I didn’t watch the Oscars Sunday night, but I did see this photo of Jane Fonda with her new, natural hairdo that I love, on my computer and applaud her announcement that she will not be buying any new clothes as her “contribution” to climate change. PEOPLE Magazine attributes her change of heart (in February yet, American Heart Month!) to Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist who has been in the news. Jane said that Greta made her think about consumerism and all the effort that goes into being a consumer. Fonda said, “We don’t need more stuff,’ I have to walk the talk. So I’m not buying any more clothes.”
Sarah Berman’s Closet
Last year on Mother’s Day I went to see the Sarah Berman’s Closet exhibit at the American Jewish History Museum in Philadelphia. This older woman scaled down her lifestyle, with everything in the reproduced closet in the exhibit was white: clothes, shoes, linens, etc. I made a decision that in 2020 I would buy clothes that are sustainably produced, focusing on organic cotton whenever possible. Additionally, I am slowly recycling clothing that I no longer need or wear and buying as little as possible, since I have more than I already need. This is part of my personal de-cluttering campaign to streamline everything in our apartment, based on the book I read by Gretchen Rubin: Outer Order/Inner Calm.
More about Cotton:
If you go to this website: https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/consumption/clothing/environmental-impact-of-cotton-production you will find out more about the impact of pesticides on fabrics, especially cotton.
Here is a direct quote from the site:
Your t-shirt is tainted with chemicals:
More chemical pesticides are used for cotton than for any other crop. Cotton accounts for 16 percent of global insecticide releases. 60 percent of the world’s cotton is used for clothing and another 35 percent for home furnishing.
Based on that information, which I actually learned about some years ago, plus the impact of Sarah Berman’s Closet Exhibit, plus Jane Fonda’s announcement, tells me I am not in the minority, and even if I am, I like being in that minority with Jane Fonda. We have one other thing in common. I was born on December 2nd, 1937 and Jane Fonda was born Dec. 22, 1937. So we are basically the same age. And I have a similar haircut. And her wearing her red coat is another kudo for reminding us of the GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign from The American Heart Association, also mentioned above.
So I applaud Jane Fonda for stepping up to the plate and wearing a dress that, heaven forbid!,
she already wore before. BRAVA!
I received an email from the senior center where I go for tai chi and other events and it was entitled Nurture Your Heart. I asked if I could borrow the title and received a YES. I changed it slightly to Nurturing the Heart, but the meaning is the same for me, that is, the heart needs to be cared for both physically and emotionally. And since February is American Heart Month as well as Valentine’s Day (no coincidence!), the title fits both aspects.
Here are the top three causes of death in the US. The link is for the Top 10 in case you want to read further:
- Heart disease: Age-adjusted rate: 167.0 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Cancer: Age-adjusted rate: 161.2 Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Chronic lower respiratory disease: Age-adjusted rate: 40.5 CLRD is the third leading cause.
Here is another group of facts that I thought to be interesting, since it focuses on women:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.2
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among American Indian and Alaska Native women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer as a cause of death.3
- About 1 in 16 women age 20 and older (6.2%) have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease:4
- About 1 in 16 white women (6.1%), black women (6.5%), and Hispanic women (6%)
- About 1 in 30 Asian women (3.2%)
This same source (above) posted a map of the US that shows heart disease rates of women 35 and over.
Finally, there is a correlation between Menopause and Heart Disease that I will reading about and sharing. Here’s a quote that may spark your interest if you are experiencing menopause or are pre- or post-menopausal:
I plan to do more research on this specific topic of menopause and heart disease and show in part, the importance of a heart-healthy diet and moderate exercise. In the meantime, feel free to explore the rest of the information on these links.
The other half of Nurturing Your Heart is the emotional end and that’s where Valentine’s Day comes in. While that day is generally reserved for sending cards to sweethearts, I like to think that we can use this holiday to send love to everyone! More on that at mid-month.
Also, this month I will feature at least two book reviews: Paleo in a Nutshell by Geoff Bond and Paleo Harvest by Nicole Bond (husband and wife). Hopefully, like me, you will experience the Bond Effect!
Have a L♥vely, Healthy February!
Thanx for reading me! ellensue