The Fountain of My Youth

So many people say to me.. “Wow! Your how old?”  lol…   Not only do I look younger than I am, I act and feel it as well.  If you wanna know my age feel free to comment.. I may tell ya. :p  NOPE, NO surgeries at all!  No doctors ever, I am all natural people!!  What you see is what you get! I hide nothing, I am always honest,  and try to add fun to peoples lives. I am going to so graciously share my fountain of youth with you. Together we will slow down our aging..   Come live a longer life with me:) Lets Go!!

I believe in my heart if you follow these 5 factors you will look and feel as young as me!  I am going to give you my top five. There are more ways you can keep youthful, but these 5 work very well for me.  I feel amazing all day energy as I beat fatigue. The very last thing I tell you is my biggest secret.

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Nothing Like sharing a whole pizza pie with one of your best buddies!

First, let me tell you having pet companionship is one of the most wonderful joys of all.  Animals keep me smiling, laughing and decrease depression.  I run, play, laugh, kiss and also share my foods with my furry friends .  The joy is so genuine . Unconditional love from the animals as they do not know malice.  The playfulness will keep you on your toes.  There is nothing like sweet puppy kisses. I love, love, love doggies so much!! So much happiness in my heart with them in my life.

Second, find fun everyday hobbies or events that you like to do. Me, there really is not much I do not like. I am very open-minded.  I am also very social for the most part and enjoy social gatherings with many different friends.  One hobby I hold dear is music. I write, listen and dance to it very frequently. Examples of the events I engage in are; charity events, concerts, and obstacle runs.  You can even do most of these with your children. This makes for great bonding experiences. As long as I am with friends laughing and smiling my stress level remains low.

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Listening and playing fun music is one of the greatest positive mood boosters

Third, find NEW ventures to partake in.  Similar to number two in a way, but take it a bit further out of your comfort zone. Be involved, make exciting life changes.  Take photos, embrace memories, have exciting stories to tell.  Learning an instrument, taking dance lessons,  signing up for a language course,  cooking new Nommy foods, and learning how to dive are all some prime examples of how being involved will make you feel young.  Go on a wild date or two.. haha. Even if your in a relationship you should still be having those fun date nights with each other!  These ventures should help decrease muscle tension in your body and you will feel more alive.  Goof off, do something you were afraid to do and just pursue different things.  It will keep you excited as you will have things to look forward to. I have done all of the above and it feels pretty damn good! I plan to continue on my path with exciting adventures.

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Getting goofy with my oh so favorite protein packed chocolate chip cookies.. Added bonus shown in the middle is PB & J sandwich cookies..

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picking out something to wear for a social event… trying to keep a straight face without a laugh. lol

Now you guys knew this was coming …. My fourth factor in my youthfulness, so powerful is diet and exercise.  This is a no brainer for all you guys that know me. But know this exercising your mouth by smiling is super awesome.  🙂  I am always trying to make people smile. Exercising the rest of your body and eating smarter has so many benefits needless to say. Eat cleaner! Less butters, oils and creams! Craps that will make you feel drained.

Fifthly, my greatest share with you all is my water consumption!! YES! that is it!! My greatest fountain of youth revealed. Drink water! Some of the benefits from drinking plenty of water daily are; youthful beauty (including ski, hair and nails), regulation of a healthy body, and increased energy.

Drinking water gives you a natural beauty boost. Water will keep your skin clean as it flushes out the dirt that clogs the pours. The water consumption actually keeps your skin tight and toned as your cells are filled with water thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles, less flabby skin and a smoother look.  Drinking water hydrates the cells of your hair and nails  making them shiny and sexy as hell.

Another benefit of nomming on water is a healthy and detoxed body. Drink up guys do not get dehydrated. Dehydration can be mistaken for hunger. Drink up you feel less hungry because your full but also the feeling of hunger fades as you get hydrated. Also drinking water flushes your organs out detoxing you. As the toxins are flushed this helps prevent diseases. Also nomming on the wonderful drink  lubricates your joints and prevents kidney stones.

And energy, ahh energy the thing I have so much of …Water aids in the building of muscles, weight loss, and burning of fat. Keeping hydrated also prevents fatigue. Oh and drinking water before bed when you had some Vodka or whatever your liquor of choice is helps to prevent a hangover.  lol. DRINK A LOT OF WATER!!! Its a win win! Just do not chug it all in one sitting :p

On average you should drink minimum 6 glasses of water since you lose it so easily without exercise. You lose water daily just by breathing, average perspiration and urination. So in order to gain the most benefit I advise drinking more than the average recommended. Especially if you are active.  I drink at least Ten bottles of water a day! There it is guys MY GREATEST secret for MY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH 🙂 …  Enjoy

– R

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Drink water!!! Lots and lots of water!! NOM some H20

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Eating Right and Balanced for Everyday Life

Notice how I worded the topic for this post.  Everyday life, by this I mean there is NO such thing as a short-term crash diet. I needed to cover this topic mandatory ASAP. Many of my clients and friends do not know about proper eating basics and even what food groups are about. So here I am going to break it down as simple as I can.

