Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #36
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The best TLC for the blues is a haircut. If your pony tail is not thick and you are unable to make a bun, perhaps you have a fine hair and may look better in a bob or shorter cut. Thicker hair generally looks better long and can go into those pony loops, pony tails, buns, front braid, French braids and on and on.
Salons are the ultimate change agents. It’s interesting when one decides in a hairstyle or just a basic trim or classic look. Make sure you get the sharpest scissors for nice ends. If you by chance have fine hair, one stylist recommends blow drying it up, then coming down for volume. If by chance you want more volume, you can use a round vented brush and a thin stream direct nozzle to blow curling up ends then reverse and blow curling under the second time. What can also be nice for fine hair that can’t have too many products may be products like Infusium and a hairspray spritz like Aveda’s Witch Hazel. You can also try spritzing ends you are curling with hairspray for more hold or sometimes for straighter or smoother looks. Try Infusium and air drying for a natural softer fluffier look.  It works differently on different hair, but generally a good hair tonic for most hair.
The basic point is to really analyze your hair. Is it fine, is it thick, what complements my face shape, would bangs, would a friar cut or a China Doll cut, or a curly natural look? The best test is the pony tail test. Some buns that are too thin from fine hair can look really horrific. Sometimes that would suggest perhaps a medium length or a shorter cut?
It’s also nice if you’re growing your hair to prune back and thicken when taking vitamins like Biotin. To thicken prune back. Think about no style vs. style? There are also some very beautiful bouffant styles.
You can think back to bushy Yoko Ono hair circa the “Imagine” Album for good natural long looks.

Paul Mitchell and Aveda both have good smoothing agents.  Try Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo, Lavender and Mint Moisturizer, and Lemon Sage Body building shampoo-all available online from 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #35
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

It’s good to first look at all the remedies you can try for a knee pain for example like: Steroids, exercises, insoles in shoes, joint juice, weight loss, Tiger Balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/laying percentages, yoga, stretching overall body, stretching all parts of knee, physical therapy, Voltarin gels, and finally-if none of that works or does work in some ways, try surgery.

Surgery in the end can really remedy an acute problem and cure it. Sometimes there are perhaps 4 things wrong-maybe you have a meniscus tear, a dislocation, and arthritis or are overweight. Perhaps you have to pin down your problems and address each of them. Surgery can heal long term ailments.

Then of course there is the after-care following surgery. Wounds may bleed or drain and you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean wounds and to remove the blood stains from your clothes like one hardcore nurse for a menstruating patient.

What one may simply do is create a list for your loved ones to pick up for you like: canned soups, case of Vernos for the nausea, orange juice, Activa Probiotics, laundry detergent and bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, gauze, an Ace Bandage, Band-Aid bandages, Triple Ointment, crutches, aspirin for fever or pain relief or swelling, and numbers to reach on call doctors should you have any problems. A caring loved one and a list, can save a distressed patient after returning from the hospital. Good to have those kinds of “First Aid,” items on hand anyway.

You can also make up your own pretend hospital bed with white bleached sheets, which is always fun when you are healing to create for yourself a sterile and welcoming place to heal. Keep a set of sheets that are your home hospital sheets.

Part of extended after care can be to get your scars removed after wounds have turned into scars. You can see a plastic surgeon to have scars removed.

Once you’re back on the block and you decide to return to the gym for a light work out and do your rehabilitation exercises, what can be nice is to strap on a velcro waist support to start molding your waist line, low impact. The heat and tightening should show some results. It’s also nice to get some 18 Hour Bra’s as another “low impact” way to tighten the waist and lift the breasts-you can train your body, especially when you are just returning to working out. In these ways you’re working out, when you’re not working. Then once you are feeling committed and tenacious, you can draw up a fitness plan. Perhaps ease your way with your ailing part and work other areas, perhaps upper body.

Later on you can graduate into yoga and dance. One yogi was featured in a “Natural Awakening Magazine” as a 30 year practitioner and looked sun kissed, supple and deeply beautiful.

