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What is dementia? It is simply the loss of cognitive ability. It can be a result of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, brain trauma, a brain tumor or other…

Unforgotten
20s Mom vs 40s Mom

20s Mom vs 40s Mom

All first time expectant and new moms whether they are 22 or 42 have the same emotional and physical challenges created by pregnancy and by raising an infant. There is…

20s Mom vs 40s Mom
Looking For Love

Looking For Love

If you are single and you are losing all hope of finding love then you need not despair. You can take comfort in the fact that it's much easier to…

Looking For Love
Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Whatever the season, it's always a nice treat to take care of you feet with a pedicure. Whether you do it yourself or visit a salon getting a pedicure will…

Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Diet and Sleep

Diet and Sleep

Sleep is so important in our health. And what we eat during the day can have a huge impact on our sleep. Food can affect how easily you fall asleep…

Diet and Sleep
Meatless Mondays – Is It Worth a Try?

Meatless Mondays – Is It Worth a Try?

You may have started to hear a new trend out there called Meatless Monday. There may be some validation to this new initiative. In 2003 Meatless Monday was restarted as…

Meatless Mondays – Is It Worth a Try?
Healthy Picnic

Healthy Picnic

When you think of picnics you think of delicious food, family, friends, outdoor activities. It's a great way to get outside to enjoy the weather and get some exercise.

Healthy Picnic
Cardio for Fun

Cardio for Fun

We already know how great aerobic activities are for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost…

Cardio for Fun
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What is dementia? It is simply the loss of cognitive ability. It can be a result of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, brain trauma, a brain tumor or other medical issues. It manifests as a loss of ability to remember and function with the severity of the symptoms slowly increasing over time.

Dementia is a tough condition for a person to deal with. Realizing that you are losing your faculties is not a comfortable situation to say the least. That being said, the silver lining of dementia is that you lose the ability to recognize what is going on. It can be a little comforting to know that people with dementia do not suffer. There is no pain. The same unfortunately cannot be said for their family members.

Coping with a loved one’s moderate dementia is bound to be one of the most challenging endeavors you have ever taken on. This condition typically hurts the loved ones of the sufferer due to the fact that they have to witness the entire progression of the illness. Watching a loved one progress through the stages of dementia is extremely tough. It is heartbreaking when you realize that your mother or father or close family member no longer recognizes you. It is painful to have to watch and go through this.

The best way to cope, is to research what to expect and where and who to get support from. Get to know in advance the stages, the symptoms will be experienced, you will be better prepared for events to come. Learn about the symptoms that are beyond the sufferer’s control. The symptoms are a direct result of the impact that dementia has on the brain as a whole. Learn what you can so you can understand the disease.

Some of the following symptoms may be exhibited by your loved one:

  • The sufferer may reach a point where they are unable to recognize their relatives, friends, and other individuals that they know.
  • Many may develop what is referred to as Sundown syndrome. This is the name given to the confusion and often inappropriate emotional outbreaks that may occur at sunset or during the night hours. For many, this will occur in the early evenings as well.
  • You may find that your loved one experiences many different challenges when it comes to keeping their thoughts organized, thinking on a rational and logical manner, and coming up with the right words to fully express themselves. As a result, they may simply create stories in order to fill in the areas that they are unable to appropriately recall.

When you have done the research about the disease, you’ll find that there are many support groups out there to help you cope and get through the stages of the disease. Groups will help to find a long term facility when more professional care is needed then you can give. Take the help and support offered by other family members – it is all about balancing your own needs with those of the dementia sufferer.

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20s Mom vs 40s Mom

All first time expectant and new moms whether they are 22 or 42 have the same emotional and physical challenges created by pregnancy and by raising an infant. There is also a growing trend to have babies later in age after education is finished and careers are established. There are many pros and cons for having children early in life, or waiting till 35 or 40 year old.

Women who are above 35 years of age are prone to various pregnancy risks as age and the health of the mother plays a very important role during pregnancy. The older a woman is the less chances of being fertile as fertility may decrease with age. Older expectant moms are at risk as they have greater chances of suffering from health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and diseases of the heart, kidney and reproductive organs.

Older moms have a higher chance of giving birth to low-weight, pre-term babies. Miscarriages and still birth are more common as well. Placental problems may arise such as placental pervia which may require a C-section. Babies with chromosomal birth defects and other congenital abnormalities are other risk factors.

New and expectant moms over 35 and 40 face other unique challenges. Many older moms are facing the challenge of caring for aging parents while trying to raise a toddler. They can be experiencing postpartum and menopause issues at the same time.

However, there are other benefits to having babies at an older age. A definite advantage to having children in your late 30s or in your 40s is that you’ve likely had a lot of life experiences, whether exotic, or romantic holidays or simply experiences that have given you the opportunity to learn something that has made you a even more mature, responsible and knowledgeable.

