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51 Next Week and in Optimal Health! Thanks Paleo!

Published August 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5567A paleo snack at Whole Foods

When diabetes and heart disease runs in your family and you do your absolute BEST to be in good health, I am super proud to say, according to the Competitive Edge BC-1000plus scale, my metabolic age is 28 (and I’ll be 51 next week!)

Several months ago I took a slow plunge into the paleo lifestyle. It’s the best thing I ever did for my health, though a nutritionist told me that my metabolic age is because of what I’ve been doing all along, that it wouldn’t get that great in such a short time. Though I feel amazing on paleo, I attribute my good health to three things: 1. Having a great husband and great friends; 2. regular exercise; and 3. avoiding processed foods as much as possible (especially in the past two months).

Earlier this year, I felt I was doing something wrong because I was getting sluggish. I could have chalked it up to age, but I wasn’t ready to be a couch potato. I also had some minor things that seemed to be pre-menopause related, like headaches and dizzy spells.

I spoke to three different nutritionists and after extensive research I decided paleo was the way to go. “Paleo Manifesto” by John Durant was one of the books that greatly inspired me because it covered so much ground and answered many questions for me.

So, the way I eased into paleo. It started around spring time of this year. First I gave up gluten. About a month later I gave up grains. Then by June I was eating nearly almost a paleo diet and I’m now 100 percent (with the exception of the xanthan gum in that stupid hot sauce I used today, it tasted lousy after not consuming it for so long! And no, Whole Foods didn’t have Frank’s in their dining area!)

I can honestly say it’s been months since I’ve had dizzy spells and headaches. And best of all, I had some minor arthritic pain that is slowly, but surely subsiding. I feel fantastic! What’s really cool is I’m eating less natural sugars as well. I’m down to two servings of fruit per day. And when I eat bananas I only eat a half.  Since I shared my story, several people have come to me and said they have less pain since being on paleo! I even started a community on Face Book called “Hey Ho, Let’s Paleo!”

Mind you, if you decide to take the step into paleo, you may have a transition stage where you need a lot of sleep and maybe get some pimple break outs (yes, at 50 I’m getting them). Just think, you’re eliminating garbage foods and putting nothing but good stuff in your body, so it’s gotta cleanse.

For me, while my diet wasn’t bad at all, my downfalls were chips, “natural” cookies and SOY — the most processed food! To give up that stuff and just concentrate on REAL food: seaweed salads, fermented foods, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and chicken, wild caught fish and a variety of fresh organic vegetables, while limiting fruit to two servings per day.

Then the FUN part — healthy fats: Kerry Gold butter, avocados, coconut oil and sweet potatoes. And a concoction called Bullet Proof tea that helps assist in intermittent fasting. My version is: oolong, Kerry Gold butter, raw extra virgin coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa — blend then sprinkle with cinnamon! It tastes like hot chocolate!)

I eat all this stuff and keep my weight down. In fact, I even lost a few pounds! It’s really hard to gain weight while eating like this because you’re not putting anything bad into your body.

Lecturing on Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Published September 14, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_2377Me and activities director, Aubrey Evans at Mt. Arlington Senior Living, New Jersey

For the past few years, lecturing on health and nutrition has been a dream of mine, as my passion is health and nutrition and throughout the year 2012 I had three clients who were nutritionists and chiropractors that I’ve helped get gigs lecturing. I thought to myself, if I could do this for others — why not do it for myself? I’ve been a health food advocate since 2003 and writing about health since then. In 2008 I was the editor for NJ Health & Fitness magazine. I had my own health column in the NJ Patch online called “Here’s to Your Health.” And currently I am writing for Skinny News magazine.

Over the years I’ve interviewed many celebrities about health and fitness including supermodels Oleda Baker and Carol Alt and health advocates Patricia Bragg, Paul Nison and David Wolfe. I also had the opportunity to interview Jack LaLanne but he passed away two weeks prior to the interview.

So, needless to say, when Aubrey Evans invited me to speak at Mt. Arlington Senior Living, I was thrilled! In honor of my former health column, I called my lecture “Here’s to Your Health.”

For 45 minutes I spoke to seniors about a few easy things you could do for your health that don’t cost a dime!

I spoke of the benefits of eating slow, not smoking, keeping active and getting a good night’s rest.

But not only did I speak, I allowed the seniors to share their experiences in health and fitness. It was truly inspiring that so many of them were not smokers, kept active (including the ones that were chair bound) and got a good night’s sleep.

They were all wonderful! I enjoyed giving the lecture and they enjoyed me so much I was invited back, late October!

One lady said to me, “You’re really making us like you!” It was so cute. I love the seniors!

Happiness Now!

Published June 1, 2013 by Maryanne

Happiness

While I always have so many exciting things going on in my life, it’s also important not to overlook the little things that make me happy from day to day. So here’s a little list of the “little” things that have been going on the past few days … in no particular order.

1. I think it’s so great that several people who aren’t on WordPress have created accounts to comment on my blogs (and some from several months back, which is so super cool to know someone likes your blog enough to go back and read previous months!) YEAH, go me!

2. Yesterday I was in a boutique and found a great outfit, including shoes and earrings, for a wedding on Sunday. I love boutiques — not malls. I love the personal touch. I love how in a boutique the owners will run around for you, scouting out the perfect shoe for your outfit. It makes you feel like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” every time!

