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It’s September, a busy month in the Mostly Mum household, as we say goodbye to the relatively carefree, lazy-hazy days of summer, and prepare for the school year ahead. In addition to the usual hustle and bustle, which I’m not a great fan of, we have also had the bittersweetness of my biggest baby starting secondary school. Gulp!
It seems like only yesterday that my precious firstborn looked like this 😮
This latest milestone in my eldest child’s young life is especially sweet to witness, as her burgeoning quest for independence increases with each passing day. However, the flip side of my biggest baby taking her first tentative steps towards adulthood is that I can’t help but feel that the years are whizzing by at lightning speed, and, accordingly, that must mean that I am getting (whisper it!) old!
That thing we all naively think will never ever happen to us is finally happening… to me! Aargh!
My baby boy’s first birthday this year signalled ‘the awakening’! For all the details of this particular episode, click: Fabulous at Forty Plus?
But now that my first baby is no longer a baby, there can be no denying it – I’m getting on.
And to add insult to injury, this depressing fact must be obvious to all and sundry, as, while on holiday in France this summer, the Sephora girls dropped the Dior sample pictured below into my bag of oh-so-precious beauty purchases.
Even the beauty counter girls in France think I need to ‘capture’ some ‘youth’ 😐
Now, I will be the first to admit that I am quite partial to an ‘elixir of youth’ sample, any magic lotion or potion that promises to keep those pesky lines and wrinkles at bay are as precious as gold dust to me.
But, to have such an item ‘gifted’ to me at the beauty counter is almost overstepping the line. After all, who wants to be told (however indirectly) that they, maybe, should be thinking about erasing the traces of all those years of living. Not me!
Was I, in spite of all this, later tempted to try out that teeny tiny Dior sample that promises the earth and way beyond? Of course! I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth!
And did that teeny tiny sample stem the tide of time? Well, the fluffy light formula looked and smelled divine. It was an absolute treat to apply, and, best of all, was non-greasy. But, did it erase all my fine lines and wrinkles? After one use? In a word, no!
Maybe after prolonged use, there would be some mesmerizing fine line reducing effects… Time, patience and a hefty bank balance would most likely produce the best results. But what’s a girl… cough… lady to do when she’s short of all three of these?
Come up with an alternate, foolproof, age-defying plan, of course! And, without further delay, here it is, my dear readers:
1. Avoid processed food
We can use all the lotions, potions and miracle creams that our nearest beauty department (or even the internet) can supply us with, but if we are filling our bodies with processed junk, the unsavoury truth is that our bodies will age faster. Noooooo!
Where diet is concerned, the main goal is to avoid oxidative stress, which leads to inflammation and disease within the body. Refined carbohydrates, sugar, and red meat are often cited as the leading culprits when it comes to premature ageing and disease, while high-antioxidant foods, such as; blueberries, nuts, figs, salmon, avocado, turmeric, watermelon and the more natural dark chocolate are all renowned for their anti-ageing properties.
Less of this… Sigh!
And more of this! Maybe not so bad after all…
This theme of ‘fresh is best’ is at the heart of one of my all-time favourite books on this topic, Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama. Considering the fact that Japanese women hold the record for living the longest, at a very respectable 86.4 years, I strongly feel that we in the west should take much of Naomi’s advice on board, advice that is largely built on the foundation of a healthy diet rich in fish, sea vegetables, land vegetables, rice, fruit and green tea.
Why do I suddenly feel like a green tea break?!
2. Don’t skimp on the exercise
In much the same vein as a healthy diet, exercise is recognised by the ‘experts’ as being one of the best ways to divert the tidal wave of age. An article that appeared in newscientist.com on 8 October 2014 declares: Exercise may be the best anti-ageing pill. And who are we to argue with that?!
Similarly, an article in newsweek.com from November 2017 is entitled: Exercise has anti-ageing benefits and makes you years younger on a cellular level.
It goes on to explain:
‘In a study of more than 5,000 adults in the U.S., a researcher found those who exercise regularly are younger on a cellular level than those who lead sedentary or moderately active lifestyles.’
‘[…] “Just because you’re 40, doesn’t mean you’re 40 years old biologically,” [exercise science professor Larry Tucker from Brigham Young University] said in a statement. “We all know people that seem younger than their actual age. The more physically active we are, the less biological ageing takes place in our bodies.” […]’
I knew it! All is not lost, after all! There may just be some hope for me yet.
Now if only we lived somewhere like this…
Exercising would be so much less of a drag! 😉
3. Don’t try to keep up with the kids
If there was one of these points that I am most guilty of, it has to be this. As a former celebrity magazine journalist, I like to think I’m pretty much in tune with the ever-changing face of popular culture.
Well, at least I did until I recently discovered…
Yes, BuzzFeed is, for the uninitiated, a blog on steroids for the millennial generation. According to Craig Smith of expandedramblings.com, it has a total global audience of 650 million as of 8/3/18, it produces on average over 700 pieces of content per day (hmm, we have a bit of catching up to do over here at Mostly Mum HQ) and finally, and perhaps most impressive of all, it boasts around 40 million subscribers. See! It’s a mega-blog-beast!
Now, I might be getting on in years, but, technically, I am only about five years older than the oldest Millennial, so the content should be more or less down my street.
And at first glance, it is! Friends, Bridget Jones, Legally Blonde! Yes, I came of age with all of that… Love… But wait! Let’s look beyond the pictures and cutesy emojis? Aaargh! What have they done to all my favourite pop culture references?
Who Are The Worst And Best Characters On “Friends”?, 10 Romantic Comedies From The 2000s, Ranked From Least To Most Feminist…
Nooooo! Why oh why does an entertainment link read like a question on an English Literature exam paper?! Why do I suddenly feel like I’ve stumbled into an alternate universe? When exactly did the generation gap become a generation gulf?
And as I drown in a seemingly never-ending stream of rhetorical questions, I realise that much of the rest of the BuzzFeed content (so 90% of it) means nothing to me at all… textspeak that I can barely decode, obtuse references to Netflix ‘stuff’, trending links to quizzes I know I don’t need to ever take (yes, I am an introvert, no need to click!).
Panic washes over me as I wonder how I’ll ever relate to my Gen Z tween if this is the direction we’re taking…
Until… I think… Pink fluffy pencils… When the time is right we can bond over a Clueless download and just enjoy it for what it is on the surface, a celebration of girliness in all its pink glory! And, to top it all, it will make me feel seventeen all over again!
Who needs time machines or magic lotions and potions when a single dose of Clueless will do the trick?!
Food for thought, indeed!
Until next time, my dear readers,
💋 Mostly Mum