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Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being

Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being

“It’s so difficult to find the right gifts for loved ones because what we really want for the holidays – connection, hope, faith, joy, wonder, magic – can’t be found on the shelves or online.” I’ve always remembered that insight – even though I can’t recall who said it!

This thought also relates to the common family gathering scenario of seeing a parent or loved one you haven’t seen for a while and recognizing the challenges they were having last year have now progressed to a level requiring action.

What happens next can determine whether you move forward with connection, cooperation, and support (what most people really want), or trigger conflict, anger, and resentment.

In a perfect world – long before the need arose – your family would have discussed and planned for this type of scenario, but for the rest of us, a few do’s and don’ts can help us navigate this experience.

Don’t Discuss Anyone in Their Absence

It’s disrespectful to mount a discussion about “what to do about Mom/Grandpa/whoever” without including the person in question. A sure path to conflict is making decisions for someone without respecting their right to be fully involved.

Don’t Take a Negative Approach

Using a person’s inability to take care of themselves or their belongings, i.e., “your house/yard is unkept, you’re not able to _________ anymore,” will not get you anywhere.

This deficit focused approach will result in either despondent acceptance or an angry denial and demand to mind your own business. Both responses are equally destructive.

Don’t Blame It on Age

Assuming that your loved one’s decline is “simply age” is unwise and unhealthy. Age is not a diagnosis, so don’t treat it as such.

Don’t Involve Connectedness

Many people tend to regress into family roles that take the focus off of solutions. This is not the time to compare how much better you know Dad than other family members, or air grievances.

Learn as Much as You Can About Your Loved One’s Daily Life

Gather as much information as possible from your loved one and those in his daily life about how and what he’s doing. Consciously gather positives as well as negatives. Is he staying connected to friends, helping others, staying active, etc.?

Stay Focused on Solutions

It’s really tempting – especially when you expect push back and denial – to generate an irrefutable list of examples of how the person in question is unable to manage on his own anymore.

Seek a Medical Evaluation

Make sure you have the opinion of a medical professional, i.e., if your loved one is at risk for a fall then physical therapy can help.

Discuss Ideal Care Options

How does each person involved in decision making envision an optimal “care environment”? If one person wants to create a “safety bubble” and someone else is willing to accept risk in exchange for empowering the individual to do as much for themselves as possible, that sets the stage for both immediate and escalating conflict.

Understand Quality of Life Values

Ask your loved one about his most important values in regard to quality of life, and frame discussions around how to support those values as much as possible.

The goal is to seek adaptive strategies, assistance, and cooperation to help your loved one get what he needs/wants from the living environment.

Ultimately, most people want to retain control of their lives to the greatest degree possible so before making decisions, consider how you would react in their shoes.

Remember, you are seeking to create a conversation around this issue before it becomes a crisis leaving few options. Here are 3 ways to go about it.

Culture of Well-Being

Consciously create a culture of well-being rather than illness management. A culture of care can develop by default out of a health crisis. Illness management “hitch-hikes” home from the hospital and never leaves.

Prioritize well-being in all dimensions – physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and vocational – rather than allowing medication management, doctor’s appointments, etc. to dominate the culture of care.

Care Partnership

Create a care partnership rather than a caregiver/care-receiver relationship. This helps build a care environment that can be sustained over the long haul.

A care partnership acknowledges that the needs of the person requiring care are often more urgent, but they are not more important than the needs of others involved.

The person needing care also has expectations for contributing to the best of his ability to his own well-being and the well-being of others. This approach recognizes his need for self-efficacy and to give as well as receive, regardless of challenges.

It may be as simple as saying thank you, graciously accepting help when needed, or recognizing when changes have to be made. A care partnership may also require respecting your loved one’s choices even if it makes a care-partner uncomfortable.

Disability Movement Model

Care partnerships require a delicate balance. Consider how empowering people with disabilities has demonstrated the critical need to uplift resilience, self-efficacy, purpose, and self-esteem to support their quality of life.

In this model, both young and older people with severe disabilities are given resources, tools, and encouragement to overcome challenges and live fully in spite of them. They are provided adaptive strategies to help them participate in the broader world – not just strategies to make their world smaller and more manageable.

Adopt the same approach with a loved one, regardless of their age.

The Aging & Family Resilience Checklist can help you evaluate your existing culture of care.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What kind of care environment do you envision for yourself if you ever needed assistance? Have you articulated that to family or friends? Has your family or friend group ever discussed the “what ifs” surrounding how to respond to a loved-one in need? Please join the conversation, and let’s discuss this important topic!

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How to Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend for Mature Skin (Recipe)

A Basic Essential Oil Blend for Everyday Mature Skin Care

With all the wonderful natural facial serums on the market today, it can be a little overwhelming choosing the correct formula with safe, non-toxic ingredients, all at a reasonable price. The good news is that it’s easy and fun to make a quality product on your own using the miracle of nature – essential oils. 

When I started working with skincare formulas in 2003, one of the first products I was excited about making was an essential oil-based facial serum. My skin needs were changing, and a moisturizing oil made perfect sense for dry, maturing skin.

I decided to work with four wonderful healthy aging essential oils I had discovered: Lavender, Frankincense, Rose Geranium, and Carrot Seed.

The natural and highly effective nature of essential oils makes them perfect for skincare. When blended for their various properties and used with a carrier oil that matches your skin type, you can create a serum tailor-made for your skin.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the essence of plants. Hidden away in many parts of the plant, like the flowers, seeds, and roots, they are very potent chemical compounds. They can give the plant its scent, protect it from harsh conditions, and help with pollination.

The benefits of essential oils on humans are diverse and amazing. Lavender flower oil, for example, contains compounds that help soothe skin irritation and redness, while the scent reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.

The beautiful Rose essential oil is hydrating to the skin and sometimes used to treat scarring, while the scent is known to help lift depression. 

There are many essential oils to choose from for specific skincare needs. I have used a myriad of different combinations but keep coming back to the tried and true blend from my very first serum.

The four essential oils used are the workhorses of skincare for mature skin, as well as being wonderfully uplifting for mind, body, and spirit. 

The Base Oil Blend Formula

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bottle

1 oz. amber dropper bottle. You can find those in pharmacies or online.

Base (Carrier) Oil

As a base, you can use one of the oils below or a combination of several that meet your skin’s needs:

  • Jojoba oil is my base oil of choice. It’s incredible for most skin types: it’s extremely gentle and non-irritating for sensitive skin, moisturizing for dry skin, balancing for oily skin, ideal for combination skin, and offers a barrier of protection from environmental stressors. It also helps skin glow as it delivers deep hydration.
  • Rosehip oil smooths the skin’s texture and calms redness and irritation.
  • Argan oil contains high levels of vitamin E and absorbs thoroughly into the skin leaving little oily residue.
  • Avocado oil is effective at treating age spots and sun damage, as well as helping to soothe inflammatory conditions such as blemishes and eczema.
  • Olive oil is a heavier oil and the perfect choice if your skin needs a mega-dose of hydration. Just be aware that olive oil takes longer to absorb and leaves the skin with an oily feeling. This may be desirable for extremely dry, red, itchy skin.

Essential Oils

  • Lavender essential oil is very versatile and healing. It helps reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and clear pores. Its scent is also calming and soothing.
  • Frankincense essential oil helps to tone and strengthen mature skin in addition to fighting bacteria and balancing oil production.
  • Rose Geranium essential oil helps tighten the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, helps reduce inflammation and fight redness, and offers anti-bacterial benefits to help fight the occasional breakout. The scent is also known to be soothing and balancing.
  • Carrot seed oil is a fantastic essential oil for combination skin. It helps even the skin tone while reducing inflammation and increasing water retention.

The Recipe

Let’s start with a simple recipe:

  • 1 oz. Jojoba oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 10 drops Rose Geranium
  • 10 drops Carrot seed oil 

Place the essential oil drops in the amber dropper bottle then fill with Jojoba/carrier oil. It’s that simple!

Applying Your Homemade Serum

Use this serum morning and evening as part of your regular skincare routine. Serums work best when applied after cleansing your face. You can cleanse with Coconut Oil or a mixture of oils for enhanced hydration (we will cover this in the next article) or use your regular facial cleanser.

Essential oils will not interfere in any way with your normal skincare products.

Keep in mind that the serum is concentrated. Use only a pea-sized amount, work it into your fingertips, and apply evenly over the face without tugging or pulling.

If your skin feels tacky, reduce the amount on the next application. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. Follow with your regular moisturizer if you like. 

Making your own facial serum is fun and rewarding! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on essential oils and making personalized serums and skincare.

