Why Tai Chi Is So Great for Seniors (and Young People Too)

Peter and I have been practicing Tai Chi for several months now. Long enough for me to know for certain that the benefits I’m experiencing are from doing it and not some kind of hippie placebo effect. Also, long enough for Peter to stop complaining that I was turning him “granola” and simply accept the fact that he likes doing it.

I remember seeing Tai Chi for the first time on public television in the 80’s when they used to play workout videos first thing in the morning on half the stations available in my area. Even then, the practitioners wore outfits that were a decade out of style (maybe they were fashionable at the time of the filming), and the routines were accompanied by stereotypically Asian relaxation music. Not really the best first impression, and it tainted my opinion of Tai Chi for a long time. Read More

What to Do When You’re Tempted to Cheat on Your Diet

No matter how hard you work on sticking to your diet and your weight loss plan, there are inevitably going to be times when you are tempted to cheat on your diet. Don’t be hard on yourself, as you are only human and everyone who attempts to lose weight faces these challenges. I face this challenge every Sunday evening, when we have our family over for a big dinner feast, and of course…a decadent dessert.

Now,  just because you are around those temptations certainly does not mean that you have to give in to them. Check out the tips below that that allow me (and hopefully you too!) to take the right steps whenever tempted to cheat on that diet.

Always Be Prepared

Do you typically feel a craving for something sweet in the afternoon while you are at work? Then head to your job prepared to face that temptation in a healthy way that will prevent you from cheating on your diet. Pack a low-calorie snack that is no more than 200 calories and contains plenty of protein and fiber. For example, you could have an apple with some almond butter on it. Then have that snack when you are facing your craving—or, better yet, before your craving even hits—as it will fill you up and prevent that unwanted drop in your blood sugar that will have you yearning for a piece of cake or something from the vending machine. Planning ahead in this manner can make all the difference, as you may not even be tempted to cheat on your diet in the first place if your keep your body fueled and satisfied.

Drink a Cool Glass of Water

Another easy step that you can take whenever you are thinking about snacking on something unhealthy is to simply drink a cold glass of water. You won’t be ingesting any calories, but your body will have to use calories in order to heat the water up as you drink it, so the colder the water is, the better.

Step Away from or Deny the Trigger

Triggers are those things that will tempt you to fall off your diet plan. They could be places, things, or even people that will tempt you to eat in an unhealthy way. Doing your best to avoid these triggers in the first place is your best bet at avoiding temptations, but if you find yourself in the trigger zone, just remind yourself that you can overcome it. If offered a trigger food, simply say, “No thank you. I don’t want any right now.” Saying this out loud will eventually help your subconscious (where those cravings are rooted) reprogram itself to believe you truly don’t want it.

Now that you know what to do when you are tempted to cheat on your diet, you can take additional steps to stay on track and lose the pounds without being too hard on your body or your mind.

5 Supplements I Use to Fight Aging From Within

I use products on my skin to do things like fight wrinkles and fade dark spots and it’s given me some results. However, I realized there are supplements to fight aging that you can take daily in order to keep your body youthful from the inside out. So, I began an experiment to see if certain supplements could help me look and feel a few years younger. These are the 5 supplements I have been taking for their age fighting benefits.

1. CoQ10

CoQ10 is a popular ingredient in anti-aging products, and you have likely come across many wrinkle-fighting creams that boast this supplement as part of their ingredients. But in addition to applying it to your skin, you can also fight wrinkles by taking it as a supplement every day. Experts recommend taking around 200 mg daily in order to reduce cell damage and help cells turn over properly, giving you smoother skin.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E boasts anti-inflammatory properties, and it is also an antioxidant that can help protect your skin from environmental toxins. Taking 200 IU daily could help your skin regenerate naturally, giving you a more radiant appearance rather than a dull appearance. Plus, this vitamin could even protect your skin against UV radiation that could lead to wrinkles.

3. Vitamin C

Another one of the many popular supplements to fight aging is vitamin C, which is also a powerful antioxidant that can support your immune system. To keep your skin smooth and radiant, take about 100 mg every day. This important nutrient could help reduce oxidative stress within your cells, and that could help your cells grow normally. So in addition to helping you look more youthful on the outside, this vitamin can also help you feel great on the inside.

4. Hydrolyzed Collagen

Your body’s collagen production decreases as you age, causing wrinkles and sagging skin, as well as weaker joints. By supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen, you can help to add back some of the collagen that has been lost. You may notice that your skin feels less dry, that your wrinkles become less deep, and that your skin feels firmer after you take hydrolyzed collagen daily.

5. Glucosamine

Often thought of as a supplement that you combine with chondroitin to support healthy joints and reduce the pain of arthritis, glucosamine is also a great nutrient to take if you want to fight sagging skin and fine lines. This supplement could help to boost the hydration of your skin, as well as speed up wound healing. Take about 1,500 mg daily to see results over time.

By taking these supplements to fight aging every day for 30 days, I began to notice a difference in how I look and feel. The subtle, but clear benefits have given me a pep in my step that was previously not there. After all, in addition to helping me look fantastic, the supplements above are also important for overall health.