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According to Jean Langlois, ScD, an investigator in epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD, women over the age of 50 that lose a lot of weight are actually at greater risk of fracturing their hips.  In fact, the study showed that when women lost 10% of their weight or more after the age of 50 their chance of fracturing their hip more than doubled. As a precautionary measure, physicians recommend that women reach an optimal weight and stay at that size, taking into account, however, that heart disease associated with being overweight is even more dangerous than a hip fracture. 

Exercise is always good for reducing pounds and inches but did you know that women who participate in aerobic workouts up to three times per week have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Amazingly, anorexia is not an eating disorder that affects young women reports Paul L. Hewitt PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Only 25% of the women who die from anorexia are overachieving, young women, in fact, the majority, four out of five, who lose their lives due to anorexia nervosa, are a shocking 45 years of age or even older.

Many women are closet smokers who use nicotine as a measure to control their appetites and because of this strategy suffer years later even after they have given up smoking because they are two to three times more likely to suffer from incontinence than those who never smoked cigarettes at all. Studies indicate that nicotine constricts the bladder, causing unintentional urine leakage. 

The foods mature women eat have a big influence on their overall health. Few women meet their calcium requirements says Ethel Siris, MD, professor of clinical medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. Bone thinning is grossly undiagnosed in women over 50. Women with low bone density suffer broken bones at twice the rate of those with normal bone density and those with osteoporosis, four times the rate.  The recommended intake of calcium for women 25 to 50 years of age is 300 mg of calcium, eight ounces of milk or yogurt.

Here are some more interesting facts about weight loss involving women 40, 50 and beyond…

Facts about Women Losing Weight After 40 / 50

Losing Weight after 50

http://www.riverofhopeinternational.org/home-and-family/losing-weight-after-50-often-ignored-facts-about-the-fast-ways-to-lose-fat-and-excess-weight

How to Lose Weight for Women Over 50

http://www.livestrong.com/article/90509-lose-weight-women-over/

Fighting 40’s Flab

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/fighting-40s-flab

Losing Weight After 40

http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20050418001/tscript.htm

Weight loss through hypnosis

http://www.dallasfastweightloss.com/fastweightloss/successstories.php

Here’s what to do tomorrow 1st thing if you cannot lose weight after 50

http://www.nowloss.com/cant-lose-weight.htm

YouTube Video – Unbelievable Research to help eventually minimize the effects of aging

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSs1C-MmJ4&feature=related

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Everyone has a different idea about what constitutes a great weekend.  My idea of two days of fun varies from week-to-week depending on what was going on when my week came to an end.  I always experience a sense of excitement on Friday afternoons even if I am not working a routine five day schedule.  It is nice to have a couple of days to play with and to make special plans.  Some of my weekends are all booked up with leisure activities, while during others; I just kind of hang loose and only participate in spontaneous events. 

The best part of weekends is that I allow myself to enjoy guilt-free play.  The main thing is that I try to refrain from any reminders of work, at least until late Sunday night when I have to begin to prepare for, and get organized, to meet all the demands for the following week. 

Every Monday, I take a few minutes to reflect on how I spent the weekend.  Recalling all the wonderful memories leaves me feeling energized and ready to get back into my work.  I have made a list of some of my favorite activities that I believe amount to a great weekend experience.  I am certain you will have your own ideas to add. Enjoy!

Here is what I think makes a weekend really special. I hope you will agree.

  • Sleeping in
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Delightful neighbors
  • Baseball games
  • Starring up at the stars
  • Playing cards
  • Long drives in the country or along the shoreline
  • Dinner and dancing
  • Sunday brunch
  • Dinner parties
  • Home visits
  • Saturday night dates
  • Washing the car
  • Catching up with paperwork
  • Window shopping in quaint little townships
  • Lunch with the girls
  • Attending a concert, symphony, opera or a ballet
  • Going to the museum
  • Meeting friends at the open market
  • Grocery shopping for the coming week
  • An afternoon snooze
  • A cup of tea and a good book
  • Volunteering to help out at church
  • Car racing
  • Rollerblading in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Motor boating
  • Escaping to a bed and breakfast for two whole days
  • Listening to our favorite music CD
  • Picnics
  •  Facials
  • Manicures
  • Massages

 

  • Buying a new dress
  • Getting a new hairdo or a great haircut
  • Taking _________to the dog park to play
  • Walking in the woods
  • Waterskiing
  • Browsing in a favorite bookstore
  • Meeting a friend for coffee
  • Flying a kite
  • Hanging out doing absolutely nothing!