Finally what can really perk up one’s life is creating a “fantasy” for your life (eg. A writers life) and writing a “Life Guide.”
Include in your “Life Guide,” dates, career plans, transitions, education, businesses and long term goals and map out your whole life if you can? Many things you can plan and the more planning the more prepared. After you get older you may settle into a career trajectory or business and your life gels and forms. Try to put some fun things “on deck” and plan an interesting life for yourself.

Another wonderful thing to do in winter is pick up some Blistek Medicated Mint Balm in a little green tube, it softens lips nicely.

A lot of times what we write in emails, chronicles our lives and feelings. What’s nice is to get a spiral notebook and paste in emails and type journal entries for a little homemade journal, from more than one perspective. One is what you tell people, which may be candid and the other is your journal or diary to yourself. Try getting glue sticks and pasting in things. Many writer’s, enjoy journalistic development as one of their styles. Try a multi perspective style of pasted emails and write ups and other interesting memorabilia, even calendars from “Time and Date” to remember your life as it was at one special time. You can use it to piece together memoirs or autobiographies or histories later.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #34

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fall can bring out the warmest and softest clothing like a snowflake fleece favorite or a Pooh Bear sweater.  It’s interesting to contemplate new vs. old or crisp vs. eclectic.  Avoid the overly faded, unless that’s the look you’re going for.  It’s a nice time to look for a little capelet and go to an event or fundraiser.

You can almost one day sit down and figure out what will be your life’s work.  You can plan your talents and execute the plan.  For example you may like linguistics, music, art, poetry, and sewing.  You may become a pianist or a singer or a horn player.

Even giving can be something you may like to include in your trajectory.  Try to give regularly, it creates good karma and you start to live positively in people.  People may think highly of you and it creates respect for you.  When they think back on your “string” they will remember that kind thing you did for them and that becomes who you are to them.  When you give people associate you to “prosperity,” and think of you as having a surplus, not poverty.  Even after a period of impoverishment it may also be good for one’s own PR and self-esteem to give.  The people with the best PR give. You can easily give with Amazon or tips on blogs or donations to places you visit or to colleges.  Giving is always positive and good for you.  Try to remember birthdays and holidays as well.  Keep track of all your dear friends birthdays and send a personal, loving and caring gift.  You can send poems, recipes and a card with money-give! It’s good to  give to your children, so that when they grow up, they will also know how to give.

You can give your hands a peel with creams like “Salacyn.”  Salacyn can remove little rashes and things from the hands and peel the hands to deeply clean them of some disease and more clean in general.

Back pain is a common problem that sometimes occurs from arthritis, or worn out discs or a need for a straightening and to see a chiropractor.  It’s in your best interest to get an X-Ray and check for worn out discs and also to check for arthritis.  What can work are massages with Icy Hot, or a round of Steroids from a Spine Doctor and physical therapy, or a massage with Tiger Balm or an anti-inflammatory aspirin or joint juice and to straighten your spine perhaps with a velcro brace or corset style brace and whatever a chiropractor or spine doctor would recommend.  Also yoga can be good to have a nice elongated Kundalini as well as keep you young, supple and limber.

It’s really interesting the Vaseline that grows the skin and all those steroids that rebuild the bones plus joint juice.  Apparently over time it’s good to “rebuild” bones, joints and skin to look and feel good into old age.  Targeted steroids are really key for this for rebuilding.  I think the general idea is to keep rebuilding joints and bones that wear down.





Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #33

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A big part of beauty is managing life’s rough turns that leave you with physical and sometimes even emotional scars.  Apparently “Vaseline” may be an underrated little gem.  Vaseline can be placed on some burns; even those with blisters as a protective layer and heal in amazing ways (Dermatologist recommended).  Another step can be to see a plastic surgeon or surgical nurse for scar removals with perhaps what is called an IKON machine.  Some surgical nurses have little tricks where they might cut something out and turn it into a scar, like a tattoo for example, then after it has turned into a scar, use scar removal devices.  Part of beauty is maintaining clear skin and skin that is scar free-and it can be done!  Even stretch marks etc. can be removed.

