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Fashion Flash Monday Explores Exercise Over 40

Posted on July 29, 2013

This week Fashion Flash, hosting by the FAB Deb Chase from is targeting anti-aging  exercise over 40.  From fashion choices Fashion Flash logo to figure busting moves ,  our experts  will motivate you to get moving for health and beauty:

* Jodell of Black Cat Plus helps  you exercise in style with on trend plus size work-out clothes

* There is still enough summer left to fit into that bathing suit beautifully. Jackie from Aging Backwards shares one of the best workout routines for a rapid shape-up.

* Can exercise reduce your risk of breast cancer?  About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  New research shows that aerbic exercise seems to change how our bodies break down estrogen.  LIFE SAVING information, a must read from Staness on Menopause Makeover.

* Are you working out in the same old baggy t-shirt and sweat pants?  Updating workout clothes can make exercsing more fun and more effective.  Style expert Deb Boland of Fabulous Afer 40 shares  tips to apply when you are updating your work-out wardrobe.

*Finding the proper fitness shoes  for your workout is key to sticking with it.  Kari of Fab Over Fortytells us what her must-have shoes for her flat feet.

* Dressed and motivated? Now  try this video from Moving Free With Mirabai.

* Barbra of The Best of Everything Over 50 wants  all women to be strong, lean and fit… for the rest of our lives. One of the best ways to get there is…drun roll please…this basic exercise.  And don’t miss Barbara hosting the AARP YouTube Chanel.

Anti-Aging Exercise in 20 Years Younger by Bob Greene

Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist  and certified  personal trainer– whose most Atni-aging Exercisefamous client is  Oprah Winfrey.  His latest book, 20 Years Younger, is the perfect  choice for  this week’s focus on exercise.   Author Greene offers an anti-aging plan that starts with exercise and expands to nutrition, stress reduction  and skin care.

The book begins with by sharing studies that highlight  the wide range of exercise related benefits including improved mood, increase in brain volume, stress reduction, stronger muscle and bone, reduced risk of heart disease, increased immunity,  reduced inflammation and of course everyones favorite,  weight control.

His anti-aging exercise plan is ambitious.  Part 1 hits all areas of fitness that affects aging– flexibility, strength, stabilization, agility, balance, and cardiovascular endurance.   Part 2  allows you to follow s much of the program as feels comfortable.  Part 3  integrates  what Greene calls  lifetime sports  into  daily life and  to make exercise fun and social.  Nice touch. He has a small collection of recipes that  look tsty, but not the sort of thing you  would cook everyday.  For recipes, my current favorite is still Small Changes by Teri Gans, but the two  books complement ech other.

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Does Eating Wheat Lead to Weight Gain?

Is wheat the bad guy?

It seems everyone is eliminating wheat from their diet.  Some fear wheat is contributing to weight gain, and many are following the lead of popular celebrities and books.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital published a great article on WHEAT FACTS below.  Also learn more about general guidelines and a wheat allergy diet.  Important info ladies.

By Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Wheat-free diets are endorsed by some celebrities and the focus of some dietary books; the premise being that wiping out wheat will whittle away unwanted pounds. No one food group, however, is the culprit for excess weight gain or the panacea for weight loss.

In fact, eating whole-wheat items assists one in consuming whole grains and getting much needed fiber and a variety of key nutrients. What you need to watch out for is the type of wheat foods you’re eating as it is found in many foods that also are packed with calories and low in nutrients. Think baked goods, white bread, low-fiber/sugary cereals to name a few. Less of these foods will generally trim calories and ultimately lead to weight loss, providing one doesn’t add excess calories from other sources. For some individuals such as those with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance, limiting wheat is essential. For others, there’s no need to delete wheat unless you desire. Here are some suggestions for eating wheat in a healthy way:

  • Start your day with a cold cereal – look for whole wheat as the first ingredient.
  • Try whole-wheat varieties of pancakes and waffles topped with fruit.
  • Use whole-wheat pitas, breads or deli-flats when making sandwiches.
  • Switch to whole-wheat pastas. Or as an introduction, mix some whole wheat into your regular pasta.
  • Try whole-wheat couscous.
  • Substitute half whole-wheat flour for recipes calling for flour.
  • Top whole-wheat crackers with hummus, low-fat cheese, or nut butters.
  • Wrap a whole-wheat tortilla around peanut butter and banana or eggs and salsa.

