Wellness at Work in DeSoto, Texas’ Police Department

The City of DeSoto, Texas’ Health Coaching Program (Desoto’s Finest) has been a blast. We at Fortitude Health & Wellness, Inc. are enjoying working with DeSoto’s Police and Fire Departments to educate and inspire them to optimal health through self-care and developing healthy lifestyles.Desoto Wellness Workshop Pictures.jpg

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KISS THE GIRLS: THE ANATOMY OF A TAKEDOWN Published On October 27, 2015 | By Janet Brooks | Lifestyle, Loving On Me

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According to the Urban Dictionary, negs or negging are, “low-grade insults meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman so she might be more vulnerable to advances”. Although women sometimes neg, men corner the efforts. During early flirting efforts, this is a tactic first described by pick-up artists (PUAs). There are several explanations for the tactic; however, they all employ some sort of backhanded compliment, which temporarily lowers the target’s self-esteem while leaving the speaker blameless. Theoretically, this lowered self-esteem in the target makes the speaker seem more attractive by comparison.

This crazy phenomenon might be new to you, but in diverse forms, it’s practiced as a seduction technique around the world. Negging, in a nutshell, is a trick tactic. Its total purpose is to undermine a woman’s confidence by making backhanded or snide remarks – give a compliment with one breath, and take away with the other. It is control, allowing the man to be in charge of the situation and interaction by driving the woman to work for his approval.

“Negging” and the pick-up artist were born on internet message boards in the early ’90s, and became a vast subculture, with varying strategies and tribes. It became a global phenomenon following the publication of a book by Neil Strauss, The Game.

I heard the term a few times, but never thought much about it until I experienced it on a date. Negging happens all the time and usually it is a man negging a woman. Men use this on women they think are pretty to reduce their self-esteem. It is a takedown tactic because the man doing it does not think he can get the woman without breaking her down. Negging can be subtle and most of the time you do not detect the mild insult. Make no mistake, it is an insult.

These covert insults are intentional and meant to undermine the self-confidence of a woman to make her feel vulnerable to advances. Given the research, temporary insults that lower self-esteem may indeed make an individual more receptive to romantic advances and more compliant with requests. I think this is something a decent man would not attempt, but idiots are armed and dangerous.

Ever hear the term “seduce and reduce,” well this is exactly what is happening when a man approaches you and says something really nice and then backs it up with a subtle insult. Everywhere there is an insecure pretty girl, there is some insecure guy negging. The point of negging is to score with someone you find extremely attractive, someone out of your league, who you otherwise wouldn’t have had a shot.

For example, a pretty woman is sitting at a bar alone, a man saunters up to her and says, “You have the most beautiful blue eyes, are those contact lenses?” Then we have through the backdoor Sam, “You are so beautiful, I love your hair; I even like your receding hairline.” She’s thinking, excuse me, did I just hear him correctly? Now she is confused. Let’s not forget Mr. Weight Watcher, “I love your slender body, are you anorexic? She looks around, confused. Perhaps she misunderstood what he said. And if she is anorexic, her self-esteem just dropped to the floor. These men are usually nervous and unsure of themselves with palms sweating. He is not a Romeo or a looker, usually, just a plain John or nerd trying to get to first base and make the woman work for him by playing on her insecurities, because verbal negativity equates to sexual success. The sad part of these scenarios is they are real approaches recommended by websites such as seductionscience.com, one of many websites for men giving advice on negging and pick-up techniques.

It appears these tactics work, especially if you are feeling vulnerable and lonely. Women think, I am smart, beautiful, and intelligent, so I should have thrown a drink in his face when he insulted me; but instead, I was charmed and chased him.

And yes, negging can work on men. If your end goal is to get the good-looking guy in the room interested in you, then yes, using a neg as an opener will make him eager to prove himself. But do you really want a guy you had to implement an entire confidence takedown in order for him to be interested?”

Flirtation is not a battle requiring logistics and tactics for a takedown, or a con. It should be a part of our human interaction and how we interact with each other on a natural level. When our way of communicating to the opposite sex becomes covert, manipulative, and deceptive, then we truly have a problem.

