Welcome to another digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids Living On The Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
16 Lessons They Forgot To Teach You In School:
Or maybe you were absent on those days?
I liked school and learned some useful things.
Trouble is, formal education is structured to produce model employees.
And, because of government regulations, lack of funds and time constrains, students are pretty much on their own when it comes to learning life skills.
Speaking of life skills, A-Hem, just read an illuminating and fun article, about 16 useful things that aren’t taught in school.
- Be proactive. Not reactive
- Your attitude changes your reality
- Assume rapport
To see what batching is and learn what the other 12 insights are, click on the following blue link: 16 Lessons They Forgot To Teach You In School
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans:
Earlier this month, the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services released it’s 8th edition of their Dietary Guidelines For Americans.
Looks like they’re real proud of it:
“Today, we are delighted to announce the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
We know that a lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes.
The Dietary Guidelines provides a clear path for the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals and others who reach the public, to help Americans make healthy choices, informed by a thoughtful, critical, and transparent review of the scientific evidence on nutrition…”
The press release went on to say that the new guidelines was anchored by three main points:
- Eat for Health and for the Long Run
- Start with Small Changes
- Support Healthy Choices for Everyone
I may be wrong, but that doesn’t sound very scientific.
In fact, it sounds more like political speak, doesn’t it?
Yet, the announcement also stated:
“HHS and USDA share a responsibility to the American public to ensure that advancements in scientific understanding about the role of nutrition in health are incorporated into the Dietary Guidelines …”
Which got me thinking.
And, did some digging into the ‘who, what & how’ of the guideline’s production process.
Here’s what Disease Prevention Expert, David L. Katz, MD, had to say about the new dietary guidelines:
“…the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans are not, even by the admission of some of my friends at the very federal agencies responsible, really intended as the “best” advice about what all Americans should eat for good health.
Rather, they are what politicians think should be done with the best, expert advice in an effort to balance public health against corporate profits…
So, is the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans, worth the paper it was printed on? Or is it just another hack job promoting corporate interests?
The following blue link will take you to Dr. Katz’s article: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
And, the following blue link will take you to the official guidelines: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Why You Need To Forgive Yourself:
Many of us have come from a religious background that used guilt as a means of control.
Which, in many cases, set us up to become our own harshest critic.
When inexperienced, the division between ‘right and wrong’ is clearly defined.
Crossing one of our self-imposed behavior ideals, brings on guilt, and sometimes shame.
Naturally, in the course of living and learning, ‘ideal’ behavior is impossible.
We make mistakes.
Being rational beings, we usually grade our mistakes into levels of seriousness, as in. . .
‘It was their fault’, all the way to, ‘Oh God, I’m going to hell’.
Mostly we can blame our screw-ups on circumstances, or on someone else’s behavior.
Yet, if we get outta the house regularly, we’re likely to face situations where we do something that we feel is too morally reprehensible (in relation to our upbringing) that we can’t seem to forgive ourselves for doing.
And, that’s not healthy.
Not only that, we can’t truly forgive other people, until we forgive ourselves.
Most of us kids Living On The Far Side Of 55 have done enough living, to know this.
Yet, knowing and doing, aren’t one and the same.
To discover some ways to lighten up on yourself, click on the following blue link: Why You Need To Forgive Yourself
Sleep and The Wellness Of Human Beings:
I’ve always had problems with getting enough sleep.
Growing up, when I could get away with it, I lost sleep because I read to all hours of the night.
In college and before being drafted into the Army, I stayed up late partying, or something along those lines.
After Army service, PTSD wouldn’t let me sleep through the night.
Medication & lifestyle choices have helped my PTSD
Yet, I’m still a finicky sleeper.
This concerns me because we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly.
Which, btw, is much less sleep than is needed by the rest of the animal kingdom.
Speaking of which, the fabled B B C has published a very entertaining article comparing our sleeping needs, to the sleeping requirements of other primates with whom we share our planet with.
The article also mentions interesting lessons about human sleep evolution, our sleep patterns and requirements.
It probably won’t help you sleep any better, but it’s worth reading. Click on the following blue link: Sleep and The Wellness Of Human Beings
For an abbreviated version, click on the following blue link: Efficient Sleep
The New Breed Of Con Artists Preying On Older People:
As if losing our sexy figures and stunning good looks weren’t punishment enough for living so d*mn long, older people are prime targets for scammers and cons.
And, according to watchdog AARP , the cons are getting more sophisticated and include versions of the following:
- Cancer rip-offs
- IRS impostors
- Medical identity theft
- Chip cards
- Counterfeit apps
- Grieving Widow Scams
To see the latest rip-offs and how to defend yourself from them, click on the following blue link: The New Breed Of Con Artists Preying On Older People
30 Fun Facts In Pictures:
This item has little to do with anything related to ‘Living On The Far Side Of 55’.
Yet, some of the ‘fun facts’ made me smile.
Hope the same will happen for you…
Here’s a sample: “Betty White Really Is Older Than Sliced Bread”!
It’s A Fact:
Betty was born in 1922. The 1st loaf of sliced bread was sold on July 7, 1928. (Sold in Missouri by the Chillicothe Baking Company.)
You can get the check out the other 29 when you click on the following blue link: 30 Fun Facts In Pictures
Can’t explain why I like it, but here’s another goofy song that makes me smile:
Talk to you next time…
Until then, I’d love to hear your Living On The Far Side Of 55 story!