Pro-Aging- What Is It?

Some people call it pro-aging. Others call it healthy living or thinking positively or with satisfaction of your own aging process—whatever the words you use, chances are it will help you live longer and better.

Thinking positive helps longevity

A Harvard and Yale study showed that participants with a positive outlook on aging—who felt happy and useful—lived on average seven and a half years longer. Positive thinking about aging had more of an impact on aging than blood pressure, your BMI, how much you exercised, or your cholesterol levels.

In another key study, participants with positive perceptions about aging and capabilities, regardless of their health at the start, were better able to carry out daily activities over an 18 year period. 

“Wow,” says aging expert Maxine Warsh. “If that's not an excellent reason to focus on pro-aging instead of anti-aging, I don't know what is! To me, pro-aging is about a healthy attitude and living a healthy lifestyle—living out loud and fully.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

Live for today (and tomorrow!)

“It’s being all you can be with confidence, grace, and gratitude. If you were true to yourself yesterday then you are true to yourself today. Pro-aging is about getting out of bed with gratitude at being alive to enjoy another day of being all you can be —to own the day and your life without excuses.

“We aren’t getting any younger, but even though glow of youth is now replaced by the beauty of experience and knowledge… I wouldn’t change places with my younger self for all the toned muscles my body use to boast. I love me now and where I’m going. This isn’t to say I will ever stop taking care of myself. I value pro-aging too much to ever grow old. I was recently in Miami visiting mymother who is still youthful and not defined by her number. Good for you, Mom.

“I like to share my approach to life, as you know—and am so pleased that my skincare products and daily regimen developed to help others with aging (or pro-aging!) work so well!.

“My advice is to live out loud in the happiest, healthiest way—try to love who you are and where you're at and, of course, think positive. It really is good for your health!” Maxine Warsh

 More on pro-aging stats and tips.

 

MAKEUP TIPS TO REJUVENATE YOUR LOOK

How to hide puffy eyelids—

Is your complexion showing the signs of too many late nights?

Repairing the ravages of too much of a good thing or reducing the look of aging is surprisingly easy, says makeup artists.

Do you use eyeliner only on your bottom lid? Is your foundation not really the best choice for you? How can you turn back the clock?

Is light eye shadow better?

We tend to think that lighter is better, but that isn't always the case with makeup. The simple answer is no—lighter is not better when you're trying to hide the signs of too many late nights or not enough sleep.

Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who has worked with Vanessa Redgrave and Sandra Bullock has shared a number of makeup tips to look younger in the Daily Mail. Choose the right foundation and blusher and, if you're older, don't put blusher on the apple of your cheeks but brush up and out. Other tips include don't use powder puffs and how to restore definition to your eyebrows. 

And don't forget to clean it all away before you go to sleep at night.

“This is extremely important,” says complexion expert Maxine Warsh. “I can't emphasize it enough. Otherwise your makeup settles and clogs your pores and that's the least of it. I recommend the WARSH Cloth (of course!) to remove makeup and grime with water only--and we're still offering free shipping when you order over $65!”

A number of famous faces are also strong believers in washing with water only--apparently  Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, uses a face flannel (the Brit term for a wash cloth) and this may be the trick to her glowing complexion say the experts! 

Click: Makeup video on how to make older eyes look fresh from Lisa Eldridge.

And watch this excellent video testimonial by Pro Makeup Artist Ashley Szabadi on why she uses the Warsh Cloth!

Kate uses water and a face flannel--is this the secret?

From the Daily Mail

8 Skin Care Tips for Women Over 40 From Anti-Aging Expert Maxine Warsh

  1. Clean your face with the WARSH Cloth every evening just before you go to sleep.

If you haven’t used my Warsh Cloth before, it’s a brilliant 3-in-1 cleanser, makeup/grime remover, and natural exfoliating anti-bacterial cloth that cleans with water only. That’s all you need—no soap, no chemical-based makeup removers. (And it lasts for three months!) Most people try it and never want soap or drying cleansers again.

2. Again, don’t use cleanser in the morning; just splash water over your face or clean your skin with the WARSH Cloth.


3. When you wake up with oil on your face, use your finger tips and spread it over the drier areas. It’s your own natural moisturizer!

4. Use pure, non-toxic moisturizer for all areas of your face. There is no need to have different moisturizers (i.e. eye cream, a face cream, a night cream, hand cream, body lotion, etc. I highly recommend one of my all-natural Black Label epiCARE moisturizers…).

5. Get at least 15 minutes of sunlight on your skin everyday.


6. Soothing facials are better than harsh cleanings and peels. (A microcurrent facial/ treatment is more effective in stimulating collagen and elastin than any other facial available.)

7. Know that your skin exfoliates naturally. When you use chemical exfoliators to speed up your skin’s natural cycle, you are exposing tender new skin before it is ready. (Using the WARSH Cloth to cleanse twice a day works with your skin’s natural cycle and exfoliates gently each time you use it.)

8. Investing in your physical and emotional health is the best natural skin care you can practice.


As we age, less is more. My favorite skin care treatment is a great night's sleep, long walks in nature, and meditation.

Order your Warsh Cloths online on my site, on Amazon—or ask your local spa/retailer to stock them for you. They will love you for it! Maxine.

What's the best anti-aging treatment?

How to rejuvenate your skin

A lot of people are saying the best anti-aging treatment short of surgery, which most of us don’t want to do— is microcurrent. It's non-invasive, non-surgical, can be done any time—even immediately before you head out but somehow feel the need for a little boost to your complexion and a boost to your confidence.

“I think it's the feeling of plumpness and better tone and texture without the surgical risks that people like,” says skin expert Maxine Warsh. “And it's the same when you use my professional home version—the MDXminiPRO. This is a professional treatment that you can give yourself—either the whole Monty, following the manual and DVD process, or you can do a quick feather and feel rejuvenated in minutes.”


Microcurrent use is expanding and you’re never too young to start

Millenials are switching to microcurrent as a preventative measure and to make sure they keep that bloom of youth? “I always say (as do other skin care experts!) that the earlier you start and the more consistent the treatment—the better you will look and feel!” Maxine.

It's very popular with celebs (say the gossip mags) such as Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Julianne Moore. And millennials and Gen Z-ers like it--Glossy reports that Kim K. West and Mandy Moore have posted about it on Instagram.

“If you're not sure it's for you and you're local, make plans to attend my MiniPRO Microcurrent Monday session--take a little time out of your day to see how easy it is to feather your way to beautiful skin and a quick ‘Electric Face Lift. If you're not local--in the Toronto area—order your own professional unit on my shop page.


p.s. “And if you like it enough and are looking for a new lease on your life or know someone who is—think about taking my quick and budget-friendly training and join the flourishing anti-aging field. You can be trained, certificate in hand and ready to start taking clients or finding a spot at a salon perhaps, within weeks!”

Call me to discuss how to give a boost to your complexion!

Which berries are the best to eat for your complexion?

 Blueberries really are a superfood—for your health generally and for your complexion.

They taste great and blueberries are full of antoxidants, have about 4 grams of fibre per cup, and help with your motor skills. Plus blueberries help battle diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Their main benefit for your skin is if you have splotchy skin, acne, or capilliaries. The vitamins in blueberries are believed to help with oil levels and make the accumulation of sebum less likely. It's the vitamin C in blueberries that reduces broken capilliaries and splotchy complexions, making the blood vessels just below the skin stronger. It is the weakness within the vessel walls that shows as 'spider veins' or broken capiliaries.

Diets high in fat and carbs encourage aging skin—blueberries neutralize free radicals to give softer, smoother skin and a better feel.

So throw some in your smoothie, top your cereal or yogurt with a few—and do something good for your skin and your health! 

 

 

Top food choices to boost energy

Most of are well aware that extra cups of our favorite coffee or a candy break are not the best choices when we need get up and go. The boost is always temporary (although coffee has been shown to be very good for your health—try for at least two cups daily. And you can enjoy up to eight with good effect!)

But what should you reach for in your kitchen when you would rather be having a nap and need an energy boost to get moving?

The best combination are options rich in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates—so the energy boost lasts and doesn't show itself as a big sugar splurge that leaves you tired and in need of another boost.

What are good food choices for energy?