Remember ladies, a man who wants you is coming to “that theatre near you.” He does not need to break you down to feed his insecurities. This especially includes cheaters who lack self-esteem, and need many women around to feel good.

If you’ve experienced negging, we’d love to hear from you. Share your story in the reply below, and encourage others on how they can kick these manipulators to the curb for good.

PS – If you want to know more about negging check out The Stuff of Thought by Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinke. It’s an excellent read.

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LET’S END FOOD INSECURITY, ONE DAY AT A TIME | Published On September 24, 2015 | By Janet Brooks | Lifestyle, Loving On Me

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Self-Independent: What’s Your Claim to Fame? Published On July 21, 2015 | By Janet Brooks | Lifestyle, Loving On Me

Most of us would like to think we are independent and driving on the highway of life with our own suitcase of mantras. Wrong! Self-independent is defined as, “One who is independent and not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, thinking or action for oneself; an independent thinker is not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction, autonomous, and basically free.”

This definition would probably include 20 percent of the population in America because it is hard to pursue and truly produce independent thought or action. It is not popular, it is priceless and rare. One does not need to be an intellectual or educated to think independently.

As a culture, we strive to fit in and become a part of the whole. This path really begins when we enter grade school and are taught to think a specific way, and it is fortified when we complete college. Many of us leave with an assembly line mentality that drives us to become like everyone else. Get a high paying job, a great car and a house with a two or three car garage, and we have arrived. Not much attention is paid to what is happening in the society, and if it is, it is just to make a comment, not get involved to drive some change for the betterment of the society.

We think we are one of a kind, but when we dig deep, our surface exterior may be the only thing that is different. Humans, on average, tend to be followers and do not like to “buck the system.” I have watched people close to me change in an instant when they reach a position of authority and influence. They seek approval from people and groups they deem powerful and influential. They will leave you hanging in a second and treat you with disrespect, ignore you and talk to you as if you are beneath their new found status. You think, “Is this my friend or foe?” The sad part about these people is that they do not even know who they are, and you do not bother to convey to them what they have become because they are living in illusions and delusions of grandeur. If they cannot see themselves for whom and what they have become, it is hard to become that mirror to reflect. We tolerate their inconsistencies and love them because they are our friends.

In our society, we confuse self-independence with self-reliance. Self-reliance is based on one’s own capabilities, judgments, resources and decisions. It does not set you apart as an independent thinker. I challenge everyone to begin to think! Think about the society you live in, how you treat people and what contributions you are making to add value to your society and environment. We cannot make change through posting on Facebook or blogging when societal ills and infractions take place.

Self-independence drives us to be different and take a stand without caring about what others think of us. It drives us to make an impact by doing something, whether it is social justice, civil rights, equal pay for women and the poor, providing affordable health care, or plain old change from the status quo. To think independently is to be free to make change. Free your mind to think independently and the rest will follow.

Thinking independently opens up a world of great possibilities and opportunities.

Try it by using some of these steps:
1. Disconnect from conventional thought – think for yourself first and pay attention to what you absorb.
2. Experience perspectives that conflict with your own – seek out new experiences different from your views or dogma.
3. Look at the world’s processes from a distance; sometimes it is good to stand still to view yourself through other’s ideology.
4. Practice pause-belief – do not trust every thought put forth even though it might be valued as conventional wisdom and a societal truth. Reserve all judgment for the reality behind the logic.

Free Thinking PictureIn the famous words of Susan Sontag, “It is not the position but the disposition.”

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Learn, Connect, and Share

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This month is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Month (PTSD), and June 27th is PTSD Day. PTSD can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event such as combat, assault or disaster. Most people have some form of stress reaction after a trauma. If reactions do not stop over time or disrupt your life, then there is a possibility you have PTSD. The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to trauma and PTSD research and education. The center ensures the latest research findings help those who have been exposed to trauma.

PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone has been exposed to a single traumatic event or multiple traumatic events, such as sexual or physical assault, natural or man-made disaster and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about traumatic events, triggered emotional responses that lead to reminders of the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma, and persistent hypervigilance for cues that indicate additional danger or trauma re-occurring.

I have my own story of trauma that drove me to seek help. Many years ago, I was driving my two young children to school and heading to work. My children were in the back seat, when suddenly a young boy the same age as my son ran in front of my car. In a split second, my life changed forever. I could see this small figure to my right side. I could not stop or turn my car to the side to avoid him. I knew my car was going to hit him.

On impact, I immediately went into shock and I could hear my children crying and screaming in the back seat because they heard me screaming. In slow motion, I watched the horrific accident unfold, locking eyes with this baby as he was thrown on top of my hood. My eyes were the last thing he saw before I hit my breaks to keep him from going under my car. He was thrown four feet from the car.

I could not stop screaming, move or talk. As God would have it, someone I knew passed by the accident, stopped and helped me get a blanket out of my car to cover the child and call an ambulance. A teacher from the school across the street from the accident helped calm me and my children down and called my husband.

Four days after the accident, the little boy died and I was traumatized beyond my understanding. I could not sleep because I relived the accident over and over, pressing on my brakes and screaming. After a month of sleepless nights and not eating, I went and got help for my trauma. I thank God I did. Even though I was emotionally traumatized, with help, I was able to cope and understand my feelings of guilt and helplessness and received the tools I needed to cope and move forward.

Whether you are a man, woman or child, PTSD can and will impact your life if you do not get treatment for trauma. It is a misnomer that only veterans suffer from PTSD. There is also help available from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that raises awareness about child traumatic stress. The NCTSN joins this effort to raise awareness about PTSD. They offer the resources to help educate individuals, families, professionals, policy makers and communities about the significant impact that PTSD has on men, women and children. Effective psychological interventions and drug treatments are available to assist those who suffer with PTSD to heal from their traumas and lead healthy, productive lives.

The Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) Database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, the PILOTS Database does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic or geographic limitations.

The PILOTS Database is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS Database is not limited to literature on PTSD among veterans.

For more PTSD information:
Call: (802) 296-6300
www.ncptsdva.gov

If you know someone who needs help with PTSD and can benefit from this information, please share.

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Body Composition: Do We Know Enough For Optimal Health?

  • There is no miracle drug or quick solution to staying healthy. The answer lies in the life we live and how we live it. Living healthy is not hard if you plan and commit to sustaining a way of life that benefits you. Here is some cut and dry information for your health consumption.
  • As a health and wellness professional and business owner, the main goal of my team is to guide our clients to healthier, longer and more vibrant lifestyles. We do this by analyzing and intervening on several biomarkers with body composition. It is an important component of a preventive health examination.
  • Most of the accurate methods for measuring body fat are limited to the research laboratory or are extremely expensive. The Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis is a simple, reliable, and accurate method for assessing the percent of body fat in males and females, and stratifying health status.
  • Why is body composition important? Scale weight is not an indicator of an individual’s fat-to-muscle ratio. BMI (body mass index) measurement also lacks the ability to give fat-to-muscle ratio outcomes. A person with a muscular build will measure obese on a BMI screening. Body composition (BIA) accurately measures the amount of lean tissue (muscle) compared to fat, and water hydration. Body composition data can form the basis for a wide variety of therapeutic health and fitness prescriptions.
  • Only body composition analysis can determine how much muscle and fat are lost or gained as a result of any nutrition, exercise, or pharmaceutical prescription; and it is cost-effective for any wellness program.
  • We concentrate on four health biomarkers of aging:
    1) Muscle and Body Fat Percentages
    Fat Mass (FM): body weight in fat pounds; normal values based on age and gender. Men should be between 15 to 20% fat; women 20 to 25% fat.Fat Free Mass (FFM): the combination of body cell mass and extra cellular mass. Ideally, men should have muscle mass between 80 to 85 percent; women between 75 to 80 percent. This also varies with age.
  • 2) Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
    BMR is the amount of calories burned at rest during an average day to perform basic functions including breathing, digesting, heart beating, muscle activity, transportation of fluids and tissue, and circulation of blood. Calories you consume above your unique BMR rate are unnecessary for supporting you and will be converted into storage (fat); calories under your BMR compromise the body’s daily function, which compromises your health.
  • 3) Phase Angle
    Phase Angle is based on total body resistance and reactance, independent of height, weight and body fat. It is the general health of cells. A high PA indicates improved health; a low PA indicates poor or failing health and usually indicates a need for intervention. PA has been determined as the single most important nutritional predictor of survival.
  • 4) Hydration
    Includes:
    Total Body Water (TBW): The sum of Extra Cellular Water (ECW) and Intracellular Water (ICW).
    Intracellular Cellular Water (ICW): Potassium-based water found inside all body cells and increases with Body Cell Mass and decreases with Body Cell Mass Depletion. Muscle and organs have more ICW than fat cells, and; Extracellular Water (ECW): Sodium-based fluids volume outside cells circulating through the body. If you retain fluids or have an infection, total body water might be high.
  • We know good health is based on 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent fitness. Using Bioimpedence technology allows us to measure body composition, complete nutritional and fluid assessments, and develop individualized wellness plans to put our clients in the best position to enjoy a long and healthy life.
    Long-term benefits of a good body composition prescription include the ability to 1) analyze body composition data interactively, 2) create prescription for change, and 3) visualize the effectiveness of those prescriptions and professional recommendations with projected and historical graphs to help increase motivation for positive change.
  • Many people, especially women, eat diets that are too low calorically and do not meet their Basal Metabolic Rates. They compromise their health be