 

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Eco-friendly approaches are natural modifications that inspire healthy living. I came across a great book the other day that made me think about living in an eco-conscious way, in other words, living green. It is entitled: Designs for a Healthy Home – an eco-friendly approach by author Dan Phillips. The book is all about using non-toxic materials that are long-lasting, well-made and multi-functional, most importantly; the book focuses on the things that we can easily recycle. 

Some of the major features it covers are the essential elements; things that include, but are not limited to the basic fundamentals such as: space, clean air, water conservation, heating and cooling systems as well as; all internal and external materials. Phillips reminds us of how vital it is that if we have not already done so, that we should move toward a more ecologically sympathetic and caring lifestyle, one which supports one another and our desire to embrace what is natural and not synthetic.

The principles of eco-friendly approaches are many. Here are 10:

  1. Decrease the strain on the world’s resources
  2. Reduce and reuse
  3. Think renewable power and alternative energy (such as solar)
  4. Creating green space in the community
  5. Providing inspiring ways with which to improve our relationships
  6. Preserving the natural elements of the world
  7. Performing household maintenance chores without damaging the earth or polluting the air with carcinogens
  8. Saving energy and resources wherever and whenever possible
  9. Make conscientious choices without destroying the future for us all
  10. Lending our support to our local communities as much as we can and in as many ways that we can

Some Other Identifiable Concepts:

  • Going green
  • Living green
  • Green consumers
  • Co-op America
  • Socially responsible investments
  • Green festivals
  • Green Kids
  • Balanced societies
  • Community uplifting
  • Eco-friendly systems
  • Women-centric sanitary approaches
  •  Eco-initiatives
  • Eco-rating
  • Pigment-rich, eco-friendly paints
  • Recycled materials
  • Eco-friendly wallpaper paste
  • Ecological wood furnishing
  • Organic compounds
  • Green dining
  • Green restaurant movement
  • Green restaurant association
  • Organic beer and wine
  • Government assisted green upgrades
  • Green construction standards
  • Sustainable building projects
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Healthy homes
  • Sociable cities

More on this topic

Green Spring Cleaning

http://www.foxprovidence.com/dpp/rhode_show/eco-friendly-approach-to-cleaning-house

Example of an Eco-friendly approach

http://www.honest-1.com/blog/50-an-eco-friendly-approach-to-auto-maintenance-and-repair

Designs for a Healthy Home

http://www.amazon.com/Designs-Healthy-Home-Eco-Friendly-Approach/dp/1579590713

How to Identify Eco-friendly Products

http://www.youtube.com/user/YTLiveGreen

Where to get Eco-friendly Training

http://agreenliving.net/eco-friendly-training-for-a-greener-future/

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Now, that we have moved into the summer months there is a wide selection of fresh and inexpensive fruits and vegetables available. Juicing is a quick, convenient and inexpensive way to obtain food nutritional substances that can provide us with the necessary nourishment to assist us in becoming healthier by maintaining better mood balance and physical endurance. With just the simple act of drinking raw vegetables and fruits we can speed up their absorption into our systems.

Juicing increases the amount of nutrients which we can take in during a single meal and helps them to get into our bodies faster in comparison to solid foods sources. Better still, is the fact that it reduces the intake of chemicals or additives that would normally contribute to disease since it is virtually free of this kind of matter.

Radical changes need not be made in the beginning. If we want to experience juicing and its contributions to our daily diet we can slowly replace portions of our meals (servings of fruits and vegetables) with their liquid counterparts. For example, we can juice carrots, spinach or broccoli and once blended, replace their juice with their solid variation, instead of serving them as a traditional side dish on our plate.   

Another way we can integrate juicing into our diet would be to add at least a glass of fruit or purified liquid vegetables to our pre-existing food servings as a nutritional supplement to ensure that we are getting the sources of these nutrients our bodies require. 

Juicing can contribute to the flavor of our meals by adding juice combinations to our cooking in the form of bases (substitutions for simmering liquids, in sauces) or as the main ingredient in salad dressings.  The pulp can be used as an extra additive in food recipes. Fruit that has been juiced can be included in gelatin and pudding desserts, not to mention, in a variety of other tasty treats such as fruit cocktails or refreshing summer coolers. 