Financially the family may be more stable as careers have been established – you’ll have had two decades to develop your career. This also means that taking a break to become a mother isn’t likely to have as great of an effect as if you were to do so when you were starting out your career. A family home may already be established with enough room to raise a family.

In terms of your relationship, chances are you’re in a position whereby you feel extremely comfortable with your partner and as if you can face anything together, including bringing a new life into the world.

By the time you hit 40, you’re likely to have got all of your partying and particularly late nights out of your system, making it less of a problem making the transition into a mother, whereby your focus shifts from yourself and your friends to your baby.

It is important remember, a parent offers love, support and guidance and age has no factor in being able to do that. Being healthy at any age is the first step in having a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

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Looking For Love

If you are single and you are losing all hope of finding love then you need not despair. You can take comfort in the fact that it’s much easier to meet someone today than it was 100 years ago. Not only do we have more opportunity to meet someone but it’s much easier. Meeting that special someone often happens by accident, but you can increase the odds of meeting someone you like by frequenting the right kinds of places. A place you enjoy, where you feel comfortable and safe, solves the problem of what to talk about. Meeting someone new is actually a lot easier than it may seem. And it doesn’t have to include trying to strike up a conversation over loud music and alcohol.

Get out there and try some of these places to meet someone new:

  1. Church – a great place to meet someone, especially if you engage in community events, outside of church service. And you know you already have at least one thing in common.
  2. Gym – it is the day version of the bar scene.
  3. Airport – with people trying to kill time before flights, it’s a great spot to start a conversation.
  4. Bookstore – a great place to get an understanding of people’s interest.
  5. Coffee Shop – usually a friendly environment to engage in conversations.
  6. Online Dating Web Sites – there are so many out there to try. A great way to find someone with similar interests and goals.
  7. Sports Teams – join a local team and meet some new people.
  8. Holiday Parties – you’re in an environment to have a good time and have mutual friends to help with conversations.

Opportunities to meet someone are everywhere, probably where you least expect it. There are all kinds of great places to look for love and in order to have the best chance, find places you like to be, and spend time there. Try some of the different spots listed above to get yourself out there and meet someone new. Have fun with it, take a chance and you might just find your special someone.

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Whatever the season, it’s always a nice treat to take care of you feet with a pedicure. Whether you do it yourself or visit a salon getting a pedicure will make your feet look nicer in the summer and you’ll be more comfortable in your winter boots with soft smooth feet.Try an at home pedicure. Begin with a long soak. Get your feet into a tub of hot water and soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. Take the dead skin cells off with a pumice stone. When done, make sure you dry your feet well. Moisturize your feet after their soak. Try creams that contain menthol or peppermint for a soothing feeling. The moisturizer will help keep your feet smooth and soft. Trim your toenails and hydrate your cuticles. And finish it all off with some polish. Bright colours can be playful, or chose a colour that will go with your outfit. Finish it with a top coat to protect it.

Here’s how to care for your feet all year long so that they will be healthy, look beautiful and feel wonderful.

  1. Eat Fish and Nuts – The nutrients you take in your food will decide how your hair, skin and nails will turn out and nuts and seeds contain omega oils which are necessary for radiant skin, healthy hair and nails.
  2. Exfoliate Your Feet – Scrub your feet with a foot scrub, or use exfoliating wash to get rid of dry, peeling skin and allow younger, healthier skin to surface. Exfoliate your feet daily. Pay attention to the rough patches and to your heels.
  3. Moisturize Your Feet – Feet respond even better to a massage with a good moisturizing clean. Do moisturize your feet immediately after washing them thoroughly and drying them with a towel.
  4. Groom Your Feet – Cut your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. When summer comes, pretty up your feet by painting the nails with your favourite nail polish.
  5. Prevent Fungal Infections – Once a week, soak your feet in a foot bath that has a few drops of tea tree oil added to clean warm water. For added luxury, you could add a little tea tree shampoo to the water for lather and use that to clean your feet too.

Looking for a great homemade moisturizing cream. Here is a recipe for an all natural moisturizing treatment for your feet.

Mix:
1 ripe papaya
1 cup of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Apply to feet then slip into old socks for at least 15 minutes

So, with some tender foot loving care, a pumice stone and some nail polish, it’s easy to achieve beautiful feet.

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Diet and Sleep

Sleep is so important in our health. And what we eat during the day can have a huge impact on our sleep. Food can affect how easily you fall asleep and the quality of the sleep you get. Some foods help your brain to calm down, while others stimulate it. If you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping well, your food intake may be unwittingly causing problems.

