Well, I have always had dry skin and sensitive skin. As a child had numerous problems, a lot of eczema due to unknown gluten intolerance. Going on a new skin routine has never been a fun exploring walk in the park as my skin always reacts with bumps and red patches. It’s temporary and I have to ease into the new product as my skin adjusts.
Unfortunately, my skin does not tolerate any sort of vitamin-C products. I get rashes and even if I tried numerous different brands my skin reacts immediately. I am allergic to fruits containing the vitamin as well (lemons, oranges, kiwi). Vitamin A products work fine.
Going through menopause, my skin have been even more sensitive and dry (as if the rest of the symptoms of menopause is not enough). I have been forced to step back and start over again, relearn how my skin (and body) works after the hormonal shift. And even if I am on HRT (thanks God), things are different. Yes – to be honest – I hate it, but I am still here and body have blessed me with wonders – no time to complain.
If you are a woman going through issues hang in there, be sure to moisturize drink plenty of water, and cut down on sugar – it’s a skin killer. Make time to readjust your routine and use products that are good and friendly for you! And don’t forget your vitamins and mineral stuck upon
Vitamin – B complex
Vitamin – C
And when you are at it – enjoy the journey of getting to know a new you.
Where do I start? another strange year has becoming the new normal. First word that comes to mind is unpredictability. No one really knows anything anymore and experts relive each other, and frankly I am not sure that they (experts)know what they are talking about anymore either.
Time to set plans for 2022, one thing we do know from all this how important health is. So I hope that is a part of your plan as well.
For me must admit, I have been slacking the last couple of months, not keeping my focus on maximise my health but finding excuses not to commit. And as sure as spring is followed by winter my energy, skin and body is paying the price. Also menopause causes even more focus on healthy habits.
My health plan for 2022 (starting early) is really getting back in there, get my heart pumping and getting sweaty a couple of times a week, beside that work on flexibility. Getting toned is the end goal and probably aiming to compete in a race or two.
Do you have any health plans for 2022? Is that the year you will turn your health around once and for all?
It makes me frustrated when we keep on giving away our own life for bad food choices. We are well educated and we know what we need to work optimally. Health is no science, is caring for yourself in the best way possible, and food is your medicine.
Coming from a childhood filled with constant throat and ear infections, rashes and a stomach that would not work properly. I was labeled a good and easy child. When in fact I had no energy. I don’t blame my parents they had no clue. I later found out I was gluten intolerant.
I believe what saved me all those years (before quitting gluten) was exercising and eating ok food, greens and vegetables. We all know what to eat to work on our health, there is no magic. Unfortunately health issues are rising and we become more and more sick, earlier in life. Young children that are obese with brain disorders.
We need to start taking care of ourselves and our love once, it’s our responsibility, see it as your retirement plan. And giving your children the best start in life, they deserve it.
As our estrogen level drops a lot of things happens to not only to our body, but also to our brain. You probably noticed it, your focus and interest start to change.
As more time is becoming available (the family is not as dependent on you anymore). We rediscover, start questioning our time and purpose. Many women make changes during this time. And even as the transfer through menopause doesn’t come easy. When the transition is done. Many women feel a new energy arise.
This is a new beginning in many ways. Some might want to change their job, and many stress that the job must be meaningful for them. The nurturing gene is still present, but towards something outside the household.
The changes are usually unexpected and can be hard for the rest of the family to coop with. During this phase most of the divorce initiatives comes from women, about 70% on a global level.
So, if you are going through this, go easy on yourself and discover what you really yearn for. Listen in and discover the new you.
We women go through so many bodily changes in life. From going through puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and through peri menopause all the way to menopause. Our bodies goes through a lot over the years. And as much as we changes through puberty, the same changes happens as we enter menopause.
You will notice changes in your skin, mood, brain , and of course body. To keep up with the changes can be dreadful, especially as you usually have a personality change following the hormonal drop.
So how can you help yourself? First of all, accepting the changes will help you go through this a bit easier. Not saying it will be an easy ride (for most of us). Sorry to say, but becoming even more aware of your health is crucial for wellbeing the older you get. Your body have been through a lot, you now need to care for it even more.
