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Food: Facts or Fiction?
Posted:Feb 20, 2019 11:29 am
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2019 7:09 pm
When it comes to eating, we have all heard sayings about what you should or shouldn't eat. Turns out some of those 'wives tales' are actually based in fact. Here's a few that may sound familiar that were recently featured in Reader's Digest:

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Researchers from the University of Oxford estimate that if every adult over 50 ate an apple a day, it could prevent or delay approximately 8,500 vascular deaths from heart attacks and strokes every year in the U.K. Scientists at Cornell also found that eating apples—thanks to their healthy substances like flavonoids and antioxidants—could inhibit the development of breast cancer.

Eating Late Will Make You Gain Weight
Late-night eaters tend to weigh more and have a higher BMI than those who eat earlier in the day, but not because food somehow triples in calories after p.m. One issue is that is has more todo with the food choices late night snackers make. at night. For example, late-night eaters tend to binge-eat more frequently and consume more calories. Some researchers also theorize that eating at night can disrupt your circadian rhythms and your body’s ability to regulate blood levels, and yet still others have found that daytime eating better regulates the hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin, making you more likely to feel full at the end of the day and less likely to overindulge.

Going Outside Without A Coat Will Make You Sick
You need to be exposed to a germ to get sick, however, you may be more susceptible to that germ when you’re shivering. One study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that immune cells in your nose and upper airway may not function as well in cooler temperatures. Plus, viruses can become more virulent in the cold, because cold weather makes the outer membrane of the flu virus solidify, so the germ becomes more durable and easier to transmit. Once it enters your respiratory tract, the gel coating liquefies and the virus is ready to wreak havoc on your body.

Sitting Too Close To The TV Is Bad For Your Eyes
Actually, this is partially a myth: Sitting close to the TV seems to be relatively safe, research suggests, with the only potential risks being eye strain and fatigue. But staring at your smartphone—might cause some serious damage. Researchers from the University of Toledo found that the blue light from a smartphone or computer could harm the retina, as well as speed up blindness in patients with macular degeneration. Other scientists worry about children, in particular: One study found that who spent seven or more hours week using computers or playing mobile video games tripled their risk of developing nearsightedness (myopia), while another discovered that children who held their phones eight to inches from their eyes for prolonged periods of time were a greater risk for temporary convergent strabismus, aka going cross-eyed.

Heartburn During Pregnancy Means Your Will Be Born With A Full Head of Hair
A John Hopkins University study found that women who suffered from moderate to severe heartburn did indeed give birth to babies with luxurious locks. On the flip side, the babies whose mothers didn’t experience heartburn had little or no hair. The connection isn’t completely clear; the researchers theorize that extra- levels of estrogen and other pregnancy hormones may both encourage fetal hair growth and relax the sphincter the top of the esophagus, allowing acidic digestive fluids to back up and trigger heartburn symptoms.

Eating Cheese Before Bedtime Causes Strange Dreams
That was the surprising finding of a study from the British Cheese Board, which further revealed that different cheeses gave subjects different types of dreams. For example, 85 percent of the women who ate Stilton had crazy, vivid dreams, while 60 percent of participants who snacked on Red Leicester dreamed about their childhoods. This may have something to do with the tryptophan in milk, which encourages sleep and reduces stress levels. Men’s Health theorizes that people with some degree of lactose intolerance may suffer from sleep disruption and, as a result, bad dreams.

Carrots Are Good For Your Eyes
While carrots won’t improve your vision, research suggests that they can help maintain it. The reason is beta carotene, a carotenoid (or pigment) that the body converts to vitamin A. Your body uses vitamin A to build proteins for eye cells; if you have too little of it, you might even suffer from night blindness. Furthermore, a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that people who ate levels of carotenoids had a 40 percent lower risk of developing advanced macular degeneration, the most common cause of -related blindness. And for the record, it’s not just carrots: Sweet potatoes and orange peppers, as well as dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are also rich in carotenoids.

What are some of the food myths that you found are actually true?
Foods to Boost Your Sex Life
Posted:Feb 14, 2019 4:06 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2019 5:53 pm
Studies have shown that having sex more often is beneficial to your health. Eating vitamin and protein-rich foods also boost your libido. Here are what are considered to be some of the best food aphrodisiacs.

Dark Chocolate
Fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants should already be a part of your daily diet. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which have been linked to reducing signs of aging and the risk for cervical cancer, as well as enhancing sexual pleasure.

Brazil Nuts
These tasty nuts contain selenium, a nutrient that can cut the risk of prostate cancer in men. In addition, selenium stimulates the production of healthy ova and sperm.