First I am going to tell you why eating properly is so important.  I encourage eating a balance diet to everyone every single day.  I ask my clients what they eat and the answers I get hurt my ears. Many of them just eat protein or just eat carbs and the biggest thing is not eating enough throughout the day.  OOUCHHHH to me!!  Let me tell you a balance diet contains proper amounts of necessary nutrients required for healthy growth and activity. Which is eating at the same time protein, carbohydrates and fats.  Here is the break down into these three groups for everyone, they are;

Proteins=

Plant Based- tempeh, lentils, edamame, beans, veggie burger, Quinoa, nuts, brown and black rice, spinach

Animals based – tuna, chicken, hamburger, pork, steak, yogurt, cheese, milk, fish

I highly suggest trying to eat as many plant-based proteins instead of meat. There are a million reasons why and I will touch more on that in my days on this blog, but just to name a few reasons the health of our planet and the health of most individuals would greatly improve.   Diets light on meat (dead animals) show a significant reduction in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and newer studies are even saying Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Carbs

Nom Nom NOm . I love carbs. You sometimes hear many people say cut your carb intake or lower it. NOM- sense. Thats ridiculous. Balance on the numbers I gave you.  Get them in!! Carbs are very important, essential they keep you going and give you energies. Maybe that’s why I have so much!! People ask me how do I have so much energies. Well it’s because I never neglect my carbs. I try not to over indulge, but I make sure I have them. And I mainly have good carbs by that I mean complex carbohydrates such as grains ( multi-grains) and veggies over simple carbs that include potatoes and sugars. The complex carbs give me a constant source of feel good because they are slower to convert to energy. Try to limit your simple carbohydrates which are sugars that can lead to sharp rises and drops in blood levels.

Complex Carbs=

Fresh fruit

Non-starchy veggies

Whole grains and Multi grains (such as certain types of bread and cereal)

And these contain both carbs and protein

Nuts

Legumes

Some dairy such as milk

Simple carbs=

Refined grains like white bread, white rice and enriched pasta

Processed foods such as cake, candy cookies and chips 😦 yes cookies are in here shhh moderation is key!!

White potatoes

Sweetened soft drinks

Sugar

Fats

And then there is Fats. They have a bad reputation. There are good fats and bad fats. Obviously you should stick to the good ones.  Fats help the body absorb necessary vitamins and aid your immune system. Saturated fats are often found in meats and dairy products. YUCK !  You should try to limit saturated fats wherever possible as high intake can increase cholesterol and your chances of future coronary problems. Instead seek healthier fats from nuts, fish and olives.

foods containing Good fats=

canola, sunflower, olive, soy bean oils, nuts, avocados,  salmon

Bad fats=

Butters, creams, mayo, bacon and all pork, any fried foods, peanut butters (try and buy low-fat one)

Foods I avoid most of the time… GROSS!!

Whole milk, butters, mayo, creamy anything that includes dressings. .

Rose (HotBAMness) lives by at least this= 30 grams of protein, 50 grams of carbs, 20 grams of fat intake a day.  It seems to work pretty well for me. Those numbers are not exact, but they are normal for a non active day.  The numbers tweak however depending on my daily activity and my goals. For example if I am working out hard I will up the grams of all of them, especially in the protein intake to repair my muscles.

Why will I do that ..? After you work out your muscles are like a sponge approximately for about 45- 60 min. if your give your bod protein it will rebuild and repair the microtears in the muscle tissue. By doing so you reduce the soreness and increase your sexy muscles. And the more muscles you have guys the more calories you burn at rest which means you can eat more cookies.. opps I mean just eat more. lol

diet

Many fad diets that promise and often deliver fast weight-loss are unsustainable because of their imbalance and inability to provide vital nutrients.  This is why you feel like total crap when you try doing them. A balanced diet will enable the body to get the correct fuel to help manage weight and energy levels.  Crash diets and improper training  can cause decreased energy, performance, and strength. Also it stresses your body out, can reduce immunity and add to early aging.  Usually your muscles are affected and you’re not losing fat, only storing it.  But proper eating and exercise leads to long term fat loss and lean muscle.   So why wouldn’t you do this!!!!  Proper balance diets and engaging in exercise will increase your fitness, give you a sexy a$$, increase endurance,  delays aging and reduces disease. So don’t try to cheat the system and starve or take crazy pills. Trust me you will feel and look a whole lot better. Get it done!! And do it Right!

– R

DON’T Deprive Yourself! DO Indulge on Your Favorite Food :)

People please do not think Diet means you go on a crash course of starving yourself of your favorite foods. A diet should be an everyday lifestyle change . It’s all mental.  Just vow to eat better .  It’s like a marriage if your don’t commit to it well then you know what happens. It WON’T WORK!  At least this is just your decision to make. A marriage takes two people.  So if one person cheats and doesn’t stay committed your ass out!  This is much easier people because you  solely have all the control over this.  I promise you that once you make the changes you will  feel better, in turn not  wanting to go back to eating greasy, fried and oily any longer.  Once or twice a week indulge on  something you love.  It’s a mental game also. If you keep your favorite foods from yourself you will binge in excess and then get discouraged.   So again do NOT deprive yourself!  It’s not that hard.  I treat myself to cookies once or twice a week, sometimes too many at one time. But that’s ok I will double up on my exercise the next day or at least try.. lol. Just don’t get discouraged on your cheat day.  It is ok and your allowed to do it! Just start the next day on a clean slate.