How Mature Women Can Stay Beautiful

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 “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren

There is something to be said about an aging beauty.  The way our looks and our bodies begin to transform can feel like unfamiliar territory.

And getting older is sneaky, isn’t it?

Your days turn in to weeks and your weeks turn in to years.

Before you know it… you’re mature, gray hairs, wrinkles, menopause and all.

This process has left many of us fighting with “father time” for our looks on a constant basis.

And it doesn’t help that older women are not commonly celebrated as being beautiful.

In fact, media consistently associates beauty with being young and attractive.  Leaving us older women chasing our youth and searching for the latest and greatest anti-aging solutions on the market.

5 Health Concerns Women Over 40 Should Monitor

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When it comes to health concerns, there are certain signs that women need to pay close attention.   Although we are focusing on women over 40, it is still encouraged to evaluate and monitor health changes at any age.

However, there are certain issues that are more common in women who are over the age of 40.

Keeping close tabs of the way our bodies look and feel can be vital as we get older.  These changes shouldn’t be overlooked, and should be examined by a medical professional, regularly. 

Being aware of your bodies needs and seeking treatment is essential.

1. Mole Health

Self-examination is something that should be done from time to time. 

Look over your body for any moles that you currently have or new moles that may have developed. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation identifies an unhealthy mole with the “ABCDE” characteristics.

7 Natural Tips To Boost Your Energy

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1) Eat with Purpose

You are eating for pleasure if you often crave foods that are tasty but offer no nutritional value such as foods that are processed and high in sugar.

In this case, you may want to make some changes to your diet.

One of the main keys to having great energy has to do with The foods we are putting into our bodies.

Eating foods that are processed with little to no nutritional value are not beneficial to your health or energy levels.

Therefore, it is encouraged to eat, healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein. You may also want to consider visiting a nutritionist for a health plan that is suited for you.

Flexitarian Diet: What You Should Know

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Are You A Flexitarian?

You may be a flexitarian if you eat a plant-based diet with occasional servings of animal protein throughout the week.

There are many reasons that people choose to eat this way which includes losing weight, feeling better and improving the environment.

However, if you find yourself eating more natural foods, but not necessarily eating meat at every meal, then this might be you.

The Purpose

The term, Flexitarian, started around 2003 and was recognized by the American Dialect Society as the “most useful word of the year.”

However, Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, was the first to design a guideline and diet plan relating to this way of eating.

Her book, The Flexitarian Diet, is a guide to following this healthier lifestyle.

In it, she helps the reader transition from a diet high in animal protein into a more vegetarian diet that encourages less meat intake.

The diet is broken down into 3 flexitarian levels:

Beginner: 2 meatless days per week (26 ounces of meat or poultry per week)
Advanced: 3-4 meatless days per week (18 ounces of meat or poultry per week)
Expert: 5 meatless days per week (9 ounces of meat or poultry per week)

Is Alcohol Making You Fat?

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So, you finally did it.  You’ve changed your diet for the better and boosted up your workout time.  But no matter how hard you try, it seems that you just can’t get the weight loss results that you want.

So is that cocktail that you like to have after a long day affecting your weight loss goals?

It is suggested, by many nutritionists and medical experts, that alcoholic beverages be avoided when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

However, if drinking alcohol is part of your lifestyle, then you may want to make some adjustments.

There are a few key components to consider when it comes to healthy weight and alcohol.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the average U.S. standard drinks contain the following.

Why You May Not Be Losing Weight

Calories vary quite a bit when it comes to alcoholic beverages.

Although it has become popular to drink lower calorie versions of alcoholic drinks, it isn’t often promoted or encouraged when drinking socially.

Mixed drinks such as Pina Colada’s and White Russians still remain to be the most popular drinks among many restaurants and bars.

And if you happen to visit during happy hour, you may notice that these drinks are usually part of the special or offered in a super-sized glass.

So, many times, you aren’t getting the standard serving size when you order.

The calories in these drinks can range anywhere from 300 to 750 depending on the serving size.

Most of the calories come primarily from the mixers that are added to the alcohol.

Therefore, you may want to steer away from these types of mixed drinks if you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading “Is Alcohol Making You Fat?”

Why You Should Ease Into Yoga This Year

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Yoga is commonly described as a combination of meditation, breathing techniques and controlled poses.

But are you aware that Yoga has been defined as a spiritual and physical practice that has been in existence for thousands of years?