This seafood is rich in zinc, which is known for increasing libido and the production of sperm cells. For men trying to have children, this is a great way to get in the mood and increase the chances of insemination.

This fibrous vegetable is one of the best ways to improve your sex life, as it can increase a woman’s sexual desire. It also contains androsterone, a hormone men release that appeals to women.

Vitamin C is known to help increase both libido and fertility. Kiwis are loaded with Vitamin C.

Leafy green vegetables, like spinach, contain lots of folic acid, which can help increase fertility and your libido.

High in an ingredient called allicin, garlic can help stimulate circulation and blood flow to sexual organs in both men and women.

Strawberries help increase sex drive in both men and women. When topped with dark chocolate, a libido-enhancer in itself, it becomes a delicious treat sure to get you and your partner in the mood.

Chili Peppers
These are considered natural aphrodisiac foods and a symbol of love. They stimulate endorphins (the brain’s feel-good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused.

With its phallic shape, bananas already look like a feel-good food, but these aphrodisiac foods also contain bromelain, an enzyme which triggers testosterone production, and the fruit’s potassium and vitamin B elevate energy levels.

What foods are your favourite aphrodisiacs?

A Kiss That Broke Her Rules #50
Posted:Feb 13, 2019 7:30 am
Last Updated:Feb 15, 2019 10:43 am
The rush of desire caught her by surprise. She should have been prepared. She had, after all, kissed him on one other occasion That time, he had been in charge, deciding what she needed and just how far things should be allowed to go.

Tonight was different. She was in control. She took fistfuls of his t-shirt in both hands and wrenched her mouth away from his. “Last time we stopped because you claimed you didn’t think I knew what I was doing,” she said. “Tonight you can’t use that excuse. Do you understand?” she asked him.

“It wasn’t an excuse,” he replied.

“It was as far as I’m concerned. So, one more thing you need to know…if you want to stop tonight, you are going to have to flat-out tell me you don’t want me, No more pretending you are trying to do what’s right for me. Got that?” she demanded.

He looked at her annoyed, “Damn woman. Do you always talk this much before you get into bed?” He didn’t wait for a response. He captured her mouth in a kiss that told her all she needed to know. This time he would not be calling a halt. Only she could stop this and he knew that was the last thing she wanted to do.

She wound her arms around his neck and opened her mouth to him. There was nothing practiced or deliberately seductive about the kiss because the simple truth was, that she had never kissed anyone else this way – with such excitement and need and anticipation.

This was a kiss that crossed all the lines that she had drawn for herself – a kiss that pushed back her personal boundaries in ways she had never imagined possible – it was a kiss that broke the rules.

His response lacked the artistry and finesse of a skilled lover. It was raw and told her more clearly than words ever could, that tonight was different for him, too. It was reason enough to break the rules.

They fumbled their way to the bed. By the time they had reached it, she was unnerved and shivering and taking in oxygen as though it were a rare and fleeting commodity.

He released her long enough to get out of his t-shirt, pants and briefs. When he turned back to face her, she sensed his subtle hesitation and knew that he was waiting for her to reaffirm her decision. It also dawned on her that she was not the only one in the room who was in unchartered territory. He needed to know that she still wanted him now that he stood naked before her.

She moved closer and once again stood on tiptoe to kiss him. His rigid erection pushed against her thigh. She reached down and took him gently in her hand.

He groaned and pulled her closer. She realized they were about to fall together onto the tumbled sheets. Panic flared for an instant. She opened her mouth to tell him that she had to be on top.

But there were no need for explanations. He landed flat on his back and steered her descent so that she landed on top of him, exactly where she wanted to be. He handled her as if she was the most valuable, amazing, exquisite creature that he had ever encountered.

She raised her head briefly to look down at him. “It’s all right. I won’t shatter,” she said.

“I know that. You are strong.” He wrapped one big hand around the back of her head and drew her mouth down to his. “But I sure as hell will shatter into a million little pieces if I screw this up.”

“But you are not screwing it up,” she whispered.

His free hand moved down her body to her thigh and then he was tugging the hem of her nightgown upward, crushing the soft fabric against her waist. His fingers sank into the curve of her buttocks and then he began to explore her even more intimately.

She took a quick, sharp breath when she felt his fingers on the inside of her leg. He went utterly still beneath her. When she opened her eyes partway, she saw that he was watching; her with an intensity that told her how hard he was working to maintain his control.

She kissed his throat and then his chest and she reached down and stroked him trying to tell him without words that she liked his touch. No, she craved his touch. She did not want any other man to touch her ever again….just him.