Nuts are good choices—especially with lower fat Greek yogurt, but make sure to keep a close eye on quantities with nuts—they seem like such superfoods with complex carbs and nutritional benefits —but the carbs can soon add up.

Top of everyone's list is quinoa. While we may think quinoa falls in the same category as wheat or rice as a grain and prepare it as such, this nutrient-dense carb is actually a seed. It comes from the same family group as spinach, chard, and beets. It has twice the protein of rice or barley, and is an excellent source of magnesium and manganese, calcium, has several B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and has all 9 essential amino acids making it a perfect complete protein choice. Have it instead of breakfast cereal or at lunch and dinner.

Lentils are another great choice. A high fiber powerhouse, lentils contain cholesterol-lowering fibre and help to stabilize blood sugar for long periods, contain seven important minerals, B vitamins and protein—and they're amazingly low calorie. 

Beans are protein and a complex carb—toss some in a salad for an instant energy boost. And if you make it an iron-packed spinach salad to keep your energy up all afternoon. More on what's good for you next time!

BEST ANTI-AGING EXERCISE

Benefits of lifestyle changes

The best anti-aging exercise might be to rewrite your grocery list—and make sure you include healthy items, at least part of the time. If you're worried about your health or showing signs of fatigue, shortness of breath, the urge to become a couch potato, etc... maybe you need a lifestyle change. 

Diet and exercise are two of the top ways—and both, singly or together, can affect the possibility of contracting diseases from cancer to cardiovascular to diabetes. 

Popular weight loss diets

Popular diets are always popping up and what may be a new one to you is the Keto Diet. This low carb diet allows lots of good stuff (such as protein and higher fat products) and may be the one to make the difference to you.  

Best exercise choice

But whether you choose the Keto, Mediterranean, DASH, or any of the other diets, exercise should also be part of your lifestyle improvement. Regardless of if your preference is cardio workouts, yoga, pilates— you're probably aiming to improve strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, lose weight, develop muscle mass, lower stress levels —or all of the above.  But for anti-aging exercise that seems to work at the cellular level, the best choice may be to add High-Intensity Interval Training to whatever else you're doing. 

Many of us think of HIIT as a great way to rev up our metabolism and keep burning calories after we've stopped to get max value from our exercise time. But if you want to not only look younger but feel younger—and, they say, help your body be younger—the best value may be with high intensity, which made the older participants cells in this limited study resemble those of younger people.  

Bursts of moderate and high-intensity training exercise seemed to reduce “many age-related differences in elderly participants' mitochondria”—see ABC Report.

The Mayo Clinic study showed that HIIT is great for “reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy,” according to the New Scientist. Declining mitochondria may aggravate fatigue and contribute to developing diabetes. HIIT subjects also saw surges in heart, lung, and circulation health.

You don't have to run to boost your exercise levels—depending on your fitness level you may want to look at indoor rowing, the elliptical trainer, water running, or indoor cycling. Whatever you do, read all about it first and be sure to check with your doctor—then start your anti-aging regime from the inside out!

WHY YOU SHOULD USE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Chemicals and skin allergies

There's been a lot of publicity lately after a report, originally in the UK Telegraph, that chemicals in household products, skin creams, cosmetics and related products may be responsible for an epidemic of skin allergies. The preservative—known as MI—is used in a wide range of products, from shampoos, moisturizers and shower gels.” It's also in many makeup and baby wipes.

It's believed that the chemical is second after nickel in causing contact allergies, says The Telegraph. Contact dermatitis and eczema are reported as the most common results. Avoid MI whenever you can.

How to avoid dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is defined by the National Eczema Association as inflammation of the skin and is caused because your skin fails to retain water. Solutions recommended by the NEA include not using soap and avoiding cleansers, especially when outbreaks occur. Many skincare experts advise not to use soap or cleansers full of chemicals on your complexion—ever—and the message is starting to be heard. “I'm so proud of my Black Label epiCARE range of natural beauty products—which are natural and preservative and chemical-free. They are good for you!” Maxine

Saving the skin from dermatitis

“I'm also very pleased that The WARSH Cloth does such a marvelous job of cleaning your complexion with water only. That means no chemicals to strip your skin, yet you get a lovely fresh and clean feel and in exfoliates while it works,” 

“This may be one reason it's so popular—because it doesn't dry out your skin as cleanser chemicals do. People love the result. And also—as we now know—The WARSH Cloth doesn't contribute to the flare up or development of allergies. It leaves a clean palette for the addition of moisturizers and other treatments.”

