by Jené Luciani for SHAPE.com
Should you date a younger man?You meet a guy and there's an instant connection-you're both into Orange Is the New Black, his dry sense of humor kills you, and dang those eyes! And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year-of high school.
Dating someone younger-whether you're two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory-certainly can work (look at Eva Longoria and her 4-years younger beau), but being an "older woman" in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls. If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following.
1. Pro: the sex: You can't argue with biology. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s. Add the fact that younger guys have more stamina, and you just may have a match made in orgasm heaven.
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No use resorting to the pullout method, though. There are reasons certain women tend to react differently to each type of contraception-and there's one out there that's best for you. Learn what's up with your body and your alternatives, then talk to your doctor to determine your smartest bet.
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Newsflash: They won't.
You need carbs for energy, and of course deprivation will only end in you diving face-first into a gallon of moose tracks-and that certainly won't help you lose weight. What will is eating the right carbs, says Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., one half of the Nutrition Twins with her sister Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D. She recommends consuming nutrient-dense carbs with at least two to three grams of fiber per 100 calories since your body breaks down fiber more slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer.
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1. Barley: 1/2 cup cooked pearl
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A: Satisfries, a new French fry from BK, are made with a batter that absorbs less of the frying oil so the finished product is slightly lower in fat. They are a better choice, but if your dietary choices are hinging on which fry at your favorite fast food restaurant is the better option, there are other more pressing issues to be corrected in your diet.
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1. You're Pregnant.
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Caffeine has powerful nootropic effects, meaning it manipulates neurotransmitters to alter how the brain functions. While we all think of caffeine as a stimulant, it doesn't directly stimulate as much as it prevents or blocks the action of neurotransmitters that promote sedation and relaxation.
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