These whole wheat versions will be more likely to keep you fuller longer, a helpful aid in keeping calories in check. Consider preparing this healthy and delicious recipe that features whole wheat couscous: Greek Couscous Salad with Walnuts.

Are You Allergic to Wheat?

If you are allergic to the protein found in wheat, it’s important to read food labels and learn more about wheat substitutes. Learn more about general guidelines and a wheat allergy diet.

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Fashion Flash

Deborah Boland from FabulousAfter40 is hosting Fashion Flash, a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from 8 of the best Fashion Flashfashion and beauty bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are chatting are about this week:

Deb of No-Nonseense Beauty Blog tries out the power of sun protective pants.
What’s old is new again! Jackie Silver from has discovered beauty and skin care products based on ancient secrets. aging backwards logo
If you’re not using cream makeup products and you are over 40, you NEED to try them. Cindy from Prime Beauty can help you get started with her Top 10 list of very forgiving cream blushes! Prime Beauty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author, columnist, and AARP YouTube Channel host, thinks most women just shouldn’t wear cropped pants…unless they’re the right ones! Click here for a quick look at the best options for women of any age! The Best of Everything After 50
Should you eat before exercise or not? Tips and food suggestions from Menopause-Makeover
Recent Notre Dame study reveals “fat talk” about your body does not make you popular with other women.
Try this beginner leg workout video when it gets too hot to exercise outdoors by Moving Free With Mirabai. Moving-Foward-With-Mirabai_Hollender
It’s the once a year Anniversary Sale atNordstrom. Fab Over Forty shares her favorite beauty buys that are quite the beauty deals!
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And ladies, if you haven’t already signed up for your chance to win two (2) tops of your choice from Susan Graver, QVC’s in-house designer this month, go take care of that now by clicking here.

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Latest Hormone Therapy Study

The Menopause Makeover
By Staness Jonekos

A respected colleague, David Katz MD, MPH, Director Yale Prevention Research Center, with founder of the Yale Menopause Program, Dr. Philip Sarrel, just released the results of their latest study on hormone therapy.

Could estrogen have saved lives?

Dr. Katz wrote an insightful article starting that nearly 50,000 women may have died prematurely after they stopped taking hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms following the much-publicized 2002 study that revealed the treatment increased the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

This study validates what many experts and organizations, including The Menopause Makeover co-author Dr. Wendy Klein, have been saying for years … that hormone therapy is an acceptable option for the relatively young (up to age 59 or within 10 years of menopause) and healthy women who are bothered by moderate to severe menopausal symptoms.  Individualization is key in the decision to use hormone therapy.  Consideration should be given to the woman’s quality of life as well as her personal risk factors such as age, time since menopause, and her risk of blood clots, heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.

Lethal Placebo

By David L. Katz, MD, MPH

Everyone seems to love a riveting conspiracy theory- except, of course, the victims of it. We enjoy the gathering momentum of our collective outrage, and casting our passionate aspersions at some malefactor in the military industrial complex. In my world, that malefactor is often Big Pharma. Everyone loves to hate the harms that drugs do and the profits they generate along the way. Denigrating Big Pharma is a cultural pastime, and rollicking good fun.

And in the larger context of health care, it even makes sense. The prime directive of medicine, after all, is primum non nocere. Medicine becomes a legitimate target for scorn when it is a purveyor of net harm.

But what truly matters here is not the means, but the ends- the harm itself. What matters is life lost from years, and in the more extreme cases, years lost from life. And I have just such a tale to tell, but the means are peculiar. It’s not the drug that’s killing people- it’s the placebo.

