with natural I can hardly smell something . Have fun in Hawaii ! Happy birthday!

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    Hi Everybody,
    I really would like to try the workout in this video. 🙂
    Dont you know the name of this workout? :O

    TKS.
    Veronika

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    Pretty sure this is my absolute favorite coffee talk, Zuzka!!! You’ve grown SO MUCH in the past few years. I 100% agree with you that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for ANYTHING, especially diet. Diet dogma is a curse, and more people than not fall for it. We need to simply inform people and encourage them to make informed decisions. The best piece of advice is to encourage people to check in and become more attuned to their body’s reactions and sensations. If people learn to eat more intuitively AND combine that with proper research and knowledge, they can find the diet that makes them feel their best.

    I also love what you say about delayed onset muscle soreness. I think taking herb supplements, eating a nutritious diet rich in micronutrients and antioxidants, and water are so important for this. Having enough antioxidants in the diet in itself will prevent cell damage and inflammation, and this helps cells to repair and replicate. Regardless, staying consistent is definitely important. And there will always be an activity that one can turn to when they are feeling sore. There is never an excuse to do absolutely nothing.

    As for the tampons, that is great. I definitely support this. I also want to share, as some before me have, that I use a cup, the Diva Cup, which is make of medical grade silicone. It’s non-porous, reusable indefinitely, easy to clean and sanitize, and works great for me. I’ve been using one since 2007….10 years! It initially cost me $40. That’s it. Never have to buy disposable menstrual products. I barely feel it, I forget about it when I use it. I love that the cup also has marks on it for measurement, so I can actually quantify my flow.

    And yeah, there’s nothing like a good high intensity interval workout to help me feel better when I’m on my cycle. The bloating and distention for me occurs before my cycle, not during. It’s during that time that I find that eating lower in carbs really helps me. And eating lots of greens and taking Chinese herbs. Honestly, though, emotional stress is the #1 cause of bloating when I’m PMSing….the diet only helps me to not add more inflammation to that.

    I just love your wonderful support and coaching, Z! Thank you for putting the power into our hands. You truly care about every individual you touch.

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      Private  |  San Diego, CA, USA

      Hi F.P., I’ve been thinking about trying a menstrual cup. In your experience, was it easy to use at first or did it take some practice and getting used to?

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        Hi there! I thought it was a little weird. But I was 17 and I’m 27 now. So I was probably just awkward in general, haha. It took me a little practice to put it in correctly, but otherwise it’s pretty simple. It was good to go the first time. I loved it from the very beginning. I couldn’t feel it, so it was an easy adjustment. I’ve talked to several women who did not have that positive experience that I had, so you’d really have to try it to know. One thing you’ll find is that using public bathrooms with multiple stalls might not be as easy. But generally, the cup holds quite a bit, so you don’t need to empty it that much. The instructions mine came with said it is safe to empty it even once every 24 hours if the flow is that low. I’ll generally empty it 1-3 times a day.

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    You’re so right about bioindividuality, thanks for sharing that!

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    Hey Zuzka!

    I love your coffee talks – thank you for all of the guidance and knowledge you take time to share with us!
    I have a question, my yoga mat sheds a lot and I was wondering what yoga mat you use or recommend using? Just wanted to get your opinion before I bought another one!

    Also… Happy Birthdayyy! 🙂

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    Zuzka,
    I love listening to you, your Coffee Talks, I love your workouts and your pieces of advice, I’m hooked by how ‘down to earth’ person you are! Keep up the great work, I keep up with your daily workouts, and last but not least, ‘Happy Birthday’! (I am born also on April 29). 🙂

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    Great coffeetalk! Like many others, so happy that you talked about individual approach to nutrition. And about periods! Many female athletes don’t pay too much attention to those, thank you for addressing this issue. And soeaking of periods!

    I noticed in some comments that so many of your readers talk about wanting to lose weight, and many of those commenters are already thin. I just wanted to say that our bodies are very different in how much fat they need to function. Zuzka, your body fat percentage is obviously very low and it works for you, but for many women dropping below 15% body fat or so could lead to losing their period and osteoporosis. Do you think you could maybe talk at a future date about not getting too fixated on a number on the scale, but on health? We talk a lot here about being lean, and I think many of us could use a reminder that it shouldn’t come at the expense of one’s health and wellbeing!

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      Private  |  Jura, France

      great point! we should measure health things. I have my own kinda checklist, but would be good to have one so we know we are on the right track.

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