Monsoon!

 

Aloha!

 

Summer…!   the most exciting and breathtaking
season of the year;

warm weather, clear skies, sunny and longer days,
walks on the beach, relaxing outdoors, dressing
in light clothing and shorts…… it has it all.

But for many people summer is a season of
irritation and discomfort because of the hot
temperatures.

Although summertime is connected with birth
and life, it can be extremely hot and humid.
As a consequence, a great number of people
suffer with breathing problems, tiredness,
profuse sweating and dehydration.

 

Glittery Sea

 

Adam’s Ale

 

Being outdoors during the summer months,
at any age    but especially the younger and
the older    either exercising, on holiday or
working, places people at a serious risk of
dehydration;   even if they are used to the heat.

The human body is almost 75% water;
and the human blood is almost 80% water.
Consequently, it is vital to restore whatever
is lost on a daily basis.

Water is removing waste, maintains blood
circulation
as well as body temperature.
Note that when we say water here, we do mean
any
non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic fluids.
Obviously, individual needs vary greatly depending
on many external and internal factors.

According to guidelines, an average person
engaging in moderate activity needs an intake
of fluids daily,
Females     2      litres
Males         2.5   litres
from beverages and foods combined.
Certainly, special circumstances will have higher needs.

 

Boats

 

Hydration Status

 

There is a number of mild signs that your body is
dehydrated, as follows:

1)     Feeling very Thirsty.
2)     Dark Coloured Urine, which should be very pale yellow,
as well as quantity and frequency.
3)     Manifestation of Allergies due to the increase
of histamine levels.
4)     Acid Reflux.
5)     Constipation.
6)     Emotional imbalances.
7)     Stress due to the increase of the stress hormones.
8)     Mental Imbalances.
9)     Dizziness.
10)   Dry Mouth, Tongue and Lips.
11)   Headaches.
12)   Weakness and Tiredness.
13)   Nausea.

There is also a number of severe signs that your
body is dehydrated, as follows:

1)     Diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
2)     Fast Heart Rate.
3)     Dry Mucus Membranes.
4)     Absence of Urination.
5)     Hollowed Eyes.
6)     Disorientation and Confusion.
7)     Blood or Bloody Stools.
8)     Difficulty Swallowing.
9)     Kidney Stones.

 

Beach

 

Smoking Gun

 

Here are some easy ways to prevent dehydration
during the summer months:

a)     Drink enough liquids during the whole day,
to include natural water, herbal teas, milk substitutes
like rice, oat, coconut, and coconut water.

b)     Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits with
your meals.

c)     Eat cold soups and natural plain yogurt.

d)     Make your own natural drink by mixing well,
a tablespoon lemon juice plus a pinch of sea salt plus
a tablespoon of thyme honey in a glass of water
in room temperature.

e)     Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and energy
drinks.

f)     Wear light-coloured and loose-fitting clothes
to keep your body cool.

By staying hydrated you will feel healthier physically
and emotionally, more energetic and active, and you
will be able to focus much better on your tasks.

Have a nice and enjoyable summer.

 

 

 

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Even-Steven!

 

Hi there!

 

……” We are talking about fashion and style here;
These are two very different things.

I am now in my fifties, and the only things I
want are, to be and look healthy, to be modern,
stylish and in harmony with my environment.

Every intelligent woman above fifty wants to
look her best;   this certainly does not mean
buying designer expensive clothes or wearing
lots of make up and looking
like a model.

This means that she needs to wear clothes that
not only fit her current body shape perfectly,
but also match her personality absolutely.

The intelligent woman is not trying to look
necessarily very much younger.
She only wants to emphasize the best parts
of her body, and to look smart and fashionable.

The intelligent woman feels self-confident,
fearless, free and independent.
She is not carried away by myths about how
things should be at various age stages.

Any intelligent woman above fifty does care
about the way she looks ……”.

