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Weight

I’ve had a few discussions with friends lately about weight. I think it’s a myth that you MUST gain weight as you age…yet I know some believe that..

Yes your body changes but the changes need not lead to increased weight. And don’t forget that muscle weighs more than fat so if you work out – you will lose inches but not necessarily a lot of weight. Losing the weight may come at a slower pace than losing the inches. But being lean is good!

Our bodies all work differently – which is why there can never be a “for everyone” diet – yet I see eating recommendations that do not mention any metabolic differences….one size fits all can’t work for human bodies and eating.

Take a look at the people around you – some are thin, some are more muscular, some are tall, some are short, some are men, some are women, etc. Should they all be eating the same foods in the same proportions? Nope!

I learned a while ago that I am a protein eater…my metabolism needs more protein per meal than my very active friend who needs more carbohydrates per meal. If I ate as much in carbohydrates as she does – I’d balloon and not only gain weight but get lethargic. If she ate as much protein as I do, she’d feel lethargic. Is something wrong with either of us? No- we have very different metabolisms.

There are some short paper/pencil tests that quickly assess your metabolic profile. No physical testing needed. If you would like more info about this – fill in the info box and I will email back asking you for a phone number as most of you are not near enough to come to my office…I will call you and in 10 – 15 minutes I can give you info – and it’s free.

Never too old for yoga

Most everything I have been doing of late is working at tightening my muscles…cycling, walking, playing squash….

That’s not bad as I am losing inches – but I was beginning to feel a bit crampy at times…and that’s not good.

I do yoga at home with my videos – but like most – on my own it’s a short session and not frequent : -) and so I am going twice a week to a low-key yoga class….and I feel the difference immediately…

We all need to keep ourselves flexible…and oddly enough, by adding yoga to my life – I have suddenly lost weight!

As we age, that flexibility is important – the stretching and working at staying more “moveable” is good for all bodies.

An old saying [I can’t find the origin of] is: “whatever the question – the answer is more yoga.”

Will you ever retire?

From today’s news…

After falling for more than 100 years, the retirement age chosen by working Americans is edging up again, and the trend could have broad consequences for households and the economy.

In the mid-1980s, just 18 percent of people in their late 60s still worked, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure is up to 29 percent, and experts believe that the number will rise as people confront the prospect of a lengthy and expensive old age with limited retirement benefits.

More than 1 in 4 baby boomers — born from 1946 to 1964 — plan to never retire, a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors shows.

Full article HERE

This statistic has popped up before – and the whys of it are mixed – some people keep working because they love what they are doing. Some “retire” from their “job” and start their own business doing something they have always loved.

But – and it’s a big but – many keep on working because they need the money, the health insurance and because they fear what the financial future might bring in terms of the loss of retirenemt benefits, lack of retirenemt funds, and the general overall picture of our futre sfilled with taxes to pay the debt our governemt is running up with it’s Iraq occupation…

So when you are approaching what used to be considere retiebnwe age – what will you do?

It’s a good question to ponder whether you are still working or if you are already sort of retired…or fully retired..

I truly believe we can all have several careers in one lifetime….so why not one you love for now?
[you can always change what you do if you so wish : – )]

And now – bad pet food

I’ve written a lot about bad food and cosmetics for people – so it should not be a surprise that this news now comes along…..

Many of us have pets – they keep us happy and healthy – check what you are feeding them just as you watch what you feed you

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths….

The recall covers the company’s “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between December 3 and March 6 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico…

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc.

full article HERE

The company has a list of the recalled food for dog and cats – HERE

Big Pharmas – again

I mentioned a while back about two page ads for drugs in my local paper which can read or re-read by clicking here.

One page is all about the drug – usually with a great picture of healthy looking MODELS…the 2nd page – often on the reverse is all about the studies and contraindications – in small print and with no models….it’s like reading the teeny tiny print that comes with all medications….

Well today most papers are carrying a story about those TV ads for drugs. Here’s the one from the Washington Post.

1.19 BILLION dollars spend on those ads in 2005…can’t wait to see what they spent in 2006….and what are they all about? All about healthy looking MODELS who have active lives after taking all those meds….[my choice of words]. I personally love the one where a man and woman are running home to have sex but are instead greeted by friends throwing a surprise party….oops – no problem – my meds allow me to wait for the right time for my ED meds to work….but after I laugh I do listen tot he rapid fire words that the lawyers said need to be there – they are like the teeny tiny print – all the side effects and problems – but unless you have Superman’s ability to hear at fast speeds – you can’t catch all the words..

According to the report, 95% of the ads use emotional appeal – along the lines of “take me and you will … ” fill in the blank [have a better social life, more sex, nicer cars, anything you want…] – the ads don’t say this outright – they infer it – the pharmas hire ad consultants and psychologists – they know they need to appeal to something other than an illness – ill doesn’t sell I bet..

So again … beware of what the pharmas are trying to sell you – they care about one thing – their own bottom line – which is HUGE these days … but I’ll save that one for my lynnsrants blog :- )

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