All posts tagged health tips

Live Longer, Be Healthier: Become an Occasional Vegetarian

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There’s nothing wrong with loving your meat, fish and dairy products. They provide an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and important antioxidants. So if the idea of cutting these products out of your diet holds as much appeal as sitting through a politician’s speech on fiscal spending, then why not consider a compromise.

As with most things, moderation and balance is a key to enjoying life. It can be disconcerting and even alarming to read all the hype about what you should and shouldn’t be putting into your body, and you would be forgiven for being confused with what to believe.

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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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5 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Winter

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Well ladies, it’s winter and there’s no easy way to say it, but for many of us that means an increase in layers – and I don’t just mean thermals under jumpers under coats. It can also mean another layer of fat.

There is no scientific evidence to prove a biological predisposition to weight gain during the cold, grey winter months – unless you’re a hibernating animal. But nevertheless, many of us see the number on the bathroom scales creep up as the season progresses.

If you’re struggling with what to blame it on, here are some of the possible reasons why it happens.

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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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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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5 Tips to Help You Eat Healthy and Live A Vibrant, Healthy Life This Autumn Season

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One thing we can always be guaranteed of in life is change. Nature reminds us of this in the ever-changing rhythm of the seasons. Our weather has certainly changed. The temperatures have become cooler and the days are shorter. The morning air is brisk, and it’s time to start thinking about winter jackets and woolly hats.

Those long, summer days of bright berries, crisp salads and succulent fresh fruit are almost behind us. While you might be disappointed to see the last of the summer salads, there are a plethora of yummy foods for you to choose from in Autumn.

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The Top 5 Health Supplements Women need: Are You Getting Enough Of Any Of Them?

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Life is all about change. We’re constantly changing from the moment we’re born, and as women we pass through several phases of life where our bodies’ needs fluctuate. From puberty, to pregnancy, to menopause and beyond, we all need certain nutrients that our bodies can’t, or cease to manufacture, but which are essential for our complicated internal mechanisms to function properly.

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Japanese Potato: Pure Fibre, Zero Calories

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Konnyaku (Japanese potato) is a fat-free, zero-calorie food, which has been used in Japanese dishes for over 2,000 years. Japanese potato, also known as the Devil’s Tongue plant, consists of 97% water and 3% glucomannan, a fibre in the form of a viscous substance. It also contains trace minerals like calcium and other important proteins.

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