 

Dresses Handbags

 

Good Vibrations

 

Women in middle age need to feel privileged,
and proud of their bodies and style.
They need to accentuate all their best assets,
so that they can look their absolute best.

The first step you must take is to dispose of
all the garments that make you look a poorly
dressed old fashioned ageing female:

1)     Long loose dresses and skirts.
2)     Loose pants with elasticated waist.
3)     Oversized T shirts.
4)     Pinafore dresses in various materials.
5)     Sweaters with ornamental needlework.
6)     All unstylish and baggy articles of clothing.

All the above will make you look fat, heavy, messy
and untidy.

Also, get rid of the following:

a)     Tight leggings, because they will draw attention
to all your leg imperfections.
b)     Large and heavy scarves, because they will
remove from your attractive face.
c)     Tight and smaller size underwear, because they
will emphasize any sagging skin and fat parts on
your body.

 

Woman in Coat Accessories

 

See The Light

 

Now is the time to restore your wardrobe.

     Buy only stylish, modern and fashionable clothes
that fit
your body perfectly, and enhance your shape.

—     The colours of your clothes should match your skin
tone as well as your hair shade.

—     Include trendy and chic accessories to enhance
your overall
appearance.

     Preferably your hair should be cut very short,
ear or
shoulder length, depending on the shape of
your
face and head.
It can also be dyed in any suitable colour, kept grey
or even wear it completely white.

     As the time goes the skin loses melanin, and as a
consequence the features become less distinct and
noticeable.
You will need to use a little foundation or a tinted
moisturiser to give some colour.
Certainly you will need to use a bright colour lipstick,
which can also be used to enhance parts of your face
like a blusher.

Two Easy Suggestions for you

a)     Comfortable Ponte Knit leggings worn with a long
tunic top, and a long necklace.

b)     Cold shoulder loose tops worn with skinny jeans
made especially for adults.

Style is a very deceptive characteristic;
but we can distinguish it when we see an individual.

A really stylish middle aged woman looks really
relaxed and happy with herself.

Her total appearance radiates confidence, courage,
boldness
and determination.

She knows who she is, and what she truly wants.

Accept your age, and always try to look amazing.

 

 

Backbone!

 

Hi there!

 

Bo was working in his office this afternoon when he
received an email from his colleague asking him for
assistance with his project.

As soon as he read this he felt resentful immediately,
since he knew that on the one hand he wanted to
help him, but on the other this would entail extra
time and effort for him.

Thinking more about it, he did not want to accept
this obligation, because it meant he would have to
stay in the office late, and neglect part of his own
commitments.

I have no reason to accept this other than being
helpful to a colleague, something which I can’t
afford to do at the moment he thought.

I have to say No to you this time, because I’m
extremely busy at present and I have no time
to spare for more work.
But I can recommend Jos to you, who will be pleased
to help you with your project .

Bo decided, and replied to his colleague without any
further delay.

Immediately he felt relieved and ready to continue
with his own business.

 

Yellow Flowers

 

Will Power

 

Most people dislike to say NO because they want to
help and be nice to the other person.
But saying yes all or most of the time entails a lot
of unpleasant consequences like,
    loss of valuable time,
    waste a huge amount of mental energy,
*     a great amount of pressure.

All of these result in physical and mental exhaustion.
Yet people find it so very hard to say NO.
This is happening because of many reasons like,
*     they want to avoid any arguments,
*     they want to be polite,
*     they want to fit in with the others,
*     they want to maintain good relationships,
*     they feel guilty if they do not help.

But if you really want to create your own life and
pursue your goals, you do need to be in full
control of all situations around you.

Learning to say NO is the greatest reward you can
give to yourself.
In order to be able to do so, you will need to become
decisive, confident and assertive  —  but at the same
time you must be calm and polite.

Being assertive means you must convey your message,
and at the same time to listen to the other person.
It means sharing and appreciating others.

