THE MODERN DAY HEALTH EPIDEMIC FACING TODAYS WOMEN

The Modern Day Health Epidemic Facing Todays Women
I have decided to press on with the health issues that generally plague the women of this world today. This time though, I’ll be focusing a bit more on those things that could affect us as well and on the positive silver lining that says we can all do something about this. If not this post, then the next one. Yes, that’s what I’ve decided to do. This post could be serialized. There’s just so much I want to chat to you about in the next day or two. Let’s keep in touch.
Anyway, I haven’t forgotten that inspirational couple I went to visit the other day. What lovely people. Let’s talk about them too. Never expecting to go on such a rant in the previous post, my original intention for this post was to have a look at some important health trends which we could all make do with, if we haven’t adopted one or two of them by now. Okay then, so do enjoy your reading.

“Continue talking about health issues, and folks.”
H’mm. That was an earlier diary note which I deliberately slotted into the post. You see what I mean. I almost forgot about it too. It’s important to keep a diary and even a journal where you can keep track of your life; record your thoughts, and when things let you down occasionally, take control. As the case was here, I was reminding myself to record a pertinent thought on a model couple which I believed would serve as a bit of inspiration to my devoted readers. To this day, this couple still inspires me.

Health issues
•    Cancer – Is it any wonder that it is mostly the poor who are inflicted with most of the known diseases of cancer today. That being said, most of the world’s poor women just can’t see their way to visiting a registered and licensed medical practitioner. You and I can. Not only do we save our own lives by going for regular checkups, we could end up saving other lives too. How is this possible? Perhaps I am being naïve, but the healthier we become through regular medical interventions and then by way of our own self-correction, when this becomes necessary, more time and money can be expended on those who need medical care the most.

•    Morbid obesity – Talking about morbid obesity still remains something of a political hot potato in America. And that’s just one country. What about all the rest. It was the Obamas who brought this issue to the fore when President Obama’s first term of office began. Many people from around the world, including even some of us, are still so set in their ways with sedentary livelihoods which encompass as little physical activity as possible and as much takeout and processed foods as possible. All this, perceptively, in the name of convenience. But how inconvenient it all becomes when we start to get sick as a result.

•    Diabetes – There is still a perception among many civilized circles that things like diabetes only ever strike the morbidly obese or heavily overweight. Sugar diabetes can even affect those who are of reasonably good health. Like me, for instance. I have warned myself time and time again that I still need to take better care of myself. A lot of what goes awry is in the daily, processed foods we eat. We simply need to be a lot more vigilant about this and focus on healthy, balanced diets which include most of the healthy ingredients that are devoid of the poisonous substances that can lead to diabetes. And even though we seem to think we are okay, health-wise, with relatively okay waistlines, but with little physical activities to preoccupy ourselves with, our dormancy also makes a nasty contribution towards allowing our bodies to become vulnerable to diabetes.

•    Tight-fitting clothes are bad for the heart – This is such a simple thing really, and it breaks my heart that even girls in reasonably good shape still try to squeeze their way into something that clearly doesn’t fit, all in the vain attempt to look glamorous. Why not just accept the body you’ve been given to live in and do your best to keep it clean and healthy? I know, I know, I’m guilty as charged too but the sooner we accept that our health is more important than our looks, the better. As it is, and health-wise, wearing a tight-fitting pair of jeans is bad for your heart. It will cut off your blood circulation; it’s as simple as that.
Health trends
•    Losing weight – The best way to lose weight, only if you are heavily overweight, is still live and eat healthily. You do not need to go on crash diets and take up offers on health/weight loss fads that, when found out, soon fade away. You do not even need to go to what I call a sick farm where they feed you nothing but oranges, mangos and apples and dump you in lucidly warm steam baths. You do not need to get sick over losing weight. Simply live healthily. Eat a regular and balance diet everyday of the week, get a bit of exercise every week too, keep yourself physically and mentally active, and you’ll be fine.

•    Minimalist interventions – It’s got something to do with the modernist philosophy, borrowed from ancient philosophies that ‘less is more’. It’s very much the case. We live in such a material world and have you ever met a man, woman, or couple who perceivably have everything (material) in life that can truly say that they are living a life of bliss. The less you have, the better off you are. But that doesn’t mean you have to go off and starve yourself or go and live in a monastery. Come on now, don’t be silly now.
I’ve run out of time. Oh, and before I go. That diary note. The inspirational story is in the next post.

MY PERSONAL TAKE ON GREEN DRESSING UP

I did do some research for this article, honestly I did. Then at a later stage, I decided to write the entire article from my own heart and mind. Let me explain to you briefly how this story unfolded. Right from the beginning, while we were conceptualizing this blog, I had this green theme in mind. You know, as a full-time writer, the idea to write about what I have called ‘green dressing up’ began some years ago when I was just getting warmed up to the idea of living a healthy and organic life. This desire was personal, but there was also a growing concern for the environment, in light of just how precarious the phenomena of global warming and climate change has become.

So, now we are here, several years later. On the one hand, I think to myself that not much has changed. If anything has, it has simply gotten worse. But then again, the awareness among women across the world has grown substantially. On the highest levels, legislative changes are on the horizon. I just hope this is all not a case of ‘too little, too late’. To make our lives more amenable in the sense that we are not harmed by global warming and climate change, there is much that we all need to do in our domestic and everyday lives. This includes the men too.

And so I have come full circle to this theme of green dressing up. Before I tell you what I mean, let me tell you how my most recent research on this topic went. Invariably, because I used the excuse of time running against me, I used the internet to proceed with my research. This is ironic because I would have had to spend a lot more time on the internet to come up with what I was really looking for. Nevertheless, I did find one picturesque article that was quite inspirational. It’s inspirational in the sense that if you love dressing up and looking gorgeous, you would be inspired too by what I saw.

You would have been even more excited perhaps if you were heading into the spring months. At the time of writing this article, it is practically (or officially) summer where I am. But you wouldn’t say so if you looked out of my study window. Needless to say, the copy of the article I read was given in short shrift, but the colors were vivid and magnificent. I liked the way the article opened up with this following sentiment.

For many years now, women have always been endeared towards implementing floral patterns and designs to what they dress up in everyday. This ranges from a full floral print dress to the most subtle hint of flora on a quality cotton tee-shirt or sweater, even a powder colored blouse. Pleasingly, this habit of brightening up the personal décor hasn’t changed, and long may it continue. But the new departure, if it can be called that, is quite exciting and vividly brilliant.

It is quite literally green. Green is everywhere and it is showing up as a noticeable organic theme. Here is another variation to my writing style for this blog. Sentiments and ideas can change at a moment’s notice but the present idea can be so strong that I feel compelled to continue with the story, even exceeding the pre-planned word count, which is the case here. So, as an example; this story has only just begun and I believe it is a good story. It will be continued in the next post which is themed ‘power dressing’.

So, your reading life becomes a little more interesting. You need to keep track of your reading, just as you would during the reading of a novel that you simply cannot put down. The nature of this blog, when it becomes necessary for the writer (that being me) to do so, becomes serialized.

I still have a few lines left here. So, in closing, let me continue with my remarks on green dressing. I like the way the next range of spring pattern designs have gone. It is bold and striking and green leaves are bold and large in many instances.

EATINGWIZE

Whoo. Blogging can wear you out sometimes. Fortunately, that is not the case with me today. Today we’re going to be chatting about one of my favorite topics. Food. Food, glorious food. But not just any food. Healthy food, girls. But do perk up, healthy food is wholesome and delicious and nobody is about to starve in order to shed a few more pounds for squeezing into their new bikini or skinny leg jeans.

Another reason why I’m feeling so fresh this morning is because I had a very good sleep last night. For once, I can say that my customary stress did not get the better of me and I was able to get in my full quota of eight hours sleep. Well, seven actually, but close enough, I guess. Also, I had just recently done a bit of mini-detoxing. Just for a couple of days, mind you. I really needed to flush out all those toxins in my body. I was feeling awfully dirty inside.

Dirty sugar
White sugar is bad for you. White sugar is refined and processed, just like white rice and bread. Eating too much of this can lead to a dangerous increase in blood sugar levels. This also causes your body to crave for more food after eating and so begins the process, if you pardon the expression, of overeating. It will be hard in the beginning but there is much we can do on our own to help curb our sugar cravings. First of all, if you like sugar in your tea, you can cut down minute measures over time, and until such time that you’ve been able to eliminate it from your cuppa and replace it with something more natural and healthy like organic honey.

Energy boosters
Do you still have many of those days where you’re just feeling so malnourished, even though you thought you had such a heavy meal the previous night, and are feeling so drained of energy? The best way to avoid such feelings of depletion is to never skip breakfast, still the most important meal of the day, and never skip all other essential meals of the day. Busy girls and those desperately trying to lose weight are prone to do this. It serves no purpose and only makes matters worse. Oh, and incidentally, Kalissa, eating regularly and healthily also helps to reduce existing stress levels. Another thing worth mentioning is that balanced daily diets must include a substantially healthy portion of protein.

