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5 Foods Which Can Make You Look And Feel Older Than You Are

5 Foods Which Can Make You Look And Feel Older Than You Are

What You Eat And Drink Can Affect How You Look And Feel

In an age where food really matters, there are specific kinds of foods that contain specific kinds of ingredients that will do your body only harm should you continue to consume them on daily basis.

We can no longer ignore what we eat as it endangers our health and ages us faster than we can blink. By eliminating these foods or bringing the intake to a minimum we will be able to not only see the waistlines shrinking but also find ourselves looking and feeling a whole lot better overall.

What is the secret to staying “Forever young”? Let’s get to it and see what needs to be altered from our daily diet.

1. Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

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    Seriously, these components have swallowed up America whole with practically contaminating everything from cookies to fried foods to “healthy” snacks, you name it—it’s probably there.

    These oils turn into an unhealthy fat storage, or trans fats, and have been long linked as a direct contributor to heart disease and obesity rates in this country. Nonetheless, people continue to choose foods that they are used to because old habits die-hard, it is comforting, and most, cost less.

    So how many potato chips can you eat or baked goods, or your favorite snacks? Well turns out that if you read the label and the trans fat IN A SERVING is less than 0.5 grams, the actual food label will read ZERO trans fat, according with the Mayo Clinic.

    Therefore, if the ingredient states partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated-anything-oil you should know to either not eat it or limit the intake.

    Hello cholesterol hike! Remember Margarine verses Butter?

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    We have been fed with nonsense for over forty years, and if you cannot do without a taste of butter always choose butter over margarine.

    Assistant Professor of medicine Timothy Harlan, M.D. at Tulane University School of Medicine said that trans fat cases inflammation, and he explained that aging a “chronic inflammatory state” in itself, and reassured that one can look older by consuming trans fats regularly.

    Back to butter–trans fat intake is 3.3 g verses 15 g that is in margarine. The “bad” fats will cause obesity, spikes in cholesterol and high blood pressure.

    Through these health problems alone a person is bound to age faster. The FDA had finally recognized that hydrogenated oils are not safe for consumption…Really? Thanks, it’s been a while, let me get my arteries cleaned up here…

    Bottom line is–read your labels, and change your habits or it will not be the only thing that will be dying pretty hard here…

    2. High fructose corn syrup or HFCS

      We ARE going here! This GMO (Generically Modified Organism) ingredient is literally pushed in to everything that we eat.

      The heavy consumption of HFCS causes obesity, liver failure, heart disease, tooth decay…shall I keep going? Listen, if you want more sugar I’d rather have you eat apples all day long and dark chocolate. The HFCS is toxic to your body, there is really zero benefits in it but gazillion damages.

      Sodas, and all kinds of non-organic drinks contain it, so do your cookies, jams and almost anything out there that is why reading your labels is essential.

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      Dr. George Bray (North American Association for the Study of Obesity) had long called for dangers of obesity from the HFCS, especially from the soft drinks. A 20-ounce Pepsi bottle equates to 17 teaspoons of sugar in accordance with the Chicago Tribune.

      The HFCS has clear and present dangers due to the amount of fructose it contains—average of 80 percent in comparison to table sugar that has 50 percent of fructose. It’s easy—since there’s more fructose in HFCS, it goes straight to your liver, causing liver damage called “fatty liver” that is affecting over 70 million people.

      In addition to the health issues that are mentioned earlier, the rising amount of sugar intake has been also associated with hypertension, metabolic syndromes and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, among the few.

      Daily high amounts can lead to “accelerated aging” as well, states Dr. Mark Hayman, a Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Not convinced still? Listen, you don’t have to be an expert in this field to read about all the negative things the HFCS brings to you.

      Too much sugar is not good period, but HFCS brings you a quadruple dosage of what you should not have, and it has been called a “silent killer” for a reason. Yes, healthier foods are more expensive, but the price you pay today for them will be the price you will not have to pay for your health tomorrow.

      3. Refined Salt

        By now it is common knowledge that salt adds to water retention in your body, but this is not the only problem here. The Russians call salt the ultimate “white death”.