Avoid baby wipes and chemicals

The situation with baby wipes is equally as ominous, with chemicals said to cause dryness, irritation, and allergies—exactly the issues you want to avoid with a baby or toddler. The Baby WARSH Cloth works in the same way, with water only, for cleaning, swishing round all the tender folds and nooks and crannies around baby's arms, legs, neck, and elsewhere.
It doesn't cause allergies or dryness—and helps avoid these issues.

Check out our online Skincare Shop.
 

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How much water should you drink?

We hear it so often that we accept it without question—drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces each of water a day, or 8x8. But is this accurate? 

It depends. According to Web MD, the Institute of Medicine advises that men need about 125 ounces of liquid daily and women 91 ounces. The first thing to note is that the liquid doesn't all have to be water. The second? Most of us are probably getting enough hydration if we eat an average diet from food and beverages. Did you know that an apple is 84% water, broccoli is 91%, and a plain bagel 33%?

Also, take note of what you're drinking—alcohol is dehydrating. Coffee and sodas are hydrating, but caffeine is a natural diuretic. Water is the best choice because it's free and calorie-free.

How much water you need in a day depends on a number of factors from your age to your gender, health, weight, activity level, and even the weather. If it's hot and you're perspiring--you probably need to drink more water. But you may also need more water in other extreme weather conditions such as when it's cold, humid, or you're at high altitude. Children need lots of liquid—they get dehydrated more easily than the rest of us and seniors may need to drink extra liquid because of health issues. Heavier people need more water also. 

Can you drink too much water and does it matter? 

It's uncommon, according to the Mayo Clinic, but if  “your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte content of the blood is diluted, resulting in hyponatremia.” This mostly affects endurance athletes such as marathon runners and is rare in healthy adults who eat the average diet. But some health conditions including “heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and require that you limit your fluid intake.”

If you're exercising intensely (or for more than an hour), experts recommend sports drinks that contain sodium.  “This also reduces the chances of hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening,” says the Mayo Clinic. For short periods of exercise or any activity that makes you perspire, drink an extra 1.5 to 2.5 glasses of water. 

According to Web MD: Our kidneys process 20 to 1000 ml of fluid per hour. So it's not easy to go into fluid overload, but it can happen if you drink too much, too quickly. Symptoms include weight gain, nausea, and bloating and may reduce the sodium levels in your blood, “which can result in headaches, confusion, seizures, and coma.”

Can you lose weight by drinking water?


Studies show this to be true—when you drink before a meal it fills you up and you tend to eat less/fewer calories, and many weight lost experts recommend this as standard procedure. Longer-term studies need to be carried out—but anecdotal evidence says it works!

Best Health says it's important to remember that skin is up to 15 percent water and in climate-controlled offices, where humidity never goes about 8 to 10 percent, moisture in the skin evaporates more quickly than it can regenerate. So be sure to drink plenty!

Whether you monitor your water intake or are sure you're getting your liquids from your healthy diet, the bottom line is that water keeps your body and brain working. Without it your health would suffer—so if you're thirsty, drink up!

Remember: in general, we can survive up to about three weeks without food, but only three days to a week without water. Always pack water in your car and in your 'just in case' bag when you're on your travels or in unfamiliar landscapes/terrain... just in case!

 

 

Best exercises and what to avoid

Yoga benefits

Exercise is good for us—but too much of the wrong type can have serious and long term repercussions. That's why yoga, which has been practised for over 5000 years, is considered a very good choice. And it's good for everything... to reduce stress and enhance well-being and improve our physical and general health. Yoga can improve brain function, burn calories, give you stronger bones, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility and tone... and much more

Strength training benefits

Another good type of exercise—especially for women—is strength training with weights. Always check your doc first to see what you're able to handle. Our metabolism slows and bones and muscles deteriorate as we age. So any exercise is good—but strngth training is better, particularly for the over 60's. Apparently we tend to lose 5 lbs of muscle and gain 15 lbs of fat every decade starting in midlife. Dieting might help with weight loss, but it won't replenish the muscle. (Try Strength Training for Women Over 60--see livestrong)

 

Which exercises to avoid?

