People often say that the party ends when you turn 40, especially for the women hitting their menopause at this stage of life. 40 is a number that is usually regarded as a downhill drive for women, in truth, it is not as awful as it is portrayed.
Undoubtedly, menopause is a transition phase in any woman’s life and it surely brings along certain discomforts, such as mood swings, hot flashes and weight gain. But your 40’s are not only about this, there are far more exciting facts this golden year carries within.
1. You’ve become decisive
Living years under the burden of uncertainties and indecisiveness, the time has finally come when you actually know what you want. At this age you develop the courage to step out of the zone where everyone tells you what you should do with your life.
As a woman we all have experienced this within our families, friends, colleagues and spouses, showing us the directions to take in our lives, which is quite suffocating as an individual. It took you forty years to learn that this is your life and you have the right to spend it as you want to. So you simply cherish these smooth sailing years with a clear head and a certain sense of control over your life.
Love is a tricky thing. It varies in intensity and in the specificity of emotions. It is sometimes the most beautiful thing in the world and, at other times, it’s the most horrid thing we’ve ever come face-to-face with.
It’s odd how one thing could be the cause of so many contrary feelings. But that’s what makes love so beautiful – it’s the closest thing to perfection that exists in the world, the only thing that can easily and comfortably encompass both good and evil, beautiful and ugly.
It’s the closest thing to a flawless whole that man has ever claimed to have been part of.
When we think of love, we think of the happy kind of love, the kind that is the beginning of something beautiful – something that breathes life.
There is, however, another kind of love, a much darker and sadder kind of love. It’s the love one feels when one loves someone he or she can never and will never have.
These days, mindfulness — defined by neuroscientist of Harvard University Britta Hölzel as “the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment” – attracts many people interested in psychological health and happiness. Since Paul McCartney encouraged us to “Let it be” when our hearts are broken, we know about the importance of acceptance. And surely nobody can escape the “Let it go” songs and books of today’s culture. I think we have pretty much gotten the message: resistance to reality is futile and letting things pass through us is the best we can do for our happiness.However, knowing about something is not the same as being able to do it. Mindfulness is difficult. And as inspiring as it may be to hear from people who can go with the flow and stay emotionally positive no matter what, it can also exert pressure on those who struggle. “Let it go” may sound like “Let it go already!” which is a not-so helpful message of impatience in a stressed-out society. In fact, the pace has picked up so much since Paul McCartney sang that song, we are not going through life anymore; we are running. And so do our minds, a thousand miles a minute. It seems as if our minds are too full to be mindful.
Posted in Break Up, Dating, Friendship, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, Psychology, Relationships
Tagged happiness, let it Go, love, Mindfullness, Patience
WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?
They are among the winners of a new global campaign to find the seven most incredible cities in the world.
The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world which seven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.
Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.
The latest list may be surprising to many, but Weber says it showcases the diversity of the planet.
“We began with more than 1200 nominees from 220 different countries and here have seven cities that represent the global diversity of urban society,” Mr Weber said. “For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world.”
We notice them. We admire, we imagine, we long. Sometimes women reveal very little, and we muse on what we can’t see. Other times women invite us in, and we can’t believe how lucky we are.
Heed this knowledge, and you will learn, in a very respectful and honest way, what every man craves: more access to breasts.
In a study conducted at the University of Vienna, researchers found that large breasts were about 24 per cent less sensitive than small ones. “This is probably because the nerve that transmits sensation from the nipple is stretched,” says Dr Alan Matarasso, a plastic surgeon in New York City. Stimulate the outer sides of her breasts, just below the armpits, with your tongue or fingertips. Make flipping motions with your tongue and even experiment with light nibbling.
The cholesterol myth: Is sugar the big culprit?
If you want to reduce your risk for the type of coronary heart disease often referred to as “clogging” or “hardening” of the arteries, should you reduce the amount of cholesterol, saturated fat or sugar in your diet?