When you manage this you will increase your
self-confidence, you will become more understanding,
you will improve your self-image and finally you
will achieve very much more.

 

Red Leafs

 

Primary Element

 

Before you decide and turn down any demands
and requests from other people, you need to
evaluate the situation.

Here are the steps you need to take:

a)     Take your time to think all requests made on
you before giving any answer.
Say you will let them know as soon as possible.
Study the demands and make certain they will
fit your own obligations and commitments.

b)     Analyze your priorities, and decide whether
the new engagement is of any significance, relevance
or magnitude to you.
If you find it is of no consequence to you, just ignore it.

c)     Consider the time length the new engagement
will need to be completed.
If it is long term, disregard it, because it will be adding
more stress on you.

d)     Refuse immediately any demand or request,
which makes you feel guilty if you do not do it.
If you accept something under these circumstances
you will feel pressed, stressed, anxious and eventually
really sick.

 

Shrubs

 

Guiding Light

 

There is no perfect way to say NO, and there is also no
way you can ever control the other person’s feelings
and reactions.

The following advice is how to do this best:

a)     Know your value as a person and have the right
attitude, independence and energy.

b)     Stand in a power pose, look calm and assertive,
and be fast and polite.

c)     Communicate your NO decision clearly and firmly,
using simple words.
Do not complicate and over-explain things.

d)     Offer an alternative solution to show your good
will and to meet half way.

e)     If at all possible and you really want to help,
offer a lesser commitment.

Do not forget, you are responsible only for
yourself,
and not for any other person’s feelings
and actions
towards you.

Nothing is perfect, including humans.
Use any criticism for your own growth.

Remember, you can not please everybody.
Never lose your self-worth.

Enjoy the long term benefits of saying NO.

 

 

 

Onatopp!

 

Hi there!

 

Bo had everything he wished in his life:
the perfect job offering him a high income, a couple
of houses and cars to enjoy, a beautiful wife
and a huge bank account.

But Bo was not a happy man, because he was
feeling his control over everything in his life
was very limited.

In his business, he was always trying to make
people work according to the way which would
be acceptable to him.
Obviously, the real world disregarded him, and
his wishes never took place.

When he returned home, he was always struggling
to control his wife’s plans and actions.
Again, to no avail.   She still acted her own ways.

I must change my attitude;   I need to understand
and learn to do my best, and believe that things
will come out all-right .
He said to himself one morning.
Since then his life has changed completely.

 

Couple next to car

 

Driver’s Seat

 

Control happens to all humans instinctively.
But our control and mastery over the majority
of things in life are actually very limited.

For example, your financial situation, your friends,
your family, your job, your health, ageing and dying;
are these all really under your full control?

Certainly not;   because most of these situations can
change very quickly at any time, and others will
come naturally any way.

Most people have a great number of things they
manage in their every day life.
But in reality, there are only very few things, you
can truly control.

Life is very complicated, but if you manage to learn
how to command these
very few things under your
control, not only your
life will improve immediately,
but you will become
a powerful and happy individual.

 

 

Motocross Driver

 

Cause Celebre

 

Here are four important things that are actually
under your control:

a)     Focus

Prioritize your goals;   all the things that mean
most to you like, family, work, relationships.
Concentrate on making them work as best as
possible for you.

b)     Emotions

Realise that when other people or situations
upset you, this is happening only because you
personally have allowed them to do so.
Choose to keep your thoughts under control,
and you will feel much happier and in peace.

c)     Attitude

Stop being resentful and furious when something
goes wrong.
Instead give your utmost attention and improve
a difficult and demanding situation.

d)     Actions

Stop suffering and accept that you are not in
full control.
Stay committed to your targets, but do not be
attached to the results.
Do the best you can, but stay emotionally detached
because you cannot predict the outcome, and you
will feel angry if things do not come as you have
expected them to.

 

Luxury Yacht

 

Over And Above

 

There are also a few more basic things you can
actually control like,
your breathing, your self-talk and body language,
as well as your diet, exercise and sleep.

