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TeaGreenI’m sure you’ve heard over and over about the many benefits of drinking green tea.  In case you haven’t, here are some of the results of several studies.

Green tea blasts fat!  According to these studies, it is recommended that you have two or more servings of green tea daily, and in three or so months you may notice some weight loss.

Green tea is a cancer fighter! These studies also say that drinking three or more cups of green tea per week for at least six months, actually lowers the risk for cancers of the digestive system in women by 14 percent.

These same studies further go on to say that green tea improves your memory and even cuts those blood sugar spikes we often get!  Green tea contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful anti-oxidant polyphenol, which is excellent for the brain. The same EGCG blocks the enzyme needed for us to digest many of the starchy foods we often consume.

Polyphenols help also to repair cell damage, which is very important as we age.  Green tea leaves are not baked during the production process, so they retain more active catechins (a powerful antioxidant group) than black tea.

As we get older, and particularly if you’re someone that’s living with osteoporosis, it is recommended that we switch to green so that its phytochemicals can stimulate bone formation and help slow its breakdown.  In one study, certain green tea components boosted an enzyme that promotes bone growth and blocked the activity of cells that weaken bones.

Is all this information enough for you to start drinking green tea?  It should be.  There are many brands and types of green teas around and they can be found everywhere these days.  This should be a part of our daily regimen as middle-age people.  I have been drinking green tea on a regular basis at least for the last 5 years and I thoroughly enjoy doing so.  Make the switch today--if you haven't yet.  Will you?

 

 

 

Are you confused diet-wise?  Most of us are…and if you noticed, I said “us.”  There are so many different diets out there and different ones work for different people.

Which ones have you tried?  I have tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Paleo and am now about to try the 80/10/10.  I can tell you that I have lost weight with every one that I have tried, but still have not found one that I would stick to for life.  I’m hoping that this latest one will do the trick.
The 80/10/10 (80% carbohydrates, 10% proteins, 10% fats) diet looks similar to the lifestyle I have now adopted – eat a plant-based diet and stick with that permanently.  Not sure if I can do raw with some vegetables though.  Even nuking some of my veges a tad bit is what would work for me.
I can eat fruits all day long.  Most people can, I believe.  Being a Caribbean native where there was a plethora of fruits, there were days when all I ate were fruits – for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks!  Now for vegetables – somewhat the same except that they would probably go alongside a meal.  I was a skinny girl growing up as a result of this way of eating.
Now as a mature 50-plus adult, I’m heading back into that same direction.  It worked back then and I’m sure it will work now.
How about you? Which ones have you tried?  Which ones worked?

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I have taken the “fitness thing” even much more seriously these days.  You’d be so proud of me!  You see, I’m on a fitness-for-life mission here!
I joined a gym (and yes, I’m actually going to my workouts) and have even signed up with a Personal Trainer there for 28 weeks. Was that the best investment I’ve ever made in myself?  Emphatically, yes!  I’m totally enjoying the workouts and my body feels oh so great!
Now mind you, I got the “do you really need a trainer?” and the “you could have saved your money and work out at home” feedback from some folks.  I know they mean well, but I believe I really needed the discipline and accountability that comes with actually having a trainer.  Not sure about others but that is what works for me.  I certainly don’t see it as throwing money away; actually I see it as investment in myself.
It’s working out beautifully so far.  I train twice per week with my trainer , do yoga and Pilates each once per week, strength/resistance training on either Friday evening or Saturday mornings, and go walking for a minimum of three miles on Sunday afternoons.  It is such a wonderful feeling!
If I miss a day of working out, I actually feel very guilty, but that’s the kind of guilt I definitely don’t mind having.

I’m not trying to enter the Miss Universe contest or any such undertaking.  I’m simply trying to live a healthy, disease-free, active, and quality-filled life.

My mom is in her 92nd year and is disease-free.  She merely complains from time to time, of bodily aches (knees, shoulders, etc.) and pains.  Most of her siblings had either diabetes and/or high blood pressure and have passed away as a result of same.  Her only living sibling -- her baby brother -- has these same problems and is currently having a difficult time, unlike her.  My dad had diabetes and high blood pressure problems as well and he and all of his siblings passed away due to these diseases.  I’m therefore doubly genetically predisposed.
So that’s why staying as fit and as healthy as I can is not an option, but instead, a necessity for me.

I went walking around the mountain at Stone Mountain Park last Sunday. That was 5 miles long and it took me approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes to do so. This was my very first time walking these many miles so it was not that easy for me to do. After completing three-quarters of the journey, I needed to quit right then and there because I didn’t think I could go any further. I searched around for a bench, a wall, a huge rock - anything I could sit on to give my tired aching legs an ease - but to no avail. I’m sure this was by design by the folks who maintain the park.

Anyway, I got home, took a nice long bath, had supper and headed to bed. What a great feeling! I felt good! Why had I not been doing this all along? I couldn’t even begin to answer the question. Both of my entire legs felt as if every muscle had been worked so I know they were thanking me.

I got up this morning feeling slightly sore in both legs, but nothing to complain about. I have now set the pace to continue walking this 5-mile stretch on a regular basis, and for me this is at least twice per week.

Along with my 3-days-per-week workout at #Curves Fitness and #Zumba dance classes every other Saturday, I believe my fitness regimen is a good one -- for now. So…are you proud of me yet?

 

 

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It happened. I lost a long-time acquaintance to obesity and unfitness. Paula (not her real name) grew up as a thin, 5-feet 4-inch girl with a tiny waistline. As she grew into her late 30s, Paula noticed that she was gaining weight rapidly. It was during these times that I actually met her and she always had photos in her wallet of how thin she used to be. The then and now photos were two totally different-looking people.

I often chided her that she needed to be careful and to try to get a hold of this weight gain before it got out of hand. "When you see that you have to be buying bigger-sized clothes each time, let that be the wakeup call", I once told her. "Girl, please!" she replied. "I'll just buy a bigger size blouse if I need to!" I took that as my cue to leave her alone where that issue was concerned, so I did exactly that.

I lost contact with her for over 12 years but saw pictures of her on Facebook and in a couple newspaper articles, as she was pretty active in her high school old girls' association. She had gotten even bigger! Her arms were triple the size of what I last saw, and she looked even shorter than the 5' 4" due to the weight gain. I sighed to myself, saying that it looked as if Paula was trying to have a short life-span.

Sure enough, I received the bad news this week that Paula passed away as a result of a stroke and a massive heart attack. She had just turned 50 years old late last year. I was surprised and disappointed but somehow, not completely shocked. I saw it coming. Paula was never an active person so living a mostly sedentary life-style, being overweight and not really caring about her overall health, led to her ultimate demise. How very sad.

Folks, we must take proper care of ourselves, particularly as we get older. I certainly don't profess to be this big fitness guru, but I do try to be cognizant of what I eat, the progress of my weight (I'm on the scale every other day, just to make sure that my weight stays within a certain range), doing some sort of activity, and just overall being careful with my body as I age. Let us all do this and if you have a family member or friend whom you notice could use your help in this regard, don't be afraid to offer it. You might just be what they need to get started on the road to living healthy for the remainder of their lives.

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