Fat is good for you, here’s why
Of course, the fat you’re thinking about right now is bad for you. Let’s talk about that first. It’s called Trans fat and it’s found in all, repeat, all of your processed and canned foods, never mind your junk food which you all know by now entails. It can cause diabetes and heart disease, never mind heavy weights, if consumed excessively. But with the consumption of only healthy fats, you could reach a point in your life where you’ve eliminated bad fat altogether. Yes, that will take some time to get there, but getting there is not impossible. Good fats are found in foods such as avocados, nuts, olives and fatty fish. It’s also worth mentioning that fish, as well as nuts, have high protein content and contains the essential omega 3 fatty acids.

Women need their strong bones
One of the essential ingredients that helps ensure women’s good physical conditioning and longevity during ageing is calcium. Good sources of calcium for daily intake are included in dairy products, green vegetables, oatmeal, tofu, green beans and even seaweed. Oh, and don’t forget the garlic. I know, I know, its smell is acrid, but you know what, this is one of the best natural flu and allergy busters I know of today. There are two other important ingredients that women should be getting a daily dose of in order to maintain their healthy, strong bones; magnesium and vitamin D. Even one hour in the sun everyday helps to build stronger bones, that’s vitamin D for you.

Getting regular and losing weight
Regular means being able to go to the bathroom on time and, well, what can I say, passing healthy movements, does that sound alright?  To get this right, the emphasis is on a regular, pardon the expression, intake of fiber. Not only is it good for your stomach and an effective ingredient for overweight girls to lose weight, it also helps to lower the risks of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And girls, listen up, fiber is good for your skin too.

Fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and helps to avoid insulin spikes that explain why we sometimes feel so drained and carve snacks like chips and sodas. As a result of taking fiber, which stays in your stomach a lot longer than other foods, you have a feeling of fullness which stays with you for hours and thus enables you to eat less than you think you need. Here is a short list of the things you can do and eat to improve your bowel movements and help you to lose weight.

•    Start your day with a breakfast cereal, high in fiber content and free of sugar. To this you can add fresh or dried fruit.

•    During the day if you really start to feel peckish, you can snack on fruit and vegetables, rather than chips, chocolates and sodas.

•    Add more gravitas to your delicious salads by adding nuts, seeds, sugar beans and peas. Now, this is a firm favorite for me and, girls, if you aren’t fond of hearty hot soups during winter time, consider trying it out, just once. Vegetable soups are popularly and traditionally loaded with barley and/or lentils, both rich sources of fiber.

Girls, it’s been a long, long day. But who’s complaining. I was up early this morning and kept myself productive for most of the day. Have a good night’s rest, and I’ll chat with you soon.

BIG HEALTH ISSUES FACING WOMEN TODAY

BIG and ISSUES are two big words, aren’t they. I’m speaking in layman’s terms for now and I’m retaining my right to keeping the friendliest of reader-friendly voices as possible. That’s my market and that’s who I’m sticking with. Thanks so much, girls, for supporting me all this time. You know how much it gives me a lift each and every morning or evening when I open my inbox and see, wow, someone wrote to me today. She had something extra to add to what I had previously written. Whatever comments you do pass along, I can tell you this much; it is all very much appreciated.

It’s up to us.
That’s how my last short post ended. It ended on a striking note, didn’t it? One reader wrote in to say that, yes, the post was short, but I didn’t spend enough time talking about health. Well, I didn’t want to argue the point, but I did strike a bit of a balance with the personal point of view. I mentioned a thought on my own fashion statement and I emphasized my proclivity towards over-stressing in line with the health theme. And you know, I just checked my blogging diary again and noted that I stayed true to the book by focusing on stress in that last post.

I did not divulge the point, but that was my plan all along. I’m glad I stayed true to it. The post was so short that I never got to mentioning a positive thought that occurred on the day I wrote that post. While I was remarking on all the things that generally cause many of us to worry, I omitted to mention the proverbial silver lining. You see, on that very day, I had received a dinner invitation. These folks are just awesome when it comes to such occasions. I don’t see them very often so we’ve always got bags of gossip to dish up to each other.

And I usually have a story or two to tell them. But I must learn to watch my tongue too. Gossiping causes stress as well, whether you’re on the receiving end of the story or the naughty one telling the story yourself. Now, with these folks, one thing I don’t need to watch is my figure. Their dinner treats are generally fit for a queen but they are inherently hearty, wholesome and healthy dishes. I am going to have a look at my blogging diary just now and see if I can squeeze in a story or two on this model couple’s lifestyle.

