Friday, 15 December 2017

From Depression to Dementia: Foods That Improve Your Mental Health After 40

The older you get, the more you start to worry about age-associated diseases. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of Americans, leaving many in search of ways to prevent poor health in their 40s and beyond.
It turns out your diet could improve your mental health and slow cognitive decline — but what you should eat changes as you age. Here are the foods you should be eating to save your brain and prolong your life.

Dark chocolate

If you’ve ever eaten large quantities of chocolate to ward off emotional distress, you’ve had the right idea. Chemically, chocolate really does have the power to enhance your mood, thanks to endorphins.
But that’s not all chocolate’s good for — especially dark chocolate. Its antioxidant properties can diminish the oxidative stress that often leads to cognitive decline. Eat a small amount every day to keep your memory sharp and your brain in good condition.

Brown rice

Are grain-based foods like bread and rice really as bad for you as everyone says? Not if you’re eating pure whole grains — which are more nutritious than the varieties you usually find in breakfast cereals and white breads. These grains are good for digestion and disease prevention, even in your brain.
People who eat whole grains are healthier and less likely to die from disease than those who don’t. Brown rice is just one of many foods that, if eaten regularly, could help you live longer.


Your mom used to remind you to eat your fruits and vegetables so you’d grow up healthy. Don’t break that habit just because you’re getting older. Fruits, especially those eaten with their skin intact, provide fiber and other vitamins and minerals essential for healthy aging.
Grapes can improve and prevent a number of chronic conditions, like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Like other fruits, their antioxidant properties can boost your mood and decrease your dementia risk.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes provide a variety of vitamins and minerals that could have anti-inflammatory benefits. Eating large quantities of potatoes won’t prevent or cure the world’s deadliest diseases, but they could help prevent symptoms you don’t want your body to have to endure in older age.
Some researchers believe that inflammation and dementia could share an important connection. Reducing inflammation overall could reduce your risk for a number of diseases and keep your brain healthy.


Adding a little spinach to your diet may be one of the best things you can do to protect your brain. If you have high blood pressure, the plant’s high potassium content could actually save you from dementia.
One type of dementia, called vascular dementia, results from inadequate blood supply to certain parts of your brain. High blood pressure actually increases your risk of this disease, especially if it isn’t well maintained for long periods of time.

Mixed nuts

People often lump nuts in with other high-calorie, high-fat snack foods and warn against consuming them regularly. However, you shouldn’t avoid them completely if you want to protect your brain.
Many nuts, high in omega-3 fatty acids, decrease your risk of developing depression. Poor mental health and dementia share a possible link, so if you’re eating to fend off the devastating brain disease, add some walnuts or cashews to your shopping list ASAP.


Omega-3 fatty acids, also present in substantial amounts in tuna and other fish, can also slow cognitive decline as you get older. The sharper your mind, the less likely you are to succumb to certain diseases.
In addition to plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, tuna proves to be an excellent source of lean protein. Protein is an essential component of healthy aging, especially for those making it a point to exercise regularly to maintain optimal health.

Eating These ‘Healthy’ Foods Every Day Might Actually Make You Gain Weight Like Crazy

Are your go-to “healthy” foods making you gain weight? Don’t think you can get away with smothering everything in yogurt and almond butter — especially if you’re trying to lose weight. All these foods are healthy, and are great replacements for processed snacks and frozen meals. However, eating too much of a healthy food will likely result in weight gain.

Whole-grain breads and cereals

Bread is healthy — sometimes. According to TIME Health, not all whole grains are as good for you as their packaging claims. Many whole-grain breads are still made with refined flour, and contain only small amounts of actual whole grains. It’s possible to gain weight from eating too many refined carbohydrates when labels misguide you. Also, even though a bread or cereal might be made with whole grains doesn’t mean it’s free of added sugars, or low in calories.

Nuts and nut butters

Nuts and nut butters are high in protein, but that doesn’t automatically make them healthy. A handful of almonds is healthier than a handful of chocolate chips, but it’s also high in calories — about 163 calories per ounce, Live Science says. At 14 grams of fat per serving, eating too many in one sitting makes weight gain much more likely. Nut butters aren’t necessarily unhealthy, either, but don’t spread too much onto your toast if you’re serious about your diet.

Dried fruit

Fruit is healthy no matter what form you eat it in — right? Not quite. Dried fruit, often part of packaged trail mix, isn’t nearly as healthy as fresh, whole fruit. According to Healthline, it’s high in calories and natural sugar. Many varieties also contain added sugars, which often contribute to weight gain. It may be convenient, but you are better off choosing fresh fruit as often as possible. Trail mixes, cereals, and health bars with dried fruit in them are healthier than other snacks, but still aren’t your best options.


