Tips to keep you forever young…

The older I get the more I keep hearing act your age. What does act your age mean? I tend to hear this when I doing something deemed crazy (getting a black eye trying to snowboard) or silly (dancing in the grocery store singing the peaches and plums song to my mom). Does getting older mean we have to lose our sense of fun? Absolutely not! Being young at heart will also keep you young on the outside. Look at Diane Keaton at age 64 she is lovely, to me this women is ageless. Her agelessness comes from her attitude, she’s funny, charming, and has a great outlook on life. Getting older should not be a battle to look forever 21. Society should celebrate the beauty of age, not shun it because the harsh reality is you cannot avoid it.

Here are some tips to help us grow old with ease and agelessness:

  • Think young. Develop an ‘ageless attitude about yourself and everything you do
  • Act young. Do things that are fun. Find the fun in what you are already doing. I plan to learn to play the drums this summer
  • Exercise regularly – exercise does not have to mean the gym, play with your kids, go for walks, go dancing with the girls, all movement is good movement.
  • Rest often. Take ‘Power” naps everyday
  • Drink 2 – 3 liters of water daily (this is the fountain of youth ladies)
  • Start each day by drinking the juice of ½ a lemon added to a cup of warm water – to help cleanse the digestive tract, liver and kidneys.
  • Consume organic foods whenever possible
  • Make high quality protein a priority in your diet
  • Consume fish regularly
  • Avoid adulterated fats (e.g., margarine, shortening, hydrogenated fats/oils)
  • Eat four cups of vegetables daily, preferably raw or lightly steamed – at least two cups which are greens vegetables.
  • Replace white flour and white rice products with 100% whole grain counterparts
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Consume alcohol in moderation if at all
  • Avoid concentrated and refined sugars of all kinds

Now if you have laugh lines be happy because that means you are always smiling. The little crinkles around the eyes mean you have a sense of mischief. Think about those lines differently because they tell the story of your life. Embrace them, love who you are and keep smiling no matter what life throws at you. Now go act your age, by that I mean take a pole dancing class, swing on a swing, dance until the wee hours of the morning, whatever makes you laugh and feel young at heart just do it!!

Cheers!

How to ease PMS

Have you ever had one of those months when you experience all the symptoms of PMS? Where you are so bloated people ask how far along you are, or your boobs are so sore that even wearing a bra hurts. Than there are the cramps that have you doubled over in pain and wishing death to all men. My favorite is the uncontrollable cravings for chocolate and fried foods because this just leads to zits. Oh joy, now we have been transformed into a pregnant prepubescent teen with french fry grease running down our chin. So naturally that just puts you in a fowl mood, and I pity the man that says ‘What’s your problem are you PMSing?” Word of advice for the men out there if you have made the mistake of uttering those words, run! Run fast, your life depends on it.
 
Now ladies we do not have to go through this every month, diet is the key to have a non-eventful period. Here are some steps that you can take to help ease these symptoms:

Foods to avoid

  •  To prevent bloating a looking like you are in your second trimester, avoid sodium. Eliminate salt, red meats, processed and junk foods at the very least one week before your period.
  •  To ease breast tenderness avoid caffeine. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic and can deplete many important nutrients.
  •  Eat fewer dairy products. Sorry ladies this means you have to cut down on the cheese, at least for the week before and the week of. Oh while we are at it you should cut down on the wine (actually all alcohol) and sugars in any form. These foods cause valuable electrolytes to be lost through urination.

Foods and supplements to add:

  •  Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, chicken, turkey and fish. Have high protein snacks between meals.
  • Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
  • Take a calcium/magnesium supplement this will help with breast tenderness
  • Vitamin B complex this helps regulate moods and reduces stress
  • Invest in a good quality multi vitamin

Lastly get regular exercise. Exercise increases the oxygen levels in the blood, which helps in nutrient absorption and efficient elimination of toxins from the body. It also helps keep hormone levels more stable and the men in your life safe.

