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Battle of The Mid-Life Belly- Holistic Strategy To Win The War

It seems that I literally woke up one morning and my nice flat stomach had this...bulge.  A bit of extra skin that was spongy and not flattering.  Where the heck did this come from, I thought. I exercise every day, I eat healthily, I do my core exercises...why is this happening.

There are many reasons why we might get belly fat.  Some of the obvious reasons for overeating, not working out, not drinking enough of the right liquids and stress.  While that belly fat seems to get more comfortable in staying with us as we age.  There are things you can do to "beat the battle of  the belly fat:"

I decided to take a mind, body and spirit approach to beating my "fat belly".  Why?  Because belly fat increases when we are stressed, it also increases when we don't exercise, and when we aren't feeling our bodies properly.

Here are some holistic suggestions to fight what we used to call the "mid-drift bulge"

Decrease the Stress - As we age decreasing stress is…

7 Benefits of Turmeric for A Thriving and Well Mid Life

I have started using Turmeric and I love it.  It has some wonderful medicinal qualities, especially for women in midlife. 

Turmeric has a component in it called Curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant that can fight colon cancer, prevent cystic fibrosis, and help with the aging process.

It seems that every day I find out something beneficial about using spices and herbs to help improve my health and overall wellness.  Using Turmeric as a part of my daily regime is changing my life for the better. 

Turmeric should be essential for your mid-life strategy for full life living.

Turmeric can help with: 

Feeling Emotionally Better - Turmeric can help with depression, anxiety and stress and overall mood swings.  It is a great alternative to taking Prozak or some other kind of medication.  Fighting Your Fat - Turmeric can help with revving up your metabolism to burn calories and can result in weight loss. Freeing You from Inflammation - Turmeric helps significantly with inflammation that cau…

10 Tips To Live A Heart Healthy Life Physically and Emotionally in Mid-Life

Stretching Does Your Body Good  Stretching makes you stronger!  Yes, it helps with flexibility as well and it gets your blood flowing. Stretch about 7 10 minutes every morning when you get out of bed. Here is a really simple stretch routine that you can try"  The Leaning Tower - Leaning first to your left . try to elongate your body by creating the greatest amount of distance possible between your left pinkie and your left heel.  Hold for 15 seconds, then switch sides.   The Pecs Flex - As you lift your hands as high as possible, with your arms behind you, squeeze your shoulder blades together and open your chest.  The Hippie - Pretend your head weighs 500 pounds, and let it pull you down. Bend on knee and hold for 15 seconds, then change legs. 
Count Your Steps 
One way to ensure that you are getting enough exercise is to count your steps.  The number of steps you walk each day. Taking 10,000 steps a day can go a long way in having a slimmer frame, a toner body, and overall better he…

Learning How To Heal Emotionally and Spiritually in Mid-Life - Two Women Share Their Stories

By the time we reach Mid-life we have many stories to share.  It is amazing how we feel so isolated and players may be different, and the outcomes may vary, but the fact that we have all been through life-altering experiences is very true.  

On my podcast series "The Wellness Journey"  we have done some wonderful interviews with women who have shared their stories of spiritual, emotional and physical healing.  Not only are their stories inspiring you find that the themes/topics are very familiar.  We are more alike than we are different.  Part of being well is being able to share those things about our lives that are similar and also that are different.  Sharing helps us to grow, and in some cases helps us to heal.  

Enjoy these interviews...they are inspiring!

"Releasing The Pain – A Woman’s Journey of Pursuing Emotional Healing In Mid-Life" If you could go back through all the memories of things that have hurt you, that have caused feelings of abandonment, betrayal, …

Unmasking What Matters In Life After 40 and Beyond

On my podcast "The Wellness Journey Podcast Series"  I interview Sandra Joseph, celebrated Broadway Actress, and Author of  “Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway”.  It was a very revealing and inspiring interview.  Sandra Joseph played the role of Christine DaaĆ© in the “The Phantom of the Opera” for nearly a decade. Now, she is using her voice in a new way — as an author, keynote speaker, and thought leader — to inspire audiences everywhere. Her new book — “Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway” — launched on January 23, 2018, in step with the 30th anniversary of “The Phantom of the Opera,” which occurred on January 26th and will be celebrated all year long. “Make your life into a work of art that is a true reflection of who you are in all of your unmasked, imperfect glory.” Sandra Joseph After 10 years on Broadway, Sandra Joseph — the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show, “The Phantom of the …

10 Holistic Ways To Enhance Your Mind, Body, Spirit Connection in Mid-Life

I have discovered in mid-life the importance of self-care and doing those things that are necessary to increase my mind, body, spirit connection.  I  have learned that if I am not feeling well in my spirit, it impacts my body and my mind.  If I am not well in my body, my spirit and mind suffer.  The reality is that we need to strive to be well in our mind, body, and spirit.  Here are a few ways to help you connect more with your mind, body, and spirit.  By practicing these holistic steps, you check in with yourself, make the necessary adjustments, and continue to nurture that mind, body, and spirit connection.
Walk It Off
 - Adding a quick walk to your day can help relieve that holiday stress. Getting outside in nature and taking a brisk walk does wonders for alleviating stress. Try taking a quick 15-minute walk to energize you and boost your mood.

Restore and Reenergize Your Body - Needs some extra energy? Drink a green smoothie, it will give your body the much-needed nutrients you nee…

Great Recipes Made With Foods That Help Reduce The Feeling of Being Overwhelmed and STRESSED OUT!

Food, herbs, and spices truly are an integral part of our healing from multiple ailments.  The foods and recipes below are very good to eat when dealing with anxiety and stress.  
Toasted Walnuts
The warm, toasted nuts airlines often serve to their first class customers may be doing more to help pampered passengers relax during flight than the cushy seats and fluffy pillows. Researchers at Penn State University found that regularly snacking on walnuts may help your body respond better to stress. Study participants who added a small daily dose of walnuts and walnut oil to their diet experienced a smaller rise in blood pressure during stressful events like giving an impromptu speech. Scientists speculate that the heart-healthy omega-3 fats may be responsible for the nuts' calming benefits. Walnuts are great straight out of the package, but toasting them enhances the flavor and brings them to a whole new level. Simply arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a 350-degr…