Can We Live To Be 1,000?

One of the reasons I am so focused on health, wellness, fitness, exercise and nutrition is that I honestly believe those of us in middle-age have a very real and legitimate prospect of living for well in excess of 100 years.  And I’m not talking about just existing, but enjoying a quality of life that will actually make you want to live longer.  This could be great news for Baby Boomers, who have always been fighting the “establishment” and testing all boundaries.

I am a big fan of TED talks and the video below deals directly with the topic of aging.  Unfortunately, Aubrey deGray, the brilliant speaker in the video, has a British accent and speaks rapidly on some fairly technical subtopics, but his message on aging is poignant and important.  In a nutshell, he believes that within the next 10-15 years, there will be a breakthrough in the fight against aging that will add another 30 years to the life expectancy of those healthy individuals now in middle-age.  More importantly, he argues that the ensuing improvements in anti-aging will occur at a pace and create further extensions that will stay ahead of the rate these same individuals are actually aging, thus keeping them alive indefinitely.  Mind boggling…………a huge shift in the aging paradigm!

Take the time to watch the video below to understand the science behind deGray’s theory.  It could be another reason for you to make the decision today to take better care of yourself and do something about your health and fitness.  You could be around a lot longer than you thought!

What do you think?

God Bless

Oh, Honey, I Really Do Love You!

Need something sweet?  Reach for the honey!  Aside from being sweeter than sugar, there are material health benefits to using honey over other sugar products.  Honey contains a significant amount of different vitamins, minerals and other useful nutrients.  The most important benefit of honey over sugar is that honey contains complex carbohydrates, along with fructose and glucose, meaning the energy released from honey occurs over a longer period of time, reducing the effects of a “sugar spike”.

Honey also contains amino acids, which are the building blocks for protein and muscle.  While the amounts found in honey are moderate, honey does contain two very important amino acids, tryptophan and lysine, which are not found in fruits and vegetables, only animal sources.  This makes honey an important food source for vegetarians or for those who try to limit their meat consumption. Honey contains most vitamins and minerals that we need for a balanced diet.  It does contain significant amounts of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C and Potassium, a mineral in which many people are deficient.  Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and water retention, and in many ways counteracts the harmful effects of high sodium consumption.  B-complex vitamins are used to convert food into energy, and Vitamin C is important for the immune system and for proper skin and mucus membrane integrity.  Honey also contains some of the same beneficial bacteria found in yogurt, called probiotics.  These bacteria are needed by the body in the intestines to help digest food.

Some interesting tidbits:

  • Honey has a laxative effect on the digestion system and helps provide relief from constipation.
  • Honey has been effective with the treatment of persistent coughs and sore throat.
  • Consumption of honey is believed to provide relief from diarrhea and dysentery.
  • Honey has been found to have anti-bacterial properties, which seem to increase when it is diluted with water.
  • Honey helps in cleansing blood and has positive effects on the regulation of blood circulation.
  • Having antiseptic properties, honey is good for treating burns, infected surgical wounds and ulcers.
  • Honey is easily digested by the most sensitive stomachs and helps kidneys and intestines function better.
  • Honey is good for improving appetite, especially in children.
  • Honey reduces the production of acid in the mouth and thus, is good for maintaining oral health.
  • Being much lower in calories, as compared to sugar, and having a very low fat content, honey is good for those trying to lose weight.
  • Honey, with properties to make the body heal faster, helps in convalescence.
  • Majority of the allergies can be treated with raw honey.
  • Taking 1 tsp. of honey mixed with juice of half a lemon and added to a glass of hot water helps reduce stomach pain.
  • When used in the form of face packs, honey helps in rejuvenating the skin and also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Honey has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from anemia, asthma, baldness, fatigue and exhaustion, hay fever, headaches, high blood pressure, infertility, insect bites, insomnia, osteoporosis, paralysis, stress, tuberculosis.

Pretty impressive list of benefits!  For all you Baby Boomers out there, next time you need a sweetener, think HONEY!

 

God Bless

 

 

 

Weight-loss By Super Food

Last weekend, I gave my friends and followers an assignment to read an article from Oprah’s “O” Magazine (See “This Will Change Your Life……” below).  The extensive article basically made the point that there are exotic “Super Foods” from around the world that have remarkable medicinal, nutritional, energy, weight-loss and mood-enhancing effects.  It would be a herculean effort to get these diverse Super Foods into your diet on a daily basis, except for a product called Shakeology.  This powdered shake mix has 70 different ingredients chosen specifically to produce a powerful nutritional supplement or, more importantly for weight-loss, a once-a-day meal replacement.  Taken daily, in place of one of your regular meals, it will supercharge your weight-loss with only 140 calories, revitalize and energize you, and provide the nutrients you need for a healthier lifestyle.

Although I am now a user and have personally experienced these kinds of results,  you don’t need to take my word for what this product can do for you.  If you are serious about losing weight and want to do it intelligently, making sure your energy levels are high, you’re getting powerful nutritional value and your appetite is curbed with positive moods, then take the time to watch the video below where 100 doctors share their personal and professional experience with Shakeology.  It is the sensible way to shed some weight and improve your overall health at the same time.

Please post any comments or questions below!

God Bless

Need More Cash?

Welcome to the “new economy“, Baby Boomers!  In case you haven’t noticed, things have changed……..BIG TIME!!  We basically had spent 40-60 years (all our lives!) in abundance.  Then October, 2008 happened and for many, the world came crashing down.  Maybe not all at once, but over the past few years our demographic has suffered the most devastating financial circumstances of our lives.  How could this possibly happen?  Real estate always went up, there were always enough jobs around, retirement was secure and assured, everybody had a legitimate shot at the American dream.   Now?  Our economic and political systems are a mess, with no obvious short-term, pain-free fixes.  Unemployment is through the roof, retirement has become a shattered dream and, worst of all, people have lost hope.

