The Baby Boomer Blog
I do my best to eat healthy foods, especially as I get older and find out how important it is for my body to run at its peak performance. And I do okay – most of the time. As I've said in the past, it's amazing how most of the time I find my body gravitating toward fresh fruits and veggies and lots of grains, anyway. Give me a salad with lots of colors thrown in, and I'm happy. Give me a steak and mashed potatoes and you'll get the entire plate back, untouched.
I must admit that by the end of October I felt inundated by pink. I'll also admit that all the pink might have made me a bit grouchy. In last week's post I wrote about not being so special just because I survived cancer; that really, we all all survivors of some sort. After all, who hasn't faced difficult situations in their lives?
I'm sure by now you've heard about the U.S. Task Force's new standards for breast cancer screening. What I'm not so sure about is if any of us have been able to keep track of what's happening day to day, though. No sooner were these new recommendations made public that women and other groups, like the American Cancer Society, began to push back and question the motives and sanity behind them.
If you're planning once again to make some New Year's resolutions but are tired of making the same ones over and over and over again, here's something for you: a dive into what's getting in the way of your desire to shed some pounds.
Sometimes you need to silence your inner critic from telling you that you have no self- control—and finally find the truth behind it all.
Need some gift ideas?
Whether you're already healthy and looking to stay that way or hoping to ramp up your health in honor of the approaching new year, I've rounded up some great, practical and oh-so-useful gift ideas.
So, go ahead and drop a hint or two, or give yourself the gift of health. Either way, you're bound to get something you really want
Because it can be a long, cold winter.
I recently was bothered by a tiny black fly that kept zooming back and forth in front of my eyes. I tried swatting it away repeatedly, but it kept dodging my efforts. That bug is persistent and so quick, I thought, before finally giving up.
But when the fly came back and pulled the exact same thing the next day, and the day after that, I realized it wasn't a fly at all. And eventually it stopped hovering (or I stopped noticing).
It was a floater.
A friend of mine recently came down with shingles. At first, she thought the itchy and bumpy red rash was a reaction to something she ate.
But when she began to develop a headache and fever along with painful blisters, she was not so sure.
Her doctor diagnosed her with shingles.
She's well on her way to recovery now. Her case lasted about three weeks and could have lasted longer, according to her doctor. After hearing about her ordeal, I thought it would be helpful to share some details, because the risk of shingles rises sharply as we age.
With the approach of Thanksgiving, you're likely spending more time in the grocery store and the kitchen, busy preparing lots of food. There are certain foods you're more likely to use during this time of year, and it's important to be aware of the safety hazards associated with improper handling and storing of these, as well as proper cooking methods.
I'm not having a big crowd this year, but these tips can be applied to just about any situation, big or small. Wishing you all a happy, healthy, joyous Thanksgiving celebration!
Getting older certainly has its perks, but the reality is that aging can take its toll on many of us, despite our efforts to get out there and stay active—especially as the cold weather sets in.
No, it wasn't an exaggeration when your mother/father/grandmother or someone else rubbed their knee/elbow/back, winced and muttered, "I can feel a storm coming on."