Aging, we all do it! Sooner or later, one way or another, that’s just a fact of life. In the East, the Golden years symbolize wisdom and respect, for each line and wrinkle, there’s a story to tell and an experience to share. As a child, I enjoyed listening to stories my Japo (grandmother) would tell me even though I now have no recollection of what they were all about. She spoke only Hakka (a Chinese dialect). I understood the language but spoke none, so the conversations were usually one-sided when we went for visits which were far from few, since we lived oceans apart.
My Japo had a kind face. I never saw her in anything other than her traditional black Hakka garment and “cool hat” (translated literally). She led a life of hardship mostly in the fields and farmlands in China, then World War II, and she had the lines on her face to prove it! Yet, I don’t know whether it’s the permanent smile she wore on her face or the kindness that beamed from her eyes, but to me she has always radiated beauty, strength, benevolence, and a gentle spirit.
This blog is not all about inner beauty
While it is true that beauty comes from within, we must be realistic, for inner beauty is simply not enough these days in a world of nip, tuck, Botox and beyond! Nowadays, the way we look is central to our self-esteem and for some, their jobs. The media has not helped either in portraying the true meaning and value of “Beauty”. After all, it’s big business and mega bucks! One can only choose wisely what we slather onto our bodies in the name of beauty!
I constantly wonder why it is that mature men are considered handsome and distinguished but when it comes to women of similar age, we just look OLD! I so don’t get it. I do get though, that growing old for some people, mostly women, may be a terrifying ordeal. We may think of old folks in nursing homes lined up in rocking chairs, hanging on to whatever memory, vision, or mobility they have left. Heck, just the idea of losing our sanity can be a most terrifying thought! But why not look to beautiful women for inspiration? (Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly comes to mind). These legendary beauties surely did not let their age send them into hiding.
I am not a fan of plastic surgery and harmful cosmetic procedures although I do think it has its place. What I do believe, is that it’s never too late to change our appearance through our diet and outlook on life. So, regardless of which stage in life you’re at, here are a few tips and suggestions to help you maximize your beauty potential :
Caroline Sutherland said it beautifully when she said …. “Aging is about reviewing our history, pampering ourselves, and maintaining what we have – as the years tick by, we want to look as good as we can while becoming proud legends.”
All dis-eases begin in the gut and digestive system which is often overlooked. Did you know that over 70% of our immunity is located in the GI tract? That’s right. From mouth to anus! Keep this very important organ system in check and you’ll be a happy camper! Other factors we tend to overlook are food and environmental allergies. Are you in denial? You might just be surprised to discover renewed energy and sense of well-being once the offending food is eliminated. Feeling great on the inside will definitely show on the outside! Consultation with your general practitioner and holistic nutritionist (a.k.a. me!) for a personalized nutritional and lifestyle assessment is highly recommended when addressing personal health issues.
Stay tuned for Part II …
Martine ~ holistic nutritionista