The CPAP device also truly works wonders to restore the cells, the skin and the lips.  You can notice really dramatic changes to the face after using it.  It is so aerating it can give you gas, but the results are dramatic.  Especially if you were one of these late smokers who killed skin cells, discolored lips and fingers.  CPAP is a godsend.  It may help with swimming and sports.  Getting oxygen is just simply something great to give the body that it truly, truly needs.

Another good tip I found recently was not completely blow drying the hair but scrunching it with the hands to give it a hand perm, then almost dry it so it has some spring back from the drying process and gets more curl.  If hand perms do not work, or perhaps another thing to try, you can pin the hair in forms with bobby pins while wet and let it dry then keep or remove the pins.  You can pin the hair up or make easy waves or finger waves or 1920’s styles or bouffant styles.  Make long hair, short hair with bobby pins.  Droopy and ringlet styles, kind of school teacher looks.

What is really great is maintaining all your new vitamin grown hair!!  If you ever tried  Biotin and Zinc, they form really interesting young newly sprouted hair!!  Be very gentle with your new hair.  Also to recap again to try to dry it partially not all the way and let it dry naturally as much as possible for the most beautiful hair.

One important aspect of health is having enough time to stretch.  A nice book to follow for home practice of yoga is Richard Hittleman’s, “Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan.”  There is an exercise at the beginning of Hittleman’s book where you bend your arms at the elbow and with palms facing outward to open the chest that is really wonderful.  Collect and learn stretching exercises from magazines, books, tapes, personal trainers, classes.  I would also highly recommend in car emphasized states to get a treadmill and spend some time walking or running.  Even simple hand weights and strap on weights then marching gracefully can do wonders.  One personal trainer uses steps and squeezing the buttocks inward with each step to firm the buttocks.

Actually holding the downward dog position in yoga works on the whole body and has some special magic this writer is trying to decode.  If you’re sick and have been bedridden try exercising right in bed or in your bedroom or collecting books and exercising alone.  One can be too sickly to go to a class after a long period of sickness and may produce gas in a yoga class from a sluggish colon.  Sometimes you can’t keep up with a class regimen and need to go at your own pace.  Don’t be afraid to get a file of exercises together by making copies etc. and just begin.  You might have a yoga book or try doing a few simple exercises you remember like downward dog, plank, chair, balancing, sun salutations, deep breathing. There are also personal trainers who can tailor things to your needs and are worth every penny.  It’s nice to designate space in your house for exercise.  Look for some place to walk or get a treadmill.  Be very careful to not never walk.  I heard about the Camino de Santiago in Spain that has a nice walking pilgrimage.  You may try taking a walking holiday of your own design or look for a good pilgrimage area.

A wonderful experience can be to work on the values that will guide your life.  To look at what will be others perception of you, but also what your life will stand for or be your life’s primary goal areas.  These are not daily or monthly goals but rather those things at the back of your head that guide you and become who you are.

What can really make or break a relationship can be what one’s perception is of you.  Perception becomes the “boxing in” of a friend or family member into a positive or negative idea.  Sometimes it has to do with a time period or the context of the relationship, one friend may see you as a revolutionary, another may see you as child or have known you in childhood.  Some friends don’t see you all the time and their perception may or may not enlarge in tandem with your growth.  You may want to steer clear of those you don’t feel have a very positive perception of you.  Two things to watch out for that impact your self-esteem are “perception” and “dimmer” qualities.  Some may hold you within an idea, whether it be astrological, work oriented, related to an experience, adventure, a particular skill, your looks, gift oriented, a sickness and others at times like to dim a person’s abilities to increase their own using a reductionist model.  Perception may also be one’s personal branding.  Those two items can impact beauty and one should be aware of them.  Something you can do is say not less, but more or invite them over-the general idea is to inform their idea of you, tell them about yourself a little so when they speak of you, your information is on a mental string, not a convoluted poor perception. High self-esteem-not ego, but quality, can serve you in these kinds of conflicts as well as sharing and being informative.  Keep up to date with friends and family and do not allow them to live in old perceptions without regard for your growth.

