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The “Secrets” of Resolutions

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I took this picture on Dec. 1st @ dawn from my patio.

As we creep closer to the New Year, visions of resolutions may be dancing around your head instead of  “visions of sugar-plums” from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Actually, instead of resolutions that seem to last about one week on my list, I’d like to offer the list from the book entitled The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone, a New York Times bestselling author. The list consists of 25 secrets that the author explains and explores in the book. Here is that list with some editorial additions for some of the items. I recommend reading the book if you want all the details. The book is quite interesting, so you may want to check it out.


  1. Blue Zones (areas of the world where the healthiest people live.)
  2. Brewer’s™s Yeast
  3. Caloric Reduction
  4. Chicken Soup
  5. Cold Showers
  6. Detoxification
  7. Eating Dirt (Not being germaphobic; some are helpful)
  8. Friends
  9. Garlic
  10. Germ Avoidance (Those that are harmful)
  11. Good Genes
  12. Herbal Remedies
  13. Hydrogen Peroxide
  14. Lifting Weights
  15. Napping
  16. pH Balance (See my review of Acid/Alkaline Diet in Nobody Eats Like Me.)
  17. Plant-Based diet (Not necessarily vegetarian, but a  diet heavy in plant food)
  18. Positive Attitude
  19. Probiotics (Substances containing beneficial microorganisms)
  20. Running
  21. Spirituality
  22. Stresslessness
  23. Stretching
  24. Vitamin C
  25. Yoga

You may want to focus on 10 or 12 that you can handle and start there, adding others that are more challenging as the months go by, maybe one or two every month, so that focusing on health is ongoing without being too stressful (See #22.) The 12 that I already practice are #6, #8, #9, #12, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #23, #24, #25. Thus, for me, the challenge is to look into the other items more carefully to see what I can add to my health list, such as #3, #13, #22, and #19.

This is supposed to be the season of joy, so please approach this idea with a joyful heart and do your best without becoming over-stressed. Even a small change in you diet by exploring what people in the Blue Zones eat to stay healthy is a step in the right direction.



Good Luck Advice from Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

NOTE: My friend Paula sent this to me, and while I do not believe in chain letters, this message is so good I want to send it to everyone who reads Menupause. If you don’t want to forward it, I’ll never tell. It is actually a good message for the New Year.

Request: Send me your favorite piece of advice from this list. Mine is #17. I’d like to take a poll to see which ones(s) are the favorites. ellensue


There’s some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you’re not superstitious. This Lotus Touts (Good Luck) has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far.  Please do not keep this message.

The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.

Lovely Lotus I found when I Googled Lotus Flowers

ONE -  Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO -  Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE – Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR – When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

FIVE – When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX -  Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN – Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT – Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE -  Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN -  In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN -  Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE – Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN -When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN -  Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN– Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN – When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN -  Remember the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for  others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN -  Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN -When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps  to correct it.

TWENTY– Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY- ONE -  Spend some time alone.

This is a Tibetian painting of a lotus flower. Under the picture the message says that the lotus flower is one of the eight treasures ( These are symbols of good luck. (See for more info.)

Now, here’s the FUN part!

Send this to at least 5 people and your life will improve.

1-4 people:  Your life will improve slightly.

5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking.

9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks

15 and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape …

” A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.” Please do not keep this message.