 Here are some additional reasons to consider juicing –

 

  • The body gets enzymes from the raw foods that are contained in the juice
  • Enzymes help convert food into body tissue and energy
  • Enzymes increase metabolic rate
  • Offers an ample supply of phytochemicals (substances inherent in plants) that help fight off disease
  • High concentrations of antioxidants are supplied and combined with other immune enhancing properties
  • Helps improve clarity of complexion
  • Controls episodic outbreaks of acne  and other skin disorders
  • Improves deprivation of light omission from sun) SAD
  • Detours some of the indications of aging  (stiffness, aches and pains) by helping improve muscle tone
  • Encourages quick weight loss
  • Adds pure food with no additives or preservatives to our diet
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Contributes to better heart health

How to Select a Good Juicer –

  • At least one horse power and preferably more
  • Look for one with a long-term warranty
  • Capable of making pulp free juice too
  • Must be maneuverable
  • As much stainless steel in its construction as possible
  • Must be able to break down into parts to easily clean
  • With dishwasher safe attachments
  • You’ll want a machine that does not vibrate
  • One that extracts maximum juice from fruits and vegetables
  • One that is safe and affordable
  • A make and model that can produce anything juices not just liquid from fruit

Detoxing –

With Detoxing we can clean out our digestive tract and in so doing, strengthen our immune systems. This can be accomplished by:

  • Making the proper selection of the right foods for purifying our digestive systems
  • a comprehensive study on how to prepare produce fruits and vegetables for detoxing
  • and of course, permission from our health providers to eliminate toxins from our bodies

Weight loss benefits:

Juicing in combination with detoxing and the necessary lifestyle changes such as more exercise, better nutrition and assistance with emotional issues that can contribute can lead to massive changes in weight. Unlike other alternative methods that help us to downsize, juicing can get us to focus on improving nutrition and building a more sound foundation for fitness rather than just focusing on losing pounds.  

The gradual absence of more solid foods gives us time to readjust to eliminating less positive behavioral habits that surround our eating routines and allows us to slowly reintroduce ourselves to healthier choices (more balanced nutrients) and to reevaluate our previous portion sizes. We can temporarily forego counting calories; by following published set guidelines to help us get started.  If juicing works for us, we can find a better way of nourishing our bodies with the nutrients that come directly from nature’s foods.

More on this topic –

Food Gear – how to buy a juicer

U-tube video –

http://www.howcast.com/videos/25358-Food-Gear-How-To-Buy-a-Juicer

Juice Fasting – the right and wrong ways to go about it and who can and cannot do it!

 

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/detoxcleansing/a/juice_fasting.htm

7 – Day Detox Juice Fast

http://altmedicine.about.com/b/2004/08/27/7-day-detox-juice-fast-2.htm

Juice Fast.org  – how to overcome addictions with juice fasting

http://altmedicine.about.com/b/2004/08/27/7-day-detox-juice-fast-2.htm

Beginning juicing recipe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d6SlcQObZo  

Juicing for Brain Food – some great food recipes

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH5y-TUTUiY&feature=fvwrel

Juicing to help reduce blood pressure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsnZjR90S4&feature=related

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting a wonderful woman who understood my need to take better care of myself.  She was all about eating right and thinking right because of what she was putting into her body. She was very knowledgeable and she spent over an hour discussing her philosophy about good health and daily nutrition with me.   As she was speaking, I could not help but think about how clear she was about the importance of taking care of her body.  Here was a person who wanted to make the most of herself by eating low-calorie foods, getting the nutrients that a good diet provides and by adhering to a nutritional support system she had meticulously thought out in very specific detail.

It was wonderful to be in the company of such a woman who was so in touch with her own vitality and where she was getting it from.  She shared with me how she not only educated herself, but captured her son’s attention as well and motivated him to rethink his eating routines.   I could see that she had made herself an expert on the subject and she was making a concentrated effort to encourage me to do the same. 

What made this woman so remarkable is the way she treated her body as a temple, not compromising it in any way by putting into it so many of the eatable toxins that most of us have been ingesting for years.  She warned me that some of my choices were poisonous and were creating problems that I am not even aware of yet, consequences that were sure to eventually interfere with the long-term state of my health down the road.

I listened very carefully to her words because her intention to help me was so sincere that I wanted to honor her by taking her warnings to heart. I even recorded all her well-meaning recommendations on a note pad, jotting down pages of her thoughts as she spoke about refined substances and the harmful effects of nutrition less carbohydrates. I did not want to miss a thing she was explaining to me about supplements since she had decided to provide me with a wealth of knowledge that could really make a substantial difference in my overall wellness.

She listed so many reasons why I should not continue on the path I am currently on, eating foods that slow me down and interfere with my mental processes, leaving me feeling lethargic in the late afternoon hours.   I knew because of her conviction that at least some of her advice was bound to inspire me to change my bad habits immediately. 