Never expect to have full control of everything;
because control is an illusion.

The clever thing to do is, to ignore everything
you can not control;
and  try to understand, learn
and handle well
the things you can.

Focus on your own existence.
Only then you will live your best life ever.

Believe in yourself.

 

Air Ball!

 

Hi there!

 

It was one of these dreadful mornings when she
woke up but wished she could go back to sleep again.
She was feeling so sluggish and groggy that it was
absolutely impossible for her to focus and go through
her morning routines.

I feel so weary and drowsy;   I’m still asleep, and 
I have to get up and deal with my daily tasks.
But I can hardly move she said.

Her mental alertness was down to zero, and she did
need to be more awake.
This horrible sensation was really familiar to her,
because she has been experiencing this most mornings.
As a consequence, she was awfully irritated as she was
unable to do even the simplest things.

She wasn’t ready to start her day, yet;
all she wanted was rest more rest ……

 

Cloudy Sky

 

Sleep Inertia

 

According to scientific research most people feel
dizzy as if drunk, and disoriented when they
wake up from sleep.
This is considered a normal part of life and a
reasonable behaviour.

Due to our modern life, most individuals have 
mornings when they wake up with their mind out
of focus and they wish they could go back to sleep.

It seems that when we wake up some parts of our 
brain will awake with us but some others will still
be inactive and will need more time to recover.

It takes everyone a little while to revive and start
functioning properly.
The time varies between one ( 1 ) minute and 
four ( 4 ) hours.
For many people it takes thirty ( 30 ) minutes, but
for some others it can take all morning.

Contributing Factors

The root causes of experiencing this Not Fully Awake
situation after a sleep are the following:

a)     Sudden awakening by a loud noise during the 
wrong stage of sleep.

b)     Lack of sleep in general that will cause tiredness.

c)     The duration and quality of your sleep.

d)     Taking an afternoon nap.

e)     Eating a rich meal the night before.

f)     General Sleepiness Disorder, Sleep Apnea or Insomnia. 

 

Choppy Sea

 

Double Trouble

 

Morning grogginess has a number of unpleasant and 
dangerous effects, as follows:

1)     Excessive stress during waking up.
2)     Incapability to make correct decisions.
3)     Loss of concentration and focus.
4)     Inability to perform simple daily tasks.
5)     Ineffectiveness during the morning hours.
6)     Difficulty in driving and handling machinery.
7)     Lack of memory and recollection.
8)     Inability to perform properly at work.
9)     Concentration of high adrenaline levels.

Cure – All

Here are some simple ways to combat your symptoms:

a)     Avoid naps during the day completely.

b)     Have a light dinner during the evening, and avoid
drinking any alcohol altogether.

c)     Go to bed more or less at the same time every evening,
including weekends.

d)     Get enough sleep by making certain you go to bed
only when you feel sleepy, and ensure you wake up next
morning naturally, with no alarm clock.

e)     As soon as you wake up ( similar time every morning ) :
    Think of something you look forward to.
    Switch on the radio to your favourite music.
    Open the windows to get the natural light. 

f)     Have a drink first thing in the morning to hydrate,
like a glass of water and a teaspoon of honey or a
cup of peppermint tea.

g)     Eat a healthy and wholesome breakfast.

h)     Go outdoors, be a little active and enjoy the sun
and the natural light.

 

Glittery Ocean

 

Worn – Out Syndrome

 

The human body likes cyclical routines.
So if you develop specific evening and morning
healthy habits, your body will know what to expect
and 
it will react accordingly.

The fallacy

A huge number of people drink a lot of caffeine
every morning, wrongly believing that it helps them
wake up and feel active.

But this is the mistaken approach, which in fact has 
long term negative health consequences; 
because caffeine has only superficial result,
since it increases the heart rate and raises the
blood pressure.