Most of us know that jogging is hard on the knees and lower joints  (for starters). This is especially important to remember if you want to stay active at every age. Too much standing and walking can contribute to heel spurs and other issues. Also try to avoid sit-ups. Harvard Medical School says that, for a harder core, we should skip sit-ups and crunches, which can harm your back. Stick to the plank.

Check out other  exercises to avoid, which includes crunches (yeah!), upright rows, and even the seated hip-abductor machine. These trainer favorites are not always as good for us as we like to believe.

Expensive sports injuries

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No preservatives or chemicals.

Recouping from sports injuries can not only be painful but expensive and the physio you may need can lead to further problems. A New Zealand study showed that, over a five-year reporting period of a group of insurance claimants receiving physiotherapy reported in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Injury, claims attributed to exercise were related to physiotherapy in 31.5% of cases and to manual therapy in 26.5% of cases. Oops.

So choose your physiotherapist well, on the recommendation of a doctor preferably, and check their professional affiliations.

 

And to give your face a good wash after your workout? The miracle worker WARSH Cloth should be in your gym bag!

p.s. And if your kids (sorry, young adults!) are heading back to school after the hols—or if you or any of your family are traveling, where sticking to a healthy diet that's also good for your complexion may fall victim to the temptations of eating out or fast food. . . keep everyone's complexions in good shape and pack The WARSH Cloth for Her, for Acne, for Teens, and for Men.

 

 

 

 

 

MY TOP ANTI-AGING AND HEALTH TIP

WHAT IS THE MAIN FACTOR IN FEELING YOUNG?

If you're a regular follower of my mailers you'll know that I like to do what works—from diet to exercise to anti-aging disciplines, And I like to l share my regime and other tips and tricks that will help everyone in feeling and looking Age-Less!

Thanks to everyone who has been feedback on Wednesday With the WARSH's (soon to be reality t.v.😉)!

It's been great to hear how much you like hearing about our adventures and how our focus on the here and now and taking time to have fun is inspirational—and even playing a part in getting you to put aside your schedules and concerns to take time outs like we are.

BEING YOUNG

A few people have commented that we look young—well, we feel young! That is—acccording to research—half the battle. 

It's more than simply facing life on an upnote. Your values and emotions always reveal how you really feel about yourself and this is really reflected in our health. If you value looking and feeling healthy and feeling more positive, you do tend to look younger than your years because you feel it. You have more energy, zip, and look forward to what you do. You spend less time planning and more time doing.

 

It's also key to make sure you get good nutrition, love what you do for a living, follow your passions in your spare time–even if you can't quite at work—and feel happy when you think about your life. 

When your attitude about yourself is healthy and positive and you feel blessed—it shows and your body knows it. Research proves this every day. Check it out: 

WEEKLY TIME OUTS ENRICH LIFE

Another very important point—I feel blessed to have attracted a soulmate who loves staying young. His idea of taking a time out every week to spend having fun together enriches our lifes and relationship. Together we keep acting as young as we feel as we enjoy our Wednesdays and sharing them with you!

 

Please keep your comments coming! You inspire us just as much as we hope to inspire you!

 

What does olive oil do for your skin?

As we know, olive oil is fantastic in your diet—and it's also a great addition to skin care (and that's why it's used in a number of Maxine Warsh natural skin care products). It contains Vitamin E and antioxidants to fight free radical damage and is extremely hydrating and moisturizing.

OLIVE OIL REJUVENATION
For extra soft skin, try a tiny drop of the real stuff (but not too much!) now and again on your body's dry spots and massage in gently (remember, less is more!). A teensy tiny drop massaged gently into the delicate skin around the eye area also can be especially hydrating—and next time you're in the kitchen... massage a dab of olive oil into your cuticles to help soften and strengthen nail growth.  Read more on olive oil.