Last point, is about counter culture lifestyles or those who pierced and tattooed and desired to live in a subculture or choose an alternative lifestyle.  Some people will cross social taboos or lines and desire to be on the outside of those lines or choose a wholly creative path that is aligned with social and physical designs which I find interesting.  I may have desired it as a young woman with a nose ring and tattoos.  Even an actor may lead a counter cultural life style going from theater to theater, character to character.

You still find a lot of counter culture but you might find yourself wanting a nice supplemental work or a creative career and one that is more foundational.  You may work in education, and then take all your vacations in acting.  It can be really nice to find interesting ways to live a creative life or an imaginative life, or athletic life, or culinary and writing, teaching and engineering etc.  I am finding the transition in later life can be getting into duplicity and trying to squeeze in all the things you love into a life.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Planning Good Times Around the Calendar

Continued from the work of happiness


End of month China, Chinese New Year 5 days (4000)

Skin resurfaced

Frenchie Faire, reading in French



Warming alcohols, hot toddy’s

New Years



Chinese Take Out Party, Sake, mai tai, Sapporo, sodas,

Cocoa Party and Cakes (250)


Valentines (100)

Drawing and painting, collage, illustration

Quilted art

Make prints

Movie Night


Mexico  4 day weekend  (3,000)

Mexican Fiesta, Margarita’s, Posole, meat pies, bunelos

Sewing Bee

Movie Night, Danzon

Drawing session

Reading days in Spanish

Arizona or Texas out west, mountains, resort, restaurants

Study Spanish

Meet Spanish teacher in Mexico

Get work books

Flash cards out

Spanish TV

Spanish subtitle movie

MUSIC, Susana Baca

Agua de rosas


Corona with lime




Gardening (100)

Cleaning (300)

Easter (300)




Eggs and Babka


Ham and Cheese

See a Play

Spring Recital

Rites of Spring



Facial and spa

Choir, classical, nature, relaxation, hippie faire, folk, Joni, carpenter, 70’s

Movie night


Spring cleanse

Get spiritual

Falun gong readings and exercises

Plant a garden

Prune bushes


Buy some plants for the inside





Panera take out pastries


Blood of Christ



Bunny cake


Bake Bread

Little salads



Ice cream cones

Look through recipes

Pad Thai

All favorite dishes

Invite chefs to cook

Culinary travels

Garage sales

Fire pit



Music store

Fairlane shopping trip

Order clothes


Open up pool


Plan presents for yourself

Rehearse music

Musical theater

Drawing and painting hire models

Bake birthday cakes all month

Game Night (250)

Frankenmuth (150)

SPA facial, mani, pedi, hair conditioned, cut

Buy new beauty products

Work on beauty

Get lots of exercise


Quiet writing time



Movie night


BBQ (150)

Poolside with cocktails (250)

Shopping Trip Fairlane Detroit (600)

Cocktail Party

Vintage Photo

Breakfast with Panera and eggs sausages, casserole, frittata



Road Trip

Holland Michigan

Pentwater rent  beach cottage  (500)

Dinner party (400)



Friend visit 4 days, pub, dinner, cook, Vietnamese, bucket a chicken for lunch, Michigan Theater, ARK, case wine, Copernicus, desserts, movies, Midnight movies, matinee, Café, The Earle, BBQ, drawing, photo, pick up pastries, bake, parfaits

Summer Solstice Celebration

Crochet, Baci, Badminton, pool sports

Shopping dishes

Brazilian Samba



Wiards Orchard and Farm visit

Beach  (1000) Traverse/ Petoskey Camping , Mackinaw, thrifting, antiques,

Grinders,  hotel, Ypsilanti, cook, BBQ, Swim, concert, French restaurant, rubber raft, kayaks, pop up van, smores,

Fireworks (100)

Steak house

BBQ Soul food

Burger Bash

Friend visit,  read,  eat, drink,

Jamaican Night


Ghana  (3600)

NYC Film  (2500)

Cherry Trees and picking

Seasonal fruits and veg


CBC Road Trip  Book Signing

Plymouth Cider Mill

African Night, African Music,

Reading African books

Cider Mill (100)

