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10 Aging Frustrations And How To Survive Them

While it is a fact of life that every one of us gets old, aging can still feel like a blow for some people. After all, aside from losing the physical beauty and vigor of your youth, it can be frustrating to be restricted from the things that you used to do.

However, we don’t have to be totally helpless about living life’s latter stages. With the right knowledge and outlook, aging can become not only tolerable, but even memorable for you and your family. Read on and know how to deal with 10 aging frustrations including hair loss, sagging skin, forgetfulness, and so on.

Greying Hair


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Photo Courtesy of Beatrice Murch via Flickr, Creative Commons

One of the first signs of aging is spotting silver strands regardless of natural hair color. You can draw away the attention to it by choosing a hairstyle and/or a hair color that will put the spotlight on your best features. Also, since older hair tends to get dull, make up for it by deeply nourishing your locks with the right hair products.


Hair Loss


While thinning hair comes with age, there are different factors that can hasten or aggravate hair loss. These include genetics, underlying diseases, medications, hormonal changes, stress, nutrients deficiency, excessive hair styling, and so on.

If you are starting to be alarmed with the volume of hair that you shed, consult your doctor on the root cause of the problem. Once you have determined the cause, you can start finding the right hair loss treatment that will suit you best — from concealing your bald spots to taking prescription drugs to undergoing hair restoration.

Forgetfulness


Forgetfulness, which is an otherwise normal thing, can be alarming when it starts to happen at a progressive pace. Whether it’s forgetting a name, a conversation or things like where we placed the remote control, it can get exasperating to try to remember things.

Strive at all times to focus on the present so that the information gets better impressed on your memory. Also, let tools and technology help you. Put sticky notes on your fridge so you know what you need to buy. Set alarms for your tasks. Consider getting a home automation system to do the job for you.

Problems With Vision


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Photo Courtesy of torbakhopper via Flickr, Creative Commons

According to WebMD, most people start needing reading glasses in their 40s. This is because of the eye lenses becoming less flexible over time. Night vision and visual also start to decline and you can also expect glares in your vision in your later years.

Make a trip to your eye doctor as soon as you notice something off with your eyesight. This will help you get the correct treatment soon. Also, take it easy with screens like the television, computer, and cellphones.

Onset Of Menopause


Blame it on the decreasing estrogen levels, you will have to face mood changes, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and so on. Fortunately, you can manage these symptoms by switching to a healthier lifestyle. Make time for exercise and meditation. Eat healthy food and drink more water. Strengthen your bond with your family and friends. If all else fails, see your doctor.

Keeping Up With Technology


Even the average person can be intimidated with learning how to use a new gadget. Also, the fact that technological innovations grow at an exponential pace does not seem to help people who already find it hard to cope with highly technical matters.

While we sometimes need help from younger people with a better understanding of how things work, there are times when you think you can detect frustration in them, which could be just unintentional. With this, opt for user-friendly devices and keep the instructions and/or manual on hand until using a certain technology becomes second nature to you.


Diminished Physical Capability


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Photo Courtesy of Martin Cooper via Flickr, Creative Commons

You may no longer be as fast, agile, and strong as you used to be in your earlier years. However, instead of lamenting it, now’s the best time to pay more careful attention to your body. Keep tabs on the medical tests that you should have on a regular basis. Whip up hearty meals that meet your dietary needs. Get enough sleep. More importantly, get help when you need it. Think of it as a way of starting to repay your body for all the hard work it has endured to get you where you are right now.

Finances


Let’s face it: we will all have to deal with the financial burdens of adult care sooner or later. With this, start getting your retirement funds in order as soon as you can. Also, depending on your circumstances, prepare to have that talk with your family. Discuss your budget, available resources, and what you think will be best for all the concerned parties.

Wrinkled And Sagging Skin


It could be crow’s feet, turkey neck or wrinkled skin in general. Whatever it is, some of us freak out at the earliest sight of aging skin. Fret not. Aside from the option of going to your doctor for cosmetic procedures, you can certainly improve your skin’s appearance and texture by taking better care of it. Look for products that will deliver the nutrients that your delicate skin needs. Eschew vices that harm your skin like smoking and excessive drinking.

Hearing Loss

If you find yourself tired of having to ask people repeat themselves or if you have ringing in your ears, you could be experiencing age-related hearing loss. MedlinePlus of the U.S. National Library of Music says that different factors contribute to this process such as heredity, exposure to loud noises, smoking, medical conditions like diabetes, and certain medications.

Consult a medical professional as soon as possible. He or she will conduct a complete physical exam so you can arrive at the best solution for your problem.