Note: Harvard Public Health recommends you substitute olive oil and make your own salad dressings as a matter of course for your heart health... take little steps to Age Less! 

Wednesdays with the Warsh's!

At the ROM for a visit to the  Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion  Exhibit.

At the ROM for a visit to the Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion Exhibit.

UPDATE—FROM THE DIARY OF WEDNESDAY WITH THE WARSH'S (WWTW's)

The fabulous Wednesdays with the Warsh's continue!

Iris van Herpen Exhibit—

Our amazing Wednesday this week saw us at the ROM for a visit to the Iris van Herpen Transforming Fashion Exhibit. We spent over three hours at the ROM and really enjoyed our visit. It surprises me how every week just gets better. I always say, “This was my favorite WWtW’s”...and then I hear myself say it again the following week and have to laugh!

“But one thing that stays constant...we usually end up at Parallel. This time we went for dinner instead of lunch, and the menu was wonderful! Next time, we need to take more people with us so we can order more of a variety...anybody want to join us--let me know!” Maxine

 

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We enjoyed another wonderful Wednesday With the Warsh's this week at The Banksy Exhibition—a thought provoking exhibit in so many ways, from the marketing to the publicity to the artist. The Banksy Exhibit was well worth the price of admission for the amazing stimulation!

FOLLOWING A PASSION

At the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party!

At the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party!

This week (6/20) we had a personal/professional day on Wednesday and enjoyed sound meditation sessions with Ann and Liam of ClearlyConscious.com (love the good vibrations!). Then, as part of my aging backward approach and following my passion, we carried on having fun. I have followed through on my fascination for jewelry and making necklaces and bracelets for fun (and profit!). I had my first showing at the Edgy Elegance Jewelry House Party at Palace Pier. Another marvelous Wednesday With the Warsh's!

Lunch at Restoration Hardware!

Lunch at Restoration Hardware!

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
This week's Wednesday with the Warsh's (6/13) turned out to be a TCB (taking care of business) day off, thanks to mother nature. We had promised ourselves we would review our financial well-being and do some future planning on the first rainy Wednesday—and this week was it!

Here we are after a leisurely morning enjoying a lovely lunch at the beautiful restaurant at Restoration Hardware. Summer is so precious and short—especially this far north—I feel blessed to be able to take advantage of our Wednesdays!” Maxine 

WWTW's—6/6

This week we went on a walking tour around town--it was such a gorgeous day. We took the subway to Queen Street and window shopped our way north into Yorkville for lunch at Nervosa.

The latest Wednesday with the Warsh's took us to Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville!

The latest Wednesday with the Warsh's took us to Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville!

While lunching we decided to see the Banksy art exhibit and the Yorkville Jazz Festival on the 27th (for more relaxing time with the Warsh's!). When walking through Yorkville, we bumped into friends we hadn't seen in ages. Then we decided to go to the movies and, before you know it, another delightful day turned to evening. Now we start to plan for next Wednesday! Any suggestions? 

LAST WEEK'S WWTW's

For the latest adventure and special day out, my husband surprised me with a matinée at The Shaw Festival to see an excellent show and (of course!) a very tasty lunch out!

THE PLAN

Three weeks ago, my handsome husband came home and told me he'd like us to take Wednesdays off to do all the things we talk about doing and never have time to do. I'm happy to report we started our midweek outings this week.

THE OUTING

To be honest, there is so much I want to do I couldn't decide what to do first. So David suggested the Aga Kahn Museum, and I was delighted. A rich cultural display of art, beauty, and history that is unique unto itself. 

Here we are in front of the gift shop, that has a unique display of wonderful, pricey but useful items. I especially loved the perfume bottles. And I will definitely be returning to try the restaurant.

THE LUNCH

We had heard about a new Mediterranean restaurant called Parallel that caught our interest, so we skipped eating at the Aga Kahn Museum and headed over to Dufferin and DuPont (this is in Toronto for those of you who are local or planning to visit!) to an industrial area that is trending with old and new businesses. This meal was definitely worth fighting traffic for. All I can say is OMG...best food ever. So fresh and (is there a word that's better than delicious?) Very friendly staff and great artsy atmosphere. Did I say how great the food was

THE AFTER EFFECT

Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

I have to admit, taking a midweek day off made me a bit uneasy... but the idea of spending some special time with my best friend seemed like such a romantic notion that I got into the spirit of semi-retirement for a day and enjoyed our new tradition beyond my expectations. Can't wait till next week!