Tailgating (250)

Fire pit

Reading play or poetry, singles, articles

Shopping Trip Detroit (350)

EMU Football Game



Music Store



Fire pit

Tailgating UM & Michigan chili dogs, brats, nachos

caramel apples

Halloween Candy

Spider cookies with Peanut butter cups and chocolate legs with eyes

Oktoberfest Frankenmuth

Bar for beers

Friends for beers and brats

Country Drive

Read Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne, Mystery, Dumaurier

Visit dead relatives, go to a cemetary

Poetry reading

Cider Mill

Halloween notes and films

Donuts and Coffee

Witches coven, pagan, Macbeth

Movie Night

Zombie thriller



Herbal first aid kits



Sewing Bee


Live Music

Michigan Theater


Plymouth Cider Mill

Day of the Dead and Mexican Faire


Thanksgiving  (1200)


Chicago play  or a concert, shop xmas, restaurant (125)




Christmas shopping fairlane, boutiques,


Movie Night


Tree lighting (50)


Read Russian


Christmas Lights

Meat pies

(2)Cocktail Parties (550)

Merry Mary  (400)

Opera (300)

Movie Night

Recital, rehearse Christmas music

Frankenmuth (400)

Loved ones Christmas Eve

Dad 2 days after Christmas exchange gifts meat pies christmas stuff

Homemade Egg rolls





EID  Middle Eastern Night

Caramel Corn



Carolling Christmas piano

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #30

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #30

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The personal trainer asked what size were you before?

All the shrinking and lifting that gets done at the gym.  The breasts easily lift with chest exercises like the LAT, FLY, Chest Press and arm curls.  There are three sculptors out there, one is a plastic surgeon, the second is a personal trainer and the third is yoga.

College events are nice places to meet intelligent and pioneering partners.  Dinner parties with friends are a sign of social health.  Ones time in nature also impacts their beauty.

The evidence of one’s beauty can be measured with:   a scale, mirror, self- assessment, exercise regime, wardrobe, health quality and quality of life, plus photographs.

Chronic pain can be a symptom of aging.  What ends up working for something like knee pain during aging or with arthritis are things like:  steroids, exercises, corrective shoes with insoles, joint juice, weight loss, tiger balm massage, ice or heat, aspirins, compression socks, sitting/standing/and laying percentages of time, yoga, stretching all of the body and all parts of the knee and frequent showers to warm muscles and joints.  Alot of people while aging may have problems with their knees.







Fit, Lean & Beautiful #29

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #29

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Sometimes strange things can be too much.  Even conditioner can be too heavy for fine hair and an all in one shampoo that mixes light conditioner with shampoo can be lighter for hair and give it new life.

A shampoo such as “Pert,” can be wonderful for fine hair.  Pert may return curl in hair or uplift hair that is too weighed down by heavy conditioners.  Pert leaves hair light and shiny.  Pert also has a hair thickening brand.

One doctor also recommended when he felt a diet was “adequate,” don’t adjust your diet, adjust your exercise.  What can become the best work out is a hustler’s job like say pizza delivery where you are running around and in constant motion.  Food Service in general is fast paced and can be a good work out.  Basic sweeping and mopping of a restaurant can be a surprising little work out.  Sometimes getting a new job can activate you and make a necessary financial change, physical change and even sometimes a social change.

Simple beauty changes can mean alot like a new shampoo, new body soap, and a new eyelash curler.  Oil of Olay Almond Milk Body Wash Products leave you really, really soft and slinky.

Look for an avocado sale.

Build up stamina utilizing a job.

Summer is good time to make sure you get enough lemon such as with lemonade or lemon water.

If your stomach starts sticking out start getting colonics and keep getting colonics according to one old friend.

One interesting thing to remember is to stretch out your body to relieve alot of pain and knee problems.  It’s important to strengthen your body to be strong for different jobs or even hard physical labor.




