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Intermittent Fasting: Does It Work?

Intermittent Fasting: Does It Work?

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 12:16:31 in Healthy Living

“Here's my take on the "Fast Diet": http://blog.aarp.org/2013/03/28/losing-weight-after-50-is-intermittent-eating-right-for-you/ . . . I wrote about it for my weekly column on AARP.org. Based on everything I've read, and my own experience . . . it works. But always get the green light from your doctor before starting any exercise or diet program.”
Drinking Age: Do Older People Drink More Than Younger People?

Drinking Age: Do Older People Drink More Than Younger People?

Commented Jan 8, 2013 at 12:44:22 in Fifty

“Thanks for this article, backed by stats.
Luckily my two freshmen daughters (one in college, one in high school) are part of that group that "looks askance" when I open a bottle of wine to have a glass (or 2) with dinner. They are both anti-smoking, anti-drugs, and my youngest is part of a group of kids that gives disapproving looks to others in their grade who down a few (or more) at parties. While I don't know everything my college kid is doing, I think she's keeping a level head, just as I did when I was in college, even though drugs and drink were rampant. I do enjoy my glass of red wine, and believe that a little every day can be good for us on many levels. It's only when we cross that line and drink more than 1 or 2 that the risks start to outweigh the benefits, as you point out in your post. It is one of life's little pleasures though. Along with dark chocolate.”
Surprisingly Calcium-Rich Foods That Aren't Milk

Surprisingly Calcium-Rich Foods That Aren't Milk

Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 11:36:10 in Healthy Living

“Kale is one of my favorite foods in the entire world (as are all the other foods listed here). I sautee it, drink it, and eat it raw. The reason why most people don't know that kale has more calcium than a cup of milk is because the "dark, leafy greens" industry doesn't have a lobby like the dairy industry does. Great article, Laura!!”

Deparis on Apr 25, 2012 at 14:26:05

“I think kale is not very popular for most other people also because of its rough and hard looking nature and since it is cheaper than most other leafy greens, they think it must be some really nasty thing to put in their mouth. WRONG!!!”

seehowtheyrun on Apr 25, 2012 at 14:07:44

“I love kale all different ways too. I put it on sandwiches instead of lettuce. It stays crisp longer and tastes great. Kale and Hummous sandwich: divine !”

leftcoastindy on Apr 25, 2012 at 13:09:38

“great point”
New Hair Trend: Braids

New Hair Trend: Braids

Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 10:33:30 in Fifty

“Wait a minute, Halsey!! This post was based on a blog I wrote for my website . . . www.bestofeverythingafter50.com. That's me in the photo running the marathon, wearing a braid "headband" . . . and I'll be 55 next month. All of those braid styles can easily be worn by anyone from age 3 - 103. That's the point. Come on . . . focus on the idea, not the photos, or if you want to focus on a photo, look at mine!!!
All best,
Barbara”
New Hair Trend: Braids

New Hair Trend: Braids

Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 10:27:56 in Fifty

“Thanks for highlighting my new love of braids! I now wear a french braid "head band" almost every day . . . and often twist my hair into a simple, slightly messy bun. My two teenaged daughters are copying ME. How nice is that?”

Halsey on Nov 15, 2011 at 17:43:20

“Does it not irk you that every photo was of a young woman? I didn't mind the topic, but it did not belong in the post-50 tab...”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 16:09:23 in Healthy Living

“You will LOVE how your skin feels after the sugar scrub and a light layer of olive oil.
Eat something healthy every 2 - 3 hours so your blood sugar level stays level, and you aren't hungry. Try this:Have the 1/4 cup olive oil (or the warm water with lemon juice) first thing in the morning, and wait a little bit.Have a slice of toasted whole wheat bread with a little fresh peanut butter (not the sweetened kind). In about 2-3 hours have a 1/2 cup plain Fage Yogurt (Greek strained yogurt) with 1/2 cup blueberries. For lunch have a big salad with some chicken or other protein on top, made with a very simple dressing of olive oil and vinegar or just olive oil and lemon juice (very Mediterranean!). Mid-afternoon have some veggies or a piece of fruit, perhaps with a little almond butter, or some almonds (about 10 - 12). Dinner should be early if possible, and have your plate be filled with mixed vegetables, and a little protein (chicken and meat should be the size of your palm, but fish can be the size of your entire hand), with a little whole grain carb, like whole wheat pasta or better yet, brown rice. Dessert? A nice piece of dark chocolate or fruit. Throughout the day drink A LOT of water and green tea. Make sure to move your body every day. Hope this helps!!
Best,
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:59:34 in Healthy Living

