Beauty… and Then What?

Welcome to 2007; the time when more people than ever, with absolutely no medical conditions or sicknesses, are taking themselves off to the operating theatres of the world and paying rich surgeons a fortune to be sliced, diced, nipped, tucked, sucked, stretched and implanted.
To be beautiful.

Hot.

Or more attractive, at the very least.

New and improved.

Popular.

Noticed.

A surgical path to happiness.

Perhaps we should forget the wrinkles around our eyes and get the doctor to take a look at our brain while we’re on the table?

Somehow, on some level, some people (okay, many) have bought into the disturbing belief that if they have less wrinkles, less sag, more perk, less fat and skin and perhaps a different nose, they will be happier and more fulfilled.
Their life will be better.

They must have (bought into it)… otherwise, why would they risk there life (all surgery is a calculated risk) and pay a fortune to do it? People who are already in debt are so desperate to be ‘enhanced’ that they are taking out more loans to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Somewhere along the line they (we) have been programmed to believe that:

Certain physical appearance = Attractiveness = Desirability = Happiness.

We bought into the lie.
How do we un-learn this crap when we live in a society which constantly screams at us that beauty equals success?
See any movie, watch any TV show, read any magazine; it’s all about being gorgeous.
At all costs.

Even the TV show ‘Ugly Betty’ is all about the unlikely situation of a less-than-glamorous girl with eyebrows like a muppet trying to survive in the beautiful, bitchy, glam world of the fashion magazine. And while many viewers identify with the character and feel for her (perhaps because they see some of themselves in Betty)…. and want to give her a big old hug, I haven’t spoken to anyone who actually wants to look like her.

While on one level the show is seemingly all about seeing the underdog overcome adversity in a pretentious world (yay), on another level it teaches us that the ugly girl will struggle, will get the dorky ugly boyfriend and will have to work harder than the pretty girls to achieve the same outcome… and she will be ridiculed and disadvataged because she’s not pretty enough (boo).
If it were true that beauty equated to success, then surely all models and Hollywood Hotties would be universally happy, fulfilled, balanced and emotionally healthy little campers; clearly this is not the situation.
In fact, they would be the happiest…. because they are the most beautiful.
Apparently.

One of the challenges of my job (my company facilitates over 1,500 Personal Training sessions every week) is to help people (who are going through physical changes) keep perspective… that is, not throwing all of their eggs in the ‘physical’ basket while simultaneously neglecting their psychological, emotional and spiritual selves.
Some people are surprised that an exercise scientist (a bloke who owns a couple of gyms) would spend more time working with people on the head and heart stuff than he would, the physical.

I do this because I know that (long-term) satisfaction, happiness, fulfilment and joy never comes from the physical (it can be part of, but never the total solution). I understand that appearance (beauty) has very little to do with long-term ‘success’. In fact I don’t really care too much about my clients appearance… but I do care about how they feel and function; their overall health.
While I do care about their cholesterol, their blood sugar, their body-fat levels, their posture, their diet and their cardio-vascular health (the physical stuff)… I care more that they understand that, while it’s great to be in shape and look good… our body isn’t who we are.. it’s just where we live.

Sorry if I’m gettin’ a little weird on you but I think that most of us agree that we are complex, multi-dimensional, psychological, emotional and spiritual beings who roam this big blue ball for eighty years or so in this physical body… and then once we die we… okay, that’s another post!

So when our body becomes our identity (and it does for many people) then we’re in trouble.
When our confidence, our self-esteem and our emotional state (and happiness) are dependent on our weight, our wrinkle factor or some other physical variable… then we’re on a path to misery, frustration and desperation… and I have seen many (attractive) people become more and more preoccupied with, and miserable about, their appearance over time than you could imagine.

If I had ten bucks for every time someone told me:

“If only I could lose…. kilos (pounds) I’ll be happy.”

“If only I could lose just five more, then I’d be okay.”

I’d be loaded!

