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Happy New YearFeatured

Lifestyle

Well here we are, it’s 2021.

My dear Fortynista site, how I’ve neglected you.

I apologize but I’ve held you dear in my heart all these years. Always hoping to get back to you but it just hadn’t happened but I feel this is the year.

Oh sure I tried a little bit last year but I was still releasing crap that has been holding me back in all areas of my life.

Now with the new year, a new 365 days ahead of me, ok, actually like 363 now, I feel ready to grow within this space.

This space, this wordpress space that has changed so much since I used it last. Geez, I hope that it doesn’t take me long to figure things out on here.

This is space I hope to start sharing my health journey. It’s been a few dark years for me and I am not the type of person to share whilst I am going through things. Well to be honest, the dark years ended in 2018 but I had to wait until I was truly clear out of the tunnel and on the other side before I could share. The time has come.

I am always a bit hesitant to say that I will do something online despite this being (up until now) a neglected space. I know that it helps with accountability but truly it is what’s within that helps us move forwards.

I truly believe that we all have the power inside of us to heal. We are all powerful beings but have lived so long within the confines of limiting beliefs that we have trusted others over trusting ourselves. It’s time to take back the reigns to our health, our intuition and expand into a higher way of being like we have never experienced before. It’s also important to do this with love for ourselves and having fun.

I hope that in this space over the course of this next year, I am able to provide guidance through my own learning and growth. Life is all about continued learning and growth. It’s important to keep moving forward.

How are you planning to keep moving forward this year?

P.S. I am so rusty at this but I’ve got to start somewhere.

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Something to Really Smile AboutFeatured

Lifestyle

In reality, the friend who always answers our calls, the barista who doubles as our therapist, and the co-worker who invited us out during our first crushingly lonely week in a new city can feel as much like our family as the clan we’re born into.

Balancing a composition involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything works together and fits together in a seamless whole. The individual parts contribute to their sum but don’t try to become the sum.

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Fire Power

Lifestyle

Do you have a word for your year 2021? Is it just me or does it seem that this practice has exploded this year? I think it’s great.

We did this a few years back and since the first few days of 2021 seem to be full of optimism I was feeling the vibe to bring it back. We discussed it as a family what our word/s for the year will be. Our Mantra for the year. A sort of affirmation that will guide and motivate us throughout the year.

As we discussed it, everyone had so many wonderful, crazy and silly ideas but the youngest (who is 6) said FIRE POWER and we all agreed. What was surprising to me was that everyone was onboard. For the first time, it wasn’t just something that Mom wanted to do. My kids are age 6, 8, and 10. They all have their own goals for the year which is really cute but I am here to honor that with them.

Fire Power. We all have a fire within, right? What do we need when we feel stuck? I envision our hearts burning bright with the flame growing big with each inhale we take. I don’t know. We will probably be coming up with all sorts of ways FIRE POWER relates to a situation throughout the year. The best thing is that we are doing it as a family.

I’ll let you know how this plays out throughout the year. My son has already used it to describe his farts, my husband used it whilst we were exercising which cracked me up. I think we are gonna have a lot of fun with these words this year.

Have you picked out a word or phrase for this year?

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The thing about Keto…

Health, Lifestyle

I have recently discovered something about Keto that changed my whole perspective. It was a good reminder to me that sometimes looking at something from a different angle makes all the difference.

So I have been following Keto for about a year now. Sure I lost a bit of weight initially but I am not at the weight I’d like to be or envisioned myself to be.

I know that weight loss is down to exercise and diet. We all know this. Last year I tore my left meniscus which put a damper on any exercise for most of the year. Now I am working my way back into finding a routine. As I get older, this is getting harder to do. Time flies so quickly. I feel like I just worked out last week and it turns out it was April. That is two months!!

So last year I decided to try it. People seem to lose 30 pounds a month and you can eat bacon, right?

It was great initially. I didn’t lose 30 pounds but I did feel better. This was due to cutting out sugar, carbs like pasta and bread. You know the usual low carb thing that we all do to lose weight.

I am not insane with Keto. You won’t find me counting Macros all year long – which is probably why I am not at the weight I’d like to be.

After listening to an episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy with Dr. Mark Hyman about the ketogenic diet, I had a few realizations that have led me on a little journey of self discovery.

I felt like I was failing at Keto yet I kept at it. In the podcast they talke about having low blood sugar, being able to easily skip a meal, the mental clarity all benefits of being fat adapted.

I haven’t had a low sugar hunger pang in a year. If I ever skipped a meal before, I would have shaky hands until I ate something (and usually it would be a bad choice as I was in the hanger zone).

Then I decided to experiment with how I feel if I skip a meal. Do you know that I easily fasted up to 24 hours. EASILY. I only ate at 24 hours because I felt physically weak but I still wasn’t feeling like “I”M STARVING!!!” Interesting.

