It’s Not Just Your Body That Needs Attention

It’s Not Just Your Body That Needs Attention

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I love the ocean.

As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast my passion is to be in, on or under the water. The salty sea has a way of rejuvenating my psyche and putting my entire body back into balance. But all of those years of wind, waves and sweat have taken their toll on my skin and mostly my face. Quite frankly, my face has taken a beating. I’ve used sunblock of course but I still have accumulated sun damage, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. So, I decided to up my game in the anti-aging skin care arena and try some new products.

There are so many products to choose from though that I need to minimize my choices by having some personal product requirements. So, to reduce my product selection I decided on some major “must haves”. The first things I look for are products whose ingredients are ethically harvested, cruelty-free, and used and tested by dermatologists. Also they should NOT contain parabens, allergens or other potentially dangerous chemicals or microbes such as those plastic ocean polluting microbeads. I also love companies that stand behind their products with a no risk guarantee.

The Kanapa Skincare line from Xtend Life products includes all of these elements. Kanapa is a New Zealand Maori word which translates to “bright” or “glowing”, the perfect namesake for the Kanapa™ range.

Start with Cleansing

Most skin care routines, suggest that you first wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Cleansing is important for removing any skin care product or makeup that you’ve applied during the day. Cleansers also remove natural skin oils, pollutants, and bacteria that’s accumulated. Cleaning your face first means your skin care products will be able to enter your skin and work more effectively as well.

So I tried the Foaming Facial Cleanser from Kanapa which is made with manuka honey and kiwifruit from New Zealand. It has a sweet and silky consistency when applied to my skin and a fresh feeling after I wash it off. I use it in the shower as part of morning bathing ritual. Promo Code: FWOF10 – good for 10% off your order starts 8/6

Replenish your Skin

Next, I decided to add an exfoliant to replenish my skin. Our skin slows down replenishing itself as we age. Dead skin cells aren’t replaced by fresh cells as quickly, which means your skin starts to look dull and uneven. Exfoliants help get these dead cells off your skin. I avoid the physical exfoliants, such as sugar scrubs and cleansers with beads, because it makes your skin more susceptible to sagging. And instead I use the exfoliating Konjac sponge with activated charcoal.

Anti-aging Serums and Moisturizers

Even though up to 60% of the human adult body is water we still need to keep hydrated inside and out. Skin is our largest organ and adults carry around some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it.

Our skin protects us in many ways by acting as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also exudes antibacterial substances that prevent infection and manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones.

Still as we age, we need higher concentration of anti-aging ingredients in our skin care regime. The best ones to look out for are vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). As well as increasing collagen in your skin, they also act as antioxidants to soak up the biological and environmental oxidative stress that builds up to cause aging. The Luminous Facial Serum from Kanapa has really provided me with that extra boost of hydration I needed, as well working to reduce my sun spots and rosacea. It’s lightly scented so see if you can try a sample before you buy.

I branched out and tried Luminous Day and Night Cream as well. Both are moisturizing creams that are very different from all the ones I’ve used until now. They are quickly absorbed into my face and are perfect for someone like me who is outside a lot. My skin doesn’t feel weighed down but smooth and a bit plumped up.

The feeling is not unlike a dip in the sea.

Hi, My Name is Impossible

Hi, My Name is Impossible

Hi, my name is Impossible.

Susan Niebergall

Not too long ago,

I was sent a message though Instagram from a follower who was asking me questions about my diet and workout regimen. She proceeded to tell me that she showed her certified nutritionist pictures of me saying she wanted to look like me

What came next was not only interesting, but eye opening. Her nutritionist told her that results like that at my age are “impossible”.

I would just like to shake her hand and say, “Hi, my name is Impossible”

The Nutritionist proceeded to tell her client:

  • I obviously adhere to a very strict diet
  • I probably do an extremely low carb diet
  • I see the word “sugar” every time I even look at a bagel, so I never eat them
  • I spend 2-3 hours in the gym

All of that from a picture. A picture on Instagram

The truth?

My diet is not very strict at all. I include foods I love all the time (helloooo chocolate and wine!)