Caffeine does not address the root of the problem;
actually, this is what it does:

There is a neurochemical in your brain that promotes
sleep, called Adenosine.
This substance continues to increase during the day, 
and by the night your brain has enough of it to make
you feel tired and sleepy.

Caffeine now imitates Adenosine and establishes itself
into the same receptors in your brain, keeping you
awake and active continuously.

At the same time, Adenosine can not do its normal job;
so your brain starts fighting back by producing more
and more Adenosine.

As a result, you will be feeling incerasingly tired every
morning, and you will be needing more and more
caffeine every day to get the same results, feeling awake.

That is, a Vicious Circle.

The only solution is to remove caffeine from your diet
completely , so that your body can start working as
normal, the way it was originally intended.

 

 

 

Jelly – Belly !

 

Hi there!

 

Cat and Chez met at their gym this afternoon, since
they were both taking the six o’clock aerobics class.
They warmed up in the jogging machines for a
while, then entered the room waiting for their
trainer to start the class.

It was an extremely enjoyable routine for fifty
uninterrupted minutes, after which they went
next door to the cafe for a drink and a chat.

I’m still very concerned about this bulge in my
abdomen;    I’ve already limited my calories, and
as you know,  I’m exercising every day.
But to no avail  —  it still persists ,
Cat said feeling distressed.

I don’t feel good in my body or in my clothes;
and I don’t know what to wear, especially in the
summer, to cover up this growth in front of me
she continued almost in tears.

I know exactly what you mean;   it’s very difficult
to lose belly fat  —  I’ve been fighting against this 
upsetting problem myself for many years now
Chez replied in a sad tone.

 

Fat Flower

 

Hot Potato

 

Lower body fat is a considerable worry for most
women.
Everybody wants to feel comfortable, attractive
and relaxed in their clothes.
Unfortunately, this abdominal fat is really stubborn,
and it will still stay there even if you diet and
exercise regularly.

This dangerous fat is connected with a number of
health problems, and it really is worse than just
being generally overweight.
So you do need to take all necessary steps to regulate
it and keep it under control.

Obviously it is not easy to eliminate this fat, so you must
be very willing, absolutely determined and completely
persistent to undertake solid permanent lifestyle changes.

A small amount of belly fat is good for you to protect
your lower internal organs.
But if it becomes a lot it is not healthy any more.

Apart from being overweight in general due to 
over-eating and muscle loss, the most common causes
of stubborn abdominal fat are the following:

 

Red Flower

 

a)     Adrenal Imbalance

When you are constantly stressed your adrenal glands 
keep on releasing excess cortisol and adrenaline,
causing serious hormonal imbalances in your body.
As a consequence, it starts accumulating surplus of 
fat in the abdominal area.

The Answer

Manage your stress levels by avoiding or minimising
all stressors in your life.
Also use meditation, deep breathing, herbs and nature
walks 
to reduce your cortisol levels.

b)     Oestrogen dominance

Excess oestrogen in your body encourages storage
of fat in the abdominal area.
Accumulation of this female hormone is encouraged
by eating conventionally raised meats and their
products as well as fish.
Also there is another contribution by the
environmental 
toxins and poisons.

The Answer

The only thing you can do to avoid oestrogen
overload is to avoid all the above mentioned
harmful items in your everyday life.

c)     Menopause

During the climacteric years the female hormones
fluctuate a lot, and as a result the body stores
fat in the abdomen to balance these changes.

The answer

Manage your menopause status by reading detailed
advice in my earlier post Vicissitude!.

d)     Insulin Resistance

If you follow an unhealthy diet , eventually your
body will be unable to respond properly to insulin
production.
The final result will be that the excess blood sugar
will be converted to fat and stored in your
abdominal area.

The answer

Eliminate all processed carbohydrates from your 
diet, and eat only pure whole foods.
Also eat healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, organic
meats and wild sea foods.