The problem is that they lose the weight, get the nose job, get the fat sucked… and they’re really happy.
For five minutes.
Then they wake up one day (not long after) and realise that all of those issues… are still there. And all of a sudden they understand the futility of trying to address internal issues with an external solution.

I spent years as a young bodybuilder trying to achieve physical perfection (or as best I could with my genetics) because I had some stupid belief (on some level) that if only I looked like some kinda cartoon character; got my arms and back big enough, my waist small enough, my shoulders wide enough and my body-fat low enough… life would be great, girls would dig me, blokes would respect me… and I would be happy.

I did (get the body) and I wasn’t (happy).

A big wake-up call was had by the bloke with the veins and biceps… and a life-long exploration into ‘real success’ and ‘real beauty’ began.

Japanese Foods – A Combination of Art, Taste, and Health

Yeah, Japanese foods even have a soul. Do you believe that eating a bowl of ramen can influence your mood? In making ramen, a chef’s emotion will transform into the food taste. When a chef is sad, people who eat ramen the chef made, will be sad, too. That is why people said Japanese foods have a soul.

Japanese foods are beautiful, that is why you are suggested to enjoy them with your eyes first, before starting to distribute them to your stomach. The colors arrangement in the dishes you enjoy is based on the colors of four seasons. This is the only way to feel Japan’s seasons without going there!

Japanese people call it a harmony, which is born from Japanese enjoyment of artistic sense and beauty. Through Japanese foods, you can feel the cherry blossoms bloom in spring, the colorful leaves in fall season, and the warmth of the sun in summer. Find tuna, herring, and bamboo shoots in summer, or chestnuts and matsuake mushroom in autumn. They are not only good in your eyes, but also good for your health!

According to some results of a research, Japanese people have lower rates of heart disease than most other countries. They are also have longer age! Many Japanese people can reach more than 100 years of age, and they can even work normally as the young. The secret may be their diet. There is no doubt to say Japanese cuisines are one of the healthiest in the world!

Japanese foods and Japanese restaurants have been spread all over the world, and they are so famous. You may be eating a bowl of soba and miso, having sushi, or enjoying a cup of green tea right now. Here is some important information about the content of Japanese food ingredients you should read!

SEAWEED – It is divided into three kinds: nori, wakame, and konbu. You can find seaweed in sushi and onigiri. It is in a form of dark green sheets, so it is usually used to wrap those dishes. Seaweed contains high minerals, vitamins A, C, B12, and protein.

GINGER – This highly aromatic root is usually added to heat the soups, stir fries and sushi. Ginger has many benefits. It can lower cholesterol, prevent arthritis, and help those who have risk of blood clots since it contains a compound which is able to stop platelets sticking together.

FISH – We are suggested to eat two portions of oily fish per week. The Omega 3 contained in oily fish is so beneficial for heart health. Sushi has many various, and some various made of fish. That is why Japanese people live longer. Consuming fish makes their heart healthy. A study done by Akira Skikawa shows that the Japanese live in Japan have 45% Omega 3 in the bloodstream than the Japanese who live in other countries. Their bloodstream even has 80% more omega oils than Americans’! Eating fish daily can also improve brain function. See how old aged-Japanese can do anything well as the young ones.

TOFU – It is known as an ideal food for those who are in meatless diet. It contains low fat and high protein. The soft taste of tofu is delicious, versatile, and inexpensive! It is even cholesterol free, so it will be good for your heart. Tofu is also rich of calcium, which is helpful in preventing accelerated bone loss, such as in menopause.

SHITAKE MUSHROOM – For more than 6000 years, shiitake mushrooms are used as medicine. No need to doubt the function of adding shitake to your dishes! Get delicious taste of shitake mushrooms, and let them invigorate your immune system and fight illnesses. They are rich of antioxidant!

GREEN TEA – Have a cup of green tea in your leisure time, or put it on your work desk. Green tea can help you prevent cancer cells forming. It can also decrease the cholesterol levels in your blood. Consuming green tea will lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go to Japanese restaurant, order some foods, enjoy the beautiful serving, and get the benefits!

