In some parts of the Islamic world, women are required to wear burqa’s. Now, this is not a political column so I am approaching this solely from a beauty angle. I believe they are the secret to everlasting youth. Give me a burqa and I will remain ageless forever. I mean, who really can tell how old you are — or if you need to lose a few inches on your hips and thighs — if you are covered from head to toe. Add a pair of wraparound sunglasses and you’ll take off another twenty years. (This sure beats my other suggestion – giving all your friends and business contacts a candle. Since everyone looks infinitely better in candlelight, you’ll finally be able to go out in the daylight!)
Well, being that a burqa is not part of my religious traditions, let’s just talk about the sunglasses. Truth be told, I would wear them morning and night if they didn’t so diminish my vision after dusk. My aim is not to look like an out-of-work actor, hoping to be recognized. Rather, it’s to hide the fact that I could probably use an eye lift —not to mention to actually be able to see since I need to always wear prescription glasses, sun or otherwise. But with endless choices available, how do you know which are the best to benefit both your eyes and your budget?
While status conscious fashionistas might spend hundreds to get the latest look from Tom Ford, Gucci or Prada, others buy expensive glasses simply because they are worried that cheaper shades might not give them adequate sun protection. So I asked Dr. Mirwat Sami, a Houston-based Board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, to shed some light on what to look for when selecting a pair of tinted spectacles — and why.
Dr. Sami explains that, “Excessive exposure to UV light from sand or pavement reflections can burn the eye’s surface. Think of it like sunburn on the skin, and as the damage accumulates over the years, you can do some real harm to your eyesight without even knowing or feeling it.” Indeed, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends quality sunglasses as a preventative, provided they screen out 99% to 100% of UV light. So the questions is, are designer sunglasses superior when it comes to providing eye protection?
The following are eight suggestions from Dr. Sami to help ensure that you are making the right choice from every angle. Continue reading
Because of my interest in habits, I read a lot of memoirs of addiction. I don’t tackle addiction in Better Than Before, but still, I find that I get a lot of insights from these accounts.
I recently finished an excellent new memoir, Sarah Hepola’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.
I was particularly interested to see how she used loopholes to justify her drinking.
When we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, for justifications that will excuse us from keeping this particular habit in this particular situation. However, if we catch ourselves in the act of loophole-seeking, we can perhaps reject them.
We’re so good at thinking of loopholes! I’ve identified ten categories, in fact, and Hepola uses several of them as she justifies her drinking to herself. Continue reading
My lifestyle is all about clean eating; enjoying fresh, whole and organic foods – not processed foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. It’s about eating what makes you feel good. It’s not about eating bowls of kale every day because you’ve heard it’s good for you. And it’s not about being skinny. That’s not what being healthy is about. Being healthy IS about balance and happiness. I don’t put a label on myself; I’m not vegan or vegetarian or paleo. I eat what my body wants and what feels good, obviously steering clear of processed foods and incorporating lots of healthy fats in every meal along with protein and fiber. I eat clean because of my chronic health story and because my body reacts severely if I accidentally eat foods that don’t agree with me such as gluten, dairy, sugar and soy. When I removed these foods and starting eating organic, I felt amazing. It’s incredible what happens and how your perspective on life changes when you go through such a traumatic health experience alone. Eating clean can be very simple and it can be done with just a few minor changes. Continue reading
Why putting yourself first is the best choice for everyone.
We all experience moments when we feel torn between doing what we desire, and doing what we think is in the best interest of another. Sometimes we forget that those that love us also want what is best for us, and the best thing we can do is set the tone by making self-care a priority. Here’s what I mean…
I found myself in an interesting position this morning. I planned on taking a yoga class this morning, which I love and feel is an important component of my self-care on all levels. But last night my boyfriend and I got into an intense discussion, which left me feeling worried for him, wanting to care for him and make it all better. When I woke-up I found myself torn between my desire to go to class, and a thought that I should stay in bed and make sure he felt cared for.
It’s not as though an extra-long cuddle was in any way unappealing to me, yet I projected my mind a couple hours ahead, and could feel a nagging sense of disappointment that I didn’t stick to my plan to go to class. And not because I wanted to adhere to the plan, but because I could feel how badly my body wanted a led yoga session. Yet I still felt torn…and guilty. Continue reading
Nutritionists first suggested avoiding foods with gluten when it started to become known that they were harmful to people with Celiac disease. Indeed, medical researchers discovered that when glutens are ingested, this serious autoimmune disorder, affecting the small intestine, causes the body to mount an immune response that can trigger such side effects as unexplained iron-deficiency anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression or anxiety and migraines, to name a few.
From that dietary acorn a giant oak of abstinence has grown. For some, it’s due to the fact that non-Celiac disease sufferers have milder but still unpleasant reactions to glutens. Call them gluten-sensitive, if you will. However, a greater and greater number of people also don’t eat anything containing gluten and it has nothing to do with a medical condition. They claim that by avoiding this latest “don’t-eat-du jour,” pain, skin rashes, acne, anxiety and depression, are said to magically disappear. And in their place is increased weight loss and energy, even happiness. Continue reading
Whether it’s the pressure of bathing suit season or all the beautiful tropical fruits out at the grocery store right now, we like to think of this as Smoothie Season! Strawberries, bananas and some ice cubes will get you there but why stop with the basics when the internet has so much more adventurous recipes to offer? Here are some of our favorite smoothies on the internet today! Continue reading
The term “FOMO” has become a real thing for my generation.
It’s been defined as the “fear of missing out”. I think it’s safe to say we can always assume there’s something we’re missing out on, we can’t be everywhere all the time, but never before have we had such a visual reminder of all those things. Social media makes it really easy to see just how green the grass is on the other side. Continue reading
The days roll by and sometimes you might wonder, “What did I do today? Did I get any closer to my goals and dreams?” Life gets busy and you get focused on what has to be done, not what you want to do. Your goals could be anything from finally losing those last 5 pounds to changing your career or moving to a new location.
Maybe every January you make the resolution that “this year will be THE year” but then before you know it, December rolls around and you are making the same resolution for next year. For many people, the rut just gets bigger and the opportunity to escape it seems less and less likely.
There are many very legitimate reasons why people get stuck in a rut. Life really is demanding at times. There can be health issues, family issues, and financial concerns, and sometimes the focus has to be on the emergency at hand, not on the dreams to come. But no one wants to feel unfulfilled and as if life is one big unrealized dream. What can you do, even in the midst of your daily life, to get unstuck and start to take those steps forward to the long-held dream?
Here are the five key steps to getting unstuck and moving toward where you want to go: Continue reading
From Further Secrets of Adulthood.
I feel this way often. I need to schedule time to be unscheduled, I need to force myself to wander, I have to reassure myself that staring into space is as useful as staring into my laptop.
I guess the idea isn’t so much “laziness” as ”leisureliness.” Continue reading
In preparing to write Living with Intent, Mallika Chopra sought the wisdom of friends and leaders who exemplified the embrace of their own journey toward their dreams. One of those people is Gretchen Rubin, author, wife and mom, who is known for her teaching on happiness and the habits that get you there.
Are you a night person trying to make early morning habits?
Are you trying to institute a million changes as once?
Is any of it helping?
We’re excited to share the interview with Mallika and Gretchen today: Continue reading