What facial serum do you use? Have you made one yourself? What is your favorite essential oil for skin care? Please share your thoughts with our community!

Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being

Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being

“It’s so difficult to find the right gifts for loved ones because what we really want for the holidays – connection, hope, faith, joy, wonder, magic – can’t be found on the shelves or online.” I’ve always remembered that insight – even though I can’t recall who said it!

This thought also relates to the common family gathering scenario of seeing a parent or loved one you haven’t seen for a while and recognizing the challenges they were having last year have now progressed to a level requiring action.

What happens next
can determine whether you move forward with connection, cooperation, and
support (what most people really want), or trigger conflict, anger, and
resentment.

In a perfect world – long before the need arose – your family would have discussed
and planned for this type of scenario, but for the rest of us, a few do’s and don’ts
can help us navigate this experience.

Don’t Discuss Anyone in Their Absence

It’s disrespectful
to mount a discussion about “what to do about Mom/Grandpa/whoever” without
including the person in question. A sure path to conflict is making decisions
for someone without respecting their right to be fully involved.

Don’t Take a Negative Approach

Using a person’s
inability to take care of themselves or their belongings, i.e., “your house/yard
is unkept, you’re not able to _________ anymore,” will not get you anywhere.

This deficit
focused approach will result in either despondent acceptance or an angry denial
and demand to mind your own business. Both responses are equally destructive.

Don’t Blame It on Age

Assuming that your loved one’s decline is “simply age” is unwise and unhealthy. Age is not a diagnosis, so don’t treat it as such.

Don’t Involve Connectedness

Many people tend to
regress into family roles that take the focus off of solutions. This is not the
time to compare how much better you know Dad than other family members, or air
grievances.

Learn as Much as You Can About Your Loved One’s Daily Life

Gather as much information as possible from your loved one and those in his daily life about how and what he’s doing. Consciously gather positives as well as negatives. Is he staying connected to friends, helping others, staying active, etc.?

Stay Focused on Solutions

It’s really tempting – especially when you expect push back and denial – to generate an irrefutable list of examples of how the person in question is unable to manage on his own anymore.

Seek a Medical Evaluation

Make sure you have
the opinion of a medical professional, i.e., if your loved one is at risk for a
fall then physical therapy can help.

Discuss Ideal Care Options

How does each
person involved in decision making envision an optimal “care environment”? If
one person wants to create a “safety bubble” and someone else is willing to
accept risk in exchange for empowering the individual to do as much for
themselves as possible, that sets the stage for both immediate and escalating
conflict.

Understand Quality of Life Values

Ask your loved one about
his most important values in regard to quality of life, and frame discussions
around how to support those values as much as possible.

The goal is to seek
adaptive strategies, assistance, and cooperation to help your loved one get
what he needs/wants from the living environment.

Ultimately, most
people want to retain control of their lives to the greatest degree possible so
before making decisions, consider how you would react in their shoes.

Remember, you are
seeking to create a conversation around this issue before it becomes a crisis
leaving few options. Here are 3 ways to go about it.

Culture of Well-Being

Consciously create
a culture of well-being rather than illness management. A culture of care can develop
by default out of a health crisis. Illness management “hitch-hikes” home from
the hospital and never leaves.

Prioritize well-being
in all dimensions – physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and
vocational – rather than allowing medication
management, doctor’s appointments, etc. to dominate the culture of care.

Care Partnership

Create a care
partnership rather than a caregiver/care-receiver relationship. This helps
build a care environment that can be sustained over the long haul.

A care partnership
acknowledges that the needs of the person requiring care are often more urgent,
but they are not more important than the needs of others involved.

The person needing
care also has expectations for contributing to the best of his ability to his
own well-being and the well-being of others. This approach recognizes his need for
self-efficacy and to give as well as receive, regardless of challenges.

It may be as simple
as saying thank you, graciously accepting help when needed, or recognizing when
changes have to be made. A care partnership may also require respecting your
loved one’s choices even if it makes a care-partner uncomfortable.

Disability Movement Model

Care partnerships
require a delicate balance. Consider how empowering people with disabilities
has demonstrated the critical need to uplift resilience, self-efficacy,
purpose, and self-esteem to support their quality of life.

In this model, both young and older people with severe disabilities are given resources, tools, and encouragement to overcome challenges and live fully in spite of them. They are provided adaptive strategies to help them participate in the broader world – not just strategies to make their world smaller and more manageable.