    cause the body is not consuming enough calories (usually protein) for daily body maintenance. The body begins to cannibalize itself by taking muscle from the body instead of fat to survive. The end result of this dilemma is a skinny fat person; thin, but measuring 30 percent or more in fat weight.
  • Transform your health and bring quality to your years by understanding self-care and taking responsibility for your quality of life. There is no fast track for living a healthy lifestyle, but one can make it easy by developing healthier lifestyle habits and increased knowledge of wellness. The ultimate outcome is improved health and increased longevity.
  • To learn more about BIA’s, find a BIA Specialist near you, or you have questions, contact us at info@fortitudehw.com or visit our website at http://www.fortitudehw.com.
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If You Work With Clowns, Expect A Circus

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I do not know if we begin with or grow into unprofessionalism and having unacceptable communication skills in business, but we are creating a workplace of ignorant, inept people. As an entrepreneur, I do my best to stay in the know about my expertise and new business practices to stay current as a Health and Wellness expert.

Lately, I have found myself in meetings with unprofessional business colleagues who are acting as entertainers, trying to convince me how smart and important they are. I feel as if I am at the circus waiting for the next clown act.

Please do not confuse promoting yourself with promoting your business. People want to know about your services, products and that you are honest and have integrity, not your personal “up and coming greatness.” Learn to navigate the legibility of your business so you are truly a thriving force to be taken seriously. Clients do not need to know that you met with the President of the United States last night, so that is why you are two hours late to your meeting. You are late and unprofessional for not conveying to your client that you need to change the meeting date and time days before the meeting, unless there was an emergency beyond your control.

Complete your homework. Put forth the effort to research what you do not know, take business courses and know which lane you need to drive in daily. There is nothing worse than an outdated professional using vernacular from the 1970’s and trying to pull you into their surrounding ignorance.

Some reasons many people do not grow and get left behind is lack of professionalism, insight, and pride in their work. Instead of bloviating about self-accomplishments and one’s greatness, remain current and organized. You are not trying to manage a circus with acts to come; you are managing an enterprise that needs viable business models and practices to stay relevant and vital to your customers and clients.

As a professional, it’s important to learn:
1.    The ability to know one’s strengths and weaknesses.
2.    A commitment to systematically address performance and personality shortcomings that may be standing in the way of success.
3.    The willingness to hear honest critique without defensiveness.
4.    The ability to control one’s tongue.
5.    The ability to act —even when outcomes from your actions might be risky.
6.    The ability to defend oneself without rancor or hostility.
7.    The ability to admit and accept one’s failure, learn from it and move forward with a commitment to stay constant in learning and personal growth.