If you’ve been trying to reduce high blood cholesterol levels, you might be surprised to learn that sugars, even more than saturated fats, are the main culprits contributing to your problem. It’s also not the cholesterol you eat. That’s because the cholesterol that causes atherosclerosis, or plaque in your arteries, is mainly manufactured by your body, not a result of the dietary cholesterol contained in the foods you eat, explains cardiologist and cholesterol expert Dr. Seth Baum, founder of Preventive Cardiology in Boca Raton, Florida.
Even more confusing is that the amount of “bad” cholesterol (known as LDL) in your blood is not as important as the number of LDL particles you create. LDL particles transport LDL cholesterol throughout your body. The more LDL particles in your blood, the more likely LDL cholesterol will penetrate your arteries, create plaque, and then cause the arterial problems, including inflammation, that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Posted in Food & Drinks, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle, Nutrition
Tagged Cholesterol, diet, eggs, HDL, health, LDL, nutrition, saturated fats
Before you lace up those sneakers, know this. New science has confirmed that just 30 minutes of walking can dial down stress, sharpen your mind and more!
5 minutes: you’ll boost creativity
Thwarted by writer’s block? Can’t quite finish that painting? Or perhaps you’re stumped on a particularly curly problem at work. The solution could be as simple as taking a short walk, which boosts creative thinking better than sitting.
That’s according to a new US study that’s sure to be welcome news for time-poor women everywhere. While prior research shows a link between regular aerobic exercise and cognitive abilities, chances are you don’t exactly have time to squeeze in a sweat session when there are pressing problems to solve.
However, the study, by researchers at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, found that a stroll of only five to 16 minutes was enough to deliver improved focus.
Sometimes not being able to reach things has its advantages.
1. You always get to be in the front row of group photos. You’re the star of every girls’ night out selfie and/or field hockey team picture. And if you decide you don’t want to be seen, just sneak in the back row and use a tall person as a shield. You can never lose.
2. People card you all the time, because you’re approximately the same height as a middle-schooler. Nothing will ever boost your self-esteem quite like a movie theater employee checking to make sure you’re old enough to see Bridesmaids without an accompanying adult.
3. You’re pretty much MacGyver when it comes to getting stuff on high shelves. Sure, you could ask for help or use a ladder, but where’s the fun in that? You have an entire strategy for getting your favorite kind of pasta off the tallest shelf in the grocery store. It involves an umbrella, a well-timed jump, and cat-like reflexes.
4. You can wear super-high heels without getting self-conscious that you’re too tall. Now you’re just the same height as everybody else. I can see for miles from up here!
My first trip to Bali was full of temple tours, I must say when you see one you’ve seen it all, except for one that really stands out amongst the temples scattered all over Bali that includes even the biggest temple they called mother of all temples.
This temple was the last in our itinerary but looks like saving the best for last mode 😉 I was referring to the icon of Bali the temple on the lake – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located in Lake Bratan, Bedugul.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple) after Tanah Lot, this is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali.
The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting.
It’s 59 kms from Seminyak and approximately 1 hour drive. but if you are in a tour there are several pit stops…more temples to see before the Icon. 😉
I was so mesmerized about this temple. Hmm maybe it’s subjective but when I entered the area, I was not expecting it would be exceptional, as usual there were a lot of hawkers and what have you in the area that sometimes they can really get into your skin! 😛
Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense.
The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat.
1. Eggs Are Bad For Your Health
Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.” The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken. However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.
But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol.
Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease .
If anything, eggs are pretty much a perfect food for humans. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants that protect the eyes.
They are also an excellent source of Choline, a nutrient that is very important for the health of the brain and about 90% of people aren’t getting enough of.
Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to a breakfast of bagels.
Bottom Line: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.
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Tagged calories, carbohydrates, fats, food, food lies, food myths, food pyramid, nutrition, omega 3, omega 6, saturated fats, sugar