Adopt the same
approach with a loved one, regardless of their age.

The Aging & Family Resilience Checklist can help you evaluate your existing culture of care.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What kind of
care environment do you envision for yourself if you ever needed assistance? Have
you articulated that to family or friends? Has your family or friend group ever
discussed the “what ifs” surrounding how to respond to a loved-one in need?
Please join the conversation, and let’s discuss this important topic!

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Shoppers Say This Skin-Tightening Tool Eliminates Wrinkles & Acne in 4 Days—& It’s 40% Off (Just $12) Right Now


If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, STYLECASTER may receive an affiliate commission.

If you’re behind on trying the latest trendy skincare tools, the upcoming weeks are your opportunity to change that. Amazon has discounted countless products for its Black Friday sale, such as the top-selling Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager. Considering this is the lowest price we’ve seen it at all year (including Prime Day), we recommend snatching this one up while it’s a on sale for just $11.

The skin-tightening tool is sure to put thoughts of botox on the back burner; the product is built to make your face look younger and fresher without chemicals or irritation. It helps boost elasticity across sagging skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles and relieve any strain or pressure across the face. 

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

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Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

According to one user, you’ll witness “huge changes” fairly quickly. “I’m 45, fine lines around my jaw, neck and forehead. There’s a deeper crease between my eyes and I’ve had a really bad break out of hormonal acne along my jawline. Well the fine lines are less noticeable, the deep crease is less for sure and my acne is almost 100% gone. In just 4 days. The redness and uneven skin tone is gone. My skin is much tighter and the puffiness under my eyes is gone along with the dark circles. Seriously in 4 days!!”

Even more fans of the product have not held back their praise: “It’s like my facial skin shrunk and pulled back—nothing short of amazing. The new wave of skin care is taking things into your own hands at home and if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of girl, definitely get this one.” 

If you already have your skincare routine down, this tool is the perfect addition to use alongside your go-to serums, oils and lotions. As another reviewer noted, “I have been using this roller along with my usual face cream EVERY DAY twice a day for a month. I have seen a huge difference on my face. My skin is always glowy and my face looks even more slender now. I really have a more [youthful] look.”

Beyond providing anti-aging benefits, reviewers have also commented on its multifaceted functions, including migraine relief, dark circle reduction, sinus drainage and of course just the pure unadulterated pleasure of a de-stressing face massage. 

On top of all of that, its gold exterior and 24k face bar is a pretty cute addition to your makeup bag. The T-shape is designed for 6000 vib/min which users have noted is not too strong to make it uncomfortable for the face. 

Oh and in case you needed any more convincing, Tracee Ellis Ross also swears by massaging tools for tense muscles and early mornings. So the real question is, who wouldn’t want to look like Tracee Ellis Ross? 

Snatch up the Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager with over 2,000 five-star ratings while it’s 20 percent off following Prime Day. Just make sure you’re signed up for a Prime Membership to take advantage of all these limited-time offers.

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Shoppers Say This Skin-Tightening Tool Eliminates Wrinkles & Acne in 4 Days—& It’s 40% Off (Just $12) Right Now


If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, STYLECASTER may receive an affiliate commission.

If you’re behind on trying the latest trendy skincare tools, the upcoming weeks are your opportunity to change that. Amazon has discounted countless products for its Black Friday sale, such as the top-selling Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager. Considering this is the lowest price we’ve seen it at all year (including Prime Day), we recommend snatching this one up while it’s a on sale for just $11.

The skin-tightening tool is sure to put thoughts of botox on the back burner; the product is built to make your face look younger and fresher without chemicals or irritation. It helps boost elasticity across sagging skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles and relieve any strain or pressure across the face. 

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

Courtesy of Amazon

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

According to one user, you’ll witness “huge changes” fairly quickly. “I’m 45, fine lines around my jaw, neck and forehead. There’s a deeper crease between my eyes and I’ve had a really bad break out of hormonal acne along my jawline. Well the fine lines are less noticeable, the deep crease is less for sure and my acne is almost 100% gone. In just 4 days. The redness and uneven skin tone is gone. My skin is much tighter and the puffiness under my eyes is gone along with the dark circles. Seriously in 4 days!!”

Even more fans of the product have not held back their praise: “It’s like my facial skin shrunk and pulled back—nothing short of amazing. The new wave of skin care is taking things into your own hands at home and if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of girl, definitely get this one.” 

