Happy August. I’m giving you all a very late and very abbreviated newsletter this month because I am still feverishly working to complete my book by the end of this month and it will be done; but I wanted to pass on my new astrology info, a few health tips, some of my favorite quotes and maybe just a thought or two from me.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
And now for a bit of astrology:
July 23 to August 22
Leo’s are the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extroverted of all the zodiac. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent and self-confident.
Born leaders, either in support of, or in revolt against, the status quo. They are at their most effective when in a position of command, their personal magnetism and innate courtesy of mind can bring out the best of from subordinates. They are uncomplicated, knowing exactly what they want and using all their energies, creativeness and resolution to get it. On the whole they are powers for good, for they are strongly idealistic, humane, and beneficent.
Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable, displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper. If jealously suspicious of rivals, they will not hesitate to use cunning, lies and trickery to discredit them.
In his or her relations with others the Leo is open, sincere, genuine and trusting. Outgoing, spontaneously warm hearted and plain spoken, though never lacking in kindliness, Leos are more disillusioned than the average if let down by those they trust. They are not good judges of character and are inclined to favoritism and an exaggerated faith in their followers which too often ends in disappointment.
August 23 to September 23
Virgo is the only zodiacal sign represented by a female. It is sometimes thought of as a potentially creative girl, delicately lovely; sometimes as a somewhat older woman, intelligent but rather pedantic.
They are usually observant, shrewd, critically inclined, judicious, patient, practical supporters of the status quo, and tend toward conservatism in all areas of their life. On the surface they sometimes appear emotionally cold, but this outward expression of feeling conceals deep emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others and sometimes do not trust their own judgments or feelings.
They are still waters that run deep. Yet in their unassuming, outwardly cheerful and agreeable fashion, they can be sensible, discreet, well spoken, wise and witty, with a good understanding of other people's problems which they can tackle with a practicality not always evident in their own personal relationships. Both sexes have considerable charm and dignity. In marriage they can be genuinely affectionate, making good spouses and parents.
They are intellectually enquiring, methodical and logical, studious and teachable. They combine mental ingenuity with the ability to produce a clear analysis of the most complicated problems. They are practical with their hands, good technicians and have genuine inventive talents. They have potential abilities in the arts, sciences and languages. Their minds are such that they need the stimulus of practical problems to be solved rather than the mere routine or working.
They are careful with money. Both sexes have a deep interest in history. Female Virgoans may find they have a flair for dress, in which they can be trend setters. In any profession they choose the Virgo readily assimilates new ideas, but always with caution, conserving what they consider worth keeping from the past. Their faults, as is usual with all zodiac signs, are the extremes of their virtues. Balanced criticism can become nagging. Their prudence can become guile and their carefulness, turned in on themselves, can produce worriers and hypochondriacs.
I found something very personal I had written a while ago. Even though it is very personal, I think there are some thoughts in there that might ring a bell with some of you. If I remember correctly, I wrote this during one of those periods of self doubt when I started to feel that maybe I’d wasted years. This got me moving forward again, so enjoy.
By Linda Simmon
I realized last night that through the various decades of my life I have actually done the things I should have done in order they needed to be done and now I am able to look back on them and know that I’ve lived a truly full life and have so much more to accomplish. But sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we have done that, or at least I do and that is what this is, a reminder.
For the most part my childhood was spent enjoying childhood. I did not have to grow up too soon nor did I want to.
My 20s in addition to getting married (the first time) was spent initially learning to be separate from my parents, traveling a bit but then enjoying being young and a bit crazy in Beverly Hills moving with the beautiful people and doing whatever I wanted with the power that only a young willful woman can wield. Didn’t do drugs so nothing was diminished by a drug haze.
My 30s were basically spent with child issues. At first (for an all too brief period) just being able to enjoy them but then unfortunately having to fight for them after a divorce and throughout a long custody fight. Dealing with children one way or another and that is what I would have chosen to do if given the opportunity to do anything. I also ate healthy, started work outs and got in great shape.
In my 40s I haven’t yet had a chance to really think about what the main focus was and how that was just right; but I dealt with the loss of those I cared for. My parents, my aunt, my cousin. This was basically the decade of my second husband which turned out to be not good for me. It was also a decade where I was more involved with myself than any other and where I met a large number of hurt, damaged people. Damaged by their own history or illness or abuse.
In my 50s I managed to find myself and find my joy. Who I am, what I want to do and be and I’ve found a peace that I never really experienced before except when holding my brand new babies for the first time and when feeding them. I found that I can heal people. I’m so comfortable with myself that it still amazes me and I find it somewhat magical. I think that having so much contact and experience with hurt, damaged people in my 40’s gave me the knowledge on a personal level (rather than just intellectually) to help them. I think this will be the decade that I look back on this decade at the end of my life with pride and pleasure as being the most worthwhile.
There are times I’ve wished I had focused more on traveling or acquiring money, but last night I realized that I’ll do that later in this decade or more likely in the next decade. And that’s just the right time because I couldn’t have done the other things I did in earlier decades now at this age.
I think my 60s will be spent traveling the world, experiencing and learning even more.