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Professional Business Owner:

Do review all written material before it goes public. Use the computer grammar check, spell check and a dictionary if you are not sure. There are several websites to help you with correct grammar usage.

Don’t allow grammatically incorrect and misspelled words to appear in or on your intellectual property.  Sure, it happens, but we should ensure as much as possible that our public works are perfect. If we do not, we are telling the world, “I am too lazy to care what I put out there for others to read”.

Don’t change other people’s work based on your assumptions. If it is not your area of expertise, leave it alone and go to the expert. Do not run the risk of making a fool of yourself and insult someone who has taken the time to learn their expertise, which does not equal more business for you.

Do believe in yourself enough to want the best for your business. Be a visionary. It is a brave new world full of opportunities that can yield great returns and challenges that keep us on our toes to become better, and expect “par excellence!”

Here are some great books to read:

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of Learning by Peter M. Senge

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Competing for the Future: A Book on Contemporary Strategies by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry Iporras

What are a few of your top do’s and don’ts of being a professional? Share your tips and experiences with us below.

About The Author

Janet Brooks
Janet M. Brooks is Owner/CEO of Fortitude Health & Wellness, Inc., a boutique, full service wellness company specializing in cultural wellness and self-care. She has worked in the field of wellness for more than 25 years, focusing on nutrition and fitness outreach. Her clients include U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United HealthCare, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Aetna, as well as Educational Consultant for KCET in Los Angeles

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FIERCE AND 13

By Janet Brooks

girls-and-scienceWe begin our lives as young girls, receiving direction and guidance from one or both parents. Some of us must seek our own direction because our parents are not present. It is imperative that we invest in our young girls so they become brilliant young women. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, let us inspire our girls and young women to break barriers, excel beyond their imaginations, and gather vision to reach for the stars. For them to do this, we must be present and support them.

In the past 13 years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a young, precocious girl grow from an infant to a brilliant young lady. Jalen “Genine” Langie will begin her first year of college this fall at the tender age of 13. Needless to say, she is gifted. Jalen also has a clear conscious of social justice and reaching back to help other children. She has this perspective because her parents love and support her. Her mother ensures she has resources and invests time in her daughter every step of the way. She is loved and anchored.

Jalen and her mother, under pseudonyms, J. and R. Genine, co-wrote a book when she was eleven, called Lena Jellie Beana, Science Matters. This book is a science-based, character-driven book, targeting children ages 6-10. The book supports the continuation of free science activities for youth and reinforces science through literature.

Lena Jellie Beana is a 9-year-old girl who enjoys conducting science experiments. In Science Matters, her experiment goes terribly awry. All of her classmates, including her science nemesis, will have their eyes on her to see her next move to resolve this blunder. The conflict ignites as Lena tries to rectify this mistake and do what is right in her interactions with those involved. Lena is not alone in her scientific journey. She has renowned scientists (Einstein, Imhotep, and Hypatia), her comedic friends, and pesky little brother to help her along the way in her discoveries in science and life lessons.

Along with the book, she and her mother created a community service project developed to engage and expose younger children to science through various hands-on activities. The project’s main goals are to increase children’s appetites for exploration and learn how to have fun conducting simple experiments with household items. The Lena Jellie Beana Science Matters project was designed to meet an educational need throughout communities and entice youth to probe the world of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

lena-science-mattersJalen works to inspire younger youth (K-6th grade) through practical activities in hopes of sparking science interest early in children. Since the project began in 2013, the Science Matters project has exposed more than 1,600 children in libraries, youth clubs, girls scout groups, STEM events, schools and at-risk youth organizations. This young lady is an inspiration to me! I cannot wait to see what is yet to come from Jalen Langie, a change agent at 13.

In most cases, women learn how to be from their mothers. Mothers are the example of what a woman should be and how we view ourselves. Take time and visit the Lena Jellie Beana, Science Matters site with your daughter/daughters. Buy the book and enjoy working with your daughter on experiments you create in the kitchen with household products, and have fun spending time together and learning about science.