His hips moved against her, encouraging her to part her legs for him, When she did, he touched her more deeply still and her reaction stunned her. A great urgency tightened her insides.

“Yes,” she whispered. “Yes. Now.”

But he continued to stroke her like she was a fragile flower. He did not seem to realize that she needed more…so much more.

She pushed herself up so she could ride him astride. He groaned when she guided him slowly, carefully into her. His fingers griped her thighs. He watched her as though at that moment she was the only thing that mattered in his world.

He groaned. His jaw was rigid as the rest of him. He pushed upward, slowly, deliberately filling her, completely astonishing her.

He added one more element to the mix of sensations. He moved his thumb against her clitoris and with that she was lost. The waves of a release, unlike anything she had ever experienced, crashed through her and she was breathless.

He surged upward one last time. Going impossibly deep. His climax thundered through him. A low husky roar of satisfaction ripped through him.

She had caused his reaction. She realized she had fully and completely satisfied this man. And he had given her something even more. Tonight, for the first time, she had responded in a way that, until now, she had even believed possible – a way that felt real, normal.

All she had needed was the right man – and he was anything but normal.

When did you have a kiss ' that broke the rules'?

Posting this for symposium #50
Great Sex -When Is The Right Time?
Posted:Feb 8, 2019 8:47 am
Last Updated:Feb 12, 2019 9:56 am

If you feel like you and your partner have fallen into a rut with your sex life, your timing might be to blame. The most popular time for love-making also happens to be the worst time .

A study in ‘Frontiers in Psychology’ shows that the timing of men’s and women’s libidos are at polar opposites: Women feel the most desire in the evening, while men are most aroused in the morning. The study found that the average MF couple is most likely to have sex between 9 p.m. and midnight—in other words, bedtime. But experts say that pre-sleep sex isn’t necessarily ideal for a of reasons:
-Most people are exhausted and there’s a good chance they won’t have the energy for the most mind-blowing encounter.
-Night time sex can also over stimulate you.
- For others, sex is a tension reducer and relaxer and they have sex to help them fall asleep.

If you actually sleep together afterward, while you’re resting, your body is building up hormones, and you’ll wake up with more energy and perhaps creativity for satisfying sex.

Morning sex might not be ideal for couples with early or mismatched schedules, so get creative with your timing. Perhaps a mid-afternoon romp?

So – what timing works for you? Has it ever been an issue that you weren’t ‘in sync’ with your partner?

The Negotiation
Posted:Feb 7, 2019 4:08 am
Last Updated:Feb 11, 2019 1:45 pm
She walked through the doorway and stopped in front of him. She was so close, only inches away and he could feel the warmth of her body as her essence filled his nostrils.

“If I tell you that I want you to kiss me, will you?” she asked, looking up into his eyes.

“If you want to kiss me because you are desperate, I’ll take a rain check,” he responded.

“I don’t do rain checks. This is a take-it-or-leave-it offer. And for the record, I have wanted to kiss you long before today.”

“Oh stop it. You are just being emotional,” he requested.

She took a step backwards. “For the record, I am not being emotional. I know exactly what I am doing,” she fired back at him.

“Damn it. Don’t do this,” was his frustrated response.

“Forget it. If you don’t want to go to bed with me, just say so and I promise I will stop bothering you,” she called over her shoulder as she started to walk away.

“Wait! You don’t understand,” he called out to her.

She hesitated and turned around to look at him and said, “What exactly don’t I understand?”

“The future. I simply can’t offer you one.”

“What are you trying to say? Do you have some terrible illness?” she queried.

“No, it’s nothing like that. It’s ….complicated.”

“How complicated? Are you gay?” she asked in disbelief.


“Do you have a wife and kids stashed away somewhere that I don’t know about?” she asked.

“No. Of course not. It’s nothing like that. I have a lousy track record when it comes to relationships. They never last long and it’s always my fault. I don’t want any misunderstandings between us. I can’t make you any promises about a futue.”

“Ah.. So you have commitment issues,” she stated.

“Yes. Something like that,” he admitted.

She thought about it briefly and then nodded once. “Okay.”

“Okay? That’s all you have to say?”

“Yes. I am good with your issues if you are good with mine.”

“Your issues don’t begin to compare to mine,” he warned.

“Oh, so now we are comparing issues?” she accused him.

He stood there shaking his head incredulously. “This isn’t a conversation, it’s a damn negotiation,”

She raised her eyebrows. “Oh really?”