Your food choices can sometimes affect the amount or even the quality of sleep that you get. Also, your food choices can help you achieve a better night’s sleep. We’ve all heard to limit alcohol and caffeine consumption near the end of the day. Good nutrition is important, but the right portion sizes are just as important. You don’t want to overdo it or you’ll also defeat the purpose of trying to get the right amount of sleep.

If you eat too much or eat the wrong thing before bed it can cause acid reflux during the night causing food to rise up in your throat. Acid reflux is irritating and painful and if left untreated will develop into a major health issue. Try a homemade quick relief remedy of an ounce of apple cider vinegar and a few ounces of water. Drink the mixture before bed.

Melatonin is an essential element necessary for promoting sleep. A few walnuts would be a perfect snack before bed because of their melatonin content. Almonds are another source to help you get to sleep because of the magnesium content they have.

Foods containing an amino acid called tryptophan are known to induce sleep. Tryptophan can help make you sleepy, and sleep better through the night. Foods without this may disturb your sleep. Adding carbohydrates with tryptophan-containing protein will help relax your brain. However, a carbohydrate-only snack is likely to stimulate you and make it hard to sleep.

Here are some foods that contain high amounts of tryptophan:

  • Whole grains
  • Hummus
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dairy
  • Meats, Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Beans
  • Hazelnuts and Peanuts
  • Soy Foods

Lighter meals are better to help you relax. Avoid high-fat meals and large servings because they make your digestive system work too hard and may end up keeping you awake longer.

Try these ideas for dinner options that will help you sleep:

  • Pastas
  • Meat/Poultry with Vegetables
  • Stir-fry Tofu
  • Scrambled Eggs and Cheese
  • Seafood with Cheesy Pasta

When you get enough sleep along with good nutrition habits the two work together to help your body naturally repair itself and prevent health issues. Providing your body with sleep and good nutrition, your energy as well as your quality of life will naturally improve. Eating better and having a healthier lifestyle is one of the ways you can feel better every day and rest better at night.

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Meatless Mondays – Is It Worth a Try?

You may have started to hear a new trend out there called Meatless Monday. There may be some validation to this new initiative. In 2003 Meatless Monday was restarted as a public health awareness program, and by 2009 has been gaining popularity with celebrities campaigning and supporting it. Meatless Monday is part of the Healthy Monday initiative. Healthy Monday encourages people to make healthier decisions at the start of every week.

It was started to be beneficial for the health of the planet, as well as the health of humans. It is about healthy, sustainable eating. It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about doing what we can to slow down global warming and build a better future and planet. But on the other side of the coin, technology has become so much better in making food production greener. The beef industry’s carbon footprint has dropped 16% from 1977 to 2007. Its may not be that bad on the environment after all.

Eating too much meat is not good for our health. Reducing meat consumption (especially red, grilled and processed meats) can drastically reduce incidences of various cancers such as colon and prostate cancer. But, meat does have its many benefits as well. Meat contains very high amounts of protein, good for replenishing the body, upping the immune system, and building bones and lean muscle mass. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin A and Iron. Meatless Monday is maybe a day to help you think about healthier eating.

There are many arguments that state going meatless is good for the environment and good for your health. But there are many arguments that state the opposite that eating meat is sustainable and offers many things that are good for your health. Be careful what you read, there are always two sides to the story. Make the decision for yourself, but do the research. On the bright side, eating more vegetables is never a bad thing.

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Healthy Picnic

When you think of picnics you think of delicious food, family, friends, outdoor activities. It’s a great way to get outside to enjoy the weather and get some exercise.Many conventional picnic foods really pack a punch when it comes to calories, fat, salt and sugar. But you don’t have to ditch the picnic all together. Instead, try streamlining your picnic basket with some healthier food alternatives.

Dessert at a picnic usually is sweets. But try the natural sweetness of fruit salad as a healthy twist. A combination of sweet fruits topped with coconut pieces or served with a fruit dip satisfies the sugar craving.

When it comes to drinks, opt for bottled water or juices. Sugar free flavor packets can be mixed into bottled water for a fruity drink if you don’t want to drink juice. If picnickers will be active, water offers better hydration than soda drinks.

A picnic doesn’t have to equate to a departure from a healthy eating regimen. Nutritious menu items can be managed even on the grill. Pre-planning can keep the menu more nutritious but just as delicious, not to mention simple and stress-free.

Try these top 10 Healthy Picnic Foods:

  1. Edamame
  2. Hummus and Pita
  3. Grilled Burgers
  4. Roast Chicken
  5. Whole Grain Sandwiches
  6. Tossed Salads
  7. Veggie Packed Pasta Salads
  8. Grilled Vegetables
  9. Angel Food Cake with Strawberries
  10. Fruit Kabobs

Picnics are also a great opportunity for physical activity. Add some healthy food options and you’re bound to have a great day.