Please visit links below and learn more about Lena Jellie Beana, Science Matters.

LINK: Lena Jellie Beana

LINK: Science Matters on PBS

Also include in your reading some great recommendations for learning how to build strong mother and daughter relationships.

•    Mother Daughter Me, Katie Hafner
•    Because I Love Her, Karen Joy Fowler, Joyce Maynard
•    Mothering & Daughtering, Sil and Eliza Reynolds
•    Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul, Jack Canfield, Mark V. Hansen, Dorothy Firman, Julie Firman, Frances Firman-Salori

About The Author

Janet Brooks
Janet M. Brooks is Owner/CEO of Fortitude Health & Wellness, Inc., a boutique, full service wellness company specializing in cultural wellness and self-care. She has worked in the field of wellness for more than 25 years, focusing on nutrition and fitness outreach. Her clients include U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United HealthCare, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Aetna, as well as Educational Consultant for KCET in Los Angeles.
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Healthy, Beautiful, and Marching through 60 | By Janet Brooks

2012 Logie Awards - ArrivalsPremiere Of Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" - Red Carpet Feeling comfortable in your own skin at 60 can be a challenge for many women, especially when one tries to compete with youth. The answer to our quest for beauty is at our fingertips. We hold the key. The true meaning of beauty at and after 60 is internal seeding that feeds the external. As a woman in your sixties, embrace the power you have and let go of the notion that you must look younger; you do not! Don’t try to work toward younger looking skin, work toward a healthy body and you will have both. Age is just a number, if you take care of yourself. Embrace your lines in that beautiful face and a body not as taunt as when you were 20. These imperfections represent the wonderful, unique lives we live, and we should be proud of our gift to still be present.

In addition, we must remember that we are the sum of all our experiences. Life is a constant journey that yields many outcomes. Triumphs and failures do not set our path for success and accomplishments; nor do they define who we are or what we can aspire to. They demonstrate our path line and road taken.

Tips to help you keep that beautiful glow

Protect your skin from the sun
Sun damage is a leading cause of wrinkled, spotted skin. Limit sun exposure, wear hats and use sun block. Sun damage doesn’t become fully apparent until later in life. It is not too late to make a difference in the health of your skin by reducing your sun exposure. Using sun block and avoiding excessive sun also reduces the risk of skin cancer.

Before you sleep, wash your face
Dry skin is one of the most common challenges for women over 60, because the skin becomes drier as we lose oil glands. One of the best ways to reduce dry skin is to wash your face every night before bed and exfoliate. Use mild skin soap and hydrate skin from within. Drink lots of water!

Do not smoke
If you are a smoker, you have more wrinkles than other people your age who do not smoke. Stop!

Don’t soak too long in the tub
Bathing can be a great way to relax, but spending too much time in the tub might be drying out your skin. If you love a long bath, use a bath oil or lavender. Use body moisturizer when you get out of the bath while your skin is still a damp.

Use natural products
Many skin care products are packed with chemicals and heavily processed ingredients. You can get better results with natural skin care products that contain herbs, coconut oil or olive oil. Ingredients in the kitchen also help you achieve healthier skin. Use sugar and oatmeal to exfoliate. Make a face mask from ½ lemon squeezed into two beaten egg whites to firm skin. Spray your face with rose water after you wash it and then apply your moisturizer.

Give your skin the nutrition it needs
Skin needs healthy nutritional intake. We need the micro and macro nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Yes, we must eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, but there are some foods that help you achieve naturally radiant skin:

Dark Chocolate
Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. It is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and plant substances flavones. These ingredients promote glowing skin and cocoa relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation, leading to healthier skin. Avoid chocolate with milk and added sugar.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat, which is good for your skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E and perfect for keeping skin moist, soft and wrinkle-free. It is also great for hair and cooking!

Spinach
Spinach contains nutrient-rich ingredients such as folate, chlorophyll, vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and vitamin C.  Vitamins C, E and A are especially great for your skin. If you add luscious, green spinach to your diet, you are cleaning your skin from the inside out!