Fit, Lean & Beautiful #28

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #28

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Being healthy always creates beauty.  Some health treatments can result in greater beauty such as the CPAP device that gives oxygen via the nostrils.  The CPAP device can oxygenate the body and cells. One may notice small changes to their skin or their lips may become pinker.  The CPAP device is used for patients of sleep apnea and asthma or people with sleep disorders whose breathing may become interrupted while sleeping.  It is unknown by this author what percentage of the population is impacted by things like snoring or unusual breathing at night, perhaps most? The treatment for sleep disorders using the CPAP can impact the overall health and result in greater beauty via oxygenation and may even be good for brain cells or for the brain in general via the cells flourishing from an abundance of oxygen.

It is also possible to build one’s “healing library” and pick up a variety of books on healing.  There are old books that give a great description of the body that were once popular with young people called “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”  There are other books like “The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies,” “The Healthwise Handbook,” “Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies,” and for the hardcore healer, there are medical books like “Handbook of Gastroenterology,” “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine,” “Emergency Medicine The Medical Students Survival Guide,” “Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual.”  What can be really wonderful is when you look up proper vitamin usage in the “Handbook of Gastroenterology” and find that hair loss can be helped with zinc, biotin and protein-I think also sunlight may impact your little plant.

Plus perhaps find good anatomy books and reference Wikipedia for current and in-depth encyclopedic information about health that is often written by doctors.  Some of the best information you can find is right on Wiki, from depression to almost any disease to vitamins or great bibliographies.  You can even make a binder about bumps or your particular illnesses with things from Wikipedia or illnesses that run in your family in your health library.  You can also print out vaccine information from the Centers for Disease Control or your local Travel Clinic.  Try researching vitamins on Wikipedia; it has some of the most up to date and comprehensive information available and generally very accurate. Even things like menopause and menstruation can be found on Wikipedia.

The summer weather may have really intensely strong sunlight and humidity and while at the doctor’s this author noticed a man who had been on his boat and had severe sun damage and arrived in a wheelchair, perhaps from sun stroke.  His skin had severe sun burns, extremely red and raw looking.  Word to the wise-it’s best to be careful in the sun and always pay for air conditioning in the summer months.  Really gauge how much time you can fish and withstand the sun and perhaps skin needs layers of protection under clothes, hats and creams.  Plain seltzer water with lemon over ice is really refreshing.   You can easily flavor seltzer water and make a custom soda. Be sure to replace salts and electrolytes-even chips can be a health choice in the summer.  It’s a good time to recharge the air conditioner in your car. It’s a good time to work out in an air conditioned gym. It will be a good time shortly in the fall and winter to remove scars and stretch marks that you may not want to heal in the summer with short sleeves or shorts. It’s a good time to buy an extra-large leak proof water bottle and keep water with you at all times.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #27

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #27

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A boxer’s son once said to prop a broom horizontally across your shoulders and twist back and forth for a good waistline and posture.  You should hold onto the broom on both sides as you twist with it across your shoulders.

Moving can lift an old depression and just change the “set.”  Perhaps one can look into getting a “sunset life” or planting a forest and moving to the center of the forest.

For a new radiance or general glow and to clean the pores try epsom salts with lavender or go to a sauna.  It’s also nice to soak the “gens.”  What can also be incredibly uplifting is Aveeno Stress Relief Body Lotion with Ylang Ylang which smells divine and angelic.  Another wonderful spa type lotion that makes the skin incredibly soft is Himalaya.

A nice simple and inexpensive beauty makeover can be to purchase an eyelash curler to open up the eyes.

A few good stretches for the knees may be things like butt kicks, where you bend your knee and attempt to kick your own buttocks.  Butt kicks are actually used to help remedy knee pain that benefits from deep stretching around the knee area.

One may also benefit from a good detoxification using “Detoxify Ready Clean.”  Ready Clean comes in a 16 oz. red bottle.  The key is to after you drank the juice down to keep refilling that same Ready Clean bottle  with water to purify your body of toxins, smoking, alcohol etc.  You may experience chills as it attempts to clean your blood, you may defecate and urinate alot.  It’s works well to continue drinking water and eating a simple cleansing diet for a few days.

