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Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing In Your 50s

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In a game of test cricket, when a batsman reaches his half-century, it’s lauded as a milestone. But for some women, the very thought of reaching their 50s is nothing to cheer about. As someone who has been through the troubling thirties and the fabulous 40s, I can say with unabashed self-righteousness that life just keeps getting better. Unlike my eyesight, hindsight is 20/20 and if I had even an inkling of how liberated and content I would feel at this age, I wouldn’t have worried so much.
Fortunately, times are a changing, and turning 50 these days is not the same for us in the 21st century as it was for women 50 years ago. Let’s take a look at how far we have come since the 1960s:

BACK THEN…

  • It was unheard of for women to earn the same money as men even when they did the same work (as well as running a household and raising a family)
  • Women were not encouraged or allowed to attend law school, medical school, be airline pilots, movie directors, TV presenters or any other career deemed a ‘male only’ domain.
  • The contraceptive pill became widely available, and along with the recognition of the right to abortion, they were not as tied to the home as they had been.
  • Child care became a big issue, and with new government funding and initiatives, this allowed women to enter the workforce without bearing the stigma and guilt of leaving their children
  • Women had very little available in the way of education about their bodies, and how to look after them

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Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing In Your 40s

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This is Part 2 of a 3-part series which may be helpful for those women who have ‘crossed over’ from one decade into the next. For many women, their 30s are the years where their path in life becomes clear.

If you started a family, chances are that by now, your children are at school or beyond, and your life is more like a Category 1 hurricane than the major Cat. 4 typhoon it was a few short years ago. Sometimes the 40s are referred to as the ‘in between’ decade. It is, in effect a dress rehearsal of sorts for menopause, and for some women this is hard to accept because we were just buying our first training bra a minute ago…right?

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Top 5 Things you Should Be Doing In Your 30s

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Nothing can throw a woman off kilter more quickly than a birthday signifying a new decade. In your teens and 20s, your life is a magnificent smorgasbord of tasting and testing, exploration and discovery, trial and error.

Then suddenly – the clock ticks over – you enter your 30s, and you’re forced to choose a direction instead of simply meandering. If you haven’t already, you begin to claim your own path, and start building your legacy in life.

Everyone is different of course, and many of these tips and observations may not apply, but for the purposes of this blog, I can interject personal experiences with general hypotheses, and hopefully help reveal some perspective.

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The World Cup Runneth Over

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I’m told that the countdown to the World Cup begins. This means that from June 12th and for the ensuing month or so… the sport-loving men, women and children in your life will be bleary eyed from staying up late, hoarse from all that spectator participation, and probably stressed out from unsatisfactory game results.

Those World Cup fans who live in Germany are lucky, because German employers are understanding and sympathetic towards soccer fanatics. It’s been reported that they’re allowing their employees to turn up late for work next day if they’ve stayed up too late to watch the games. For the rest of the world, it’s business as usual, and you’ll just have to suffer for your sport.

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5 Mistakes Women Make In Middle Age

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No-one would argue that getting older is not much fun. Especially the way it seems to creep up on us. One moment we’re flaunting our style in sexy clothes, hair and makeup, carrying ourselves with self assurance and able to keep up life’s busy pace – with energy left over. The next moment, we’re wondering why our style no longer seems so sexy, we’re doubting our role in life – and sneaking nanna-naps in the afternoon.

For many of us, middle age can be fraught with mental tension and stress, not to mention physical aches and pains.

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Top 5 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts That Your Mum Will Love

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Mother’s Day is wonderful time to reflect and honour one of the most important and influential people in our lives.

To trace the earliest history of Mothers Day, you’ll need to go back to ancient Greece, to the annual spring festival which the people dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, the wife of Cronus and mother of many deities of Greek mythology including the mighty Zeus.

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How Bee Pollen Can Make Your Sex Life Sparkle

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The Greeks certainly knew their stuff when it came to all aspects of health and wellbeing. The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates once said, ‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food’. Another wise old Greek, Aristotle, made countless observations of nature, especially plants and their value in nourishing and healing. And Plato once said ‘The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.’

One of the most revered of nature’s foods was bee pollen. It was called ambrosia, or the life giving dust and was used, amongst other things, as a tonic to boost energy and enhance libido.

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What Are Allergies?

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If you are bothered by allergy symptoms, you are not alone. In the Pacific Northwest, even seasonal allergies can occur during much of the year: February-April for trees; May-September for grass; and May-October for weeds. In addition, allergies to dust mites, mold and animal dander usually bother people throughout the year.

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Celebrating Life After A Stroke

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Chances are, you know someone who has had a stroke, or have possibly been through the dreadful experience of having suffered a stroke yourself. I write this from the unenviable perspective of someone who has indeed stepped from the comfort of ‘normality’, through a portal and into a different world where I’m now an unfortunate addition to the growing number of women each year who become stroke victims.

It happened on March 9th, 2014, the day before my 56th birthday, while holidaying in Toronto, Canada. It’s a birthday I won’t easily forget, and as far as gifts go, I would have preferred a dressing gown and fluffy slippers. Instead of celebrating as planned in a fancy restaurant, I was in intensive care in a specialist neurology hospital undergoing CT scans and a rather unpleasant angiogram. Rather than toasting with a nice champagne, I was being drip-fed morphine and nitroglycerine. I know it doesn’t sound like much fun, and it wasn’t…but I consider myself incredibly lucky and blessed to be writing this.

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Why A Daily Dose Of Resveratrol Makes For A Healthy Heart

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It’s an old adage, but it’s true. You are what you eat. Many women, especially as they approach middle age, don’t eat the right things. Unfortunately, neglecting your nutritional needs can lead to a great many health problems as we age.

Often in their youth, many women exclude nutritious foods and embark on ‘diets’, with the primary goal of restricting calorie intake, and eliminating fats and carbohydrates altogether, usually to lose weight. We now know that these ‘diets’ can do more harm than good by affecting metabolism, introducing bad eating habits like bingeing and purging and generally depriving the body of the right nutrients to be healthy.

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