  • Low Carb? Haha. My middle name is Carb.
  • I eat bagels, bread, and (gasp) even some chocolate cake
  • I spend about an hour on my program at the gym 4 days a week. If I am there longer, it’s because I talk to people. (I can talk too much )

And you want to know the supplements I take?

  • A multi vitamin for old people (literally for “seniors”)
  • Fish Oil
  • Vitamin D
  • Protein Powder

That’s it. Oh, and you know what else?

I work fucking hard.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you you can’t do something or that it’s impossible just because of your age. Because that’s just bullshit.

Is it easy? No, it’s not easy. Some days are easier than others. It takes work, but it is possible.

Look, I am no one special. I don’t have “good genes”. I am not a gifted athlete. I am just someone who got her head on straight, made some changes and works super hard.

Susan Niebergall Before and After

 

So to that nutritionist out there who seems to know me so well from a picture on Instagram, I invite you to come on my podcast and let’s chat.

In the meantime, I think I will change my name to “Anything’s Possible”

Susan Niebergall @Susan Niebergall Fitness

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Invaluable Secrets to Success by Two Leading Ladies Over 40

Invaluable Secrets to Success by Two Leading Ladies Over 40

(image: Coach Magazine)

Hitting your 40’s is no reason to give up an active lifestyle.

This transitional age is when the body’s ability to convert food into energy slows down significantly. Having a sedentary lifestyle coupled with poor nutrition will aggravate that process, making it even more important to shape healthy habits around your changing body.

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Lena Headey and Sofia Vergara are testament that age is just a number. Headey currently plays Cersei Lannister, one of the most conflicting characters in Game of Thrones. She also played a number of film roles including Queen Gorgo, the Spartan queen in the two 300 movies. Meanwhile, Vergara is known as Gloria Pritchett in Modern Family. Although, her first TV appearance was in a Pepsi commercial when she was 17.

The two TV stars are well over 40 but it seems neither have passed their prime thanks to a combination of a balanced diet and exercise. Here are five secrets to staying young and healthy from these leading ladies.

Endurance exercises are optional

Like many other women, Sofia Vergara is not a big fan of cardio. Her trainer revealed to Marie Claire that walking at a high incline on the treadmill or spinning for a few minutes is how she primes her muscles. The truth is endurance exercises, such as running, are just an option for fat loss but not a necessity. The body can adapt to repetitive stresses caused by endurance exercises, and reduces the ability to burn fat the more you get used to it. You may be able to run longer, but that doesn’t mean you can go at a faster pace while muscles get more defined the heavier you lift. If burning fat and getting stronger are your goals, you don’t always have to spend torturous hours hitting the treadmill or the pavement.

Drop the barbie weights

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Many women at any age fear the weights room because they don’t want to get too bulky. But Headey and Vergara know that lifting heavy weights is one of the most effective ways to encourage fat loss and build strength. Fit Women Over 40 previously mentioned that building strength actually has to do with muscle breakdown. Lifting 10 pounds is perceived by the body as a stressor, which causes microtears in the muscles. After each session, your body goes through a process of recovery and adaptation. Eventually, 10 pounds becomes easier to bear and your muscles grow much stronger to protect your bones.

Shake up your routine

It would be hard to deny that Lena Headey has one of the most impressive physiques seen on screen. In 2014, the star spoke to Coach Magazine about her intense training sessions for 300: Rise of an Empire, which consisted of 300 reps of a variety of exercises that target the whole body. Varying your workouts ensures that you don’t hit a plateau, get too comfortable, bored, or lose motivation.

Her training was vital to living up to the role, as Spartan women are the embodiment of power and strength who are deemed equals by their male Spartan counterparts.

In fact, Spartan strength has long been a central theme in their representation in modern media, and this quality is also showcased in other titles based on the franchise. Foxy Casino’s 300 Shields game draws its narrative from the first movie, and players can relive the action-packed scenes that display visuals of the strength of the famous Greek battalion. This emphasis on peak fitness stems from using early forms of Calisthenics that actually has roots in Grecian concepts and they were largely influenced by Spartan methods, which you can incorporate in your routine. Spartans were already lifting weights, enhancing their core, and developing lower body strength before anyone else even knew how advantageous these methods were.

