I actually didn't have time to write an article for you this week because.....I'm getting married this weekend!

That's right guys - this gal is officially off the market! :-)

Luckily, I've got a great guest post for you from one of my favorite health and fitness "gurus" - Mike Geary. Mike is best known for his great courses on fitness and weight loss, but what I like best are his hard-hitting articles exposing the truth about REAL health and nutrition. This week he's talking about the #1 food that causes faster aging. For those of us wanting to stay young and healthy as long as possible, you'll definitely want to sit up and take notice.

Also, due to honeymoon/travel plans, we will not be posting next week, but be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for a special peek at an article that goes hand-in-hand with this one - on a certain type of exercise that actually AGES you - you'll want to stop doing these exercises right away!

Check out the article below, have a wonderful week, and enjoy your Memorial Day!


The #1 WORST Food that Causes Faster Aging
by Mike Geary - Certified Nutrition Specialist
& Catherine Ebeling - RN, BSN

Welcome back! This week we're covering the other gender with what women really want and need in relationships. If you missed last week's post on what men really want, be sure to check that one out too! While our needs are somewhat similar, and everyone does need all of these to some extent, our top relationship needs are a bit different between the sexes.

And men, while you may wonder if you should really take the time to read this article, remember that a happy woman who is getting her needs met is one who is happy to meet your needs as well, including that one need that every man thinks about often, even if he may not say it to his partner - the need for more s-e-x.   :-)

So without further ado, let's get right to the juicy details! As I did last week, with each crucial relationship need, I've also posted a tip on how to meet this need for your woman, so you can put it into practice right away and watch your relationship improve.

Relationship Need #1: Caring

This pretty much goes without saying if you're a woman, but we really need to know that our man cares for us! And we don't just need to hear it, we need to feel this on a deep level. Some men have trouble expressing how much they care for their partner, and obviously since this is need #1, this can cause great problems in a relationship. To complicate matters further, each woman has her own definition of what makes her feel that you love and care for her. It's no wonder we sometimes drive you guys crazy!

Caring Tip: It really can make you crazy trying to figure out the ways to best show your woman that you care - especially if this is something that doesn't really come natural to you. For this particular need, I would suggest checking out the book "The 5 Love Languages", by Gary Chapman. It's a short read, and gives you a simple way to determine how your partner likes to be communicated with.  For example: my primary language is physical touch. If yours is something completely different - say, acts of service - it doesn't matter how many nice things you do for me - if you don't touch me often, I'm still not going to feel loved, even though you are doing all these things to show me that you love me.  (Luckily, even though it's not his primary language, my fiance knows it's mine, and he is really great at communicating with me in that way.)  :-) 
It's a great book to help any couple learn to communicate better and make each other happier.

Relationship Need #2: Empathy

Obviously we spend a lot of time talking about health here, and with good reason; it's impossible to live a holistically balanced life without good health. But it's also impossible to live a holistically balanced life without healthy relationships (although this does not necessarily have to mean relationships of the romantic kind). Since I am getting married in 2 weeks (eeek! can hardly believe it's so soon!), relationships and romance are on my mind a lot lately, so I thought I would share with you a few things I've learned along the way, during my long and often frustrating dating journey.

This week's topic is for the ladies - but never fear, gents - we're back next week with the second part of the series - "What Women Really Want" - so if you've been confused about this topic (and who hasn't?) :-)  please check back then to find out the answer to the mystery!

(Firstly, let me apologize up front for not listing the source of these 12 relationship needs - I really cannot remember where I heard this - it was many years ago, and I believe it was some sort of dating teleseminar or video series, but from or by whom, or on what exact topic, I have no idea.) 

Each individual has different things that we need from a relationship, so keep in mind these are generalizations to some extent. We all - both men and women - need to have all of these things in our relationships. However, the primary needs (e.g. MUST have in order to be happy) are a bit different.

I will cover the woman's side next week, but below are the 6 crucial things that men generally need to have in a relationship. That is, these are all absolutely necessary for a man to be happy in a romantic relationship - if any one is lacking, the relationship will suffer.

Along with each item, I will also list an actionable tip for how to meet this need, so you can put it into practice right away with the special man in your life!

Last week we discussed some foods that are commonly consumed in the US, but are banned in other countries for safety and health reasons. If you missed last week's post, be sure to check it out for the first 5 foods you should avoid, and why.

This week, we move on to the second half of the list. We're starting off with a doozy....

Banned Food #5: Chicken Containing Arsenic

Most people are aware of arsenic as a potent toxin (commonly used to off people in mystery novels), but did you know that it is fed to the conventionally raised chickens that end up on your dinner table? Arsenic-based drugs are often added to chicken feed to make the chickens gain weight faster, and also to make the meat appear pinker (corn-fed chickens usually have very pale flesh since they don't get to eat their natural diet of green grass and plants, which makes the meat of pasture-raised chickens naturally pink and fresh looking).

Arsenic has never been approved as a safe additive to animal feed in the European Union, and several groups are lobbying the FDA asking for its removal in the U.S. as well. But until that happens, it's up to you to protect yourself against this toxic carcinogen.

How to Avoid It: