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Aging Gracefully

Remember when you couldn’t wait to turn 21 to get asked to show your ID?

After 50 the opposite is true, it hits you hard when someone asks if you qualify for a senior discount when you are not even 55 yet!  Ouch that hurts!  I say that from experience.

I’ll be the first to admit that aging sucks, but there are some great ways you can actually look and feel younger than your age, without botox or plastic surgery.

The now aging Baby Boomer generation is obsessed with youthful appearance (thanks to the Media).  Why do you think the Plastic Surgery is such a booming industry? 

But think about it, do you really want to look like Joan Rivers, whose had so much plastic surgery she looks like she’s been in a boxing ring and lost?  She can barely smile anymore!   Recently stars, like Julia Roberts are voicing their oppostion of using Botox and Plastic Surgery because of the negative impact it could have on their career, with changes of their facial expressions, and overall appearance.  Good for you Julia!  Remember the comedian Roseanne Barr?  After her plastic surgery, even though it improved her looks, people couldn’t relate to her any more, and her career took a nose dive.

There are so many plastic surgery nightmares that have ruined women’s lives more than enhanced them.  People don’t think  of the future, really would you like to have boobs like Pamela Anderson at age 80?  Yikes, that’s a scary thought!

How about all those grandmas with tatoos and piercings?

Generations before us knew how to grow old gracefully (without the aid of Botox or face lifts), we could learn a lot from them.

Let’s look at what Happens to our Skin and Hair as We Age: The effects of sun exposure, smoking, diet, and heredity become evident on our skin as we get older. Stress, gravity, and obesity also affect how well skin looks. And as we age, our skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to. Skin gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness. Something similar happens to the cells that give our hair its color. Hair pigment cells become less efficient at renewing themselves, which makes our hair turn gray.

Here are some great tips on how to take care of your skin, to help you look and feel 10 years younger:

Stay out of direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are the strongest (bet. 10am -4pm). If you have to be outside, wear a hat and sunscreen or an anti aging moisturizer with SPF 15 and both UVB and UVA protection. Damage to the skin from excess or unprotected sun exposure causes wrinkles and an uneven skin tone, and worst case of all skin cancer.

Eat right and hydrate. Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated from the inside out.

Use anti-aging products. For women over 40, anti aging creams and lotions can enhance natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin. Look for products with Pentapeptides that help prompt skin cells to produce more collagen, which is the support structure that gives skin a firmer look.

If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin.

Quotes on aging from some wise and famous men:
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul ” –Douglas MacArthur
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. — Abraham Lincoln

Here are 10 of my personal tips for Growing Old Gracefully, the More or Less of it:

Stress Less, Smoke Less, Eat Less, Complain Less, Criticize Less
Smile More, Laugh More, Exercise More, Play More, Love More

Enjoy Life to the fullest no matter what age you are because you only have one life to live!

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How Sweet It Is

Throughout history, food has been scarce, so in order to ensure survival, humans have been conditioned to eat as much as they can whenever food is available.  Feast or Famine! overeating sweetsUnfortunately, when food is abundant and rich in calories, as it is today, the results can be detrimental to one’s overall health and wellbeing.  Now obesity has become a growing problem (no pun intended).    It has become an epidemic!

Recent statistics show that 30% of children in the US are obese, and 50% of adults. Overweight adolescents are starting to suffer problems that used to plague mainly middle-aged adults — early heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Do you ever see obesity in the Animal Kingdom? biggiraffe

Quite Obsurb isn’t it?

Or is it?

What about in domestic animals? dalmationbigkitty

What is the cause?

I’ll give you a big hint… We tend to feed our pets what we eat!    Quite sad isn’t it?

I would say this could be considered cruelty to animals!

In humans it can start from something as seemingly harmless as using sweet treats as a reward for you children. That sets them up for to reach for “comfort foods” when they feel like they need comfort throughout their lives. And will lead to being unhealthy and overweight.  Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.

Ever heard of ADHD?

Lack of exercise and overeatingfat-childrenYou constantly see “fat free” or “low fat” labels on just about everything these days, but is it really fat that is the problem?