Growing old does not have to mean being burdened by aging frustrations. Start with a healthy acceptance of this natural life process and the rest will follow. You will find a host of great options that will complement your positive mindset. At the end of the day, it is not all about merely surviving aging — it should be learning how to age gracefully.

Get Your Favorite Photos Printed on Canvas with CanvasPop #Giveaway


Since 1800, when Thomas Wedgwood made the first known attempt to capture the image in a camera, people have been preserving memories through photography. Photographs also make great works of art to decorate your home.  When I was a kid, my mom had photos of us displayed in frames on her famous "photo wall," in our living room.  In fact, those old photos still adorn the same wall today.  Like my mother, I love to decorate my home with photos of my children.

Now with the invention of smart phones parents don't have to wait for school picture day in order to get an updated photo of their kids. I snap photos of my children every day with my Samsung Galaxy phone.  CanvasPop, a company located in Las Vegas, Nevada, can turn any photo from your smart phone into a work of art.


CanvasPop does much more than print photos on canvas, they help their customers create their own personalized art in the most innovative, simple and fun way possible. Back in June I snapped a photo of my 9-year-old daughter posing on a plastic swan with my smart phone.  CanvasPop, took this simple little photo and turned it into a piece of artwork that I will treasure for years to come. It looks beautiful hanging above my mantle.

CanvasPop offers a wide variety of custom prints and design services which include:


  • Instagram Prints
  • Facebook Prints
  • Mobile Printing
  • Photo Mosaics
  • Photo Collages
  • An all New Word Art Maker
  • and much, much more.
For more information about CanvasPop and to order online visit canvaspop.com.  Healthy Moms Magazine readers can get a 35% discount on their next order at CanvasPop. Use code HEALTHYMOMS35 . This code expires on August 30, 2015 and is valid on orders shipped to the U.S, Canada and the EU. One lucky Healthy Moms Magazine reader can win a 16 x 20 canvas stretched on a .75" frame depth and includes the cost of shipping as well. All you need to do to enter is like CanvasPop on Facebook, Follow CanvasPop on Twitter and leave us a comment below this post. You must include your e mail address in your comment. This contest is open to U.S, Canadian and EU residents only and ends on August 14, 2015 at 9 am central time.



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5 Ways to use Fruit to Sweeten up Your Healthy Diet

Everyone loves fruit right ? Here are 5 mouth watering ways to use fruit to sweeten up your healthy diet.




At the supermarket or farmers’ market, choose dry, plump, and brightly colored berries with no obvious rotten spots. Avoid containers with juice stains — this is a sign that the berries either have been mishandled or are overripe. Also be on the lookout for mold — it travels like wildfire through berries, so avoid containers with signs of this blue-gray fuzzy stuff. If you've ever bought an otherwise perfect looking batch of strawberries with just one bad one and the next day the whole box is crap, you know what I'm talking about.

Store the berries unwashed in the refrigerator in a covered container. Fresh berries don't stay fresh long and are best used within a few days of purchase ( if they last that long in your home. They don't in mine!) Berries can also be stored in the freezer for up to four months; just spread the berries out on a cookie tray and freeze before you throw them into a smaller container or resealable plastic bag.

Here are the 5 delicious ways to enjoy berries this summer:

1- For dessert whip together a yogurt parfait! Layer non-fat, low sugar Greek yogurt with berries and low sugar or sugar free granola. Just as good as a sundae, but won't add inches to that waistline !

2- You know you just want a burger and fries for dinner because salads are just so.... blah. But don't! We are fit mommas! Add some grilled berries to a salad of grilled veggies and chicken or lean beef and you might actually enjoy it! Use a grill topper to make sure you don't lose berries at the bottom of the grill. Serve over fresh mesclun, romaine or fresh spinach. Add nuts for a little healthy crunch and chow down!

3- Make this sweet and spicy strawberry avocado salsa and serve it as a topping for your healthy chicken , fish or shrimp.

Strawberry Avocado Salsa

1 cup finely chopped strawberries
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
1/4 teaspoon stevia

*Mix together and voilà! Foodgasm in your mouth!

4- Whip up a refreshing summer protein smoothie with fat free sugar free almond milk, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and frozen mixed berries. Don't forget to add a scoop of vanilla protein! Go easy on the yogurt and add extra ice to thicken. Too much dairy is no Bueno !

5- Make a refreshing summer "spritzer" by mixing fresh lime juice , seltzer, and some of your favorite berries muddled together with fresh mint , basil or cilantro ! Add in a sugar free water flavor mixer like Mio or Crystal lite for extra flavor and if you MUST add a little vodka to get the party started! My favorite is the margarita flavor!

