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Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville

Healthy Aging with Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow

So here's what you need to know about Intermittent Fasting: Breakfast being the most important meal of the day is wrong; It is more important when you eat than what you eat; Exercise more and eat less doesn’t work. Calorie counting doesn’t work. Healthy aging is all about Intermittent Fasting.  Listen to this Ted Talk by Cynthia Thurlow and see if this is for you....
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Oscar Worthy Emma Thompson: Sex After 60 and Body Acceptance in Leo Grande

Last night my husband and I were mesmerized by Emma Thompson's performance as Nancy, a 63 year old retired schoolteacher and widow who has never had an orgasm in the new Hulu film GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE ... Nancy hires Leo Grande, a much-younger sex worker (Daryl McCormack) for a series of encounters in a hotel room. We meet her in the hotel room as she nervously awaits her first encounter and from that moment we watch Nancy find her way sexually and emotionally at this later stage of life. There is so much to discuss about this film and I recommend every BA50 see it. What was most remarkable about the film.......
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5 Reasons You Are Drinking Water the Wrong Way And How To Fix For Maximum Hydration

Drink more water! That's what we are told for maximum health and hydration but it turns out we may be drinking water the wrong way. Here's 5 reasons we are drinking water the wrong way and how to fix it. You may be diluting the ability to digest food which creates bloating. (Watch for what is better). Drinking /gulping water too fast can flush nutrients out. (Better way is to sip slower ) Drinking chilled water....nope not ok! It can shrink the blood vessels and can solidify fats and increase joint pain. Drinking too much water. This excess can backfire. Bad for sodium and brain cells. Drinking water in standing position is bad for the kidneys. Learn how much water to drink, and when to drink and other pearls from this video that has over 9 million views....

My New Trick For Turning The Dreaded Unpacking And Clothes Purging Job Into Joy

I cannot look at another suitcase. Finally 2 weeks of packing and unpacking we are finally settled into our island home for the next 5 months and excited to be here. But, the transition was brutal. I seemed to have developed packing narcolepsy. If it's not a "thing" it should be. Too much to do and no gusto to do it makes me sleepy. My 4 day window to get it all done was crammed into 2 days. Exhausted, somehow the prize was the  4 hour road trip to the ferry and then the crossing . It was a delicious passage and I cherished the limbo. But, as we pulled up to our house, the thought of lugging the suitcases and unpacking seemed even more brutal -- so I didn't do it. I just left those bags and once again I was happily snoozing pretending that this was perfectly fine behavior. "Hey honey, I tripped over your shoe bin on the way to the bathroom and I was thinking, those suitcases haven't seen any action ... what's going on?" "No worries, I'll get to it -- the Celtics are on tonight so maybe I will do it then."...
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Oil Pulling For Skin Detox and A Cure For Everything

"I took the call on my cell. “I have the next big thing for you,“ my friend informed me.  “It’s big,” she said, “and it’s fantastic.  There’s already a Facebook page on it.  Everyone is talking about it.  Oil pulling. Have you heard of it?” “Huh?”  I responded.  I had never heard of oil pulling. Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique and has incredible health benefits. Ronna wrote about this years ago but we wanted to remind everyone as we remove our masks and move into the world, that this is a great practice to free up our immune system and help with weight loss and over all health (including tooth aches).. Watch this you tube video which has over 1.5 million views and learn how to detox the skin. It's simple and takes just a few minutes a ...
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My Michael Phelps Moment: Why I’m a Yoga Convert

Let’s start with the fact that I have a crush on my yoga instructor. (Because, really, what’s the point of taking an exercise class if you don’t develop a crush on your instructor?) She’s warm and encouraging and has this lovely, mellifluous English accent. It’s like taking a class from a giant bottle of jojoba bath oil. She’s also great at giving you step by step instructions. She’s positively obsessed with making sure that your three middle toes are lifted during all postures, something which turns out to be surprisingly difficult. I was a reluctant convert to yoga, even though my husband and several close friends had been doing it for years. Part of it was that the whole yoga gestalt seemed too groovy for the likes of me...
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Plantar Fasciitis Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