She gave me a “can do” formula that I could easily follow; step-by-step that would help me to transform what I eat into body fuel that would give me energy and not leave me feeling deprived or hungry within a couple of hours, or worse, drowsy at the end of my work day, drained of all my liveliness. 

She made me see that the only solution to making alterations in my diet and exercise routine is the realization that these modifications in my habits had to be made and that only my willingness to enact the necessary behavioral changes required would lead to a better state of being.

In honoring this women’s time yesterday and by respecting her knowledge, I am choosing to educate myself on the things I must do that will make an enormous difference in the not-too-distant future.  

I awoke this morning very determined to skip my usual cup of coffee and replace it instead with a piping mug of hot lemon water and to exercise for an hour before showering, sitting down to a modest breakfast of fresh fruit, a sensible serving of protein and some healthy grains.

I also decided to create a graph that will show me by charting my efforts, my progress as I slowly integrate some of the changes she introduced me to.  After our talk I realized that there is more to good health than merely wanting to eat right, there is the desire to not only consider what goes into our bodies, and to eat right, but to avoid the things that create imbalances and interrupt our intention to care for ourselves in the best way possible.  This very kind and considerate woman was a Godsend to me and I am very grateful for the unexpected interest she expressed in wanting to help me, help myself.

More on Nutritional Information

Super Food and Health Foods

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuRnJQeVa08

The Importance of Enzymes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pyq3FRmcAI

Digestion Secrets Nutrient Absorption

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/drmao/digestion-secrets-nutrient-absorption-and-energy

Visit the # 1 – Natural Health Website – learn important information about how to exercise properly to gain  maximum results

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/kathy-smith-energize-and-restore.aspx

10 Ways to Destress and Eat Less

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/top-10-ways-to-destress-and-eat-less

Slide Show Tips to Strengthen Immune System

http://www.webmd.com/diet/slideshow-strengthen-immunity

Recommendations for Single Dieters

http://www.tipsonhealthyliving.com/diet-and-fitness/7-quick-cooking-tricks-for-single-dieters

Video on Low Carb Choices

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZbQPu08m0I

Thinking Thin

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9521105

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In his book “Anatomy of an Illness” Reflections of Healing and Regeneration, Norman Cousins recants the story of a man named Charles Thierry. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the year 1850 and lived to be 108 years old. Thierry was what I have come to identify as a spiritually centered athlete. He trusted nature, he trusted his own intuitive feelings and most of all he trusted God.

While his other friends turned to doctor’s orders, prescribed medications and were less active due to periodic or chronic depression, Thierry turned to long walks and energetic hikes in the country side. It was a daily habit that he had long cultivated even prior to his retirement. By the time Charles, a silversmith, was “put out to pasture” so to speak (at the age of 93) he was just coming into his own as a spiritual athlete. Despite his age or any aches or pains he may have been experiencing along the way, Thierry made certain that he enthusiastically walked every single day: rain or shine, regardless of the season, or the weather conditions permitting. At the age of 103 he contracted influenza and had the difficulties one would expect for a man recovering at such a late stage in his life. His physician at the time was a believer in the divine power of the mind and in nature and its recuperative properties.

He supported Charles’s intuitive health regimen and encouraged him to hit the trails again just as soon as he felt inclined to do so. Thierry eventually was well enough and resumed his routine walks with the same zest and dedication that he had always had until he came down with pneumonia and died five years later at the age of 108.

I think that athletic centurions are the best evidence of God’s spirit at work. According to Norman Cousins in the introduction of his book, men like Elias Metchnikoff present a cheerful picture of many elderly people he studied in Russia and in France. They live to a ripe old age because they remain active to the very end of their lives. Most of the people Cousins observed also participated in community affairs which would most likely, indicate a spiritual basis of some sort for their ongoing involvement all the way to the very last days of their existence. In the final analysis faith and physical fortitude worked to maintain a quality of life that gave the aged a different experience of their maturing years. These factors, in combination worked side by side to keep their bodies and minds in check along with a healthy restraint for the things in this world that would weaken their resistance leaving them more susceptible to disease.