My Yale colleague, Dr. Phil Sarrel, has devoted his career in large measure to a detailed knowledge of the overall health effects, and in particular the vascular effects, of ovarian hormones. Ovarian hormones- estrogen and its metabolites, and progesterone – profoundly influence a woman’s health from menarche to menopause, and then influence a woman’s health some more by disappearing.

Dr. Sarrel was in the vanguard of those who saw serious problems with the large, randomized clinical trials, published just at the turn of the millennium, that refuted our prior faith in the disease-preventing potential of hormone replacement therapy. The HERS trial, and the massive and massively influential Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), purportedly showed that we had been wrong about the advantages of hormone replacement, and that the practice resulted in net harm.

Even I was among those who noticed right away that the net harm was very, very slight- and grossly exaggerated in media headlines. But Dr. Sarrel was among those with the expertise to induce bigger worries.

Both trials had used the exact same form of hormone replacement, so-called “Prempro,” a combination of Premarin and medroxy-progesterone acetate. Premarin is estrogen derived from the urine of pregnant horses, and thus not native to humans. Medroxy-progesterone acetate is a synthetic progesterone, not native to any species, and many times more potent than human progesterone. Most experts, including my colleague, had long preferred other forms of hormone replacement, considering Prem/Pro a dubious choice.

But when HERS and the WHI tarred the practice of hormone replacement, it was with a broad brush. The news was not that Prem/Pro, one questionable approach to hormone replacement, resulted in benefits for some women and harms for others, with a very slight net harm at the population level. The news was: hormone replacement therapy harms women!

We already had potentially serious problems at this point, but the plot thickens considerably. Dr. Sarrel was also among those to note that these clinical trials administered Prem/Pro to women a decade after menopause. They did this to be sure the women were not just merely, but most sincerely post-menopausal. But we had cause to suspect then, and abundant reason to know now, that the benefits of ovarian hormone replacement accrue right at the time of menopause, and in the decade that follows. Timing is often crucial in medicine, as in life. Administer, for instance, a potent diuretic while a patient is fluid overloaded, and it can be lifesaving. Give just the same drug after they have already eliminated that excess fluid, and the result is apt to be hypotension and even death. Timing matters- and the hormone replacement trials got it seriously wrong.

All of this suggests that many women who might have benefited from good hormone replacement administered with good timing have missed out on those benefits because of the headlines engendered by HERS and the WHI. But the story does not end here, either. It ends, as noted, with a lethal placebo.

Quite a few months ago, Dr. Sarrel and I had the first of our recent intense flurry of meetings at my lab. He had brought me a paper published in JAMA in 2011, reporting on one particular subgroup included in the WHI: women who had undergone hysterectomy. The only reason to include progesterone in hormone replacement is to protect the uterine lining from overgrowth, so women who have had a hysterectomy are prescribed (or were, back in the days when hormone replacement was not the bogeyman) estrogen only.

Dr. Sarrel’s read of this paper was that the younger women- those age 50 to 59 and therefore just on the far side of menopause- had a considerably higher mortality rate when given placebo, rather than when given estrogen. I am formally trained in biostatistics and epidemiology, so my colleague asked me to verify this impression, which I did. Our project, and the resulting publication of our paper yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health, grew from there.

Working with a team from my lab, we devised a very simple formula to translate the excess death rate seen in the estrogen-only arm of the WHI to the entire population of such women in the United States: women in their 50’s, who had undergone hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is very common, arguably too common, so this population numbers in the many millions. We then needed to add into the formula the most reliable estimates we could find for the precipitous drop in estrogen prescriptions following the publication of the original WHI results back in 2002.

We, of course, had to run the details of our analysis through the gauntlet of peer review. And our paper now stands, in a highly esteemed journal, on full display before a jury of peers. So I can spare you the details of our methods, and focus on the punch line.

We estimated that over the past decade, due to a wholesale abandonment of all forms of hormone replacement for all categories of women by both the women themselves and their doctors, minimally 20,000, and quite possibly more than 90,000 women have died prematurely. We were very careful to incorporate only reliably conservative figures into our formula, so the numbers might actually be higher still. Being extremely cautious, we report that over 40,000 women have died over the past ten years for failure to take estrogen.

