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Jeunessima Friday Lifestyle Delights 4. Tips for busy Women over 40


Ines here. I've put together your weekly lifestyle delights again, things I’ve discovered, enjoyed, pondered, done … so you can enjoy life … at any age.

I’m (not) eating …

Okay, I am eating something but for quite a while already I am doing intermittent fasting … from Monday to Saturday. That means I’m not eating between about 8 pm in the evening and 12 pm the next day … And no, I’m not doing that for fat loss. My main reasons are having a sharper brain, preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer, and maybe, just maybe even prolonging my life a little bit (focusing on increasing my healthspan vs lifespan).
If you want to read a little research about that, go here.

When I’m eating …

I take time to chew my food. It turns out that our mother’s advice to chew our food well is good for our immune system. A study published in January shows that doing so, especially chewing harder rather than softer food, increases the level of T helper 17 (Th17) cells, creating just a little bit of inflammation that protects you from certain bacterial and fungal infections.

My preferred beauty tip …

One of the best tips that has proven again and again to make a huge difference in how we feel and how we are perceived by others is … SMILING. Just think about women (and men) who might be wrinkly, looking fatigued, … As soon as they break into a big beautiful smile, the world lights up around them. They look more beautiful and yes, studies also show that they instantly feel better … boosting not just their mood but also their immune system. Just try it!

I love to drink …

… champagne. It’s actually my daughter’s ‘fault’ that I appreciate champagne so much now. And reading about research that says that it’s healthy for us, including providing some bit of protection against cardiovascular and brain diseases and improving the memory (at least in rats :-O), gives me a great excuse to really enjoy this drink. And what better place to get great champagne (at reasonable prices) than here in France.

Quote I’m reflecting on …

Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement – Golda Meir

Do you have some comments, ideas, suggestions, requests? Which is your favorite thing above? What do you want more or less of? Send a tweet to @InesODonovan or leave me a message on Facebook. Put #lifestyledelights in so I can find it.

I am publishing a few of my newsletters here on our website … BUT … I do admit … I leave out a few of the juiciest information and tips and time-sensitive information and offers. I want this to be reserved for my most loyal ladies who really want to enjoy life to the fullest … and are willing to do something about it.

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Thanks for reading!

Have fun … stay young,

Ines O'Donovan, PhD
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