On Track for a Healthy New Year

Since many of us have additional time off during this long holiday, this is a good time to take steps to improve our well-being over the long haul of this coming New Year. We’ve talked a lot about the boomer connection to health and vitality. Part of this equation is exercising to maintain overall fitness.

runner 300x300 On Track for a Healthy New YearThe nutrition + physical activity = wellness connection are basic proactive steps to mitigate the wretched excess of Christmas and avoid those post-holiday blues. Food loaded with fat and sugar is short-term comfort food that contributes to hypoglycemic drop and fatigue, which then exacerbates the blues.

We all know that stress can have a detrimental effect on health. While some short-term stress like exercise is beneficial to the brain and body, chronic stress isn’t.  Practice the “1-minute meditation” which is our favorite, simplest de-stressor and it really works.

Dialing it down and having some fun also helps to alleviate the winter blues. Make time for slow time in your own backyard! Hang out at home and take in all things local! Use the opportunity to be with family and spend time with friends. See all the latest movies, eat out at your favorite slow-food restaurants. Take in the community theatre performances and concerts. Hit the local shops, art museums and galleries. Visit historical sites in your area. At night, drive through the neighborhoods, as most are still decorated for Christmas.

Take a day-trip to an off-the-beaten-path oddity in your own state. Stay at a bed and breakfast for a break from hotel sameness. Most of us busy boomers fly from point A to point B with no time or opportunity to explore the backroads around us. Read a book. Take a walk, get in a few reps at the gym or swim a few laps at an indoor pool nearby. If you live in wintry climes, hit the local slopes, ice rink or sledding hill.

Simple pleasures. Take a time-out for play-time now and all of this coming New Year.

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Learn a Less Stressed Life

By guest blogger, Diane Rohan

I recently spent a day with Dr. Eva Selhub, who showed our small group how meditation and tools for neutralizing the physical effects of stress can heal us.  Eva is a strong, smart woman who is a medical doctor and an integrative health specialist. She is a staff member of Harvard Medical School, serving from 1999 until the end of 2007 as Medical Director of Mind/Body Medical Institute. Now she is part of the world renowned Massachusetts General Hospital – newly named The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine.

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What was great about the personal interaction was hearing other people’s stories, a few of them friends of mine from our neighborhood.  We talked, laughed, cried and meditated.  I’m sure I fell asleep, but I was also a bit sleep-deprived.  It was a wonderful day, and I am so glad I dedicated it to myself. We also received a CD, Relax into Love, which contains various meditations.

Eva has written a book called The Love Response, which outlines all she talked about in the workshop.  Her program is the result of years of research and clinical practice on how to “reverse the destructive physical effects of fear and stress, and banish emotional wounds from the past.  Through a simple-to-use plan of awareness, breathing, visualization, and verbal command exercises, The Love Response reprograms your brain and changes your biochemistry from negative to positive, putting you on a path to long-term wellness and happiness.”

I highly recommend the book and/or CD, both will lead you to less stress. It is time to take some time for yourself!  Make your mantra “I choose to love and accept myself always.”  Deeply and profoundly.

 

Diane’s Bio: Diane Rohan is the CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of her company, The Main Event. An event-planner for 18 years, Diane has coordinated corporate events for such clients as Disney, AMC, and Newman’s Own, and headed up the special events department at Court TV.

Diane and her husband have lived in lower Manhattan for fourteen years. They have a 13-year-old son and a 17-year-old Jack Russell Terrier.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

sunset 300x225 Merry Christmas EveryoneThe winter solstice was a time of ritual celebration by ancient cultures. For us at Bette Boomer on our second Christmas, it’s not just about the ritual. It’s about time with families and friends to celebrate our traditions and consider what might come for our future generations. We are thankful for another year filled with joy.

Those of us who contribute to Bette’s voice are all over the US enjoying time with friends and families this holiday season. Here is a photo from one of us…where is it? Any guesses?

Despite all the commercial aspects linked to Christmas and the holidays, we believe it’s important to step back out of the craziness of our lives and stand quietly in the moment. Take a walk on the beach, down a snowy lane, onto your porch – any place of peace.

We hope this is a wonderful time of year for you, filled with all of your favorite people, and at least some of your favorite places.

Bette and Team

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When shopping for holiday meals, how do you preserve your taste buds, the environment, and find sustainably-raised food, especially during these wintry months? Think fresh, local, simple and pure.

It’s tough for baby boomer locavores  during downtime of our CSAs and Farmers’ Markets. Those of us who care where our food comes from and how it is grown find it difficult to stay on board the slow food train. But you can continue to support small-scale agriculture if you buy from a local whole-food greenmarket or specialty food store you trust. Look for organic options to reduce your exposures to pesticides and other toxins.

For omnivores who shop for their food in the field and from streams, the ethical option takes you away from the grocery aisle to the wild – the ultimate pure resource. Get Girl Hunter Do You Take Sustainable Eating Seriously at Holiday Time? for culinary tips on preparing what your catch.

A time-saver is shopping online for sustainable eating for busy boomers on-the-go. For the traditional Christmas table, you can get organic ham online. If you prefer turkey for the table, organic turkeys are available online also. Diamond Organics sells nationwide and delivers overnight. And Slow Food USA runs a Heritage Turkey program that breeds heirloom turkeys and sells them locally through a nationwide network of farms. Be sure to order early.

cow2 300x300 Do You Take Sustainable Eating Seriously at Holiday Time?For red meat eaters, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free is the only way to go. You might also want to check-out Leftcoast™ Grassfed where, at their TomKat ranch, Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor put into practice what baby boomers feel strongly about – sustainable practices to reduce the carbon footprint and leave as little imprint on the land as possible.

Don’t forget the bar. Stock up on biodynamic wines, organic beers, or your own occasion-specific organic cocktails. Why fall off the sustainability wagon for appetizers for the cocktail buffet when sustainable aquaculture sources include Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar. There are lots of ethical eating options online that include websites with cookbooks for holiday menus.

Ironically, while most of us worry about overeating and gaining weight – especially over the holiday season – other communities around the world go hungry. Whittle down your gift list by donating to your local food bank in someone’s name. Think about gifting sustainability through Heifer International. Initiatives like America’s Grow a Row that grow food to donate to food pantries are thoughtful gift ideas. Everyone deserves healthy, fresh food not just during the holidays, but also all year long.

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We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions for sustainable eating during the holidays. You can comment here on this site, or connect and converse with us on Facebook.

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