“So let’s get this straight. You would be okay being with me, knowing I have a lousy track record?”

“I will put my lousy track record up against yours anytime,” she said defiantly. “However, it must be monogamous for both of us, while we are involved together,” she stated.

“Agreed,” he immediately responded as he knew he couldn’t bear the thought of her with another man. “Anything else you want to negotiate?”

“Nothing comes to mind. Sounds like we have established the terms and conditions of a relationship.”

“So now what? Are you going to whip out a contract for me to sign?”

“What?” she angrily responded.

“Geez. Talk about taking the romance out of things.”

She hesitated for the briefest of moments. “You started it.” she accused. Her voice was harsh with indignation, anger and yes, maybe even pain.

“Me? You are the one who wanted to compare issues” he shot back. “I can’t believe you are trying to make this my fault.” He moved closer to her. “Damned if I will let you put all the blame on me for this fiasco.”

“First you accuse me of taking all the romance of our relationship and then you call it a fiasco. You are right! Whatever happens between us probably won’t last very long, not at the rate we are going, so I suggest we get started before it fizzles out completely."

She closed the short distance between them, clamped her hands around his shoulders, stood on her tiptoes and kissed him. It was a kiss fueled by the energy that had been charging the atmosphere between them for almost 3 months. It was fueled by frustration, anger and desire.

“To hell with our issues and the future,” he said against her mouth. ”All I care about right now is tonight.”

“Yes. Tonight works for me. It's a start,” was her response.

Would you get involved with someone who couldn't offer any kind of future with you?
It Was Just A Kiss
Posted:Feb 3, 2019 10:49 pm
Last Updated:Feb 9, 2019 2:56 am
He kissed her carefully, a first date kiss intended to invite and seduce. It was a kiss designed to reassure, a kiss meant to send the message that she was safe with him.

She had been through so much. The last thing she needed was a sexual encounter that she might regret in the morning. The last thing he wanted was to be the source of that regret.

Her response was cautious at first. That was OK...he expected that.

What he didn't expect was the way the simmering heat between them exploded with such intensity. Her lands became small claws on his shoulders. Her mouth was hot and wet. She shivered in his arms, gasped for air and pressed herself against him.

It took great effort on his part to tear his mouth free from hers.

"This is not a good idea," he mumbled.

At first, she didn't seem to hear him. Then she froze. He could literally feel the chill sweep through her.

She took a step back. folded her arms across herself tightly. He could not read her expression, there in the shadow - he couldn't tell if she was hurt or embarrassed - but either way, he was pretty sure he had screwed things up.

"You are right, this was a huge mistake. And it was my fault," she confessed.

"Don't start," he warned.

"I apologize for putting you into such an awkward situation.. You were trying to comfort me and I attempted to take advantage of your good intentions,"

"That is not what was happening here. This is crazy," he argued.

"You may of course, make your own decisions about the wisdom of getting into a personal relationship with me," she said.

"Oh really? Gee thanks for clearing that up for me," he countered.

"It was just a kiss. I was in the mood and apparently, so were you. It was your decision to end it and I guess I can respect that. But don't try to tell me you did it for my own good. Is that clear?"

"This is what I get of trying to be a gentleman?", he asked.

"No. This is what you get for pissing me off," she said.

"Out of morbid curiosity, do you get into arguments like this with a lot of your dates?"

"Nope. This is a first." She smiled at him victoriously. "And I must say, it did wonders for my mood. I feel a lot better now, than I did twenty minutes ago," she declared.

"That's a damn frightening thought!", he countered.

"Sort of cathartic, I guess," she replied.

"Yeah, well I am glad it was so good for you!". He turned and walked away, summoning all of his courage to resist slamming the door as he left.

What do you think about kissing 😘 on a first date?
Do you remember the first kiss you ever had ?

Cook Before You Eat
Posted:Jan 31, 2019 4:57 am
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2019 6:03 am
Everyone knows to avoid eating raw meat and eggs. But there are plenty of other foods that you definitely want to cook before eating. Some of these might surprise you.

This mealtime staple should never be eaten raw! Eating potatoes raw can cause bloating and undesirable gastrointestinal effects, because potatoes contain starches that are resistant to being digested. Cooking the potatoes successfully breaks down these starches. Even scarier, if raw potatoes spend a long time in a warm or damp area, they can turn green and develop a toxin called solanine. If a potato appears to have green spots on it, you should avoid eating it altogether, because the solanine could cause food poisoning. I always thought you could just cut around the green spot.

This root vegetable, a staple of South American cuisine, is packed with vitamins and minerals. But it’s also hiding a sneaky, potentially lethal ingredient. The leaves and roots of raw yucca contain cyanogenic glycosides, chemicals that release cyanide when eaten. Yucca is still edible, but make sure you wash it thoroughly, rinse it, peel it, and cook it before consumption. Have never eater this.

Kidney Beans
This normally healthy food that can be dangerous if eaten the wrong way. Red kidney beans are packed with protein, fibre, and antioxidants, but eating them raw can wreak havoc on your stomach. Uncooked kidney beans contain the toxin phytohemagglutinin, which can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal discomfort and symptoms similar to food poisoning. Make you boil kidney beans for at least ten minutes before eating them. I used to pick these out of home-made chili.

Hot Dogs
Hot dogs aren’t the most nutritious food as it is, but eating them raw can be downright dangerous. It’s a common misconception that, since they’re pre-cooked, hot dogs can be eaten right out of the package like lunch meat. This isn’t the case at all. According to the FDA, packaged hot dogs can become contaminated with the bacteria Listeria, which can only be killed by reheating the dogs. Will never do that again!

In recent , the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified raw flour as a potential health hazard. During its journey from wheat stalk to supermarket shelf, flour may have come into contact with pathogens such as E. coli, which can only be banished by cooking whatever the flour is in. May have eaten some raw cookie dough when I was a kid.

Alfalfa and radish sprouts can contain pesky harmful bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. Sprouts are grown in warm, moist conditions where these bacteria thrive. Because of this, you should aim to buy your sprouts as fresh as possible; consider buying them locally or from a farmers’ market. And, of course, wash them and cook them. I only eat them cooked.

Raw eggplant contains solanine, the same toxin that makes raw potatoes problematic. “Young eggplants” in particular, or eggplants that were harvested early in their plant lives, contain the most of this toxin. You would have to eat a whole lot of raw eggplant to experience the unpleasant gastrointestinal effects of solanine poisoning, but you might want to go ahead and cook your eggplant anyway. Plus, some people may have allergic reactions to even small amounts of raw eggplant. Maybe that's why you never see it in salads?

Rhubarb Leaves
These leaves contain a high level of oxalic acid—a toxin that in high doses can cause kidney damage, various stomach problems, and even death, in rare occasions, according to Hampshire College. This “anti-nutrient” interferes with iron, magnesium, and calcium too, the Independent reports. A lethal dose of this toxin would be hard to consume naturally, but it’s mostly people with kidney issues that should be concerned with avoiding these leaves, per Healthline. Fortunately, never tried eating these.

Have you eaten any of these raw? Will you re-think doing so?

@ Readers Digest
Getting What She Wanted
Posted:Jan 22, 2019 7:01 pm
Last Updated:Feb 4, 2019 3:56 am
The fist thing he did when he came in the house was to check the locks on the doors and windows. She watched him curiously, without asking any questions.

When he was satisfied everything was secure, he returned to the living room and found her sitting cross-legged on the floor, with a half-glass of white wine on the carpet beside her. He didn't recognize the music playing but it had a new-age serenity. The overhead lights were dimmed and she had lit a fire in the wood fireplace where the logs crackled and smoked.

He sat down beside her. The heat between them was unmistakable.

She sipped her wine but her gaze never left him. The firelight made her green eyes twinkle. She removed her glasses and put them aside. There was no mistaking the intent of her movements. She'd already admitted that she wanted him. He wanted her too but not in the same way. Tonight, with his brain fogged by alcohol he didn't care. And if she was honest, she didn't either.

"I didn't even know that the fireplace worked," he said stalling.

"You have never lit one? There was wood in the garage," she said.

"By the way, I also checked out the bed in the master bedroom. It's very soft and rather enormous."

They didn't to say anything else. He took a long, slow look down her body; from the smoothness of her make-up free face to the grey, silk blouse with two buttons undone, to the tight, black, denim jeans that hugged her curves.

She patiently waited for him to start. She knew that he would be the first to move.

As he slid a hand behind her neck, pulling her to him, she leaned into the kiss. Her lips were, soft, warm and wet. Her fingers worked gracefully on each button of his shirt.

He laid her back on the carpet and slid his body on top of hers, propping himself up on his forearms. They kissed again, and struggled piece by piece to get out of their clothes.

As her blouse opened, he parted the silken material and saw the scar just above her lacy bra.

She watched his eyes go to it and said, "Touch it. Please."

His thumb carefully caressed the smooth gash.

"Kiss it. You won't hurt me."

He leaned down, his warm mouth and soft tongue found it.