Filling your plate with white rice — no matter how many vegetables you pile on top — isn’t the best weight loss strategy, says SF Gate. White rice, and other refined grains, lack essential nutrients important for combatting weight gain, such as fiber. Both white and brown rice provide over 200 calories per serving, which really starts to add up if you eat it every day. Often used as a base or side dish in addition to high-calorie and high-fat foods — especially Chinese takeout — it’s easy to eat too much rice in one sitting.


According to, it’s possible to eat beans regularly and still lose weight. However, you’re probably not using your beans wisely — and that can result in weight gain. Baked beans are often loaded with sugar-packed sauce, and refried beans almost always come with sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. Consider adding beans to your soups and salads, and enjoying other high-calorie bean-based side dishes only on special occasions.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt provides more protein than regular yogurt, and can be an excellent source of fiber, says Women’s Health. However, too many people take the advice to start with plain yogurt and add your own ingredients to the extreme. Honey, nuts, fruit, and granola are all healthy in small amounts, but it’s important to remain mindful of your calories. While calories aren’t the only factor that determine weight gain or loss, ignoring portion sizes and indulging in too many extras will almost always sabotage your efforts.


Avocados are loaded with healthy fat — so you’d think eating more avocado every day would help you lose weight, right? Half of an avocado yields about 110 calories, though, says Medical News Today. However, 15% of that comes from fat — and even though it’s the “good” kind of fat, too much of it still won’t help you lose weight. The occasional indulgence can be great for your heart, but other fruits can provide similar benefits for far fewer calories per gram — and they won’t make you gain weight as easily.

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The cat that loves to ride a bike.

This ENTIRE Family Is Transgender

A local news station in Arizona ran a glowing piece on a family that is in transition — as in, the entire family, including the two young children, are all transgender.
Daniel Harrot, the "father" of the family, is a 41-year-old biological female who identifies as a man.
“It feels like you’re getting to live for the first time,” Daniel told KJZZ. “And my children are getting to be who they’ve always wanted to be.”
Daniel's daughter Mason, an 11-year-old biological female, identifies as a boy. And his son Josh, a 13-year-old biological male, identifies as a girl.
Confused yet?
Josh says he thinks he "was only, like 6 or 7" when he knew he was a girl.
Harrot's fiance is also transgender. Shirley Austin, a biological male described as "tall and blond and smiley" by KJZZ, claims to be a woman.
"The whole family is in transition," Austin says.
According to KJZZ, Daniel realized she was actually a man "after he gave birth to two kids."
Here's the moment Daniel "knew" she was trans:
Then, just last year, Joshua wanted to join Girl Scouts – despite being raised a boy.
That’s when Daniel was introduced to a word he had never heard before: transgender.
“And when I finally looked it up, and I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re trans, and I know it’s true – because I am, too, and it’s been my whole life,’” Daniel said.
The young boy then followed his mother's (father's?) footsteps and came out as trans, too. Mason soon followed, identifying as a boy.
"Daniel knew to protect and support his kids, he had to live as his authentic self, too. So he cut his hair and went shopping — in the men’s section," says the news station.
"I opened my eyes, looked in that dressing room mirror and went, 'Oh this is it. This is perfect. This is me,'" said Daniel.
Daniel then met Shirley, 62, at a nonprofit for transgender youths, adding the fourth transgender to the family.
"I was never accepted before by people that really loved me, and we were married," said Shirley. "So why would any of that change?"
"It was so freeing, because I knew I could be me, and they’re going to understand me for who I am," Shirley added. "They’re going to know the hurts that I feel and how we can help each other."
According to Daniel, the family is "very traditonal." She (Daniel) does all the yard work and he (Shirley) does all the cooking.
Of course, while this profile on the transgender family is meant to showcase some sort of new-age "love" and "tolerance," it's void of the realities facing trans folks, particularly children who suffer from gender dysphoria.
A National Center for Transgender Equality survey, which looked at the largest sampling of transgender people ever, found that an alarming 40% of trans people have attempted suicide (compared to just 4.6% of the general population) and 30% have experienced homelessness.
When looking at children who are being encouraged to perceive themselves as transgender, as is the case with the Harrot family, the picture becomes more grim. With a vast majority of children outgrowing such gender confusion, why would we purposefully set them up for such a detrimental future by encouraging their confusion in the name of "tolerance"? These parents are mentally ill themselves and now they are damaging their children. They should not be glorified by the virtue-signaling Left, they should be receiving help.

The Most Effective Way To Destroy Your Husband, Ruin Your Marriage, And Encourage Infidelity

There is more than one way to cheat on your spouse — or, I should say, cheat your spouse. And it seems that many husbands are being cheated by their wives in a way that is no less damaging and no more justified than being cheated on. This form of "cheating" is all the more common because our culture tells women that men aren’t owed anything in the first place. You can’t cheat them out of something you were never supposed to give them, after all.

But a husband is owed something, and his wife is obliged to provide it. He is not only owed it; he needs it.
That is: respect.
A wife who belittles her husband, cuts him down, nitpicks him relentlessly, holds her affection — both physical and emotional — as a ransom, nags him endlessly, criticizes him constantly, humiliates him in public and to her friends and in front of the children, and will not allow him to take a leadership position in the home, cannot be terribly surprised when he begins to withdraw. And if he cheats — which would be a great and indefensible evil, no matter how cold and domineering his wife may be — it cannot be said that he was the first. She cheated him; she lied to him, by promising to respect him and treat him like a man, only to turn around and treat him like a child.
Men have a deep desire for respect. It is truly a catastrophe that we are not raising our girls to understand and appreciate this fact. Instead they learn, often from their own mothers, from the media, from television, advertisements, academia, and so on, that men are worthless oafs who should be handled accordingly until they prove themselves worthy of better treatment. "My husband will be respected if he earns it," the wife declares. "Let him do the chores I assign to him, let him accomplish everything I require, let him dance to my tune, and then perhaps I’ll reward him like a circus animal with little pellets of respect."
This is not the right approach.
A husband does not need to earn his wife’s respect any more than a wife needs to earn her husband’s love. A wife ought to respect her husband because he is her husband, just as he ought to love and honor her because she is his wife. Your husband might “deserve” it when you mock him, berate him, belittle him, and nag him, but you don’t marry someone in order to give them what they deserve. In marriage, you give them what you’ve promised.
This doesn’t mean that a man has a license to be lazy, abusive, or uncaring. Precisely the opposite. He is challenged to live up to the respect his wife has for him. But if his wife parcels out her respect on a reward system, the husband will feel demoralized and empty. He will not feel at home in his home. He will not have the sense of masculine purpose and fulfillment that his family life ought to afford him. After a while, he will dread coming home at night, preferring to remain at work where his contributions are appreciated and his talents are admired. Now the marriage has entered a very dangerous place. If a man feels more like a man when he’s away from his wife than when he’s with her, disaster is right around the corner. The marriage is already half-dead. It won’t take much to finish it off.
We all seem to understand that love is supposed to be unconditional, but we struggle to see how respect must be the same. I wonder: how would we respond to a husband who says he is not going to love his wife because she hasn’t earned it? What would we say about a man who chooses to act unlovingly toward his wife because she isn’t doing a good job of keeping the house together, or she doesn’t have dinner ready when he comes home, or she isn’t properly satisfying him in other ways, or she isn’t doing all the things he demands on the timetable that he prefers? Even if it were true that the wife is slacking in her responsibilities, we would consider the man to be a monster for holding that over her head or using it as an excuse to degrade and demean her.
So, why do we accept this approach from women? Why is it considered appropriate for a woman to order her husband around, but not the reverse? Why is it normal in our culture for a woman to assign a list of chores to her husband (the “Honey Do List,” we call it), yet we would think a man tyrannical and possibly abusive if he gave his wife her own list of mandatory assignments for the day? "Headed to work, honey. Your chore list is on the fridge." Why do we think nothing of women who sit around complaining to each other about their husbands, even when those very same women would be devastated if their husbands did the same? Why is it acceptable for a woman to kick a man out of his own bed and banish him to the living room like a scolded puppy, while it would be seen as entirely unacceptable for a man to pull the same stunt with his wife? Imagine a wife saying to her girlfriends, “I’m really in the doghouse, girls. My husband made me sleep on the couch last night.” Her friends would probably tell her to call the police and file for divorce.
I am blessed to have married a woman who operates differently. She respects me without condition, even when I have not earned it. She builds me up and in the process helps me to become more deserving of the respect she has already granted me. GK Chesterton said the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is that a thing must be loved before it is lovable. I would add only that a man must also be respected before he is respectable. I have grown as a man, a husband, and a father, because my wife treated me as a leader in the home long before I had any idea what it meant to lead or how to do it.
Sadly, the average man in America is not always given this advantage. He enters marriage and finds himself immediately in a hole. He must prove his worth if he wants to be treated like he has any. His wife paints a line on the floor and expects him to walk it perfectly. But he will inevitably stumble, as all men (and women) do, and his wife will chastise him and use his mistake as blackmail against him.
A man in this situation is called nonetheless to endure, to fight for his family, and never to be unfaithful to his wife or leave her. But if he does wander, it should be noted that he is not the only traitor in the marriage. She betrayed him. She promised him a wife and instead gave him a stepmother. The two have now betrayed each other, each in their own way.
There are two sides to every story, as they say. I think this is the side that is not often told.