If you already have your skincare routine down, this tool is the perfect addition to use alongside your go-to serums, oils and lotions. As another reviewer noted, “I have been using this roller along with my usual face cream EVERY DAY twice a day for a month. I have seen a huge difference on my face. My skin is always glowy and my face looks even more slender now. I really have a more [youthful] look.”

Beyond providing anti-aging benefits, reviewers have also commented on its multifaceted functions, including migraine relief, dark circle reduction, sinus drainage and of course just the pure unadulterated pleasure of a de-stressing face massage. 

On top of all of that, its gold exterior and 24k face bar is a pretty cute addition to your makeup bag. The T-shape is designed for 6000 vib/min which users have noted is not too strong to make it uncomfortable for the face. 

Oh and in case you needed any more convincing, Tracee Ellis Ross also swears by massaging tools for tense muscles and early mornings. So the real question is, who wouldn’t want to look like Tracee Ellis Ross? 

Snatch up the Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager with over 2,000 five-star ratings while it’s 20 percent off following Prime Day. Just make sure you’re signed up for a Prime Membership to take advantage of all these limited-time offers.

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How Are You Managing Your Cholesterol Levels?

managing cholesterol levels

Two years ago, after my annual physical, I learned that my cholesterol was elevated. This came as a total surprise to me. I am nothing if not a healthy eater: My breakfast of choice alternates between a steaming bowl of slow-cooked Irish oatmeal and whole grain cereals, like Cheerios, which claims cholesterol-lowering properties.

Both breakfasts are served with a heaping mix of berries, walnuts, and almonds At lunch and dinner, vegetables, greens, and grains regularly fill my plate. I rarely eat red meat; in fact, I visit my favorite steakhouse only at three-month intervals.

And despite my fondness for french fries (Five Guys makes my favorite) that is maybe a twice-a-year indulgence. What’s more, I am slim, with a low BMI, and seldom miss a day racking up 10,000 steps on my Fitbit.

A Year’s Journey

Determined to get my score down naturally, for the next year I scrutinized nutrition labels for their cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat content, eschewing products with even the slightest bit of each. I read up on natural ways to lower cholesterol and incorporated more beet juice, orange juice and seeds like chia, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower into my diet. I even considered going vegan.

So that’s why, when I got the results of my most recent checkup, I was surprised to learn that my cholesterol had crept up yet again. It was now borderline.

How could that be? Had all my dietary sacrifices been in vain, I wondered. For the past year, I had been extra vigilant about what I ate, even forgoing my most favorite treat: ice cream. There would be no rewarding my diligence with a celebratory surf and turf dinner, with an ice cream sundae for dessert.

Joan Kremen, a nurse practitioner in New Hyde Park, New York, advised a statin. But before prescribing medication, she suggested I take the Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CAC) test, a CT scan that measures the amount of calcified plaque in your arteries. The results may determine whether you need medication, or dietary and lifestyle changes, to lessen your risk for cardiac problems.

A week after I took the test, Kremen called to tell me my score was zero, the best possible outcome. So, for now, medication is not required.

If you’re a candidate for this test, be aware: the calcium score test is not covered by insurance. My own insurance company deemed it as “not medically necessary.”

It occurred to me: if I’m going to manage my cholesterol levels, I owe it to myself to learn more about it.

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance produced in the liver that is necessary for the body to function properly. But an overabundance can cause dangerous plaque buildup on your blood vessel walls, raising your risk for heart disease and stroke.

The majority of cholesterol is produced by our body, with the rest coming from what we eat, primarily animal sources such as egg yolks, meat, and full-fat dairy products. Smoking, being overweight, and being inactive also play a part.

Bear in mind that heredity, too, impacts your cholesterol. Because of that, dietary changes may not be enough to get your numbers down to a healthy range. In that case, a statin may be necessary.

The Battle of the Cholesterols: Good vs Bad

Generally, there are no symptoms of high cholesterol. Rather, the condition is detected through a lipid panel, a blood test which measures your cholesterol levels.

There are two types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also labeled as “bad” cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as “good” cholesterol, which helps remove cholesterol from your bloodstream.

According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, optimal numbers to strive for are an LDL level of less than 100 mg/dl, and for HDL a 50 mg/dl or higher for women (40 mg/dl for men).