But, for the time being, I was supposed to be casting my thoughts on some of the biggest health issues facing the women of the world today. Health issues are vastly different from health trends. The biggest issue that seems to face over a billion women in this world is their inability to live healthy and normal lives. This is their daily struggle. This struggle is poverty. Many, many women are living well below the breadline. As you well know, a dollar a day gets us absolutely nowhere. And now the pound is sinking too.

Gosh, whatever next. Anyway, when I talk of poverty, I also include a great deal many other women who at least have jobs to go to everyday. But many of them only have piecemeal work or, as is the case for many Americans, still to this day in the world’s most prosperous nation, many women find themselves having to hold down more than one job. And this is not even to keep up with the Joneses. This is survival, my friends.

Women with jobs are also, in many cases, single mothers with mouths to feed and school fees to pay, clothes to buy (and wash) and rent to pay. Never mind a mortgage. That dream home still eludes many women. As far as you and I are concerned, we simply need to be patient. I am convinced that many of us will get there someday. Keep on saving what little you can every month and you’ll soon see what a difference that can make. It’s called compound interest. It does not burn holes in pockets but it can help you to make a fortune or secure your desired nest egg.

Or help you pay for your college or university degree. Now, that’s another very important and big issue where women’s health is concerned. Lacking a proper education, poverty-stricken women are often bereft of the knowledge that empowers them to secure their health and that of their family. Born into poverty, many women simply never get as far as school. Here, we have to acknowledge that under such circumstances government intervention is required.

But, all around the world, governments cannot do everything on its own. Private enterprise also needs to come to the meeting. I desist from using the word ‘party’ in this phrase, because this is no party. Public-funded companies are still making fortunes for their shareholders but very little is spared for projects that, quite literally, lift women out of the gutter. But let us not forget that middle-class women face serious health issues as well. Here, my old friend stress has something to say about this. There have been arguments to the contrary but stress does cause many vulnerable women to adopt unhealthy and, sometimes, quite dangerous habits.

One of those habits is overeating. Not just overeating on a green or tofu salad. Overeating on the worst form of junk imaginable to mankind. I say mankind, because it is mostly men that created the hegemonic burger and fries and pizza and fried chicken empires that we see littering our neon-lighted skylines today. Nevertheless, we remain guilty and personally accountable when we overindulge. And now look at this. Look at this. It seems as though I’m turning into something of a social media activist. I’ll be honest with you, ladies that was never my original intention.

REMINISCING ON HOW WOMEN LOOKED BACK THEN

I was originally going to do further research for this topic. But on second thoughts, and by the time I got down to writing this post, I decided to alter my approach. Oh, it’s not going to be a long-winded philosophical diatribe or anything like that. What it is going to be is a hearty woman to woman chat on what you make of fashion statements today. While we’re doing that, let me also tell you a bit more about my hoped for strategy for writing up the posts for this blog.

And let me also expand a bit more on the subjects I have in mind to write about. I promised this to you after I ended my last post, didn’t I. I also promised that I would add in the vital and interesting information that I’ve inherited whenever I believe it’s necessary to do this. Girls, I really am a woman of my word, and I am not one who makes promises that she does not intend to keep.

The question for today, I asked myself this question before, is what do you make of fashion statements. Is it something that you are influenced by after paging through a glossy magazine while waiting to see the doctor or something that you’ve received in your inbox from your favorite fashion retailer? Generally speaking, since the internet exploded into life, fashion statements are all the rage. Well, actually it’s been around since long before we were born.

Do any of you have old photos of how your moms used to look when they were young like us? I’m sure you do. Sometimes we used to laugh at how ridiculous they sometimes looked. But as you’ve experienced by now, we’ve inherited something of the old. Good fashions never die. Look closely at the boardwalks the next time you gloss over the iconic seasonal fashion shows and you’ll see once more how the fashion guru’s of today have subtly blended in some of the old into the new and funky, sultry and sexy.

That takes care of fashion statements for now. Health-wise, it is never the end of the road for any woman who is facing challenges in addressing things like obesity and diabetes. These may be serious problems but they can be turned around in a few heartbeats. Yes, it does take time. There’s no getting away from that. It takes moral and personal courage too. That’s very hard, I appreciate that. But what I find does help a lot is the support from others. That’s where I’ll come in on health issues. I hope to see some form of encouragement being given to others who need it while I’m writing.

I’ve done one imperialistic shot on the subject of looking good. Hope you’ll enjoy that post. Power dressing is a subject close to my heart, but green dressing. What’s that all about? Let’s wait and see. Further exploration is needed on beauty trends, but like fashion trends, somehow the tried and tested always sticks around, especially when it’s good for us. And so, I have ended this short post on a bit of a flourish. It’s like applying a nice organic blush to your eyes. I’m all for warm colors that reflect the shades of our mother earth.