“Thank you!!! The best thing about having written my book is now I have a weekly column here on Huffington Post, and I have the amazing opportunity to share ideas AND learn from all the readers. I think I am among the lucky writers here on HuffPost who usually have the most positive and engaging readers, who really want to start discussions. It's so great . . . .
Please stay in touch . . .
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:50:43 in Healthy Living

“Thanks, Maggie, for this idea. She might very well have an allergy. The way her skin reacted was very intense.
All the best,
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:49:16 in Healthy Living

“Olive oil is truly "liquid gold" . . . I use it every day, just about everywhere.
Thanks for reading and commenting,
Barbara”

Gail Canty Ioven on Jun 4, 2011 at 14:05:22

“are you using just olive oil or the ones that say extra virgin olive oil etc? thank you”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:48:35 in Healthy Living

“Dear Surryfiremom,
Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing your suggestions with us . . .
Best,
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:47:28 in Healthy Living

“Dear Carrula . . . a few lovely readers here suggested lemon juice, which is what I, too, recommend for age spots.
Keep in touch and let me know how it works . . .
All the best,
Barbara”

carrula on Jun 5, 2011 at 21:32:53

“Hi Barbara,
Thanks for the tip I am going to try the lemon....I will cerainly let you know if it works!!
Carole”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:46:12 in Healthy Living

“Dear Sueshe . . . I'm so with you on this. I wrote the article, but didn't choose the photos. All of them are fantastic . . . but that particular one has moved a few people to comment. Sorry!!
Thanks for reading!!
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:43:51 in Healthy Living

“I wish the editors had chosen a different photo for that tip . . .”

Lynn King on Jun 5, 2011 at 11:22:46

“Look again at the picture< I see an Italian farmer drinking fresh olive oil made from the olives he just picked.”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:43:22 in Healthy Living

“Dear Sellersmischa6 . . . I am shocked that you are having such a reaction! Take a little plain yogurt and apply a light layer over your face, for a few minutes, so everything calms down. Rinse, pat gently, and apply a very light layer of olive oil.
Let me know how it goes . . .
Best,
Barbara”

sellersmischa6 on Jun 7, 2011 at 13:26:56

“whatever reaction i had went away naturally...it burned for i while, i just applied some ice on my face and it went away. Thank you for your help though. Im glad it ended up ok.”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:41:50 in Healthy Living

“Dear Ur What U Eat . . .
I'm so glad you like the article! I asked Dr. Day (one of the dermatologists I interviewed for my book) about the best sunscreen for ultra sensitive skin and she recommended the baby-specific sunscreens from Aveeno and Mustela. Both are excellent for adults and children.
Keep in touch!
Best,
Barbara”

ur what u eat on Jun 4, 2011 at 13:52:52

“Barbara: Thank u for responding. I am very impressed. This is my first blog/comment experience and it has been so positive. Usually most comments are negative and irk me tremendously. I am going to check out the 2 sunscreens you recommended and I will be following u on twitter!”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 4, 2011 at 13:36:47 in Healthy Living

“Thank you so much, KGMiller! This really has been an incredibly positive group of comments, which has made me so happy, too! And, I've learned a great deal from all the readers. Thank you for reading, and leaving your comment,
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 10:30:17 in Healthy Living

“Hi Lynne . . . thanks for your suggestion re: aloe.
Re: the Vibrant Nation piece . . . I know!!! I'm not getting involved in that one, either. It really was hijacked, wasn't it? When it ran here on HuffPost a few months ago, it also generated quite a few comments, but none as heated as what I'm seeing over on VN.
Thanks, as always, for reading and commenting,
Barbara”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 31, 2011 at 20:25:06 in Healthy Living

