Butter, Our Friend

Butter. The butter dish in my childhood home always held a full cube, softened at room temperature, so soft that my little brother would swipe his finger into it, then dip his butter gloved-finger into the sugar bowl on the way to his mouth.

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Butter makes everything taste better when you cook with it, add it to your baking, or layer it on tasty browned bread. Now scientific research is showing that it is not the culprit to blame your clogged arteries on any longer.

(Researchers at) “Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus (provided this) Summary: An epidemiological study analyzing the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and mortality finds that butter was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with heart disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes.” ScienceDaily

Amazingly wonderful news! Not associated with heart disease, and a protective association with diabetes, which means it could help lower the risk of diabetes. Julia Childs was right all along, enjoying life and eating everything in buttery splendor to her hearts content!

 

Chocolate Prevents Insulin Resistance?

More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate  – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.

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Dark Chocolate Chips!

What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.

These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine. [Read more…]

Reducing Diabetes Risk as We Age

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Muscle Strengthening with Weights

As we age, we slowly begin to lose muscle mass, and our skin shows the pull of gravity. I remember one day, somewhere around the time when I hit 40, I caught a glimpse in the mirror and all of sudden, stunned, I remember thinking to myself “when did all this sagging start?”

Well, it just happens. It will happen. To everyone. But if you start doing Yoga, exercise regularly, and add a little weight training, you can keep your body stronger, prevent your muscle mass from a rapid decline, and reduce your risk of diabetes.

Research studies (Grontved A et al.PLoS Med. 2014;11(1):e1001587) show:
“...that regular aerobic physical activity, such as walking and running, provides protection against type 2 diabetes.”

They questioned whether this same effect could be shown from muscle training [Read more…]

How to Tweak, Update or Overhaul Your Personal Image

It just happens. Your life is busy, time flies by, and the next thing you know you are ambushed by Stacy and Clinton from “What Not to Wear”! Well, almost.

This is when you realize your skin is starting to sag,  gray hairs are springing up, you can’t find your makeup colors at the store because they’re no longer being made, your pants all have elastic waistbands, and your kids cringe when you get out of the car in public. Is this you? This was me. My daughter did send in a request for Stacy and Clinton to work their magic on me. Twice. I don’t need to say anymore!

I kind of lost myself in everyone else’s lives and let my own go.  As time went on, and the kids became more independent, I could see my light at the end of the “mommy” tunnel. I took on a new job, and started a new business. Being back in the “real world” caused me to take stock of my public image, and realize that I needed to make changes in order to be someone people were proud to be around, happy to be seen in public with, and someone my family and colleagues could look up to.

Here are my tips from my tweaks, updates and overhaul over the past couple of years: [Read more…]

What is Beneficial Beauty?

In today’s market, the demand for anti-aging skin care continues to grow rapidly!   While Baby-Boomers look for new methods to slow aging and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, a younger generation is increasingly seeking out preventative anti-aging strategies to help them look younger longer.  Topically applied products are undeniably an important tool for supporting skin appearance, structure and function – we love to slather cream everywhere it seems!Happy! by iamamylou

While incredible advances in anti-aging technology are making skin care products more and more effective, for many people, fighting the clock is a losing battle.  Why?  No matter how many “Potions and Lotions” we spread on our skin, the single most important – and BASIC – step in maintaining healthy, beautiful skin is taking care of it from the inside out! [Read more…]

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