        This is because salt is a contributor to hypertension or a raised blood pressure, which directly causes: heart failure, kidney stones, water retention, a link to stomach cancer among the few. Excess salt leads to skin puffiness and swelling says Dr. Gillian McKeith in her book “You Are What You Eat”.

        However, how much salt you should have is dependent on how healthy you are and your diet.

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        If you are under 50, says the Harvard Medical School, and you are in a great health and have no high blood pressure then you do not have to worry about salt intake’s dangers. What you must do is to avoid high salt and processed foods.

        The HMS also says that the folks with high blood pressure and diabetes should not have more than 2300 mg of sodium, or 1 teaspoon a day.

        Perfect example of foods to completely avoid is the Top Ramen, which alone has over 700 mg of sodium in one soup, in ONE!!! PS: The chicken flavored one has 890 to 910 mg…Yes, you heard this right! Therefore, please choose wisely, salt only if necessary, and salt less!

        4. Processed Meats

          Your daily lunchmeats such as deli, prosciutto, bacon (YES, sorry!) and sausages usually contain various but heavy amounts of preservatives which can cause skin irritations and inflammation.

          Eating more of red meat also is able to interrupt your body’s ability to produce collagen, states Health.com, so this alone can age your appearance greatly, since collagen is what keeps our skin looking younger, firmer, and healthier.

          Hefty consumption of red meats can also lead towards a heart disease, as they are high in saturated fat.

          The lead author Dr. An Pan of the Harvard School of Public Health study on red meat and mortality rates had concluded a direct association and evidence of eating high amounts of red meat with the coronary heart disease, stroke and some cancers (NIH.org—National Institute of Health). Hence, limit on deli meats and substitute with fish or turkey breast pieces instead. While bacon may be good for your soul it certainly is not good for your body or arteries. Stay heavy on veggies and you will never age faster than you need to.

          5. Alcohol

            As much as we all love a little cocktail here and there, we must not forget that alcohol is processed through the liver. The healthier the liver is the longer we will live, and the better we shall look.

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            We are not talking about having a glass of wine a day. We are talking about having several drinks a day or more. Our liver processes toxins when we drink alcohol but it needs time to repair. Whatever contaminants your liver had not time to process will come out on to your skin.

            Acne, possibly of rosacea and wrinkles are all skin-aging results from the built up toxins from the liver, and since alcohol is considered a toxin, these are the possible side effects, explains Dr. Ariel Ostad from the American Academy of Dermatology.

            Alcohol even makes salty and fatty foods taste better and triggers the urge for more, so we are back at eating foods that age us faster. Lastly, frequent alcohol consumption will dehydrate the body, and can lead to a more serious and deadly liver disease such as Cirrhosis.

            So how much is “safe” to drink? The Harvard School of Public Health tells us no more than one drink per day for women and two for men (not hard liquor).

            With all that said, choose carefully, read the labels, avoid heavy indulging into the above foods and ingredients. Always choose veggies and fruits to satisfy your hunger, sugar and soul. Be well.

            Featured photo credit: Woven Baskets of Joy/ GM Yogma via flic.kr

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            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

            How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

            I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

            1. The Inner Critic

            This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

            • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

            The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

            Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

            2. The Worrier

            This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

            The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

            3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

            This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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            This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

            The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

            4. The Sleep Depriver

            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

            The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

            How can you control these squatters?

            How to Master Your Mind

            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

            This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

            For the Inner Critic

            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

            You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

            • They rile up the Worrier.
            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
            • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
            • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
            • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

            Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

            For the Worrier

            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
            • Muscles tense

            Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

            Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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            For example:

            If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

            For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

            • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
            • Muscles tension

            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

            Breathe in through your nose:

            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
            • Focus on your belly rising.

            Breathe out through your nose:

            • Feel your lungs emptying.
            • Focus on your belly falling.
            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

            Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

            For the Sleep Depriver

            (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
            2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

            From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
            • Shut down your thinking.
            • Calm your feelings.
            • Simply focus on the present moment. 

            The Bottom Line

            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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