My advice is to always take the time to smell the roses—or in my case, take a wonderful time out from the daily schedule—it's good for you in so many ways. (See the Face Talk posts on how sharing time with friends and loved ones helps not only your well-being but your long-term health if you need a reason to step back from the day-to-day!)

p.s. I have no intentions of retiring (EVER!!!!)

 

Is High Intensity Interval Training the fountain of youth?

It could be, says recent research into HIIT. A UK study showed that higher levels of exercise than the minimum requirement (150 minutes a week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of brisk) improves your sex life, your sleep, your mood, energy, and helps battle diseases such as diabetes two, cardiovascular problems, and certain cancers. 

Most of us don't get the 150 minutes of brisk walking, classed as a moderate exercise, that doctors recommend. Only one in five take the time to do this, and this inaction, apparently, is a leading cause of premature death.

Research also shows that while moderate is good—extreme exercise, even in short bursts, is better. Experts recommend not only keeping active—but say that HIIT as the way to go. Even if you only take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator, you'll be doing yourself a favor, as this gives you a burst of activity. Read the CBC Report for more.

HIIT can stop cellular aging and rejuvenate the cells that create 'old' age and cause damage in the body, they say. Mayo Clinic research examined whether strength training or HIIT (high-intensity cycling, for example) had better results. The outcome for HIIT was astonishing at the 'cellular level.'

Strength training versus high intensity

Strength training helped with muscle mass, as expected. For the HIIT group, the mitochondrial functioning, which is needed to sustain life, improved by 69 percent among older study participants.  It improved insulin levels, heart and lung health, and other age-related declines. The conclusion was that there is no substitute for exercise to delay your body's aging process. And your best choice to keep on rejuvenating? The recommendation is to switch every few days between strength and HIIT—and that even choosing to take the stairs as a form of HIIT can be of huge benefit. From the Sydney Morning Herald.

Feel Good Diet Tips for Men

Tips for a healthy diet for men

You likely already know that diet recommendations for men and women differ—since we're coming up to Dad's Day, we're sharing a few tips on healthy diets for the good of our men's health and well-being! You likely also already know that the average calorie intake for men is 2500 and it's 2000 for women (for moderately active adults.)

The recommendation for protein is 55 grams a day (50 for women), and this should be shared among all main meals and amount to no more than the size of the palm of the person's hand at any one meal.

The carb recommended intake is 300 for men (260 for women) and should also be spread between main meals. Carbs should take up less than 1/4 of your plate at each meal. This may be a shock to the system for pasta lovers— but it's good to remember that while carbs supply energy, they are found in practically everything from fruit to grains, dairy, and starchy vegetables so you may be eating more than you intend. 

And if you're into protein snacks such as peanut butter or other nut butters—be aware that you should restrict these to a portion size the tip of your thumb and no more than two to three times a day.

More on Recommended Intakes from the BBC.

In general, men don't get enough nutrition, don't eat enough fiber, eat too many saturated fats,  and tend to drink too much, say experts—from alcohol to soda to juice. If you're not sure what you should be eating or serving for health (and longevity!) here are a few suggestions of superfoods for men—almonds, turkey breast, olive oil, and quinoa. See the rest in Superfoods for Men from Men's Journal.

 

 

Best Foods for a Great Complexion

High on the list of great foods for your skin is cabbage--so get started on the cole slaw and cabbage rolls if you're not already. (It's actually number two on most lists of good-for-your-skin foods!)

Cabbage is good for your body and your complexion

Crow’s feet might actually be a sign of stress, especially if they start appearing when you're in your 20's and 30's. Because stress creates cortisol, this effectively “makes your skin break down faster, leading to premature wrinkles and sagging.” This is particularly true for the delicate tissue around your eyes.

We all know it’s important to do what we can to alleviate stress for our mental and physical health. Exercise (especially yoga), time outside relaxing, and meditation are what I always recommend— but now I’m advising to add some coleslaw to your diet!