How To Maintain Beautiful And Pearly White Teeth At All Times

People usually do not care about their teeth. They tend to take them for granted. This is not a good idea because the teeth have its functions. It helps us digest food better. Of course, they also influence the way we look. If you have damaged teeth, your face value could diminish. Therefore, it is best to make sure that you have a good set of teeth. It is very easy to maintain such healthy status. The only thing you need to know is to learn how to take care of them. Here, we will give you a few tips on how you could maintain healthy teeth. Some of the tips here are very common. ON the other hand, some advices may involve teeth related disorders.

One thing that you can do is to do frequent brushing. Every day, it is best to have your teeth cleaned using toothbrushes. This is a very simple and basic thing to do. Using brushes, you can strip the teeth of any food debris. As you know, this debris can cause bacteria to multiply in your mouth. Of course, the end result is having tooth cavity. You can use a soft bristle toothbrush if you have sensitive teeth. Of course, you also need to use cavity fighting toothpastes. Those that include fluoride are best for preventing cavities. So any brand is useful as long as it has this component. You can find any of them in the market.

Next, you should also have a consultation with a dentist. This is very important because he can tell you if you have any cavities. Moreover, a visit to the dentist means you can have your entire teeth cleaned up. This way, you can get rid of that debris in the gum pockets. Some of the food debris cannot be removed by simple brushing. There is a need to flush them out using water or air pressure. Only dentists have these tools. So a visit to a dental expert is also important. You should ask for a general cleaning procedure called prophylaxis. This way, you have a better oral health without the cavities and pain. You could visit a dentist every six months. Sometimes, people visit them every three months which is also fine.

One more thing is to have your dental alignment checked. There are some health conditions that are influenced by dental problems. One of them is having a bad bite. This is due to the gaps in the gums because of teeth extraction. If there is a gap, the other teeth will be forced to have misaligned positions. This will then misalign the entire jaw in the long run. Therefore, you will experience a bad bite condition. This will induce pain in the jaw joint. Moreover, it may cause other pains in the body. It may sound weird by a bad bite can also induce pain in the head, neck and shoulders. It is due to the pinching of the network of nerves in the jaw.

Natural Teeth Whitening – Healthy, Beautiful, and Glowing

A whiter, chemical free smile is waiting for you, with natural teeth whitening products and ingredients. You can choose from recipes that can be done in your kitchen to items that you can buy. There are plenty of recipes to choose from at your local library or book store as well as looking on line. Browsing through a local store will also yield many natural products.

Remember that what you eat and drink will stain your teeth as well. Daily foods and drinks contribute to the stains collecting on your teeth. Reducing the processed foods that you eat and drink will benefit your health and your teeth.

The right every day diet is also a key factor in tooth health. Like the old saying, “You are what you eat”, your teeth are also affected by everything you put into your body. Choosing to whole, unprocessed foods for at least 70% of your diet will improve the chances of whiter teeth as a result of slowing the aging process.

Strange but true, you can actually use strawberries or orange peels to rub off stains from your teeth. Stain inducing tarter can be reduced if you will eat an apple or a carrot after a meal when you cannot brush.

Common items like salt, lemon juice, tea tree or peppermint oil can be used to make your teeth whiter. As more companies become concerned with the environment, we are also seeing more products on the market with these simple, yet effective, ingredients. If you purchase a pre-mixed version of your favorite natural ingredients, you won’t have to worry if you don’t have good measuring skills!

Budget conscience consumers are usually always looking for natural solutions. You may have many of the base ingredients in your kitchen or at your local stores. Brand name or local products are the best choices to insure product safety. There are times when off brand or products from other countries may not contain a complete list of every item in the product you are buying.

If you want to spend less, improve your health and have whiter teeth, natural is the way to go for you. Do it yourself or shopping for the right natural product will lead you to something that works, and all you will need to do is look in the mirror. Natural teeth whitening will be a choice that improves your health and your smile.