Needless to say, Headey’s intense workouts paid off, as she succeeded in playing the Spartan queen.

Balance your macros

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For decades, carbs and fat have been vilified as the culprits for weight gain. However, in addition to protein, those two macronutrients are essential for a balanced diet. It is better to count your macros than restrict your calories for a sustainable weight loss/muscle building plan, especially since whole food provides a lot of fiber that the body requires more as you age. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and root crops provide carbohydrates; leafy greens, legumes, lean meats, eggs, nuts have plenty of protein; and healthy oils, avocados, seeds, nuts are high in healthy fat. The ideal ratio for sculpting a lean body is 30% carbs, 40% protein, and 30% fat. Both leading ladies abide by healthy diets while also allowing themselves to indulge every once in a while.

Rest when your body calls for it

Vergara told SELF that even though she doesn’t like working out, it is how she takes care of her body especially as she gets older. For many, exercising can be very exciting, especially if you’re seeing the results of your hard work. Like most things though, too much of it is also unhealthy. When you’re trying to build strength, it’s important to allow your body time for recovery so you don’t get injured or burnt out. That being said, don’t rest for too long as consistency is even more important in your 40s.

Why this is the number one way to get rid of belly fat

Why this is the number one way to get rid of belly fat

Why this is the number one way to get rid of belly fat

Have you ever wondered why – despite all your dieting efforts – you keep gaining belly fat?
As you age, it becomes more challenging to keep excess inches off your abdomen and abdominal fat is fat you don’t want hanging around, literally.

Your body has two types of fat. Subcutaneous fat is found just under your skin and is very noticeable fat in that it jiggles, dimples, and causes cellulite. Visceral or “Belly” fat is fat on the inside of your body, under your abdominal muscle, typically what we refer to as having a “Beer Belly”. It is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat because it can surround vital organs like your liver and heart, plus you can even have this fat if you are thin. Visceral fat is linked to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, strokes and other chronic diseases.

Leptin is a protein hormone that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. Leptin resistance causes an increase in the visceral fat & contributes to the development of obesity & in determining your risk for Type 2 diabetes and other serious diseases. Leptin signals to the brain that the body has had enough to eat, producing a feeling of satiety.
Since belly fat can be resistant to many of the best diet and exercise programs and the most difficult fat to lose, there are several things you can do to help promote your cells’ ideal sensitivity to leptin.

“Belly fat can be resistant to many of the best diet and exercise programs and the most difficult fat to lose.”

How to Get Rid of Belly Fat

Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of belly fat, which will lower your insulin levels and visceral fat production.
Exercise was found to take the fat away quickly. Those who jogged for 17 miles each week had significant decreases in visceral fat, and subcutaneous abdominal fat.
A combination of a regular exercise program with a healthy eating program is best, plus:

  • Avoid processed foods
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup, sugars, ( refined sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine) grains, fruit juices, and sweetened and diet drinks
  • Supplement with high quality omega-3 fatty acids (Krill oil is a good, highly absorbable form to use)
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Your waist size is the best indicator of insulin sensitivity. Take a tape measure, and measure the distance around the smallest area of your abdomen below your rib cage and above your belly button.
For women your ideal waist measurement should be between 28 and 33 inches.
You are overweight if your waist is between 33 and 37 inches, and Obese if your waist is over 37 inches.

Nutritional Typing

One of the most important steps in helping your cells is to choose foods that are right for your body type. ( See our article: Feel better by modifying your diet based on your body type ).

By determining your unique Nutritional Type (Dr. Mercola video link ), you can then select foods that work best for your body. Dr. Mercola believes it’s clearly one of the most critical things you must do to support good health. Nutritional Typing is one of the only systems that customizes nutrition based on the way your body reacts to food.
This can help to explain why certain foods make you feel bloated, sluggish, and generally not great after you consume them, even if they are so-called “healthy” foods.

Once you start using Nutritional Typing I’ll bet you’ll soon start to notice:

  • Greater meal satisfaction
  • Less desire for between meal snacks
  • Food cravings diminish
  • And less belly fat….

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The One Simple Fitness Habit You Should Absolutely Start Today

The One Simple Fitness Habit You Should Absolutely Start Today

We all do one thing everyday that sabotages all of our health and fitness goals.