"Oh my God," she murmured.

Then they weren't tender anymore. They were rough with each other as it they both had something to prove. They never made it upstairs to the huge, soft bed. They stayed in front of the hot fire until every inch of their skin was damp with sweat and passion.

Sometime in the middle of the night, he woke up alone. The fire had died out and wind was blowing down from the chimney. He stood up and saw their clothes strewn everywhere. He found his boxer-briefs and tugged them on.

He crept upstairs and paused at the door to the master bedroom. He could see her stretched out on top of the comforter, lying on her side, her auburn curls fanned around her face. He stared at her and thought of their earlier lovemaking. The expressions on her face, the warmth of her fingers, the softness of her lips, the strength of her legs wrapped around him.

He turned away to let her sleep, but he heard her throaty whisper, "Don't leave. I am awake."

He came and sat down beside her. She rolled onto her back and opened her eyes to watch him looking at her. They stared at each other in the darkness a long time before either of them spoke.

Finally, she said, "I guess I got what I wanted."

"Why was that so important?" he asked her.

She sat up in bed, slid behind him, her bare legs on either side of his hips, her fingers massaging the muscles of his neck.

" I am selfish and curious. I needed to know what it was like to be with you."

"And what did you discover?"

"I have been with enough men to know when someone isn't fulfilled by being with me. No need to apologize. If you were using me simply because I was here, that's OK. I was using you too."

"Then I guess we both got what we wanted, didn't we?"

He was angry with her and with himself because she was right.

She looked into his eyes and smiled that knowing smile of hers, as if she could see right through him.

'You want to do it again, don't you?" she said, pulling him closer, kissing his neck.

She was right about that too.

Setting and Keeping Goals
Posted:Jan 18, 2019 7:46 pm
Last Updated:Feb 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Why are some goals so hard to keep? And why do we keep setting the same goals - again and again - even after we fail?

According to psychologist Dr. Janet Polivy, several new studies show that the human brain is “hard-wired” to be optimistic- which drives us to challenge ourselves, and believe that we can achieve new things. But Dr. Polivy says there are times when our optimism can get the best of us, and sabotage our chances of success because we tend to set unrealistically high expectations for ourselves. This helps explain why millions of us set resolutions each year but only 1-in-10 of us succeed.

Do you set personal goals or make resolutions? How well do achieve or keep them?

Why You Should Take a Naked Selfie Every Month
Posted:Jan 9, 2019 8:50 am
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2019 4:06 am
Gotcha! This is not about what you may think. It's about making New Year's resolutions that you could help you to live longer.

Take A Naked Selfie Every Month
Melanoma kills more than 9,000 people each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and one great way to lower your risk is to do a monthly self-check for new moles or moles that change in appearance. This is why a monthly selfie is essential. Who can remember from month to month if a mole changed in appearance or if the lesion you noticed last month grew or disappeared? This is something that I subscribe to.

Become A Pet Owner
A study showed dog owners had a 15 per cent lower risk of death caused by cardiovascular disease than non-dog owners. (The research took place over an 11-year period with Swedes aged 40 to 80 with no history of cardiovascular disease.). I a dog owner and guaranteed to get out walking her at least 2 x per day. It's also a very social activity as she is super friendly and wants to meet everyone.

Make Friends
Resolve to make more friends this year. And no, that doesn't more FB friends, IG connections, or even Meelp 'friends', but in-person, authentic relationships. Scientists asked super-agers (people in their 80s with the mental agility of a 50- to 60-year-) and non-superagers (average-for-age) to complete a questionnaire about their psychological well-being. The compelling difference between the two groups is that the super-agers had higher levels of positive social relationships than the non-superagers. I volunteer with Seniors and have seen first-hand the difference between those who get out and about versus those who are housebound and isolated.

Have A Little Faith
What does 115-year- Kane Tanaka attribute her longevity to? It’s her faith in God. And a study published in PLOS one reveals she may be onto something. Study authors point to the effects that church attendance has on mortality. For example, things like compassion, respect, charity, humility, meditation, and inter-connectedness with others are all benefits attributed to having religious practices.A highly personal choice and can also vary depending on the age demographic of the religious institution

Punch Out On Time
The American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that there’s a whopping 40 per cent increased risk of coronary heart disease among those who work 50 hours or more each week. Another study revealed workers who logged in more than 60 a week for 30 tripled their risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.The baby boomers certainly can attest to this.