Another good thing that is extremely beneficial when you’re working on your health is looking for good healthy food choices.  One excellent choice is cranberry juice and probiotic yogurt to correct or avoid yeast imbalances or urinary problems.  A nice thing to get at the grocery store are just peanut butter bars by Little Debbie as a sweet and spinach dip with oven toasted pita for breakfast.  Pick up sprouts and carrot juice.  Make delicious salads, even I saw one in several bowls to make a salad bar spread, with dressing and meats and sautéed this and that and layered together on your plate with greens for a gathering.

If you switch to a mostly vegetarian diet, but not vegetarian diet or lots of salads your stool will soften and loosen then your metabolism will start to speed up.  Fruits and vegetables are a quick road to elimination.   Vegetarian can be used as a “diet” to reduce bulk.  However steaks can be good as iron rich foods that are good for anemia and the blood.

What is also a little magic and can be a quick 10 lbs. reduction is dedication to the recumbent bike.  Every time you ride, try to ride 3-5 miles and if you ride 4 times a week it’s easy to have rode 20 miles for example and build up some heat.

What I have also noticed is running after balls gets you a lot of running in, like tennis and basketball’s back and forth.

Another thing I will say is to get your car detailed, shampoo the interior, wax, wipe it down and keep it clean for a beautifier.  Don’t forget the little tree air freshener or new car spray.

When going to create your new look you can think of things like an interesting “part,” (in hair or afro) or side burns or a “smart angel” concept or a nice scientist look.  Perhaps channel Einstein or whomever is your favorite and most fashionable scientist.  There are alot of nice hair ornaments to try out like little leather pieces with a stick or even shop for hats.

Try freshening up a glass of water by dropping in a cardamom seed.

What really may way heavy on your mind if you become a parent is your children’s role models or even your people’s role models.  Try to make being “smart cool.”  Many things on the market were promoting of misogyny, crime, thug life, illiteracy, poor speech, killing, violence, promiscuity, drugs etc.-try to help guide your child/family/people to quality choices in music and dress so they are not dressed up like a criminal. Even “grunge” choices can be extremely either “comfortable” or sometimes dirty looking and unattractive.   It’s good to look and walk and talk smart.  It’s good to promote being smart and making healthy choices and choose health for your life.  What can be one of the most devastating things about smoking, for example, is it may dawn on you that you may not have chosen health; you may have chosen something else that may impact your later years.  Some choices may make you feel ignorant later on.  Many choices you make when you’re young deeply impact your beauty.  It’s like asking yourself will I be beautiful later on?

One really nice thing to invest in is Sirius XM radio for your car and home streaming which includes good news stations, punk rock stations, soul stations plus a kitted out 70’s station which is by far one of the best and highest quality musical decades.



Fit, Lean & Beautiful #23

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #23

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


What tends to be good for menstruation:

I think an aspirin always works or a pain killer or ibuprofen, that was the only thing I would rely on. Start taking aspirin right at the onset before cramping and pain sets in to avoid pain. Showering or frequent showers may be soothing for menstruating women.  I might try some of Aveda’s stress products creams or aromatherapy like “Shampure” (it’s a clean smelling perfume oil) or Aveeno Anti Stress Body Washes.  There is also Tiger Balm that soothes feet and hands from pain, a hot water bottle, or a cup of relaxing Chamomile tea.  Perhaps a pedicure and a foot soak in salts or maybe a whole body Epsom bath.  You may want to experiment with “Icy Hot” cream on the back and maybe a little on the abdomen.  Icy Hot definitely relieves severe back pain and may help with pain or cramping.


I think Neutrogena’s Pore Refining Toner is good because hormones begin to rage and break out the skin. “Adapalene” cream from the dermatologist is good for acne and rebuilds new skin.


Birth control tablets or hormonal contraceptives control a lot of the side effects or hormonal changes and cure a lot of cramping, pain and acne. Birth control tablets also reduce the quantity of blood, give menstruation a specific cycle and completely change the experience of menstruation for the better. Birth control pills are also used in menopause to control hot flashes and replace hormones. Birth control tablets can really help women in different phases of womanhood.