Except for the very small percentage of the very rich, these are hard times, but there is indeed hope.  Baby Boomers have always been an independent, creative and tenacious force in the world.  The positive side of the “new economy”  is the development of the Internet, the globalization of commerce (specifically e-commerce) and the ability to outsource almost anything.  An example of “old vs. new” would be; if I came up with a new mousetrap in my machine shop within the old economy, I’d start making them, selling them locally and, as my business grew, I would expand my factory, hire a lot more people to 1.) make and sell the new mousetraps, 2.) manage accounts receivable and payables, 3.) manage legal affairs, 4.) manage human resources, 5.) maintain my factories, 6.) manage customer service, etc., etc., etc., and, over a long period of time, with a lot of capital invested, I might have a successful enterprise that sold mousetraps around the world.  In the “new economy”, I can do all this sitting at my desk, investing a fraction of the time and money.  I have an idea of a new mousetrap, I outsource it to a company I found in a Google Search (GS) that builds prototypes.  I then do another GS to find a manufacturer who will make my new mousetrap, maintain an inventory and drop-ship it directly to my customers.  I set up a slick website to sell my mousetrap and immediately have a global presence.  I hire a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) firm to drive traffic to my website and a marketing firm to make sure that the website is visible wherever someone looking for a mousetrap might go (Amazon?).  My customers pay online through the website and the payment management company I outsourced to sees that the money ends up in my account and my manufacturer automatically charges the same account for any mousetraps he delivers to my customers, and the customer service company I outsourced to makes sure everybody is happy.  I just built a successful, international mousetrap company sitting at my desk with a computer and a phone, and all I have to do now is check my bank account.

If you are a Baby Boomer who has been hit hard economically, there is hope…………….and tremendous opportunity, but it lies in understanding the “new economy”.  The opportunities for making money from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you have access to the Internet) and on your own time have never been greater, but beware because the scammers have found this to be fertile ground for their insidious schemes.

Bottom line, if you need more cash or you’re looking to re-establish some financial security, you can do it online, in an area that interests you and build long-term value, but you have to be committed to the process and willing to learn.  Stay tuned for more information on how to mine the Internet nuggets!

God Bless

Amazing Grace

I was the recipient of an act of grace yesterday and it had a very powerful impact, so much so, I felt compelled to write about it today with the hope it may inspire you to show grace toward someone else today.

What is grace?  Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return.  Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you.   Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.  Some have defined grace as “unconditional love”.

Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved.  It has everything to do with the lover.  Seemingly irrational, it reflects a decision on the part of the giver (the one who loves) in relation to the receiver (the one who is loved) that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold……………Grace is one-way love.

The one-way love of grace is the essence of any lasting transformation that takes place in human experience.  You can find this out yourself by taking a simple inventory of your own happiness, or the moments of happiness you have had.  They have almost always had to do with some incident of love or belovedness that has come to you from someone outside yourself when you were down.  You felt ugly or sinking in confidence and somebody complimented you, or helped you, or spoke a kind word to you.  You were at the end of your rope and someone showed a little sympathy.

Understanding grace is important, but that alone will never change a life unless we move from the  knowledge and understanding of grace to the application of grace. We often know what to do, but we just don’t do it. The benefit comes from the application. Application makes all the difference.  This goes back to my favorite quote and the cornerstone of my messages:

“Action is the fundamental key to success” – – Pablo Picasso

Go ahead, apply grace today.  You can do it.

God Bless

FOR INSPIRATION:

Weight-loss Simplified


Want to lose weight?  If so, all you have to do is tinker with the well-known formula:

CALORIES IN  =  CALORIES OUT

It doesn’t matter if you’re 120 lbs. or 400 lbs., if you are maintaining that weight, the above formula is true.  You are managing to stay at that weight because your intake of calories from from eating and drinking is generally equal to the amount of calories you are burning in your daily routine.  In order to lose weight or gain it, you have to get the above formula out of balance.  If, over time, you take in more than you burn, you’ll gain weight.  You get the opposite result, weight loss, when the calories you burn outpace those you ingest.  The more extreme the imbalance, one way or the other, the faster the change in weight.  Simple, right?

Now, if you layer onto this formula some of the dynamics that were discussed in the “O” Magazine article I posted on Friday (if you haven’t done so, go back and read it!), you’ll start to understand why this country has become so alarmingly obese.  Your body is a sophisticated machine that requires fuel to operate efficiently.  Proteins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc, are all necessary to sustain a healthy lifestyle and your body is very good at knowing what it needs.  Every time you make a food choice, you are deciding how much of these critical nutrition components you’re going to get in relation to the number of calories you’ll be taking in at the same time.  It’s a matter of nutritional density and that’s where our modern diet has failed miserably.  The love affair with processing and convenience has this country ingesting far too many “empty calories” to satisfy the body’s nutritional needs.  Simply put, wouldn’t it be better to take in all the nutrients you need and thereby curb your appetite with say 2,000 calories per day rather than 5,000?  The unhealthy American diet has people taking in far too many calories in order to satisfy the body’s nutritional cravings.

The key to weight loss is simple, just focus on the formula above and tinker with either side, or both.  Less calories in and more exercise will accelerate your weight loss.  Easier said than done, right?  Well, if you want to make it easier, eat more nutritionally dense foods.  They will meet your body’s fuel requirements more efficiently, requiring less CALORIES IN, and curb your appetite.  As an added bonus, you’ll also have more energy, making it easier to address the other side of the formula, CALORIES OUT, by being more active.

YOU CAN DO IT!

“Action is the fundamental key to success”

                                                  –Pablo Picasso

God Bless