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    Relationships

    Make the Small Things Count

    I’m a firm believer in the importance of the small things in life. Small gestures of love and kindness can make the biggest difference in a relationship. Tell your partner that you love them and give them a kiss every day. Draw a surprise heart in the steam on the shower glass. Take the time to go out for coffee and share a slice of cake. Make time to talk to each other about what’s going on every day. Laugh about anything and everything. Find fun in the mundane and ordinary. Take a walk in nature and share the beauty of the great outdoors. Take a day trip or weekend…

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    Food,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Ten Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

    Vegetarian diets are healthy, nutritionally complete and delicious. They are suitable for people at all ages and stages of life, including infants, the elderly and athletes. According to the American Dietetic Association, a comprehensive vegetarian diet is associated with good health, reduced disease and better management of any existing health problems. “Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein Here are ten benefits of giving up meat and fish and focusing your daily meals on vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Less animal cruelty. By being vegetarian you save between 371 and 582 animals each year. This includes both land…

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    Lifestyle

    Twenty Famous Vegetarian Women

    There are many many famous vegetarian women both in history and today. Here is a list of 20 famous vegetarian / vegan women of today. Ellen deGeneres Kate Winslet Michelle Pfeiffer Demi Moore Beyonce Joan Jett Alicia Silverstone Natalie Portman K.D. Lang Pamela Anderson Madonna Zooey Deschanel Venus Williams Shania Twain Ruby Rose Sia Kat Von D Daryl Hannah Diane Keaton Drew Barrymore

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    Health,  Lifestyle

    Menopause and Creativity

    The years around menopause are an unavoidable time of change. They are all too often often associated with a physical slowing down, a decline in memory, unavoidable brain fog, a loss of spark and a general downward spiral towards old age. But in direct contrast to this bad publicity, many women find their peri through to post-menopausal years to be a time of great clarity, focus and creativity. The hormonal changes that women experience during menopause can result in very positive experiences. The cessation of menstruation puts a stop to the hormonal surges and drops that have previously taken place each month, and allows new states of energy and creativity…

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    Health

    Am I in Menopause?

    I’m always surprised when I hear women refer to the change in their period patterns and the onset of other accompanying physical and emotional symptoms as being “in menopause”. It is a commonly held misbelief that menopause is a lengthy period of time that women experience in their forties and fifties when they have hot flushes, erratic periods and raging moods. However menopause is actually the moment in time that marks the point when a woman has been without a period for a full twelve months. The years of hormonal change that lead up to menopause are called peri-menopause, and the time following menopause is called post-menopause. The average age…

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    Midlife

    On Turning 50

    It’s a strange feeling. Turning 50 is so laden with cultural connotations of a life half over, an approaching retirement and becoming increasingly less significant in our youth-obsessed world. But I’m not feeling any of this. Admittedly I am more concerned now than ever before about the prospect of declining health as I age. But this is motivating me to eat better, drink less alcohol (a work in progress) and improve my fitness. These can’t be bad things after all. I’m not worried about the clich√© of the invisible older woman. Perhaps my more introvert leaning personality is happy to be away from the spotlight of youth. In reality though,…