Someone very close to me (male of course) came up with this little pearler yesterday, “When blokes get older all they have do is not get fat and they look pretty good. You chicks have to work so much harder”! This was in response to my new-found beauty routine involving coconut oil and sugar as a facial scrub, and coconut oil to moisturise my hair age-damaged hair.
His response however may have been more encouraging had he realised the potential savings from my homemade beauty regime!
Another (more considered) comment came via an email from a very special and wise friend (female of course);
“I think the biggest thing for women to understand is that no matter what shape or size, they are valued for who they are and what they contribute to the whole society, so eating well is not about looking better in clothes or a particular size of clothes, but feeling better on the whole, less tired, less bloated, less moody”.
Lets talk about the second and more educated comment. I know I put a lot of emphasis on weight loss through low carb. That is because for many years I worried about my weight. It may have been relatively unfounded, however there is no doubt that if not kept in check our weight will bloom as we approach middle age. I was no exception to this rule. I spent a lot of time and energy investigating weight-loss options, counting calories, and cutting back on fat. As with many of my peers, this strategy wasn’t having the desired effect.
So while I do not have an overly scientific background, I try to put real life experience into the knowledge that I share. What I do know is this. Once I started eating whole foods, natural fats and cut those carbs, everything fell into place – less tired, less bloating, less moody. And now, that time and energy I spent on inventing weight loss strategies, avoiding fat and exercising excessively, is spent on informing others to eat less junk, more fat and just move more every day! Plus spending time with those special people in my life who keep me grounded!
What ever it is that has made you think about your health, whether it’s weight loss, or one of the myriad of lifestyle conditions that plague us, listen to those around you who make sense, investigate lifestyle options for yourself. You owe it to yourself, your friends, and your family to be and feel the best you can be.
And in case you are interested in McPhee intra-familial communication, how about these for words of wisdom?
“By the way Julia, don’t believe that mirror that you use, it was really cheap and makes you look slimmer than you are”.
and how about this littler pearler from another dear family member in response to my request for some Facebook sharing: