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Aging Eyes

I remember back when I was a kid and visiting my Grandparents, and my Grandpa would pull a pair of glasses from his pocket to read the paper or a book. I remember thinking… how strange it was that Grandpa wore glasses only to read. I didn’t see my parents doing that. Well, as I got older I started to pay more attention to those around me I saw many others doing the same thing. It was then that I realized, the older one gets, the more they are prone to wearing reading glasses. That was when I started to wonder when I would myself have to wear them.

I am now in my 40’s (41 to be exact), and my husband is 47 and he has had to wear reading glasses for about 4 years now. His eyes started to slowly get worse and worse until one day his arms weren’t long enough (you know what I mean) and he had to break down and get a pair of reading glasses.

He started with +1 power, and is now at +2.5 power. It has gotten to the point that he keeps his reading glasses with him at all times and even had to get sunglasses with bifocals in them. He isn’t too fond of his aging eyes and has said that wearing them makes him feel old. We all fight so hard to hang onto our youth and when we have to do things like, pull out a pair of reading glasses just to look at a picture on someone’s phone or read a menu; it can really be a bummer. (Just a 1uick shout-out to www.readingglasses.com for their awesome selection of reading glasses. They have a ton of designer glasses that make my husband feel a little less “old.”)

He said simple things like when he is in the shower, being able to read the shampoo and conditioner bottles is not easy to do and is a huge issue. There are so many things that are now harder to do that he isn’t able to read without having glasses on. Throughout live, we get so used to being able to see perfect, that when it just slowly slips away, we’re left feeling old. I have even had to now get him a refillable pill container so I can make sure he is taking the right pills every day as he can’t read labels on prescription or vitamins.

My husband is a welder by trade and does a lot of welding at home fabricating stuff. Well, he is mostly bummed out about the loss of his eye sight when it comes to that. It makes welding very hard as there is not a perfect welding helmet for someone that has issues seeing up close.

I feel his pain over his aging eyes.

I still have perfect sight for reading. I however, need glasses when I drive. I am wondering if I will need reading glasses at all, and am hoping not. But, if I do I know I will not be alone. My Mom wore glasses all the time, but my Dad didn’t wear glasses until later in life and only for reading.

Do you wear reading glasses? What age did you have to start wearing them?

7 Muscle Foods for Men

7 Muscle Foods for Men

By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Expert Column

Want to look buff in your swimsuit this summer? Building abs and sculpting muscles starts in the kitchen before you ever hit the gym. Achieving muscle growth is a formula based on adequate calories, fluids, protein, and muscle-fatiguing strength training.
Drinking plenty of fluids, eating the right energy-rich foods along with weight lifting — all timed to fuel workouts and repair muscle tissue — will help you sculpt your muscles.

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Nutrition Game Plan

A balanced dietary intake as recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines is a good foundation for meal planning. In general, eating a well-balanced diet with enough calories to support exercise is the prescription, according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) position paper on nutrition and athletic performance.
The ADA and ACSM recommend getting enough calories including adequate fat and protein, with an emphasis on five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables, plenty of whole grains, cereals, beans, legumes, and enough fluid for optimal hydration.

Muscle and Food

Fueling your workouts takes a combination of healthy carbs and protein.
Protein is important to build and repair muscles. Carbs provide the energy to fuel fitness.
You can’t eat protein and expect it turn to muscle. “Pull protein into muscles with exercise,” says Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD and editor of ADA’s Sports Nutrition Manual, due out later this year.
Experts recommend these muscle-friendly foods:

  1. Fruit and vegetables – are the foundation of all healthy diets, providing fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fluids. Vegetables contain small amounts of protein.
  2. Low-fat dairy – provides high-quality protein, carbs, and essential vitamins such as vitamin D, potassium, and calcium. Rosenbloom and Clark recommend chocolate milk as a good workout recovery beverage. If you are lactose intolerant, you may tolerate yogurt with active cultures.
  3. Lean meat – This is a great source of protein, iron for oxygen transport to muscles, and amino acids including leucine, which Rosenbloom says is thought to be a trigger for muscle growth.
  4. Dark-meat chicken – Boneless skinless chicken is good, but go dark and increase iron by 25% and three times the zinc for a healthy immune system.
  5. Eggs – The 2010 Dietary Guidelines says an egg a day is OK but don’t throw out the yolk. “Eggs contain all of the essential amino acids and half the protein is in the yolk with other import nutrients like lutein for eye health,” Rosenbloom says.
  6. Nuts - Unsalted raw or roasted are a good source of protein that also contain vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats.
  7. Beans and whole grains – These quality carbs contain small amounts of protein for energy and muscle repair, along with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Timing Is Everything