 

Fat White Flower

 

Cause Celebre

 

Here are some more tools for you to help you 
lose some abdominal fat:

1)     Exercise to build and maintain muscle tissue.
Adopt the simplest of the exercises, which is Walking.
Walk every day at a moderate pace for thirty ( 30 )
minutes.
Keep on moving and standing the rest of day.

2)     Sleep for seven ( 7 ) hours every night, including
weekends.
This will keep you relaxed and burn fat in the body.

3)     Boost and support your gastrointestinal microbiota
to help you digest and absorb your foods better.
Eat fibrous foods and take a high quality probiotic
supplement, every other day.

Believe in yourself.

 

 

Folliculus!

 

Hello!

 

During the Ice Age people used handbags to carry
their
tools and foods.
Ancient Greeks and Egyptians also used handbags to
carry their money and other valuable and personal
items.

Various bags were found in Switzerland and Britain AD.
Throughout history people carried bags and purses not 
only for practical purposes, but also status, power
and beauty.

All bags came in a variety of sizes and different designs,
which we influenced and kept on changing through the
years according 
to technological, societal and fashion
trends each time.

Bags were always used by both men and women, and
they were worn mostly attached to the belt;
but also they were hung on the shoulder or a specially
made hook, as well as held by hand.

 

Woman Shopping

 

Basic Principles

 

The handbag has always played the role of something
conveying various impressions, as well as hiding the
secrets of its wearer.

The empty handbag itself is supposed to represent the
female genitalia.
The contents of your handbag represent you as an 
individual:    your attitude and feelings, your thoughts
and habits, as well as everything that exists in your mind.

Nowadays all women carry a handbag that contains
many more items than they actually need.
Articles which are found in women’s handbags are:

Keys, mobile telephone, wallet, receipts, mirror, comb,
hair accessories, nail file, tweezers, perfume, lipstick,
cosmetics bag, jewellery, reading and sun glasses, 
medicines, dental floss, sewing kit, tissues, essential
oils, notebook and pen, chewing gums, hat, scarf, gloves,
hand antiseptic gel, small umbrella, biscuits or bars,
and other personal items.

I, myself, am one of these women who do carry most 
of these things;   and yes …… I do consider them absolutely
necessary    just in case I need something when I am out.

But I recognise that there is a number of items, which are
totally useless to carry with you around.

 

Turquoise bag

 

Defoliated Area

 

Here are some tips for you how to cut down your
handbag weight.

To start with, I hope you already have a personal
drawer, where you keep all the things you usually
need to be carrying with you from time to time
when you go out.
Otherwise, create one now.

a)     Clean your handbag out well, so you can refill
it clean with all the necessary things at the moment.

b)     Remove:
*   All things that you have never used.
*   Any items of which you have more than one.
*   All seasonal things.
*   All receipts, and either throw them away or file them.
*   Any old chewing gums and foods.

c)     Buy a nice biggish wallet and put in it:
  Your credit/debit cards.
  Your store cards.
  Your personal documents.
  A small notebook.
  A pen.
  Your money.

 

Fashion bag

 

d)     Buy a nice mini cosmetics bag and put in it
all the cosmetics you will ever need when out,
as well as all other personal items you may want.

e)     Place loose in your handbag:
1.   Your keys.
2.   Your mobile.
3.   Your reading and sun glasses.
4.   A packet of tissues.
5.   Your full wallet.
6.   Your full cosmetics bag.

Now you must have a nice, clean and tidy handbag.

 

Pink Bag

 

The Chameleon Object

 

The handbag is an essential part of every woman’s
wardrobe  —  and it is all about you.

It reflects who you are and how you live your 
whole life.
The way your handbag is arranged  reveals how
well organised you are in your personal life and
your home.

It also shows whether you are tucked away from 
your relationships and everyone else, or you are
a proud and confident person who respects
herself.

Embrace organisation, tidiness and order in your
life.
You will feel much happier, relaxed and peaceful.