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Cardio for Fun

We already know how great aerobic activities are for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost mood, lower resting heart rate, and improve heart and lung function but how can we add to traditional cardio fitness to keep your workouts interesting.Try something fun, something that you wouldn’t really think is a cardio workout. Get your trainer involved too. They will keep your cardio routines fresh so you don’t start dreading it. You may not realize that a lot of the activities you may do around the house, or do with your kids are great cardio workouts.

There are hundreds of cardio options out there. The trick is picking a few that you like and then doing them at an intensity that is high enough to count as cardiovascular exercise. To be considered a cardiovascular workout, you need to meet two principles. 1) Intensity has to be high enough to elevate your heart rate into an aerobic zone which is 55% to 85% of your maximum heart rate. 2) For any activity to count as cardio, it has to last at least 10 minutes per session. And for best results, you need to do at least 3 days of cardio (with no more than 2 days off between sessions) per week.

There are fun activities that we did as kids and may do now while playing with our kids. Try some out to get your heart rate pumping and those lungs working.

  • Walking the dog
  • Playing Dodge Ball
  • Tag
  • Hula Hooping
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Jump Rope
  • Water games
  • Skipping
  • Hop Scotch
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Trampoline Jumping

There are many other forms of cardio activities that you can add to your regular fitness routine including classes or group training so speak with your trainer to discuss what’s available.

Have fun finding some new favourite cardio exercises. There are so many choices now, there’s no excuse to get bored or dread cardio ever again.

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Exercise Addict

Remember the old adage, too much of anything in life can be a bad thing? Even something as simple as drinking water can be dangerous if you consume excessive levels. Exercise is a really important part of a healthy lifestyle – but make sure you build a healthy addiction to exercise. Exercising regularly is a major component in leading a healthy lifestyle. To get into the habit of exercising on a regular basis, you may need to set aside time in your schedule to visit the gym and find a type of exercise you can genuinely enjoy. At other times, you may have difficulty becoming addicted to exercising if you feel as if you aren’t reaching your goals in terms of fitness or weight loss. This is where a personal trainer can really keep you motivated and keep your enthusiasm and interest in your workout while changing things up and staying on track of your goals. Take a positive approach to exercise and making specific changes to your lifestyle, you can become addicted to exercising and improve your health in the process.

Here are some tips to become a Healthy Exercise Addict.

  1. Select a type of exercise best aligned with your interests.
  2. Recruit a friend or family member to exercise with you.
  3. Set aside time in your day for exercise.
  4. Exercise at your pace.
  5. Set fitness and training goals.
  6. Keep yourself entertained while you exercise.
  7. Reward yourself (clothing, jewelry, shoes).

Recovery time is an important aspect of physical training and without it you are likely to eventually experience physical symptoms, such as muscle or joint damage, prolonged fatigue, and be more prone to infections. Again, working with a trainer will make sure you aren’t over doing it and prevent you from doing more damage than good.

Don’t let exercise start to take over your life. Have it be an important part of your week, but ensure that you take some recovery time and don’t forget about spending time with those that are important in your life. Liking what you do, will make you want to continue to do it. Make exercise your healthy addiction.

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Cardio for Fun

We already know how great aerobic activities are for your heart, body and mind. After all, regular cardio exercise has been shown to reduce body fat, decrease total cholesterol, boost mood, lower resting heart rate, and improve heart and lung function but how can we add to traditional cardio fitness to keep your workouts interesting.Try something fun, something that you wouldn’t really think is a cardio workout. Get your trainer involved too. They will keep your cardio routines fresh so you don’t start dreading it. You may not realize that a lot of the activities you may do around the house, or do with your kids are great cardio workouts.

There are hundreds of cardio options out there. The trick is picking a few that you like and then doing them at an intensity that is high enough to count as cardiovascular exercise. To be considered a cardiovascular workout, you need to meet two principles. 1) Intensity has to be high enough to elevate your heart rate into an aerobic zone which is 55% to 85% of your maximum heart rate. 2) For any activity to count as cardio, it has to last at least 10 minutes per session. And for best results, you need to do at least 3 days of cardio (with no more than 2 days off between sessions) per week.

There are fun activities that we did as kids and may do now while playing with our kids. Try some out to get your heart rate pumping and those lungs working.

  • Walking the dog
  • Playing Dodge Ball
  • Tag
  • Hula Hooping
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Jump Rope
  • Water games
  • Skipping
  • Hop Scotch
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Trampoline Jumping

There are many other forms of cardio activities that you can add to your regular fitness routine including classes or group training so speak with your trainer to discuss what’s available.

Have fun finding some new favourite cardio exercises. There are so many choices now, there’s no excuse to get bored or dread cardio ever again.

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