*image credit: freedigitalphotos.net



Annie Lewis is an NPC Bikini coach and fitness/weight loss expert. She is the CEO of AnnieLewisOnline.com . Annie has helped thousands of clients around the world get fit and healthy. Annie also trains and operates TEAM BIKINI IRON which is a competitive bikini team for the National Physique Committee. Get your free sample training plan at www.annielewisonline.com and follow her on instagram @annielewisonline to see some of her amazing client transformations!














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Parenting Doesn't Stop When They Turn 18

The law designates adulthood at 18 years of age. If you’re charged with a crime, you may even be designated an adult at a younger age. Yet modern psychology and neuroscience theory place brain development on a new scale, one which doesn’t stop until age25, or even later. We may go out into the world as legal adults once we turn 18, but science increasingly supports the belief we mostly remain halfway between children and grown-ups for many years thereafter.

Parents don’t have legal obligations to their children after they become legal adults.  But that doesn’t mean we ought to, or want to, cease providing parental assistance to our adult children. Here are the most common places parents tend to help their children after they’ve become lawful grown-ups:


School


College costs have skyrocketed over the last several decades and keep increasing with every semester. A part-time job and scholarship doesn’t cut it anymore. Parents are helping their adult children get through college and beyond more and more, whether it’s through financial assistance, letting their kids keep living at home, or both.


Finance


Additionally, parents should be there to help their children navigate the sometimes confusing web of academic financing to prevent unnecessary accumulation of debt.  Furthermore, parents undoubtedly have experience in the world of credit cards, car loans, and other forms of borrowing. Share this knowledge and insight with your children. This can help keep them from making the mistakes so many people make in their youth when it comes to credit.


Addiction


Tens of millions of Americans suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. Statistically speaking, it’s going to be somebody’s child, somebody’s parent, or in some cases an inherited disposition across generations. Again, parents have a role to play in providing wisdom and support for their adult-aged children before and after drug and alcohol problems develop. Hotel California by the Sea, a treatment center that provides substance abuse rehab for young adults, recommends to avoid making recovery a disciplinary experience and instead emphasize that recovery will help build life skills to achieve bigger-picture life goals.

Breakdowns


No matter how many times parents may preach the importance of savings in case of little emergencies, most 20-somethings fail to grasp this cornerstone of maturity for many years. 20-somethings also tend to drive used cars. The recipe is of course a lot of repair bills they aren’t able to cover without racking up thousands in credit card charges. Parents are often there to pick up the tab when clutches need replacing and air conditioners go out, at least for a few years anyway.


Breakups


The emotional rollercoaster of high school romance tends to keep going into college for a few years to come. 20-somethings can be easily worked up over relationship drama which in the long-term most parents can see is small potatoes. Yet nobody, young or old, wants to hear they’re being irrational in the midst of heartbreak. Lend emotional support if they want it, but shy away from speaking negatively about the other party if feelings persist. This ought to remain protocol in the event of bad marriages as well.



We’re legally responsible for our actions at the age of 18, and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean we instantly become seasoned adults overnight. It’s a slow process built on experience, knowledge, and the wisdom of elders. And maybe their financial support too.

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#WordlessWednesday on a Tuesday - Our Morning Visitor

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This morning while I was sitting on the deck drinking my coffee we had a little visitor. She likes to perch on the tree and sometimes we see her on the brick path on the side of our house. She is very friendly and unafraid. Today I was able to get within inches of her before she flew away.  What kind of wildlife visits your backyard?









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Looking For Guest Bloggers for The Healthy Moms Magazine

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I am leaving for vacation on Saturday April 5, 2014 and need good quality guest posts to run while I am gone. The posts must follow these guidelines:

 

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What are You Feeding Your Kids?

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Americans are failing to read food labels properly. Today I examined some popular "healthy" foods marketed to our children and revealed the truth about what is really in them. Visit this link and share if you want to know what American children are eating today.…

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Tips to Build Your Blogging Community

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At 12:45pm on July 11, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)


Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help


At 6:19pm on August 18, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 9:31am on March 25, 2010, Annie Scott said…
Hello,
Nice to meet you.
I am looking forward to chatting and checking out your blog!
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I am following your blog. Since you are in CA you may be interested in mine at www.ocfunguide.blogspot.com
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At 12:05pm on June 10, 2009, Mama of 3 Munchkins! said…
Hi Cascia,

I use to live in North Highlands but that was a long time ago. Thanks for adding me as a friend. Talk Soon!
At 8:24pm on January 24, 2009, Farrah said…
Grabbed your button from Grab My Button and it's now posted at: http://wifeandmomof3.net/blogbuttonexchange. Have a wonderful weekend!
At 5:24pm on January 14, 2009, Kate McLaughlin said…
Thank you! I'm always pleased when a fellow mom visits my site and finds it helpful. I appreciate that you let me know, too!
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Thanks for visiting my site. Have a great week.
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