When I got Plantar Fasciitis a few years back my.  heel was killing me, my foot hurt alot and I could barely walk.  I wrote about the remedies that were circulating among the medical professionals and I do believe a combination of several of them worked and I swore to never buy that brand of golf shoe that I believe caused it ever again! The pain in our feet can really put a hault to our mobility and it doesn't usually just go away. We need to address it! If you have Plantar F. you know how painful this can be and how hard it is to just walk. We love what Dr. Jo has to say about this painful foot issue. Dr. Jo shows us how to stretch out our Fascia. Listen and watch Dr Jo and we hope you get some relief from your Plantar Fasciitis....
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Relationship Therapy: 6 Best Apps to Strengthen Sexual Relationships And More

According to People.com ....Dating apps are de rigueur for finding potential partners now, but using apps once you're in a relationship hasn't been quite as commonplace. Usually, we'd be thrilled about that — more face time, less FaceTime, please — but then came 2020. Dr. Britney Blair, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of sexual wellness app Lover, isn’t surprised by the transition. “Everything is digitized, and especially [during the pandemic] it saves you a trip to the doctor’s office,” says Blair, who adds, “Sex therapy, especially, can be time-consuming and expensive.” Read more on People.com...
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BA50 Recommends: Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast Interview With Arthur Brooks…Strength to Strength

BA50 LOVES Oprah's Super Soul Podcast and on April 6th  Oprah talked to Harvard Professor, social scientist and author Arthur Brooks about his #1 New York Times bestselling new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Happiness and Success at Every Stage of Life.   This podcast is truly the perfect gift of advice and insights and inspiration for BA50s. We learn about the key to happiness in the context of our priorities: faith, family, real friends and service. We learn that no matter what stage of life you are with this mindset and commitment comes greater happiness which is really relevant for those of us who are empty nested and looking for meaning at this stage. I particularly love the way Brooks embraces difficult situations. He says that every 5 years we have life quakes and these are the moments that create the most meaning. Most people spend too much time trying to avoid unpleasant choices but in fact this is where we do our best learning and growing....

I Want a Dating Refund From Match.com

“I haven’t met too many women who I want to see again. But you…” he  wiggled his stubby little forefinger across the white cafe table..”you are special.” It could have been a Crossing Delancey moment, except he was not the dashing Pickle Man and I was no Amy Irving.  While I do dream about her curls and that cowboy hat, he was my exceedingly schleppy Match.com date and I was me. “You are a nice guy but I’m not sure there is a fit here for us.“ I said with unusual bravado. I was really trying to save time....

Girlfriends and Seth Rogan Doppelgänger To The Rescue…Finding Gratitude Amidst a Mess

There's a reason my husbands and friends nicknamed me Lucy. Seems I'm always getting into the damnedest messes. But, I do Love Lucy because she has a way of laughing her way out of a crisis. So here's my latest mess. Human error is a thing. Procrastination is a thing.....It turns out almost every single person woman on that text chain, all 9 out of 12,  had a link to an expediter. There's glorious comfort in a group of women who share the same screw-ups and can laugh about it and support each other. The only one doing the shaming was me.  God I love these women! Well, you can get almost anything done if your willing to pay in this world.  This error was going to cost me.  ...
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What Do You Have to Complain About?

When I listened to myself and my friends and our first world problems, I discovered what they all had in common. Unmet expectations. “Expectation is the root of all heartache,” said the wise William Shakespeare. When I complain about the day I had… the traffic, the miscommunication, the wasted time… it’s all about assuming the traffic would cooperate, the email would be received on time, the elevator would be in working order. What if there was a world I just lived in the moment, encounter to encounter? Without expectations there’d be nothing that “should have” happened that didn’t. There’d be way less to complain about. I am, at best, a mediocre student of meditation. Emptying my mind and quieting my thoughts enough to let troubles drift off has been an elusive goal. But after looking hard at my grumbling self, maybe defusing a few of life’s inevitable triggers is a possibility. A look at today’s headlines should slap any of us into “I have nothing to complain about” mode. At Weight Watchers they used to reward a ten percent weight loss with a pin. If I cut ten percent of my griping, about two complaints daily, perhaps I can reward my loved ones with a me who quietly exhales the minor hassles and shares a glorious sunset instead....