Don’t know about the 70s, 80s or 90s yet, but can’t wait to find out.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
Eat These, Weigh Less?
Maybe they’re called "magical fruit" in children’s rhymes for a reason. Just not for the flatulence-producing reasons kids obsess about. What really makes beans magical is their potential effect on your waistline: Bean eaters weigh less on average than non-bean-imbibing folks do. In fact, bean eaters weigh as much as 6.6 pounds less, according to RealAge expert John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine.
Makes sense when you consider beans are full of fiber and protein but low in fat, which means a serving will keep you going far beyond the need-to-munch hour but only make a minor dent in your calorie intake.
Grow Muscles with Peaches?
Getting toned arms and legs sounds like a job for Mr. Nautilus. But Mr. Peach? Maybe. Seems potassium-rich produce -- like peaches -- gives your muscles what they need to stay toned, healthy, and able to do their jobs. A diet heavy in proteins and cereal grains can cause blood to become too acidic. When this happens, muscle tissue can waste away.
Fruits and vegetables, though, make your body's pH more alkaline -- mostly thanks to their high potassium content. So it makes sense that people in a recent study who loaded up on potassium-rich produce had more lean muscle mass than their produce-shirking peers.
Some other ways to shape up now and stay buff-looking long into your retirement years: Shape your core. These foundational muscles -- hips, tummy, back -- are where it all starts. Do perfect pairs. Your muscles crave symmetry -- so work reciprocating muscle groups (quads and hamstrings, abs and back, etc.). Make it easy. You’re just 20 gym-free minutes away from a lean body.
A Walk on the Cerebral Side
Hate the thought of losing your mental edge -- or worse, growing senile -- as you age? Well, here's a simple way to slash your risk of dementia by 73 percent: Go for a power walk. People who regularly walk may be that much less likely to develop dementia compared with their couch-potato peers. Yeah, it's that simple!
Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's. It's the nosedive that memory and other cognitive functions can take when ailing blood vessels restrict -- and sometimes block -- the flow of blood to the brain. But because exercise -- even mild exercise like walking -- increases cerebral blood flow, it may shrink the risk.
Other Brain Savers
People with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol up their odds of vascular dementia, so controlling those conditions is a start toward staying sharp. Here are a few other brain boosters to try:
- Drink up! (Juice, that is.)
- Slim down. Get your BMI under 25.
- Pop the right pills. Vitamin E and a daily aspirin are a good start.
The Ultimate Iced Tea: Green!
Iced green tea is delicate and delicious, so keep a pitcher in the fridge and make it a summer staple.
The quick-brew system:
Pour 2 cups very hot water over four green tea bags and steep 3–6 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Add 2 cups cold water and chill.
Then, if friends are dropping by -- or you're just in the mood for something special -- pull out the stops: Green tea dresses up like nobody's business. We tapped some of the country's top tea gurus for these recipes. They'll wow the crowd or just help you chill out on a steamy summer day.
GREEN TEA LEMONADE
For porch sippers
If you like your tea lemony and your drinks lightly sugared, this combo should hit your sweet spot. "It gives you that fresh green flavor, with a hint of lemon -- perfect for summer," says Nelson Drago, owner of the Chado Tea Room in Los Angeles. Makes about four 1-cup servings:
1 tablespoon loose Japanese green tea leaves, available in Asian markets and health-food stores
9 ounces lemonade, sweetened to taste
Sliced fresh lemon or whole strawberries for garnish
Steep tea leaves in 18–20 ounces of barely boiling water for 3 minutes, or longer if you like stronger tea. Pour brewed tea through a strainer into a large carafe or pitcher full of ice. Stir in lemonade. Serve in glasses garnished with the fruit.
MANGO TANGO ICED GREEN TEA
Not only for dancing divas
This fruity sensation is from Mary Lou Heiss, coauthor of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide, coming this fall. Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) up the antioxidant ante. Makes four 1-cup servings
1 1/2 cups chilled green tea (Heiss suggests using 2 tea bags of Stash Premium green tea)
3/4 cup chilled mango puree, sold at Asian markets and in some supermarkets
3/4 cup chilled peach or apple juice
1 cup chilled pineapple juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients, pour into blender (make in batches if necessary), and blend for 2 minutes. Pour over ice and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.
MATCHA LATTE ICED ENERGY TEA
Now and Zen
This recipe hails from Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas in Cincinnati. Part of Zen Buddhist culture for centuries, matcha makes brilliant but bitter green tea. However, matcha latte is "creamy yet crisp," says Essencha co-owner Tracy Monson. "And it gives you the ultimate energy boost!" Because it's made from the entire leaf, matcha may be the healthiest of all green teas. Makes one 1-cup serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon good-quality matcha, sold at Asian markets
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
8 ounces milk or soymilk
Place matcha and sugar in a high-sided bowl. Whisk gently until blended. Add enough hot water to make a light paste, whisking until the mixture is free of clumps. Transfer to a cocktail shaker. Add milk and ice and shake well until foamy. Strain, and then drink straight up or over ice.
Ahh, the power of tea: Getting the right amount of antioxidants through food or supplements -- or green tea, which is loaded with these powerful health protectors -- can make your RealAge as much as 6 years younger.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
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