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March 21, 2011 Is 40 Really The New 30? Get Fat and I’ll Leave Four Easy Ways to Grow Orchids In The Home

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Hi Readers, Women tend to gain weight after marriage but have you ever heard of that causing the union to end? Continue to flip through the pages to find out. Also, is 40 the new 30? We have health and beauty tips to help you achieve or maintain your youthful glow, plus more in this week issue.

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Is 40 Really the new 30?

That mythical fountain doesn’t exist, but you too can age gracefully, whether or not you have so-called “good genes” and pots of money. tologist if possible to determine your skin type and the right products to use for your face and body. Don’t go to sleep in your makeup and wear sunscreen as much as possible.

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e often hear phrases like “40 is the new 30” and “you’re as young as you feel” and sometimes dismiss them as the ramblings of an aging woman trying to make herself feel good. However, if we pay attention to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, we will realize that many of these women are in their 40s and even 50s but don’t look a day over 30. Stars such as Nia Long, J. Lo, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and the always flawless Iman seem to have found the fountain of youth. That mythical fountain doesn’t exist, but you too can age gracefully, whether or not you have so-called “good genes” and pots of money. Here’s how: • A healthy diet – Whether you’re currently in your 20s or 30s, it is important to start monitoring what you eat. Reduce your intake of sugars and processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables and lean proteins like chicken and fish, which contains omega oils that are great for your skin, heart and brain health. Increase your fibre intake as well. You should also speak to your doctor about supplements, where necessary.

• Wear figure-flattering clothes – You can get away with short skirts and tight jeans in your 20s and 30s, but as you get older, try to dress appropriately for your age. You can still rock the latest trends, but with some moderations. For example, if you’re in your 40s and over, avoid mini-skirts completely. Keep your hemlines around knee-length or pair short skirts and dresses with stockings and your usual killer heels. Also, buy good quality clothes that you can mix and match to vary your wardrobe. Iman has said, “The skin you take care of in your teens and 20s is the skin you will inherit in your 30s, 40s and beyond.” This can be applied to how you treat your overall health and wellness. Start practicing these good habits now and you will reap the rewards as you continue to age gracefully.

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• Regular exercise – To complement your healthy diet, you should get in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Whether you jog, walk, dance or do yoga, physical activities help you to regulate your body weight and improve your energy level, promote better sleep and combat certain chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. • Good skin care routine – Stick to a simple daily routine of wash, tone and moisturize for your face. Speak to a derma-

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Get Fat

and i’ll leave?

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know the headline has grabbed your attention and by now you are wondering how ridiculous and cruel this story will be. However, it is not so far-fetched as I came across a story some time ago entitled “Being Fat Ended My Marriage”, where a husband became so unhappy with his wife’s weight gain that their marriage deteriorated. But is weight gain a legitimate reason for a break-up or divorce? It is widely held that some sort of mutual physical attraction takes place before two people fall in love. Hence, if the basis of that attraction should change over the years, doesn’t it justify the end of the relationship? I am no psychiatrist, but I will play the Devil’s advocate and say it could, to a certain extent. We all are attracted to different physical attributes, be it short, tall, skinny, full-figured or fat and any major change to such appearances could be seen as unattractive and unappealing.

There is a serious implication of excessive weight gain for women, as their husbands become sexually turned off, which is usually a recipe for disaster. You might say this is irrelevant, as only a vain person would leave his/her partner for this reason when there are more serious issues many couples face such as trust, finances and caring for children. Also, consider the fact that it is almost never an issue when one partner loses weight. Generally, if a relationship ends due to weight gain, it is evident that there was a greater problem within the union. There is a serious implication of excessive weight gain for women, as their husbands become sexually turned off, which is usually a recipe for disaster. We all know that being overweight or obese is unhealthy, but so is being underweight or anorexic; yet, according to numerous psychological studies, a husband is more likely to work though that problem with his wife, whereas a woman is more likely to stay with her husband should he gain weight.

ties – particularly women – have a tendency to gain weight after marriage. One issue that arises is that women base too much of their happiness on their men’s approval, so as the husband becomes more preoccupied or begins distancing himself from her for whatever reason, she tends to turn to food, which only worsens the problem. Most men want their partners to retain the perfect body they met them with, but that is almost impossible after childbirth and the physical implications of aging. Maybe we have become too vain as a society. Isn’t love supposed to be about accepting the imperfect? Shouldn’t we get to a point where we love our partners beyond the physical? If this is not the case, perhaps we should just put a “No fat” clause in the prenuptial agreement so people know what is expected of them. advertisment

Nonetheless, how does one really cope with a partner who has gone from 135 pounds to 350 but refuses to address the issue? Chances are the root of the problem is not the weight gain but rather the underlying cause, such as depression, childbirth or even heredity. Psychologist Wendy Langford, who has studied many such cases, concluded that both par-

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FourEasyWays to Grow Orchid s in the Home

e love the beauty plants add to our homes, especially on the inside and the preferred plant for homemakers seems to be orchids. The orchid is an incredible symbol of beauty and elegance. Growing orchids can be a beneficial experience although several individuals consider the plants very challenging to grow and maintain. Orchids are not as tricky to grow as many think; however, they do require much attention and care.Thevarieties listed below are colourful will give your home that lovely spring feeling:

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Moth Orchids Some of the most common, least expensive and longest-blooming orchids available. The flowers appear in shades of white, pink, red, green, yellow, orange and purple.

How to Grow Them: Give moth orchids a spot in low, medium or bright light and water weekly or every other week. Feeding Moth orchids monthly with fertilizer promotes larger and more abundant blooms. The plants do best in temperatures from 50 to 75F. Here’s a Hint: A drop in temperatures helps encourage them to bloom.

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Dendrobium Orchids One of the most common type of orchid, offer longlasting blooms in a wonderful selection of colours from white to purple, pink and even green.

How to Grow Them: Favours a spot in medium to bright light. Fertilize monthly with a plant food formulated for orchids and water them weekly or every other week. They do best in temperatures from 50 to 70F.

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Here’s a Hint: Hundreds of dendrobiums are available; the most common types keep their foliage all year andbloom on new stems Jewel Orchid Has lovely purple foliage with pink stripes that attracts attention. It has small white blooms, which usually appears in late summer or autumn, anattractive accent to the leaves.

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How to Grow Them: Does best in low to medium light, which is the case with many other common orchids. Water only once every week or two. Feed it with an orchid fertilizer once a month. It does best in temperatures from 55 to 80F. Here’s a Hint: Give jewel orchids plenty of humidity to keep their gorgeous leaves from developing brown, crispy edges. Oncidium Orchids Occasionally called dancing lady orchids, oncidiumshave lots of small, colourful flowers in bunches of 50 or more. They commonly appear in shades of yellow, purple, red, pink and white, often with flamboyant, contrasting markings.

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How to Grow Them: Does best in medium to bright light. Feed them monthly in spring and summer with an orchid fertilizer and water weekly or every other week. They do best in temperatures from 50 to 75F. Here’s a Hint: Some oncidium orchids are wonderfully fragrant -- watch for them to add an even more delightful note to your indoor garden.

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