Others Thoughts on This and Related Subjects –

Catholic Nun Raises the Bar for Older Athletes

http://www.secondact.com/2010/06/sister-madonna/

About Norman Cousins author of “Anatomy of an Illness”

http://www.answers.com/topic/cousins-norman

Living to 100 and Beyond

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/living-to-100-and-beyond/

A life Well and Vigorous Lived and Some Marvelous Quotes on this topic

http://www.muscle-4life-nutrition.com/Bible-Quotes.html

Utube- The Most Inspirational Athletes – Just take a look at these positive images of aging

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NWZbVb_DLU

Tips for Aging Athletes

http://thesportfactory.com/site/trainingnews/Tips_For_The_Aging_Athlete.shtml

On the Topic of Growing Old – Why Asking Questions and Embracing Uncertainty is Good for You

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-06-2010/the_author_speaks_how_asking_questions_and_being_nosy_awakens_the_spirit_.html

The Spiritual Athlete – Brief Book Review

http://www.monasticdialog.com/a.php?id=529

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Good Morning,

I love the holiday season. I like what it brings out in people. It seems to make them so nostalgic.  I hear the most inspirational stories from strangers I encounter during the Christmas season.  I also appreciate the beautifully orchestrated window themes in all the shop windows.  I even enjoy the holiday music played in my local grocery stores and in the elevators of the buildings in our nearby business district.

I do not like to think of the enormous demands placed on young parents by their children for presents that they really cannot afford.  I don’t appreciate driving around in endless circles until I come across a parking space when I have a ton of errands to run. I hate the thought of the bills coming due in the next couple of months after all the gift giving festivities have ended.  It is a chaotic time because my schedule becomes over taxed with all the extra engagements, and it seems as if there is never enough time to participate in all the merriment I would like to.

If I am not diligent, I find myself overdoing it, cutting corners on my self-care routines, exhausting my energy. Too much activity can easily cause a strain on my already overcompensated lifestyle.  My antidote is to reach for Dr. Rachel Harris’s book: “20 Minute Retreats.” There are more than 190 different retreats developed to soothe the trials of the season and any other mentally challenging situations that come up throughout the year.

Dr. Harris makes inner retreating so easy that we can place this vital inner-work in the same context as other daily rituals we perform such as brushing our teeth, reading the morning paper, or chatting on the phone. There is a selection of antidotes for tension or other concerns related to mental wellness that require no more of our time than a mere one-to-five minute departures from our holiday activities.

Here are Some Highlights I Excerpted from Her Exceptional Book that I Personally Found Extremely Valuable Amidst all the Business of the Season –

  • Ways in which we can experience the world of the spirit more in our daily lives
  • Embracing the magical qualities of life as they naturally unfold during the course of our day
  • Taking in all the comforts our homes provide when we return after a day of stressful working conditions
  • How to avoid becoming mired in the quicksand of negative thinking
  • How to practice mindful attention
  • Why it is so important to pause before uttering words of regret and some techniques to ensure that we can do so in the heat of the moment
  • Ways that we can recognize the magnificence of our personal journey as we travel down our own individual and very sacred path
  • How to bring about tranquility in what would otherwise be a very chaotic atmosphere
  • How to avoid feeling disconnected
  • Instructions for a series of twenty-minute retreats – step-by-step so they can be clearly interpreted and practiced
  • There are retreats for each aspect of our lives that focus on areas such as; our faith, forgiveness, gratitude, healing, intuition, joy, love, patience, peace and relaxation, self-acceptance and self-care

Dr. Harris makes the act of inner retreating so simple and easy to integrate into our hectic worlds.  She presents us with a way in which we can place them in the same context as other common rituals we perform without a second thought. The best way I can convey this is to reiterate the words I read from the text that compare her retreats to other simplistic activities such as the brushing of our teeth, reading the newspaper, or chatting on the phone. There is even a selection of stress-free antidotes that require no more of our time than one-to-five minutes.

Harris’s book is hailed by the most impressive list of supporters an author on this subject could hope for – including, but not limited to:  Dr. Phillip Goldberg coauthor of: Making Peace with Your Past, Daniel Gottenlieb, Ph.D., columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jennifer Louden, author of the Women’s Retreat Book and Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A Glimpse into Dr. Rachel Harris’s Book – “20 Minute Retreats” some excerpts

http://books.google.com/books?id=U817M3sgQBcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Dr.Rachel+Harris+-+20+MINUTE+RETREAT&source=bl&ots=_GJE6J56dl&sig=TmcMj0-3EsG0sEtb8dEbxnzBfak&hl=en&ei=-YHwTL63J4T6lwfl2tyEDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

SoulfulLiving.com

http://www.soulfulliving.com/selfcare.htm

Invitation to a Daily Mini-Retreat

http://ezinearticles.com/?An-Invitation-to-a-Daily-Mini-Retreat&id=3851637

Spiritual Retreats – Part 2

http://ezinearticles.com/?Spiritual-Retreats,-Part-Two&id=4513820

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