Make An Appointment For This Test
If you’re turning 50 this year and haven’t had a colon screening, you should put it on your list. Fecal testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy are three screenings that contributed to a 52 per cent drop in deaths from colon cancer. A study published in the Gastroenterology Journal kept tabs on Kaiser Permanente’s massive outreach that began in 2006 to get their patients screened for colon cancer. Overall, Kaiser Permanente patients are now 28 per cent less likely to die from colon cancer than patients nationwide. I can personally attest to the benefits of this type of screening

Start Drinking Green Tea
More than 40,000 Japanese adults aged 40 to 79 were followed for 11 to investigate the association between drinking green tea and mortality associated with heart disease and stroke. The results, published in JAMA, revealed people who drank five cups or more daily were less likely to die from heart disease and stroke during the study. In fact, for heart disease, 31 per cent of women and 22 per cent of men were less likely to die from heart disease and 42 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men from a stroke. You should check to make sure there are no interactions with any medications you may be taking. I was surprised that I am not to drink it, so I enjoy other types.

Make A Playdate
Researchers found an interesting correlation between social sports and longevity. A study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings showed that team sports added to your life. About 8,500 adults were followed for up to 25 and asked to name their primary form of exercise. The answers pointed to social sports as improving life expectancy. Playing tennis netted 9.7 , badminton served up an additional 6.2 , and soccer scored an extra 4.7 .Walking and hiking are great exercises but are often done individually

If You Have An Immediate Relative With Diabetes, Do This
Diabetes can sneak up on you and, if left uncontrolled, contributes to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. If you have an immediate relative with diabetes, the AMA recommends testing, which is usually a simple fasting glucose test of your blood sugars. Regardless of an immediate relative with diabetes, if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, polycystic ovary syndrome, or physical inactivity, resolve to get your blood sugars tested. This should be part of you annual blood screening as things can change.

Start Flossing
Brushing just isn’t enough. Any food particles that get missed can sit there, day after day, rotting in in your teeth and gums. That bacteria inflame your gums, which can pull away from the tooth causing pockets and more places for leftover food to hang out. Besides potential tooth and bone loss, your heart will the price as the bacteria find their way to your arteries causing plaque, more inflammation which causes arteries to narrow. Daily flossing can add 6.4 yrs to your life. Take care of your teeth and your body will thank you.

Together At Last
Posted:Jan 5, 2019 4:53 pm
Last Updated:Jan 24, 2019 4:51 am
‘You going to say something here?”. He was voice was wary. “You know, that’s how a conversation usually goes. I say something and then you say something.”

“No,” she said and she didn’t. Instead, she did what she had been dying to do. She took a step forward, went up on her toes, wrapped her arms around his neck, closed her eyes and kissed him. The electricity between them was undeniable.

For a moment, he didn’t move, while her tongue slid between his lips and she pressed herself with abandon against every hard, muscular inch of him. His mouth was hot and tasted faintly of coffee. He drew a deep shuddering breath and kissed her back. Wrapping his arms around her waist, he pulled her even tighter against him and kissed her with a hunger that made her dizzy. The kiss itself was so exciting that she trembled. His body was bigger than hers, far more muscular, unmistakably masculine.

“I want you so much,” she whispered.

His eyes blazed into hers. Then, unexpectedly that quick grin of his appeared and just as quickly was gone. “I think that’s my line,” he said and kissed her again while she clung to him with the pent-up desire of a thousand daydreams.

Her heard spun, her heart pounded and her legs trembled. She rocked against him, sliding her fingers into his newly-long hair, kissing him as if she would die if she didn’t, wanting to make him as hot as he making her.

His hand found her breast through her bustier. The pleasure of it made her knees buckle under her. Her nipple heated and swelled under his caress. His mouth left hers to trail, hot wet kisses along her jawline.

“Please make love to me,” she implored.

When he kissed her, his mouth was hard and hot. He was still kissing her as he picked her up easily, swinging her clear off her feet. He turned, took two strides to reach the bed. ”I have been thinking about this for so damned long,” His suddenly hoarse voice sounded nothing at all like his usual drawl as he laid her down gently.

She remembered how she had hated him not more than ten minutes before. But of course she never really hated him. She had wanted him for as long as she could remember.

He lifted himself up to pull his t-shirt over his head and tossed it aside. He looked down at her, taking in every inch of her bronzed body, “Sexy,” he said as he started unfastening his jeans.

“Hurry up,” she encouraged him. She arched her back a little and reached out to stroke his hard-muscled thigh.

“Two seconds and you’re mine,” he said as he finished stripping with swift, efficient movements, ridding himself of his jeans and boxer-briefs.

