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Tuesday, Feb 23rd 2016
We all have our share of them—those spots on our bodies where fat loves to hang out. For some, it might be areas in the lower body with lovely nicknames like "bubble butt," "thunder thighs," "cankles," "saddlebags," "love handles" or "FUPA" (you'll have to look that one up).
Then there's that fat which accumulates in areas above the belly, known affectionately as "bat wings" or "turkey neck."
Tuesday, Feb 16th 2016
Here's some good news for all of you who received dark chocolate for Valentine's Day: You're eating something that is heart-healthy. The flavonoids found in dark chocolate are friendly to your vascular health and can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to your brain and heart and make blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.
Monday, Feb 08th 2016
If you read my last post, Closet Cleaning 101, then chances are—maybe?—you've attacked your closet and gotten rid of what you don't need or no longer wear. I have semi-attacked mine, stopping short when the difficulty of parting with certain so-called "important" items became too distressing.
Monday, Feb 01st 2016
As if we didn't already know it, a lot of us are eating too much sugar. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Americans eat, on the average, about 20 teaspoons a day, with teens and men consuming the most. That adds up to an average daily calorie count of 335 for men, 230 for women, 362 for boys and 282 for girls.
Friday, Jan 29th 2016
One of the reasons I study and practice yoga is to maintain my balance during my life after 50. We do poses to improve our balance on two feet with poses such as "Warrior" and on one foot with poses such as "Tree." Being better balanced can help prevent falls as we age.
Tuesday, Jan 26th 2016
Lately I find myself wanting to rid myself of a lot of clothing in my closet.
Maybe it's because it's a new year. Or maybe because by this time, I've finally embraced the whole quality over quantity thing. Besides, it is altogether true that there is truth to that 80/20 rule: You wear 20 percent of your clothing 80 percent of the time. So, who needs all those shirts/pants/dresses/shoes/boots/sandals/sneakers anyway?
Monday, Jan 18th 2016
Every five years, U.S. law requires an update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were created in 1980 to help educate consumers about healthy nutrition.
After all, who can't use a reminder for good or better habits, a way to maximize our health and reduce our risk for chronic diseases?