Let me know if this info was helpful and if there is anything that you would like to see for future Nutrition/Health tips.

Cheers!

 

Getting in those Skinny Jeans…

Winter is officially over!!!! It’s is now spring, and you haven’t worn your skinny jeans all winter and now they are a bit tighter than you remember. Did you wash them in hot water? Chances are not! You have probably gained that dreaded winter weight which most of us do; it is the law of nature. Our bodies go into survival mode; centuries ago there was a time when winter would bring great famines. Human beings over time have adapted to that possibility by storing extra fat to survive those harsh winter months. Now in the year 2010, famines in North America are a thing of the past, but our bodies are still hanging on to the fat. We also tend to eat more comfort food than usual because we have those big beautiful sweaters to hide any new bulges. Now we enter panic mode, and obsess over our muffin top. First ladies, don’t panic and throw out those skinny jeans just yet. It is not that warm out there, so we can still camouflage the troubled spots and work on our diet in the meantime.
I’m on my way to becoming a CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner) and weekly I will be sharing tips and health advice with you, because I believe health first before all else. We are nothing if we do not have our health, also how will you be able to go on that date if you don’t feel well. Our goal is to obtain optimal health and losing the extra 5 -10 pounds is just an added bonus. Now that being said lets discuss how we can get back into those skinny jeans.
1)       Water, Water, Water drink at least 3 liters of water day, I know in the winter it’s harder to do because of the cold, we’d rather have something warm and comforting to drink. Now that spring is here it’s time to get back into the habit of drinking water. Yes you will be running to the bathroom every hour but that will get under control as your body adjusts to the increase of water consumption. Not only does water keep your weight under control, it flushes the toxins from your body, and it makes your skin supple and glowing. My belief is that water is the fountain of youth; think about it, what do you find at a fountain? WATER!
2)       Fiber – Aim for 30 – 50 grams of fiber a day. The normal SAD (Standard American diet) gets about 15 grams of fiber a day. Fiber rich foods leave you feeling full and satisfied longer, this will help with over eating. In order to avoid bloating and other digestive discomfort (gas) increase your fiber intake slowly by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Good fiber sources are apples, avocado, bananas, berries, beans, lentils and greens like spinach, kale and collards.
3)       Healthy Fats (EFA’s Essential Fatty Acids) -Yes we need fat! Over the years we have been bombarded with Fat Free this and Fat Free that. We’ve obsessed over how much fat was in something rather than what we are actually eating. Most fat free products compensate for the reduced fat with increased sugar and refined carbohydrates. Healthy fat sources are Olive oil (extra virgin or virgin), olives, avocados, almonds, peanuts, sesame oil, pecans, pistachio nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, etc. Also Flax seed, flax oil, chia seeds, and Salba are also great sources of EFA’s and added fiber.
4)       Exercise – Get a least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you are new to fitness take it slow, start with daily walks. Now that the weather is nice there is no excuse not to take a nice walk around the neighborhood. For the Single Gals this will be a good chance to meet a cute jogger, stop him and chat him up about his favorite jogging trails or the size of shoes if you should feel so bold. For the ladies like me that have been exercising for years but have hit that dreaded plateau I highly recommend getting a trainer. I have one and he is great, I love working out again. If you can’t afford a trainer then change your routine, try new classes at the gym, or start jogging.
These tips are the basics to getting on the path to better health and getting into those skinny jeans again. Try this tomorrow, have a Spinach smoothie for breakfast and add flax seed. Lunch can be a salad of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, red pepper, chicken breast and some feta cheese, mixed with an olive oil vinaigrette dressing. For dinner sauté some rapini in olive oil and garlic, add Shrimp, red peppers, then mix in Quinoa and spice it anyway you like. Potein, fiber filled, healthy fat recipes are the way to go. Then try and add two fruit snacks for the day and take a walk around the neighborhood. You’ve just had yourself a healthy day…see how easy that was!
Good Luck Ladies and I hope to see you strutting your stuff this summer.
Let me know how it goes.
Cheers to Good Health!
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