This death toll of estrogen avoidance, or better still, estrogen ‘aversion,’ represented some 4,000 women every year. Whatever the emotional impact of that figure, it should be greater- because any one of those women could be your spouse, or mother, or sister, or daughter, or friend. And the impact should be greater because the massively over-simplified, over-generalized, distorted “hormone replacement is bad” message continues to reverberate, and rates of all kinds of hormone replacement use continue to decline.

Stated bluntly, we think the mortality toll of estrogen avoidance is not merely a clear, present, and on-going danger, it is a worsening one. More women are dying from this omission every year. And the next one in that calamitous line could be a woman you love; it could be you.

I write this column, as my colleagues and I wrote our paper: with a sense of urgency, and even desperation. My career is entirely devoted to the prevention of avoidable harms, and the protection of years of life, and life in years. This is as clear-cut a case of preventable harms, and as readily fixable, as we are ever likely to see.

Here, then, are the take-away messages:

1) All forms of hormone replacement for all women at menopause was never right, but nor is NO forms of hormone replacement for NO women at menopause. There was always baby and bathwater here, and we have egregiously failed to distinguish between the two.

2) The millions of women who have undergone hysterectomy are candidates for estrogen-only hormone replacement at menopause, and when that treatment is provided at the time of menopause and for the years that immediately follow, it can both alleviate symptoms AND save lives. It could save the lives of thousands of women every year in the U.S., and no doubt many thousands more around the world where the tendency toward hormone replacement aversion also prevails.

Every woman who has had a hysterectomy should be open to the option of estrogen therapy at menopause, and should discuss it with her doctor. Every health care professional needs to know that some forms of hormone replacement for some women at menopause remain potentially life saving, and needs to address the topic accordingly.

3) Medical news is often translated into provocative headlines that abandon the nuances of the actual findings for the sake of maximal impact. This certainly happened when we learned that one form of hormone replacement resulted in a very slight excess of total net harm for one particular group of women, but is a far more systemic problem; it happens all the time. All of us plying our wares where medicine and the media come together need a bracing reality check: there are lives at stake! When headlines distort the actual state of medical knowledge and take on a life of their own, they can affect patient behavior and clinical practice-and the result can be the very harm medicine is pledged to avoid. I call upon my colleagues involved in the reporting of medical news to embrace the great responsibility that comes with the great power of the press, and to deliver their headlines accordingly. How many avoidable deaths is a maximally titillating, but misleading, headline really worth?

We’ve all seen the commercials on television; drug companies are required to report the various potential harms of their products, as they should be. But no one is required to report the potential harms of placebo. For the past decade, millions of women who might have enjoyed more life in years, and tens of thousands who might have enjoyed more years of life by taking estrogen, were, in essence, taking a “placebo” instead. And in this case, it was the placebo causing the harm. In this case, the placebo was- and all too often remains- lethal.


Dr. David L. Katz;

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Fashion Flash

FASHION FLASH! The Best Of Everything In Beauty, Style, Makeup, Skin Care And More!

FashionFlashNEWlogoThis week, Best of Everything After 50 is hosting FASHION FLASH, the weekly on-line mini-mag that brings you the best information and tips on style, health, fitness, makeup, skin care and much more.

Want to know how to soothe a sunburn, wear the prettiest pink on your lips, protect your skin from the sun, and choose the best fragrance for YOU? It’s all here . . . just click on the pink highlighted links and enjoy!

Prime-Beauty logoFrom high-end to drugstore choicesPrime Beauty shows you 5 Bright Pink Lipsticks to keep you on trend this summer!

menopause makeover logoAging – what are we so afraid of? Staness from MenopauseMakeover.comshares her journey one wrinkle at a time.

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Did you spend too much time in the sun? Fab Over Forty has some easy tips on how to soothe a sunburn.