3. Twice this week I was told — in person (not on the internet) that I  look younger than I am. Once I heard 29 (from a woman around my age) Another time I heard 35 (from a teenage girl). I am 49! So good health habits definitely pay off!

4. I FINALLY got around to learning how to give communion to the home bound. So — YAY — I am now officially part of the Caring Ministry! I also offered to make phone calls to the home bound who may be lonely.

5. MY CAT BILLY IS GETTING HEALTHY AGAIN! I am so happy!! Billy who is 19 was not doing too well. But thanks to some medication recommended by the vet, he is walking better, eating more and no longer hiding! This cat will definitely live to see 20. I am beyond psyched!!

6. I was so inspired by a 15-year-old girl who came to our door selling cookies and candles last night. She had a top notch personality to begin with and she seemed to really like my husband and I because she kept talking to us. One thing she said really touched my heart and soul. She said that she gave a free box of cookies to a mother of an autistic child and paid for it out of her own pocket. She said, “I know how hard life can be.” She also had asthma but was working so hard in the heat. She was such a little doll and so good hearted, I just wanted to adopt her right then and there. At the end of our conversation, I said, “I HAVE to give you a hug!” and I hugged her. Kids like that are the best!

7. I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again — my husband is just the best! It’s such a blessing to have someone constantly on your side, doing so much to make your life happy. He’s just too good! We never take each other for granted. We always call and email each other during the day and send each other pictures of cute animals, make up silly songs for each other. My heart still races when he comes home from work! I LOVE YOU DENNIS!

8. May 2013 was the best money-making “May” since I started my business in 2009! And 80 percent doing what I love best, WRITING! (The other 20 percent of my money was made managing my entertainers and one author). And the beauty of it all is, I’m not busting my ass either. I’ve had many days off, sometimes even four days in a row (not including the holiday weekends) which gave me some extra time to visit church and go to bible studies during the week. NICE!

I love all the editors I am currently working with and all my musical clients and the author. Life is just so perfect when you can work with people you love and respect, even when during times it’s not perfect.

9. Last night I dreamed my grandmother was alive again! She went to a scary movie that I recommended and thanked me for the recommendation. (The movie dream was so scary it woke me up — but then I was able to get up and do some work at 5 a.m. and I love the early mornings!)

10. It’s June and I have at least FOUR concerts to look forward to this month, starting with Jay & the Americans at the IZOD tonite!

There are a lot more, but I’ll stop here because the sun is shining so brightly in my office window and I want to get this wonderful day started!

 

I Don’t Do Facials

Published February 26, 2013 by Maryanne

Maryanne -- December 2011Me, late 40s (Photo by Darlene Foster)

I don’t do facials.

The other day someone said to me that if I don’t enjoy facials I haven’t received a good one.

Wrong.

I received many “good” ones. I don’t like them — period.

First of all, except for my husband, I don’t like anyone touching my face (especially women with creepy long nails). Facials aren’t relaxing to me. They take too long and I can think of a million better things I’d rather do with my time. And if the person giving me a facial is a talker — forget about it! Nothing is more irritating than senseless chatter.

Mind you, I have gotten facials in amazing health spas that are classy, clean and have a very spiritual atmosphere. But if something is not your bag — it’s just not your bag! I will not pretend to be into something just to keep up with the Joneses (unless it’s a very sexy Jones like Tom Jones in the 1970s!)

Yesterday I was in Whole Foods and one of the women sampling products commented on my “beautiful skin” and how I looked like I was glowing. Mind you this woman was at least 10 years younger than me. So to hear how great your skin is from a much younger woman is truly a compliment.

When I told her that my beauty regimen is just slabbing coconut oil over my face first thing in the morning, she couldn’t believe it. Then she added, “Coconut oil seems to be the latest thing.”

I’m not one to follow beauty fads. My love for coconut oil came by chance. A few years ago I realized my skin got a little sensitive in my old age and it would turn red with regular beauty products. (Mind you, for the past 20 years I’ve only used all natural products that don’t test on animals).

So coconut oil seemed to be the purest thing I could use to keep my skin soft and it works! (I prefer Spectrum brand).

I do not sleep with the oil on my face, but I put it on every morning. I work out and then relax and have breakfast. Then I take a hot shower and the oil gets into my pores.

I did not read about this routine anywhere, I just figured it out on my own.

I also think eating clean, organic, natural foods attributes to healthy skin.

Bernardo LaPalla is 109 years old and eats a pretty clean diet. I also read somewhere that he puts olive oil all over his skin. This man looks amazing! More like he’s in his 70s than 109! Of all I read of him, I never once read that he gets facials.

I honestly think facials are unnecessary and a waste of money (and worse, a waste of time).

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Bernardo LaPalla — age 109!

One of the tips Bernardo gives in regard to staying young is “Don’t be an uptight fanatic.”

I totally agree with that because being a fanatic about your health is very stressful. And I know when I’m very stressed, I’ll get a blemish. So when people say beauty is from within, they are correct. Stay positive and happy and your skin will look great.

So two cheap tricks that don’t take up a lot of time and cost much:

1. Be a nice person

2. Coconut oil or olive oil

ENJOY!