Papaya
Papaya is an amazing fruit with great nutritional benefits. It is low in calories and fructose, making it excellent for digestion. The link between digestion, general health and good skin is an important part of the 2,000-year-old Indian Ayurveda philosophy. Antioxidant nutrients found in papaya include vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, all great for glowing skin!

All of these tips are great additions to your beauty regimen! Remember, you are because God set you in motion, equipping you with your own brand. There is no other creature like you on this earth and there never will be after you leave. I am one of a kind – I am!

If you have health tips or comments for women 60 and over, please share them with us in the comment section. We would love to hear your beauty tips and ideas! Visit us at http://www.fortitudehw.com.

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Eliminate the Mess in Your Life’s Music

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Eliminate the Mess in Your Life’s Music

Published On January 13, 2015 | By Janet Brooks | Lifestyle, Loving On Me

musicNew Year, new beginning, new path—what does that mean in our lives? As a wellness expert, I spend most of my time teaching people how to live longer, healthier lives. I do this by giving them tools and resources to make changes in their daily lives, but we also must learn how to improve our life skills. We consistently speak of what should be and spend so much of our lives planning ahead. We are so far ahead that the “here and now” passes through our lives without us noticing it is present. The moment is gone, and life continues to another moment, another day and another year.

We learn to believe and judge what we see, not what we have faith to believe, which allows us to miss the wonderful music of life that God offers. There can be no beginning without wisdom, understanding and self-inspection; these traits do not manifest in man without the guidance of God. What God has for you will not diminish. His path is strong and full of courage. We see the storm coming and lose courage and hope once we are in the tempest. Learn to concentrate on the music of the heart, the flow of thought and the ebb of love as it emanates from you into the world to create a wonderful symphony of life.

In 2015, reevaluate yourself first and then evaluate your circumstances in life. Look at your life in reality. What part do you play in the chaos and unfulfilled dreams? Are you the contributor of mess in your life’s music?

As the year moves forward, think on these things to assist you in making changes to become the creation God intended you to be:

Action over apathy. If you do not like what is going on in your life, change it, get counseling, read a book, do something that will help you become the best you can be. It is your responsibility to get the help you need. Do not settle with the old self. Reevaluate and restructure thoughts that move to action. Ask yourself, am I the sum of what I put into action? If you are and you find yourself lacking, keep working on self. It is a life-long process.

Evaluate life where it is, not where you fantasize it to be. Not facing reality as to who you are and the responsibility of your life failures rest with you. All too often, we facilitate and compromise our principles and our faith, but even in moments of defeat, do not slow down. Move with the rhythm of life and add your contribution to make this a better place for all to live.

Never allow defeat to slow you down. Remember the work of hands is essential for life. With our hands we can create beautiful music and God formed our hearts and minds to do so.

Here are 10 tips to start the rejuvenation process in 2015:
1.    Work to become healthy and fit
2.    Stay diligent in whatever you do
3.    Do not surround yourself with fools
4.    Get rid of ignorant associations
5.    Put away anger
6.    Have lots of passion
7.    Get friends in your life that can hold you up, not tear you down
8.    Give freely and from the heart
9.    Live with honesty and integrity
10.  Last, but not least, put God first in all that you do

Below is some recommended reading that will help you on your path to a beautiful you.  And feel free to share your tools for rejuvenation with the Loving on Me Tribe in the comments section:

“Achieve Anything in Just One Year” by Jason Harvey
“Simply” by Joshua Becker
“Inside–Out Simplicity” by Joshua Becker
“Living in the Land of Enough” by Courtney Carver

About The Author

Janet Brooks
Janet M. Brooks is Owner/CEO of Fortitude Health & Wellness, Inc., a boutique, full service wellness company specializing in cultural wellness and self-care. She has worked in the field of wellness for more than 25 years, focusing on nutrition and fitness outreach. Her clients include U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United HealthCare, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Aetna, as well as Educational Consultant for KCET in Los Angeles.
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