There are good fats that our bodies need, and there are bad fats.

But no one ever tells you that “sugar” is one of  the main culprits in weight gain, as well as a multitude of health problems.

 

Refined sugar gets called “white death” for a reason: it’s one of the worst things we can do for our immune system, weight, and total health.  And it is addicting.  The more you eat it the more your body will crave it.  So beware!sugar

What about artifical sweetners are they any better for you? Did you know that the discovery of sucralose  (Splenda) was by sheer accident?  A scientist was initially testing ingredients for an insecticide.   But thought he’d been instructed to “taste” not “test” the chemical compound.  What a surprise, huh?   Similarly aspartame and saccharin were found accidently.

What about Energy Drinks? Most people are already consuming too much energy, which is why there’s an obesity problem in the first place.  Think about it:  Is it a lack of incoming sugar that’s causing you to be tired—or is it that you’re consuming too much of it in the first place?  If you are not burning it off by with regular exercise, it just turns to fat.   Also the caffeine in energy drinks acts as a diuretic and promotes dehydration, the opposite of sports drinks (like Gatorade) that help in hydrating the body.

enerygy drinksEnergy drinks brag about how good they are for you because they contain so many vitamins, but have you ever noticed how much sugar is also in them?   One teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams.  In an 8.3 fl oz. can of Red Bull  there is 27 grams of sugar, so that is almost 7 teaspoons of sugar!  Try putting 7 teaspoons of sugar in your next cup of coffee, and see what it does to you.  Yuck!  There are other energy drinks and sodas that have even more sugar, not to mention the caffeine content.  Think about what this does to your body.  Check the label next time you reach for your favorite drink, you may have second thoughts.If you feel you need a boost, wouldn’t it make more sense to reach for an unsweetened beverage that contains only caffeine—like a cup of black coffee?  Too strong, add a little creamer, or just one teaspoon of sugar. Women on the average should eat no more than 100 calories of  processed sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while most men should keep it to just 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams).

What are the alternatives? Brown sugar is better than white, but it does have a stronger flavor that may be hard to get used to, and is actually sweeter so you’ll  want to  use less.

Before there was sugar, people used honey as a natural sweetner. honeyHoney is composed of two main sugars, levulose and dextrose. These sugars do not need to be broken down by the digestive process, so honey is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no cholesterol.   It is natural energy – so it’s almost the perfect food.  In fact, honey kills bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics. And also helps it draw excess fluid from the blood stream, lowering blood pressure. Honey, if taken on an empty stomach with water and lemon, reduces obesity and weight.

Please note You should not feed honey to an infant under one year old. Honey is known to contain botulinum spores, and these spores can develop into bacteria that produce botulinum toxin inside your child. The reason why botolinum toxin affects infants, but not older children or adults, has to do with the immaturity of an infant’s intestinal flora. As adults, we carry a large number of beneficial bacteria in our intestines.  In adults and children over one year of age, these good bacteria out-compete and eliminate bad bacteria.

Another alternative is Agave Nectar. That is what I use.  I like it better than honey because it has a lighter flavor, and thinner texture.  But it is a bit more expensive and harder to find in the stores.

Maintaining your health and the health of your family is most important.

There is nothing wrong with having sweets once in a while, just best to limit them in your diet.   For me, I cut back from having 2 teaspoons of sugar in my tea (less caffeine than coffee) to 1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar and downsized from 4  cups a day to 1 or 2.  If I feel like something sweet I’ll have a couple of cookies instead of a candy bar.  My big splurge is I treat myself maybe once a month to a small Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino.  Hmmm, how sweet it is!

Always best  to check the labels on everything you buy to see how much sugar is in them.  Also check how many servings are stated on the label, that can be deceiving, as you think a whole drink has 20 grams of sugar and find out that it says 2 servings per container, you are actually consuming 40 grams (10 teaspoons of sugar)!

If you can cut back on sugar, and maintain that disciple you will be amazed how much better you feel and look.  And you will eventually also stop craving sweets altogether.

The best rule of thumb to remember:     All Things in Moderation!

Now that is Sweet!

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