Simple things to always think about – eating nutritional food – exercise daily , PW – sleep and rest – your own time – vitamins and minerals
You – you need to invest in you that is the most important thing for your health. So many woman have a hard time putting their needs first and foremost, but you need to.
Food – I can not stress this enough, give yourself proper nutrition, that is your medicine. You have the choice to choose good proper food. Good food for you is greens of all kinds, and as fresh as possible – not processed.
Movement – anything is better than nothing and the aim is at least something small everyday. It kickstart everything inside and it makes wonders for your brain, and skin, you feel batter, become happier and as a bonus you will look better.
Social wellbeing – we all know that past year ment a lot of social distancing. And even if you are an invert, past year was quite lonely. We are not ment to be by ourself. It’s so important to feed your soul with good laughter and caring friends.
Sense of purpose – do you even know what you like? do you remember what you dreamed of as a child? What can you do that makes you loose sense of time completely? Whatever it is – find time to do it.
Have you noticed that your body fat have shifted? You might have had a body that held fat around your thighs and hips, and as you are getting older, you have developing a belly pouch.
When the female hormones oestrogen starts to decline, you become more insuline resistent and sensitive to carbs. You might have had the exact same calories intake as before , but you start gaining weight. The reason it sticks to your belly is due to the location of your ovaries, where you use to store oestrogen.
A common mistake many women do is starting to increase their cardio and go on a strict diet. But that will actually make things worse. When you put your body through stress “not eating enough or exercise to hard”, your cortisol level increase and your body will “freeze” refusing to let go of any stored fat.
So what can you do?
Be kind to yourself – accept some of the changes without giving in
Start weight training, muscle mass helps burn fat and strengthen your bones
Rest and sleep – every cell in our body need a longer time to recover
Do HIT training (intervals) to help your metabolisms without stressing your body to much
It makes me sad to see how far we have come and yet how lost many people are. Health is no rocket science, it is your own creation. The majority of people who don’t suffer from genetic malfunctions or have been exposed to radiation are usually healthy from the start – right?
People tend to have such high thoughts about medication and trust the medical field without even thinking twice. I am not saying that doctors are not needed. They are for sure, they are much needed. But they should from an early stage educate people what they can do to optimal their own health. With proper food, exercise and sleep our body will function at its most optimal state, and (believe it or not) heal itself when needed.
I meet a lot of scepticism when I say this but I trust my own body’s ability to give me optimal health. And I give it the tools needed.Yes, we might need to add some supplements that we lack, some hormones that decline as we age, but more than that – we are built to survive..
Ok, let’s solve this once and for all. It bugs me when people think that having a fit and #healthy body after 40 has everything to do with good genes and cosmetic surgery. No good people, it has to do with a commitment. Commitment to yourself.
Yes, your genes might bless you with long legs or wide shoulders, but more than that – YOU can create the body you want. Your health is everything, it determines your future. Even more so with age, if you commit to take care of you, everything will turn out for the better.
So yes – if anything, health takes a lot of effort, it takes hours of commitment each and every day. From running, power walking to preparing good and healthy meals. Does that mean, I can’t slouch ever again? Of course not! But your focus should be to stay committed to your health plan 90% of the time.
If your goal is to have a good long life you need to make Health a part of it – make it your lifestyle.
I hope past year and a half woke a lot of people up. The pandemic really got us standing on our toes. Never ever in the history of time have anything seems so unclear. No one could ever have predicted what was about to happen in Mars of 2020 when things really got serious.
Now, all we really know is that health have a major impact of how well your body would cope with this virus. Yes, there where incidents with a healthy people, but the majority of the people who got really sick had some underlying health issue.
Looking back, I hope this will wake people up. Your no 1 focus must be to care for your own wellbeing. And if you are older than 30 your should really focus on making your health your main goal for the future. You have a responsibility to make it your priority.
As I get older, I see what a difference it makes on my mind/focus/skin/sleep overall wellness if I let myself slip and have a couple of cheat days.
Make it your goal to priorities your health this year.