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  1. Karen transforms her health and her life in her 60s by taking up fitness and a healthier lifestyle

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   When I posted a question in our Fab after Fifty Facebook community , about what epitomised being ‘Fabulous over 50’ there were some truly inspirational responses. One was from Karen Robertson, who at 63, started a fitness regime, and now 65 she has lost nearly 4 stone and gone from a size 22 to a size 12. This is how Karen responded to the question: “For me it is being fab after 65 – I was overweight and very unfit all through my 50’s resulting in two hip replacements, type 2 diabetes and HBP. Last Feb when I was 63 I was size 22 and 15.5 Stone I...
  2. Health over 50: Top tips for better energy

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    Tips from Susan Scott We recharge our phones, put petrol in our car, but forget about boosting our own energy. Why do you think this is? Susan Scott, author of Life Force offers her top tips for creating more energy. By building healthy habits into your life you lay the foundations to optimise your energy. Add vegetables to your dinner plate, take the stairs rather than the lift, manage the triggers that cause you distress; simple changes can soon become embedded and become the norm.   Tip 1:    Make time to eat.  Having three meals a day with a healthy snack in the morning and afternoon will balance your blood sugar levels. Tip 2:    Eat good complex carbohydrates such as oats, wholegrains and brown rice.  Carbs are the fuel required...
  3. The Fast 800 Diet: Dispelling the myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Dr Michael Mosley took the dieting world by storm when he introduced the 5:2 diet.  ‘Fasting’ for two days a week, while eating a balanced calorie controlled diet the rest of the week was the key to losing weight- and reducing blood sugar levels and visceral fat. In his latest book , The Fast 800, Dr Mosley has updated the original 5:2 diet, increasing the number of calories on fasting days to 800 a day, and basing the diet on the  Mediterranean way of eating – so no food groups (or wine) are off the menu! An additional optional  element he has introduced is ‘Time Restricted Eating’, where you essentially ‘fast’ on a daily basis, restricting your eating...
  4. What are the benefits of the Mediterranean-style diet?

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      The Mediterranean-style diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain. In general, this diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods. New research has revealed numerous health benefits for following this regime. Our experts are here to explain how and why a Mediterranean-style diet may be the key to good health… Why we need more vegetables “It’s important to eat vegetables, especially cruciferous colourful varieties as they are full of life enhancing micronutrients, antioxidants and fibre. They’re essential for keeping our bodies and minds healthy. Vitamins A and C are water-soluble immune boosting,...
  5. Going Vegan – Suddenly

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    Article by Alexandra Sutcliffe It was about two days after a huge shop, following which our freezer was stuffed with chicken, pork chops and minced beef and our fridge full of dairy, that my boyfriend decided to go vegan. As a keen cyclist and all-round athlete, he’d been floored earlier this year by his extremely high blood pressure, and was well aware of the health benefits of switching to a plant-based diet.  An evening of watching YouTube videos by physician and committed vegan Neil Barnard, who works with patients suffering from diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions, was enough to seal the deal. Couldn’t we introduce vegan days into our diet, I suggested, just as we already had several meat-free meals a week,...
  6. Exercising with Varicose Veins- The Dos and Don’ts!

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    Tips from Professor Mark Whiteley Varicose veins are a hereditary condition, which will affect up to 30% of us in our lifetime. These veins are swollen and enlarged, and may be blue or dark purple in appearance – usually occurring on the legs and feet. For those who have inherited the ‘varicose vein genes’, having a sedentary lifestyle or being inactive for long periods of time may encourage these veins to develop. However, if you already have varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins”, inactivity causes them to worsen quicker and increases the risk of complications. This is because the muscles in our legs that normally pump the blood aren’t used very much when we are sitting down and, as a result, the blood pools backwards...
  7. What is Cholesterol? : Everything you need to know about cholesterol

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    Cholesterol is a substance made in the liver that’s vital to human life. You can also get cholesterol through foods. Plants cannot create this, so you can only find it in animal products like meat and dairy. With all the bad publicity cholesterol gets our experts have addressed the topic in time for National Cholesterol Month – to tell you everything from surprising facts, to ways you can maintain or achieve healthy cholesterol levels. Only 20% of Cholesterol comes from food The UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible For Women, Dr. Marilyn Glenville, explains why cholesterol isn’t always negative (www.marilynglenville.com), “your body needs cholesterol, that’s why it produces it.  Your liver actually produces 80% of the cholesterol in your body; only 20% comes...
  8. 5 Benefits of a Gym-Level Workout at Home

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    5 Benefits of a Gym-Level Workout at Home We all know how important health and fitness can be to a happy life. Regular exercise fights back against obesity, improves your memory, and even helps to prevent illness. As you get a little older, the more you build your muscles and strengthen your core, the easier it is to maintain your independence. The question is, how do you get fit when you don’t have the time, energy, or cash for a gym membership? The simple answer? Create your own gym experience at home. Here are just 5 reasons why you should ditch the membership and create your own at-home workout routine. It’s All About You First of all, if you’ve ever been a member of a particularly popular gym,...
  9. 5 ways to be more mindful when eating, taking inspiration from the Asian culture

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    Article by Amy Wright Mindfulness is no longer a mystical concept, with a range of apps, books and podcasts sharing top tips on how to be more mindful – which is essentially being present in the moment. So, how can we be more mindful when eating so we register what we’re eating, making us less likely to open that sharing bag of crisps? Integrative Nutrition Health Coach,  reveals how and why we should embrace the Asian culture in our quest to mindful eating: Mindful eating is a prominent part of Asian dining culture and a practice we can all incorporate into our own lives. Essentially, mindful eating is all about reducing stress, savouring the flavours of our food and enjoying healthy, balanced portions of...
  10. My experience of Nordic Walking – new activity over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   We have talked about Nordic Walking previously on Fab after Fifty, and the benefits it can bring healthwise. A couple of years ago I booked myself in for a Nordic Walking session locally. I love walking and being in the fresh air, so I thought it would be the ideal exercise for me, with the Nordic element adding the upper body element of a workout to my walks. In that particular session I could not get into the swing of Nordic Walking at all. Co-ordinating the pole action with my feet seemed like an impossible task. For some reason, although I knew that when you placed your right foot forward, that had to be coordinated with the left pole being placed...
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