Watching a film or television as is commonly done in hospitals may distract women who experience pain and give them some peace.


A nice ceremony and celebration of womanhood is very nice at the onset of menstruation and throughout  to “set the tone,” for how a “strong woman,” should think of herself.  It can also be nice to give woman interesting examples of professional woman or creative woman etc. in books and films and start saving up those examples.  A nice page turner can be great or even gift a pretty book mark to encourage peace and reading. Get a whole box of books to save up for your period or collect sheet music to work on and practice.


It’s a good time to spiritualize, pray and reflect on a female body that is contracting and passing her sacred menses. It’s a good time to spend away from the family or have some time for cleansing the body in nature’s way. What could also be good are a few iron tablets to rebuild a woman’s blood count which for a heavy bleeder may experience anemia. Very often a woman’s entire system may start to cleanse and she may become vulnerable to a cold or even the blues etc.  The time period of menstruation may be in general a cleansing time for ridding the body of toxins as is done with a cold.  The presence of blood may not be a good exercise time, but a good cleansing, spiritual and resting time.



A lot of women tend to bleed in conjunction with the phases of the moon and start their period on the full or harvest moon or women living together may both bleed in tandem.  A nice moon focused calendar can keep you abreast of the moons phases and maybe you can sync up with Mother Earth! A lot of Indian calendars were based on menstruation and the moon phases.  Things are said like “13/20” or “trece veinte” to reflect the old sacred calendars.  Calendars also worked in conjunction with harvest times and crop seasons. Women were supposed to bleed every 28 days.  In certain countries fertility calendars are distributed because during menses a woman cannot become pregnant but may want to clock the passing of her eggs for fertilization to become pregnant.  A woman’s blues may even come from the loss of an egg during menses which is part of what she sheds.  Women have all kinds of sacred numbers like bleeding 13 times in a year or every twenty-eight days.


For a wonderful technical description of menstruation and to become really “in the know” about a woman or mammalians body see Wikipedia’s definition for menstruation and their bibliography for further reading:


There are all kinds of combinations that work for sanitary napkins like sea sponges that you rinse out that work well in rural areas but leak when you laugh or cough but represent economy and no waste, or home made snap on pads that you wash or a panty liner tampon combos, or a pad and tampon for a heavy bleeder, or a winged pad to avoid spills, or super tampons for heavy bleeders and I have even heard of two tampons for super heavy bleeders or pads then panty liners at the end when bleeding tapers off.  A woman may alternatively choose a variety of supplies and enjoy the “smorgasbord” of menstruation supplies and combos.


The challenge is often not to soil your undergarments or clothing.  You may want to designate a set of undergarments.  It can really work to hand wash undergarments immediately and soak them in a bucket of bleach before washing to get them white again.  White undergarments are easier to bleach and sterilize.


It’s also important not to clog plumbing and think of good disposal methods.  Pads are nice to roll up into little bundles and wrap in toilet paper because they can be unsightly. For diapers there were hampers?  Normally tampons become a popular choice to flush down the toilet but can impact plumbing and it’s being researched at schools like the University of Michigan, the impact of tampons on the microbiome environment of the vagina.  Pulling out tampons can create suction, dry, leave filaments or impact the vagina. It’s important to maintain a healthy vaginal environment and keep it cleaned with the steam from the shower, mild soap and water and perhaps a cleaning agent like a douche of some kind occasionally.
Women tend to bleed for different amounts of time and even up to one week. It might be nice to take this time for yourself and take a much needed break maybe from sex or routine and plan something special.  Salads and greens and iron rich foods are good.  Maybe even comfort foods may be good for menstruation.  A lot of women experience bloating and water retention and look a little “pregnant.” The water retention is said to be part of the cleansing aspect of menstruation.


Some women start to bleed early in puberty around age 11 or even as early as age 8 then finish depending on if they are in their child rearing years.  Some stop bleeding in their middle 40’s or even 60’s.


The history of menstruation may be interesting to research, such as in the Middle East with the onset of  menstruation and the veiling of women.