I started on 24 hour fast, then tried again with a 48 hour fast – which wasn’t as easy as the 24 hour fast but it wasn’t the worst either.

I have been curious about the healing benefits of autophagy for some time now but never thought I could fast because my experience before was trying to fast from a glucose energy state – which is torture. It’s so hard to do it from that.

The experimenting continued.

I compare 3 days of eating with some carbs added in throughout the day (mostly a variety of breads with a meal and not a lot). I wanted to see how my body reacted and of course I was sleepy, low energy, bloated (OMG I forgot about that too) and I even started noticing eczema rear its head in various places on my body. By the 3rd morning I ate granola cereal. Not because it looked good and delicious but because I felt like I needed it. I had that “I’M STARVING” feeling. Haven’t had cereal in ages.

Back to Keto after that breakfast.

So here I was thinking I was failing at Keto but actually came to the following conclusion:

I was succeeding at Keto because my body was fat adapted – converting fat for energy. I don’t experience hunger pangs, I have more clarity, more energy and I don’t wake up each morning with a bloated belly. I can easily skip a mean without it affecting my daily performance.

Just because I don’t religiously count out Macros doesn’t mean I am doing it wrong. The story I was telling myself was that I was failing at it because I didn’t have a 30 lb weight loss success story or the lean fit body that I was telling myself everyone who does Keto has. Ridiculous, right? It’s amazing the stories we tell ourselves.

I have never been more convinced than now that Keto is a great long term lifestyle for me now in my 40’s and beyond. Perhaps that will change again in the future but for right now, this is the way forward.

I would encourage you to learn more about how your body reacts and get in tune with your body. This is the time to learn how to take better care of yourself to be the strongest and healthiest version of you.

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Are You Vitamin Deficient?

Health

Most vitamin deficiencies are unheard of in developed nations but as we grow older we become more vulnerable to deficiencies. How do you recognize if you are vitamin deficient?

As we get older we do not store, use, or recycle vitamins as well any more. Normally our bodies do not absorb more vitamins than they need. Any surplus of water soluble vitamins is secreted in our urine, and any surplus of fat soluble vitamins gets stored for later use. However, if we don’t eat enough vitamins our bodies then need to get them from somewhere. Fat soluble vitamins are easy, as we have plenty of stores of them, but water soluble vitamins run out fast. In these instances, we take vitamins and derivatives that have already been used for other purposes and reuse them, making them last as long as possible. But as we age our metabolisms become far less efficient, resulting in us losing more vitamins and storing and recycling less.

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We need to be aware of the symptoms of vitamin deficiencies. It isn’t enough to assume that we are eating enough vitamins, as we may not be absorbing them, recycling them, or we may simply need much more than before. Knowing the signs of vitamin deficiency and going for a blood test when we suspect a deficiency is the only sure way of telling if we are deficient.

Here are some to look out for:

Loss of eyesight.

It’s normal for our eyesight to degrade a little as we grow older, but if you experience a sudden decline in vision, especially if you never had eye troubles before, it may be a vitamin deficiency.

Vitamins A, E. 

Repeat infections.

Again, it is normal to get ill more frequently as we grow older. But if you find you are continually ill, that you get the same infections repeatedly, or that your illnesses are suddenly severe, it could be a deficiency.

Vitamins A, B5, B9, C, D.

Reduced bone density.

The main culprit for osteoporosis and brittle bones in old age is hormonal imbalances and mineral deficiencies. However, the right vitamins can lessen the severity of your symptoms.

Vitamins A, D.

Loss of color and strength in hair and skin.

Grey hair is normal as we age, but grey skin is not. If you find your hair is brittle and dry, and your skin is pale and sore, you could have a deficiency.

Vitamins A, B2, B3, B9, C, D.

Loss of cognitive functions.

Many assume that cognitive decline is an essential part of ageing, but in reality if you find your cognitive processes sharply down turning, a deficiency is likely.

B vitamin complexes, D, E.

Lethargy, weakness, and fatigue.

When you can’t summon the energy to move, moving feels difficult, and your limbs are heavy, you could be experiencing a severe deficiency.

B vitamin complexes, D. 

Depression and mood changes.

Mood changes are a normal part of being human, but if you experience persistent mood swings for no apparent reason, you could be suffering a deficiency.

B vitamin complexes, D.

Weight loss.

Too often we consider weight loss to be a plus, but unexplained weight loss is often a sign of medical concerns.

Vitamins B1, B5, B12.

Anemia.

Anemia can be hard to detect, but if you’re pale and bleed and bruise easily, you almost certainly have a vitamin deficiency.

Vitamins B2, B9, C, K.

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