One of the top ways to fight high cortisol levels is to enjoy foods containing vitamins A, C, and E. A good choice is cabbage and red cabbage is the best. It's said to have eight times more collagen-boosting vitamin C than green cabbage varieties.

The all-natural Collagen Correction is an excellent pre-moisturizer.

The all-natural Collagen Correction is an excellent pre-moisturizer.

Cabbage is extremely low in calories, under 20 per half cup of cooked cabbage--you've probably heard about the cabbage soup diet... so not only is it very nutritious but it's a great filling food to keep you on track if you're trying to keep fit or lose weight. It helps with obesity, digestion, to suppress inflammation that can lead to heart issues, is a cancer fighter, protects from radiation therapy--and much more. More on cabbage from Medical News Today.

To keep your skin looking great from the inside and out--don't forget the Warsh Cloth for Her--and if you haven't yet, try Collagen Correction in your skin care routine from our all-natural skin care collection. Collagen Correction is made from natural marine elements.

Enhancing naturally—maturing with MAXAppeal

THE AGE LESS REVOLUTION—AND REVISITING YOU

“The pro-aging industry and my approach to it is all about rejuvenation and refreshing. I believe wholeheartedly that when you look good you feel good and vice versa. The Face Talk blog and posts often talk about how and what to do to help inside—from the foods you eat to the exercises you choose—because this also helps on the outside. Feel Better and Look Better, aka The Age Less Revolution, is a Maxine Warsh mantra!

ANGST ABOUT AGE 65

“But now that I'm approaching "senior status" on my next birthday, I've had an eye-opener. I must admit I never experienced the angst a birthday number can cause. I never understood those who had issues with age—until now! For some reason, the passage to 65 is a challenge. That said, I wouldn't change who I am at this time for all the youthful appearances promised by all the anti-aging products and procedures that exist. I'm finally able to relax and feel that I can see myself as who I am and be very happy to be that person.

“My take on maturity is about being comfortable in your own skin and liking who you are, while not judging anyone or caring what others think of you! If it took 65 years to get to this place, then so be it. It was worth all the life experiences it took to get here.

MY AGE-APPROPRIATE SELF

“I will continue to do all I can to look my best age-appropriate self naturally and I will be honored to continue to serve clients who want to look their youthful selves naturally. I won't try to be anyone I'm not, nor compare myself to anyone who I see as "prettier," "smarter," "more successful," etc. I have heard that "you can have everything in life, but not all at once" and I expect this is true! 

“So, that's my view of pro-aging as I reach that certain age... I hope this will replace any angst about aging with the satisfaction of maturity and knowing that I do have everything!” Maxine

p.s. My anti-aging/pro-aging(!) treatments fill the lines and wrinkles and plump up your skin. 
But it's the proactive spirit of pro-aging and of being happy with where and who you are now that has the most effect on what I call The Age Less Revolution, aka feeling great and looking good. Stay tuned for more on this topic!

 

Why watercress is good for you

Choose watercress for your health

At the top of many lists of healthy greens is watercress. The easiest solution for a patchy and splotchy complexion (which may mean you have circulation issues) could be to add this green vegetable and great salad ingredient to your diet. It's appearing on more and more menus these days—it has always been a staple in the UK… and may help explain the English peaches and cream complexion.

It's also good for you inside and out--with anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. Watercress is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, particularly “bone building and strengthening Vitamin K” and Vitamin A, says The Guardian. The latter is great for eye health.

The results of a study in the Daily Mail indicated that women on watercress noticed a visible improvement in skin texture, pores, and a reduction in redness. Watercress contains more Vitamin C than oranges and four times more beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.beta carotene and Vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Poor circulation starves your skin of oxygen and nutrients. Watercress is high in iron, helping the blood to carry more oxygen throughout the body to oxygenate your skin. So next time you're at the supermarket,

Watercress is often found in salad-in-a-bag mixes, so it may already be part of your diet.

p.s.If you've been keeping up with Face Talk, watercress is # 3 on the Great Skin Food list overall.

p.p.s Alway wash/WARSH away the makeup and grime before you go to bed. And always use the Warsh Cloth and only water. Happy complexions start with clean.