Black Cat Plus logoBlackCatPlus tells us all about how plus size model Robyn Lawley uses influence for good and designs stylish swimsuits for plus size women!

Moving Free with Mirabai logoFreshen up your fitness program with  interval training workouts for women by Moving Free With Mirabai.

ABwithRlogoSummertime has its own unique aromas ­ not all of them pleasant. Jackie Silver from sharesfacts about our sense of smell and the history of aromatherapy.

f40 loggo-1There comes a point when you just want a change. An easy way to make a change is by switching up your hairstyle. But what kind of style do you transition to if all you’ve ever known is really short hair? The hair expert at Fabulous After 40 shares her best advice for growing out short hair after 40.

nononsensebeauty logoDeb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at best ways to  moisturize and  protect the skin from UV rays– at the same time.


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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Posted on July 8, 2013

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Hosted by Deb Chase from

“Now that summer is finally here, I am so excited to be hosting the first  all summer theme Fashion Flash.  Our bloggers  have drilled down into  their topics to share their experiences and skills.  In addition to blue skies and sandy beaches, summer brings heat and humidity that affects skin  and  hair in ways that  can last through winter.  Summer also changes  diets and  nutritional needs.   Digestion  slows down and  our need for water, both inside and out, increases as the thermometer rises.   The Fashion Flash bloggers have got you covered:”

*Tired of going to the gym when the weather is so beautiful outside?  Kari of Fab Over 40 has some outdoor exercises to keep in shape in summer months.

*Looking for waterproof makeup that will stand up to heat and humidity?  Cindy at Prime Beautyhas some great budge-proof picks from Make Up For Ever

* Embarressed to wear a bathing suit?  Unfortunately, summer clothes don’t hide mid-life’s imperfections. Staness of Menopause Makeover has a plan to conquer unwanted menopausal belly fat.

* Help summer hairstyles beat the heat.  Jackie of Aging Backwards shares tips for fighting humidity and taming frizz.

Moving Free with Mirabai shows you how to cool down and shape-up with this easy arm workout in the water.

*Jodell of Black Cat Plus has stripes and polka dots for a perfect summer on trend fashion statement for the plus size women.

* Are you wearing summer’s “It ” top?  Style expert Deb of Fabulous After 40 shows off her new silk scarf top and shares  why you need to invest in this easy floaty summer staple.

Barbara of Best of Everything After Fifty thinks that staying cool and healthy during the salad days of summer are not mutually exclusive.  Here’s her absolutely favorite recipe using the hottest superfood of the year– Kale.

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It’s Fashion Flash

Posted on June 30, 2013 by 

Moving Free With Mirabai is pleased to be hosting Fashion Flash this week because we have such fabulous tips for you to look and feel your best this summer. They’re just a click away.

1. Enjoy the 4th of July with a Strawberry Kiss! This pink cocktail delight has less calories and sugar than a strawberry daiquiri. It’s so refreshing and Menopause  Makeover approved

2. Looking for a great summer lipstick? Fab Over Forty’s series Summer Lip Look has a week long list of looks from Giorgio Armani, Sonia Kashuk, Lancome, Dior and Tom Ford.  Which one will you choose?

3. TV show House of Curves defies critics and promotes a positive body image for plus size women

4. Want a flawless complexion AND sun protection? Cindy from Prime Beauty introduces us to Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF50–your skin will love it and no sun damage! Your welcome.

5. There’s a new kind of dress in town and it’s a huge hit, especially with us gals over 40.  Style expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 shows us why women over 40 are loving high-low maxi dresses.

6. Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog finds a low glycemic alternative for high glycemic  rice

7. Holidays make we wax philosophic.And thinking about this independence day reminded me not only of our founding fathers and our present men and women in uniform, it also brought to mind another kind of independence.  I’m talking about independence into our old age. The kind that health and fitness can bring. RememberFitness=Longevity.

So when you drink that toast to independence, add health to that toast and think of how you’re going to get back to exercising on the 5th of July.

We Fashion Flashers wish you a Joyous and Festive Independence Day. And as independent women, we all know how important that is!

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