Can you guess what it is? Its Sitting.

Simply said, Sitting Kills.

Even if you are very fit, if you SIT uninterrupted an extended period of time, you’re at risk of dying prematurely. Research by NASA scientists has found while monitoring the astronauts, that your body declines rapidly when sitting for long periods.

If you must sit at work, taking a standing or stretching break every 20 minutes, that’s about 30 times per day, has been found to be More effective then walking. Movement is key and there are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and just standing up. You must interrupt your sitting that is what is GOOD for you. Beneficial molecular effects are activated simply by carrying your bodyweight upon your legs. Those cellular mechanisms are also responsible for pushing fuels into your cells.

Your Chair is Killing You
Scientific evidence has shown that prolonged sitting is devastating your health. Even if you are very fit, Sitting actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, including overweight and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Levine author of Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It
is also the co-director of the Obesity Initiative for Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University, he writes: “Because we’ve become so used to being seated… we’ve failed to realize that this is a major health concern.”

Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

Add in More Non-Exercise Activities to Your Lifestyle

Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

Paleo Challenge… I won’t starve to death will I?

Paleo Challenge… I won’t starve to death will I?

My Cross Fit Trainer has this to say in answer to this question…“Many are so wedded to their current ways that they will disparage it because it is so threatening to the current prevailing ethos (“everything is okay in moderation,” “people just eat too damn much”, etc.). There is no caloric restriction built into the diet. None.

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“You eat until you are completely satisfied and snack at your own discretion and are pretty much never fiendishly hungry unless you miss a meal. We only regulate the content of your diet, not the quantity, because your body has an amazing hormonal system that takes care of the caloric details for us already (and has been doing so for millenia before anyone even knew what a “calorie” was). It’s the difference between burning fat for fuel (practically unlimited supply of energy, only small changes in energy levels) and burning sugar for fuel (very limited supply, large swings in energy levels (“sugar highs/crashes”). You will not need to murder anyone for a cookie because the new way you will experience “hunger” will not be so debilitating.”

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He goes onto say…:
“I have never heard of or read about any case of a person who was not at least mildly successful when they followed it for any good length of time and, generally, the longer and more diligently people follow it, the more drastic and profoundly life-altering their experience.”

“Consider this: I was already pretty close to my own ideal weight and current fitness level when I started doing Paleo at the beginning of this year, and even so my own experience has been like achieving enlightenment, physically and mentally. You will feel better. You will perform better in class and in life. You will get sick less often.

You will find that “little thing” that’s been nagging you for months all of a sudden goes away. Your libido will all of a sudden increase ;). You will become happier because it’s like you’ve solved the riddle of the sphinx and can now focus your efforts on other productive aspects of your life. I kid you not. The experience is so multi-faceted that it’s almost futile to try to capture it in words, which is why this little 25 day exposure will be so amazing for everyone who gives it an honest try.

Also, get the book because that will answer a lot of the common questions and concerns.

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Everyday Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Crust
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 cup pecans
4 tablespoons melted organic grass fed butter
pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Place the nuts in a food processor and process until the nuts are a flour like or almond meal like consistency. Pour into a small mixing bowl, add the butter and salt and mix into a thick dough. Using your hands, spread evenly into a pie pan and back for 10 minutes.

Filling
1 – 14oz can of organic pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 eggs
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1/2 cup coconut milk

While the crust is in the oven, whisk all of the pie filling ingredients together. Pour into the crust that has been baked for 10 minutes, return to the oven and bake for and additional 45 minutes.

Paleo Stuffing

Paleo Stuffing with Italian Chicken Sausage & Sweet Potaoes

Paleo Stuffing

1 lb mild Italian pork or chicken sausage, casing removed
4 ½ cups mushrooms, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
6 celery stalks, diced
4 carrots, diced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon diced fresh sage
½ tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
½ cup dried cherries, finely chopped
½ cup slivered almonds
½ tablespoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. In a large soup pot, sauté onions in olive oil until translucent. Add the sausage and brown. Add the carrots, celery, mushrooms, chicken broth, cherries, almonds, sage, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the veggies begin to absorb the chicken broth. Transfer to a large glass baking dish, cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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