HORRIFIC: Journalist Accuses Trump Jr. Of Abusing Women . . . At Age Three

We now live in an age where sins you commit before you're even old enough to ride a tricycle could come back to haunt you.
According to reporter Virginia Heffernan, former staffer for Politico and The New York Times (and now host of the "TrumpCast" podcast), Donald Trump Jr. has a rap sheet of abusing women, beginning at age three when he said to a teacher, "F**k you, b**ch!"
The bombshell revelation of Trump Jr.'s scandalizing behavior at an age when most children are obedient saints comes as a shock to us all. Heffernan's brave expose of America's First Son came in response to a tweet from Bloomerg’s Steven Dennis that taunted Trump Jr. over his “slick” hair:
Worse still, Trump Jr.'s abusive behavior scarred the teacher to the point she quit teaching altogether. Heffernan did clarify the revelation was not intended as a #MeToo.
The Twitterverse then began echoing with cries of solidarity over Anna's horrific abuse at the hands of a tyke, saying it highlights how the ultra-rich exploit the poor and allow their children to run roughshod over people:
Others quickly resorted to mockery:

HGTV Star Accused Of Forcing Makeup Artist To Repeatedly Perform Oral Sex On Him

Former makeup artist Kailey Kaminsky says she was coerced at the threat of her job to repeatedly perform oral sex on HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse.
Oosterhouse has admitted to having relations with Kaminsky, but has denied any coercion and maintains the relations were completely consensual.
In 2008, Kaminsky, then 34, worked as a makeup artist on Oosterhouse's show "Carter Can" when the alleged coercion took place. She says she performed oral sex on the star 10-15 times after he pressured her and then had a conversation with her that she interpreted as an implication that she would lose her job if she did not acquiesce.
"I was so worn down from his advances, so I did: that day, on that occasion. It was the first time. Then thereafter it was most every time we would shoot — 10 to 15 times he put me in this position," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
"[T]he persistent requests for oral sex began a year into her employment on the show when Oosterhouse, then 32 and a home improvement TV star after gaining fame on TLC's Trading Spaces, propositioned her while the pair were running errands in a truck during a location shoot in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. She repeatedly rebuffed him on the trip, she says, and his advances were even more surprising because she identifies as a lesbian," says the report.
"He's like, 'You know what would be a good idea? If you went down on me,'" Kaminsky recalled. "I was shocked — it was so random. I said, in my sarcastic way, 'Well, that's not sexual harassment at all.' He said, 'I just think it would be fun.' I made it clear that I did not think it would be fun. Still, I thought he was just goofing around."
"He was determined to get a blow job," she added, saying he had "tunnel vision."
The requests for oral sex allegedly continued back in Los Angeles, says Kaminsky. In September 2008, Oosterhouse was allegedly "intimidating" her to perform such sexual favors. When they were driving to a project, "he pulled off the road and said, 'Do you enjoy your job?'" she recalled. "I said I did and in fact would like to work more, handling more of his personal appearances outside the show. He said, 'Well, I can help you with that. But you need to do something for me.'"
Kaminsky told The Hollywood Reporter she felt she had to "capitulate" or she'd lose her job. She said this happened a total of 10-15 times.
"It was eye contact; he would look at me and look down," said Kaminsky, describing what would happen before such alleged encounters.
She said she felt especially "degraded" because "when he would assault me, he insisted on finishing on my face — every time — knowing that I had to go back out and work. I asked him about that. He said, 'It's just what I wanted to do.'"
In a statement, Oosterhouse denied all the accusations of coercion and said it was Kaminsky who often initiated the sexual encounters.
"I had an intimate relationship with Kailey 9 years ago and it was 100% mutual and consensual. In no way did I ever feel, nor was it ever indicated to me, that Kailey was uncomfortable during our intimate relationship. I would have never done anything that I was not sure was mutually agreeable," he said.
"The reality is that I knew it was consensual because she initiated it the first time and many of the 15 or so times we had relations thereafter. We were together outside of work and I considered her a friend," the statement continued.
"I didn't have anything to do with her not being invited back to the show — that was a producer decision," he added.
The former makeup artist claims she was so distressed over the alleged situation that she developed a stomach ulcer and ultimately suffered from depression and PTSD.
"I developed this stomach ulcer, something I'd never had before, and was hospitalized for a week," said Kaminsky. "I kept beating myself up psychologically — that I was nothing but a prostitute. And the longer this went on, the less he would allow me to do my job. If I wanted to step in and touch up his hair and powder, he would push me away."