She let her eyes take all of him in. She saw that his torso was wide through the chest and narrow through the waist and hips. He had tight, toned abs and long, powerful-looking legs. He didn’t have a lot of body hair but what he did have was dark and formed a wedge in the middle of his chest before arrowing down to….she followed that trail with her eyes and caught her breath.

He came down on the bed beside her and kissed her again. His hands touching her everywhere.

While kissing him, she ran her hands along the width of his shoulders and down his back, loving the damp heat of his skin and the flexing strength of his muscles.

His hot, wet mouth found her breasts, suckling one nipple at a time. His thigh slid between her legs, parting them, rocking up against that part of her that ached and burned and wept for him. She gasped against his lips. His hand stroking her, caressing her and finally delving inside her velvety folds. She lost all conscious thought as she moaned and moved and dug her nails into his back.

His fingers moved within her, sliding in and out, like a slow-handed expert who knew his way around a woman’s body. She arched against his hand as her body pulsed with tremors.

“Easy baby,” he murmured as his lips left hers to trail hot , kisses down her neck, over the dark-tipped globes of both breasts and along the centre of her rib cage.

She was breathing in fast little pants, her pulse racing like she’ d been running for miles as his fingers continued to work their magic on her.

His mouth inched its way down between her legs, crawling with exquisite slowness over the satiny mound with its tiny strip of fur, making her squirm and lift her hips off the mattress and grab fistfuls of sheet.

Finally his hands were beneath her, cupping her bottom and holding her still for him, licking and kissing where she most wanted him to as she cried out again and again.

“You taste like strawberries,” he said in a low voice. “I have been wondering forever how you taste.”

He lifted himself up and over her, wrapping his arms tightly around her. She could taste herself on his lips and with no warning, he thrust inside her. It was so unbelievably good, just what her body ached for – even the sudden fierceness of it was just what she had been craving. She wrapped her legs around his waist and cried out again and again as she came in deep, shattering waves. With a final groan, he plunged himself deep into her and held himself there until he found his own release.

For several long moments, they lay there together. This, she realized, was exactly what she had been wanting for far too long.

Wanting Him
Posted:Jan 4, 2019 1:49 pm
Last Updated:Jan 7, 2019 6:18 pm
The electricity generated by that soft, almost tender kiss was so strong it practically ignited the air. She froze for an instant, absorbing it's intensity. He kissed her again, his lips teasing her mouth, barely there, yet nonetheless, managing to make her heart flutter, and her loins clench.

She knew she shouldn't want this, shouldn't want him. But she did.

He let go of her wrist at last, sliding his hands along her palms to clasp hers, keeping her trapped beneath him while still planting those soft, little kisses on her mouth, She didn't turn her face away, didn't resist or reject him - she didn't want to, even though she knew she should. Instead, her fingers intertwined with his and her body arched up under his while she closed her eyes.

Her heart beat in slow, tremulous beats. Her body tightened with quivering anticipation. But she still tried to keep her head, to keep some kind of control, reminding herself that she was caught up in some kind of nefarious game that she didn't understand and but that he was part of too. And he was probably dangerous and she certainly didn't trust him and ….

It didn't matter.

He let her take the lead then, let her kiss him and she pressed her lips to his. Plying his lips with hers, her pulse accelerating until she could hear it drumming in her ears; her heart pounded fast and strong.

HIs lips were dry ad warm and firm. She had wanted to kiss them for so long that now that it was finally happening, she couldn't seem to get enough of the feel of them against hers.

'I have wanted him forever', she reminded herself.

She pressed her soft, full breasts against his chest and slowly licked his lips, letting go of everything, except for the way she felt about him. His mouth was hot, wet and exciting and she couldn't get enough of it, until he
broke the spell.

"No!' He was voice low and husky. "This is a mistake', he grumbled.

She opened her eyes and saw that his mouth had gone all grim and his jaw was taut, his eyes were narrowed and glaring down at her.

There was no doubt that he wanted her. His body was aroused. She could feel the physical evidence of it against her. Every muscle in his body felt rigid. But he was holding himself perfectly still as if engaged in some kind of inner battle that she could only guess at.

"Let me go then," she said, her words taunting him.

"You make it sound so easy," he mumbled.

Before she could react, his mouth was on hers again. He pushed a thigh between hers. He knew what he was doing. He knew how to tease her, how to thrill her and how to ignite her to her soul.

Time felt suspended. They were ready to give themselves completely over to one another.

Suddenly, he stopped, pushed himself up off of her.

"I told you this was wrong" he snarled at her as he turned around and walked away from her, never looking back.


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