“Yes . . . all skin types. So glad you're going to try it!! Let me know how it goes . . .
Barbara”

gypsynomad on May 31, 2011 at 21:11:43

“Certainly Barbara, I am reading a lot about organic coconut oil in here,never even bought that,tomorrow is the day I will look for both.....;)”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 31, 2011 at 12:29:57 in Healthy Living

“Hi CarolLee . . .
I use about a quart of water in a spray bottle, 1/4 cup vinegar (white vinegar), 8 drops of tea tree oil, and 8 - 10 drops of lavender oil. Mix and use!! I use this everywhere, and on every surface.
Best,
Barbara”

CarolLee on May 31, 2011 at 12:52:44

“Thank you so much for the reply -- I can't wait to try this!

I appreciate that you are so engaged with the readers in the comments section -- it really brings your article to life. Thank you!”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 31, 2011 at 09:53:13 in Healthy Living

“Love that!!!!!”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 31, 2011 at 09:52:35 in Healthy Living

“I also use CeraVe as a moisturizer and then put a light coating of olive oil over it, when my skin is feeling especially dry. It's available in any mass merchandise or drug store
Best,
Barbara”

gypsynomad on May 31, 2011 at 10:08:48

“When stepping out,I always use foundations (Bobby brown) , little of it , as I know older I get less is more. But olive oil the face, will not be good then,at home yaa...
Barbara,this is a very good article,I intend to come back and read more.....Gypsy”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 30, 2011 at 22:17:08 in Healthy Living

“Again, I agree completely! In my book, and in articles I've written about nutrition and healthy eating, I always talk about eating more dark leafy greens. I personally eat kale every day with a little brown rice. What we eat is as important as how we treat our skin on the outside.
Thanks for commenting again . . . appreciate it
Best,
Barbara”

garystartswithg on May 30, 2011 at 23:28:21

“i love your choices! my fave food in the universe is caldo verde -- a portuguese soup made from kale. i also encourage you take wings and fly -- escarole, arugula, curly envide (known by a million differnt names -- chicory, frisee, etc, etc), are all fab in salads and cooked in stews and soups. i love chard uncooked -- cooked is too bitter.
two of my favorite whole grains are barley (not pearled, ask em at whole foods or the hippy co-op) and oatmeal (not rolled). How did we learn to screw up what is good for us?
For an immaculate oatmeal make it like your favorite thanksgiving dressing -- throw in all those nuts and dried fruits and you will forget you didn't add sugar. i got the best tip on how to make steal cut oats for breakfast from a huffposter -- stick it on the stove before you go to bed and let it reach boiling, shut it off and warm it if you want it warm in the morning. i like to throw prunes in everything because i am turning into my grandmother in old age -- that even includes meatloaf.”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 30, 2011 at 21:40:32 in Healthy Living

“Dear Colleenos . . .
THANK YOU so much for leaving this comment. Olive oil (and all the others you mention) are nothing less than good for us . . . inside and out. I'm also in my mid-50s and have never felt better and (some tell me) never looked better either. I follow all of these suggestions, and oil is a key part of my program. I think that people sometimes believe that if an idea is so simple, it can't possibly be a good one.
As with many things in life . . . simple is better, and less is more.
Again, thank you . . .
All the best,
Barbara”

LilacFields on May 31, 2011 at 08:22:58

“"simple is better, and less is more" -- you really summed it up there. (F”

colleenos on May 31, 2011 at 08:10:30

“Hello Barbara, lovely to meet you! I shall seek out your book, and follow your updates with great interest. Keep up the really inspiring work
Best wishes
Colleen”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 30, 2011 at 20:51:36 in Healthy Living

“. . . and it's incredibly relaxing. All good!”
Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Double Duty: Kitchen Staples That Make You Prettier And Healthier

Commented May 30, 2011 at 20:50:49 in Healthy Living

“Thanks, Sarah. I do all of these things . . . to great effect. I'll be 55 later this year . . . and have never felt better.
Thanks for reading and commenting . . .
Barbara”
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