Timing is critical in muscle development because you need carbs and protein to perform strength training and protein and carbs for muscle recovery. The best plan is to eat a diet containing both nutrients and small amounts of healthy fats throughout the day.
“Consuming a protein beverage like chocolate milk within an hour after exercise will give muscles the building blocks it needs when it is most receptive for repair” says Rosenbloom, Georgia State University nutrition professor emerita.
If you will be eating a meal within 1-2 hours after a strenuous workout, Rosenbloom says you don’t need a snack and can wait for the meal to provide the recovery nutrition.

How Much?

More than half your calories should come from healthy carbs, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, MS, RD. “Carbs supply fuel for energy and prevent protein from being broken down and used as an energy source so always fuel up before working out.”
But be careful: It is a delicate balance of eating enough calories to build muscle but not too many calories, which can lead to gaining body fat.
Protein has a role to build and repair muscle tissue in addition to other functions, like producing hormones and immunity factors. The ADA suggests male endurance athletes get 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, whereas male body builders may need 1.6-1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
“Two cups of milk contain about 20 grams of protein, which is the amount recommended to stimulate muscle protein synthesis,” Rosenbloom says.
But most people don’t eat by the numbers. So Clark, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, recommends meal suggestions. “The foundation of each meal is based on healthy carbs, with additional protein like oatmeal with nuts and yogurt; turkey and cheese sandwich with veggies or spaghetti with meat sauce, and a salad. These are all great for body building,” Clark says.
She advises her athletes to divide their food into four equally sized meals and choose three out of these four options: fruit or vegetable, grains, healthy fats, and calcium-rich or lean protein at each meal.
For a food plan designed just for you, consult a registered dietitian.

Get Muscle-Building Results by Fatiguing Muscles

The only way to build bigger, more defined muscles is with progressive resistance training – gradually increasing weights and endurance. Use a weight heavy enough to cause muscle fatigue after 9-12 repetitions. If you can easily do 13 repetitions with good form, you need to increase the weight.
“It is the act of pushing the muscles past the comfort zone that promotes muscle growth and see more definition,” Clark says.
Strength training results show up quicker than aerobic exercise. “It’s encouraging to start seeing enhanced definition fairly soon after working out at least twice a week for 30-45 minutes,” Rosenbloom says.

Get Muscle-Building Results by Fatiguing Muscles continued…

The exact length of time it takes to start seeing enhanced definition in your muscles also depends on your percentage of body fat. An extra fat layer around your muscles will not let the newly toned muscle show through without weight loss. Clark says gaining 2 pounds of muscle per month is a reasonable expectation.
Strength training is vital to building muscles but it is also an important part of any fitness program and should be done 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes. “It is a great investment in your future well-being because you need to use your muscles or you will lose them,” Clark says.
As we age, strength training helps maintain muscle strength, prevent osteoporosis, and decrease muscle and joint injuries.
Rosenbloom recommends going to a gym where you can work with a trainer to understand how to properly perform muscle building exercises to challenge but not injure your muscles.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

Living Smart Boy

I would like to introduce you to my husband ~ Tony. He is a Living Smart Boy :)

No, he isn’t big into fitness like me. But, he is big into spreading the word about anything and everything he likes/dislikes. We both share a passion for quality products and so I decided to create Living Smart Boy so he can share his opinions with you all. (from a boy’s point of view ) :) LOL!!

Here is us.. Living Smart Girl & Living Smart Boy.

And let me tell you, he may look like a man…but is
all boy at heart !! hehe… And also is my rock!!

So stay tuned to Living Smart Boy to see his views on everything from tools, food, fashion, women, and more.

You can even grab the Living Smart Boy Button and follow Tony.

Living Smart Boy

I would like to introduce you to my husband ~ Tony. He is a Living Smart Boy :)

No, he isn’t big into fitness like me. But, he is big into spreading the word about anything and everything he likes/dislikes. We both share a passion for quality products and so I decided to create Living Smart Boy so he can share his opinions with you all. (from a boy’s point of view ) :) LOL!!

Here is us.. Living Smart Girl & Living Smart Boy.

And let me tell you, he may look like a man…but is
all boy at heart !! hehe… And also is my rock!!

So stay tuned to Living Smart Boy to see his views on everything from tools, food, fashion, women, and more.

You can even grab the Living Smart Boy Button and follow Tony.