“You should also know your triglyceride levels. These numbers combined all compose your total cholesterol score,” said Dr. Elias Bonaros, a board-certified cardiologist, in Lake Success, New York.

High triglyceride levels also put you at risk for heart disease, as well as diabetes. Suggested levels should be less than 150 mg/dl, with a total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dl.

Saturated Fat and Trans Fat

Both saturated fat and trans-fat are unhealthy fats that can raise the levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol in your blood.

Whenever possible, limit your intake of saturated fat. Avoid processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and full-fat dairy products including butter, cheese and heavy cream and whole milk. And while your body needs some saturated fat for overall health, it is easy to overdo it. Try to limit your intake.

On the other hand, trans fats offer no health benefits, so it’s best to avoid them altogether if you can. Fried, processed, and fast foods are the biggest offenders. Commercially baked goods like cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and pastries, are also significant sources.

Certain ingredients may help lower your LDL cholesterol. Soluble fiber, a form of fiber that is water-soluble, is one of them. Foods which contain soluble fiber include dried beans, lentils, oats, oat bran and brown rice.

Eat Like You’re in the Mediterranean

“We’re in a society of high fat consumption,” notes Kremen. For heart health,she says, “it’s best to do the Mediterranean diet.” Bonaros concurs, explaining that the first step in getting your cholesterol down is to change your diet. “I believe in a balanced diet. The American Heart Association and Mediterranean diet are two I recommend.”

Interest in the Mediterranean diet began in the 1950s when it was observed that heart disease was less common in Mediterranean countries, like Greece and Italy, than it was in the United States. Plant-based foods – which include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains – are the diet’s foundation.

Moderate servings of lean poultry, seafood, and fish – especially “fatty” fish such as salmon, sardines, and albacore tuna – are included in moderation.

Essentially, the Mediterranean diet replaces saturated and trans fats with healthy monosaturated fats, like olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

“Whatever diet you choose, make sure it’s a diet that can be maintained, and that you can sustain for life,” said Bonaros.

When was the last time you checked your cholesterol? Was it high or low? What are you doing to maintain your cholesterol at a good number? What is your cholesterol story?

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor to get specific medical advice for your situation.

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8 Ways to Define Your Vision of Success as You Add Yet Another Year Over 60

8 Ways to Define Your Vision of Success as You Add Yet Another Year Over 60

As we approach the year end, it is a good time to examine, redefine, or re-set your personal vision of success. Or as my teenage grandson says to me, “How’s it going, Gran?”

December brings a myriad of deep, personal emotions that resonate far beyond the holiday season. Some of these feelings are related to holiday preparations, buying gifts for loved ones and friends, and feeling the excitement of parties and gatherings.

Even the decorations are conveying an aura of congeniality and hope.

It seems paradoxical that under the physical beauty of the holiday season and its collective unconscious feelings of joy, there reside deeper, more profound personal emotions that are itching to be examined.

Success Moving Forward

Going forward into the new year, resolutions are routinely made, and most are set aside as the going gets tough or the tough get going.

As the early months of new year pass by quickly, it’s easy to forget or set aside the practice of self-reflection, which helps define a consistent personal philosophy, including your values and beliefs – the basis for defining success.

In order to become more conscious about what constitutes personal success, the following are eight tips to consider after the holiday season.

Be Excellent with Consciousness

No matter how you define excellence, it is important to be mindful – to be present – in thought, word, and deed. This is the simplest definition of excellence. Your behavior, conversations, and interactions with others can be defined as excellent when you engage with consciousness.

Say “Yes”

One of the signs of aging is a proclivity toward negativity or an urge to isolate. Changing mental habits isn’t always easy, but it is certainly necessary to create a successful vision of how to live your life.

When asked to go to dinner, to dance, to hike, to stuff envelopes for a political candidate, or to simply walk with friends, do it. The noes are passé. It’s the yeses you want to get to in life. You not only learn to be curious, you also learn to socially engage with clear thought.

Be Honest and Know Yourself

When you fail to be honest or to acknowledge a flaw, it presupposes a lack of character. The more successful personal response is to quickly rectify the negativity and focus on the positive aspects of your life. Lead with a higher purpose and define core values to achieve success.

Don’t Internalize

You often hear the caution, “Don’t take it personally.” Easier said than done. Everyone internalizes negative emotions, and what is most particularly difficult is to sustain the anger or discomfort over a long period of time.