In recent years, both modern and natural health practitioners rely on Yoga to assist patients with relaxation, natural healing, and strengthening the body.

In fact, doctors at the Montifiore Medical Center in New York have been prescribing young cancer and ADHD patients with yoga as a form of therapy.

It was found that these patients had experienced significant relief in pain and anxiety when practicing these poses.

So why should you do it?

If you recall doing any form of stretching or breathing techniques at the end of a cardio class, then you may have already practiced Yoga.

Yoga is often used because of its breathing, stretching and relaxation components.

There are many forms of Yoga that range from beginners to advanced.  So, there is no need to feel anxious about learning some of these wondrous techniques and adding them as part of your daily routine. Continue reading “Why You Should Ease Into Yoga This Year”

Side Effects of Following a Plant Based Diet

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Let’s look at what eating more plant-based foods can do for the body.

Several things happen when we eat foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts & seeds.

Studies show that bad cholesterol is lowered, brain functionality is improved, and overall health is elevated.

Not only can these foods improve the body, they can also reverse inflammation and disease, according to Dr. Milton Mills, a medical doctor in Washington D.C.

Dr. Mills further states that diets that are high in animal foods are associated with higher levels of chronic disease and earlier death.

Therefore, increasing the consumption of plant-based foods is highly beneficial for optimum health.

What About Protein?

A common myth regarding protein is that you can’t get enough by eating  plant-based foods.  But most plant foods have protein as well as other essential nutrients and vitamins. Continue reading “Side Effects of Following a Plant Based Diet”

7 Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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We’ve all done it before, made resolutions to make major changes in the upcoming year, only to crash and burn after a few weeks.

It can be easy to run out of gas on the whole “resolution thing” before you get started.

Well, here are some ways that might help your New Year’s Resolutions become more attainable.

Write it Down

This is one of the best ways to keep track of your goals.  Make a list of your resolutions and place it somewhere like the refrigerator door or near your computer so that you can see it every day.

You may also want to get a daily planner so that you can keep track of smaller goals that you may want to complete throughout the day.

Seeing this list will help you stay on target and assist in tracking your progress. Continue reading “7 Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions”

8 Easy Ways to Increase Your Metabolism

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  1. Jump-Start the Day

A sluggish metabolism may need a kick start so that it can  function the way that it should throughout the day.

Starting your day with a workout is optimal in getting your brain and muscles in to high gear. Moving your body in the morning can give you the extra energy that you need to carry you until bed time.

Don’t be afraid to try some different exercises to keep things interesting such as dance cardio workout or yoga.

  1. Eat Well

Some fad diets have been found to be negative to the body’s metabolism because of decrease in nutrients supplied to the body.

According to researchers at Virginia Tech, following an unhealthy diet for just 5 days can have negative effects to the metabolism.

However, further studies have shown that exercising and following a healthy diet full of whole grains, colorful and leafy green vegetables, and lean protein are supportive of the body’s metabolic rate.

Therefore, providing the metabolism the nutrients that it needs to flow properly.

  1. Begin with Water

As the body rests, the organs function as they should by rejuvenating and cleaning toxins from those organs.

Throughout history, studies have shown that drinking water helps to replenish the organs, increase the metabolic rate and aid in weight loss.  Other benefits are that it reduces hunger and helps the body work better.

So drink water upon waking up to help cleanse and replenish your temple. Continue reading “8 Easy Ways to Increase Your Metabolism”

Intermittent Fasting: What You Should Know

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The Purpose of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been practiced for many centuries for health and spiritual reasons, however, it has recently become one of the most popular ways to eating due to all its benefits.

Fasting, or giving the body a rest by not eating, has been known to help clear the mind, detoxify the organs and expand spiritual enlightenment.

In fact, Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine”, often prescribed his patients with rest and fasting as a way of healing the body.

How to Do It

This type of fasting may vary in duration but is commonly set on certain ratios of time that you eat followed by a set time that you are fasting. There several methods to intermittent fasting, but here are a couple of ways that it may be performed.

For example:  Eating dinner around 8pm and not eating again until 12 noon the next day would be considered a 16:8 ratio.

That is 16 hours from dinner to lunch and then followed by maybe a snack around 4pm and then dinner again at 8pm.  There would be no eating between dinner and lunch the next day.

Another common method would be a 24 hour fast.

Basically, eating a meal such as dinner and then not eating again until dinner time the next day.  This is often done once or twice a week while keeping a regular eating schedule the other 5-6 days. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting: What You Should Know”