Note from Pauline Durban, founder of cabotparticlematters - Susan, from susanafter 60.com, formally fiftynotfrumpy.com is a big fan of cabotparticlematters and features us often. This blog post is perfect for this time of year (or any time of year really). Take a look.
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Learning to make your needs a priority, can seem foreign if you’ve spent most of your life caring for others, or in a stressful work environment. It has taken quite some time for me to allow myself to pursue what makes me truly happy, as opposed to that which is required.
I no longer pay attention to trends or indulge in impulse shopping. Instead of trying too hard to appear youthful, I strive to look and feel my best at every age. Learning which foods most benefit my health has been truly life-changing.
Food was often my enemy during my working life. I rarely took the time to eat a healthy meal or even consider what might be best for me. My weight fluctuated considerably, and I was often ill. Even five extra pounds can cause back and knee pain to return. My sleep quality and overall health are also negatively affected by just a few extra pounds.
Above is an example of one of my late lunches. Food choices in American can be abundant but not at all nutritious. Processed foods have little nutritional value, but lots of sugar and many calories, which means you will continue to feel hungry even if you just ate two hours ago. Sugar is highly addictive, so the more you eat it, the more you crave it.
About ninety percent of the time, I have only two meals per day. I eat highly nutritious foods, so I never feel hungry at night. I find that the more ingredients in an item, the less nutritional value there is. Fresh and frozen organic vegetables are a significant part of my diet.
Better food, fashion, and lifestyle choices have certainly benefited me in the past few years. Curling up with a good book now gets high priority because that brings me much more joy than going to another function or meeting. A day at home with no responsibility is a rare treasure that I enjoy to the fullest.
The elements of my looks are rarely new, so I share highlighted links to similar current items, often at luxury and medium price points. The shopping links in my posts may result in a small commission for me at no additional cost to you.
The Great Alone: by Kristin Hanna is the best novel I’ve read in years. Books were my first friends, so I’m very grateful to now have the time to enjoy reading at my leisure.
Some folks abandon their New Year’s resolutions before the first week of January is over. That might be because we mostly plan to give up things, so I suggest adding a few good habits.
The most important habit to form is drinking lots of water. Drink a half-ounce of water for every pound you weigh every day. This formula came from my father’s Cardiologist. It is scary how many serious health problems you can stack up just from not drinking enough water.
Eat more vegetables. Steam them, grill them, roast them, add them to your soups and salads, or eat them raw, never fried.
Get your heart pumping! Spend twenty minutes moving your body with enthusiasm every day. It might be dancing while you are cleaning up after breakfast (you should see me dancing around the kitchen to Bon Jovi!) or go for a long brisk walk as often as you can. Just do it!
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