Besides, it’s an unhealthy emotional condition. Put the issues on the table and come to a resolution.

Take Risks and Get Out of the Quicksand

Here’s a mantra for you: “Don’t be afraid to take risks.” Take chances – of course, within reason. Be careful not to be paralyzed by fear or perfection. Be willing to make glorious mistakes because there is no such thing as failure.

Stop Resisting

Resistance is a psychological defensive mechanism that causes you to reject, deny, or otherwise oppose action. Whether it’s the life we live on the outside or the unlived life inside of us – our passions and dreams – it’s human nature to resist.

Resistance allows us to make endless excuses not to do what we really want to do: “I’m too busy today,” “I’m too old,” “I’m too young,” “I’m too fat,” “I need a nap,” “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Sound familiar?

Learn to Adapt

Your work and life are all about change – and change can be intimidating. So, look for the positive or the good in the change. Consider what you can learn. Don’t judge or label the change – simply observe it from a distance. Remember that fear will stop us from action, but fascination won’t let us walk away.

Find Your Passion

What makes you come alive? What is your passion? Passion can be defined as an outpouring of positive energy for the interests and idea that make a difference in your life.

If you can’t get something out of your mind, if you feel blissful about a person, place, or thing that won’t go away, you have passion. It is then that a simple interest is elevated into a rarefied passion. It is then you know what your destiny is going to look like.

What Does Success Look Like to You?

As you move through the joys of the holidays, make time for self-reflection and unleash the intellectual and emotional power of self-knowledge. Make an intention to continually define success for your life.

Be sure to take some risks, some leaps of faith, and be willing to make glorious mistakes. Keep the focus for success on personal truth and professional integrity and success will be knocking at your door.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What things did you learn about yourself in the next year? Have you reflected on them? Would you like to explore them more in the new year? How would you go about that? Please share in the comments below.

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Shoppers Say This Skin-Tightening Tool Eliminates Wrinkles & Acne in 4 Days—& It’s 40% Off (Just $12) Right Now


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If you’re behind on trying the latest trendy skincare tools, the upcoming weeks are your opportunity to change that. Amazon has discounted countless products for its Black Friday sale, such as the top-selling Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager. Considering this is the lowest price we’ve seen it at all year (including Prime Day), we recommend snatching this one up while it’s a on sale for just $11.

The skin-tightening tool is sure to put thoughts of botox on the back burner; the product is built to make your face look younger and fresher without chemicals or irritation. It helps boost elasticity across sagging skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles and relieve any strain or pressure across the face. 

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

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Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager

According to one user, you’ll witness “huge changes” fairly quickly. “I’m 45, fine lines around my jaw, neck and forehead. There’s a deeper crease between my eyes and I’ve had a really bad break out of hormonal acne along my jawline. Well the fine lines are less noticeable, the deep crease is less for sure and my acne is almost 100% gone. In just 4 days. The redness and uneven skin tone is gone. My skin is much tighter and the puffiness under my eyes is gone along with the dark circles. Seriously in 4 days!!”

Even more fans of the product have not held back their praise: “It’s like my facial skin shrunk and pulled back—nothing short of amazing. The new wave of skin care is taking things into your own hands at home and if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of girl, definitely get this one.” 

If you already have your skincare routine down, this tool is the perfect addition to use alongside your go-to serums, oils and lotions. As another reviewer noted, “I have been using this roller along with my usual face cream EVERY DAY twice a day for a month. I have seen a huge difference on my face. My skin is always glowy and my face looks even more slender now. I really have a more [youthful] look.”

Beyond providing anti-aging benefits, reviewers have also commented on its multifaceted functions, including migraine relief, dark circle reduction, sinus drainage and of course just the pure unadulterated pleasure of a de-stressing face massage. 

On top of all of that, its gold exterior and 24k face bar is a pretty cute addition to your makeup bag. The T-shape is designed for 6000 vib/min which users have noted is not too strong to make it uncomfortable for the face. 

Oh and in case you needed any more convincing, Tracee Ellis Ross also swears by massaging tools for tense muscles and early mornings. So the real question is, who wouldn’t want to look like Tracee Ellis Ross? 

Snatch up the Beauty Bar 24k Golden Facial Massager with over 2,000 five-star ratings while it’s 20 percent off following Prime Day. Just make sure you’re signed up for a Prime Membership to take advantage of all these limited-time offers.

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