Kaminsky says she told two female producers on the show, but apparently relayed to them that the relations were consensual. "I was trying to find a narrative to make myself feel better. I told myself that this is giving me power. I definitely went out of my way to pretend it was something that I was participating in willfully. I was like, 'It's fine, whatever.' I was trying not to cry," she said, adding: "It was Stockholm Syndrome-y, justifying-what-you're-doing."
One of those female producers said she did not suspect any wrongdoing from Oosterhouse based on her conversations with Kaminsky. "It didn't raise any flags, so I don't think we suggested an intervention," she said. "It didn't seem like it was abusive."
​Kaminsky claims Oosterhouse later apologized for his actions after she told him she felt forced to perform such sexual acts, but Oosterhouse denies this. "I did say I thought it was mutual — because it was," he recalled. "I didn't apologize because I never did anything wrong. That's the God's honest truth. I felt bad that she was, in that moment, not-super-positive."
Kaminsky said she felt it was important to come forward as part of the #MeToo campaign, although the stories have triggered PTSD for her. "I read these stories and there's PTSD: Why wasn't I strong enough to protect myself?" she said. "I'm not looking to be litigious or for money. ... I just want to set the record straight about what happened to me."
Here's Carter Oosterhouse's full statement via The Hollywood Reporter:
First off, let me say that I am very passionate about what is a happening right now with the #metoo movement, especially because I have so many strong woman in my life, like my wife, mother, sister and of course my little baby girl. We are in a time of change for society and I am behind it 100%.
I had an intimate relationship with Kailey 9 years ago and it was 100% mutual and consensual. In no way did I ever feel, nor was it ever indicated to me, that Kailey was uncomfortable during our intimate relationship. I would have never done anything that I was not sure was mutually agreeable.
The reality is that I knew it was consensual because she initiated it the first time and many of the 15 or so times we had relations thereafter. We were together outside of work and I considered her a friend.
I want to address a couple of the things she said. First, I didn't have anything to do with her not being invited back to the show — that was a producer decision.
And as for the fact that she identifies as a lesbian — I didn't know that — all I knew was that she was in a sexual relationship with another guy who worked on the show.
It's upsetting that she now feels this way, I only wish her the best and truly hope that she can move forward.

FIRST TIME ANYWHERE: Australia Stops Sex Offender From Leaving Country

On Monday, for the first time anywhere, a sex offender was barred from leaving the country by law, as an Australian sex offender was stopped from leaving the country.
Australian government ministers described the incident as a "world first." Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed the Monday occurrence to reporters at a press conference that was designed to alert the press that the law had been implemented.
The sex offender who was at Sydney Airport was stopped by authorities at the SmartGate passport check. Bishop would not reveal what the sex offender’s destination was. She noted, "(Child sex offenders) have a high propensity to re-offend if they are in a country where they are not monitored and where child sex exploitation is rampant. These laws are designed to protect children at home and abroad.”
Bishop could have been referring to Thailand and the Philippines; according to ECPAT International:
More than any other region, Asia, particularly Southeast Asia and certain countries in South Asia, has long been the target of child sex tourists. Thailand and the Philippines, partly due to their existing "sex industries", have been frequently associated with child sex tourism. … Cambodia and Vietnam are said to have suffered an influx of child sex tourists as a result of increased efforts to combat the issue in Thailand.
Referring to the Philippines, ECPAT noted, "Estimates of CSEC and CST vary from there being 100,000 child victims of prostitution in the country as a whole, to the nearly 20,000 child victims of prostitution in the Metro Manila area alone."
Bishop said roughly 800 registered child sex offenders on the National Child Sex Register exited from Australia in 2016; 40% of them did not inform authorities beforehand.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the new law was the "most comprehensive crackdown on child sex tourism" ever, adding, "This is world first legislation ... Australians will no longer be able to prey on children in our region.”
Australian Senator Derryn Hinch, who championed the new law, celebrated the stopping of the sex offender as a"proud moment,” adding,
A convicted child sex offender turned back at Sydney Airport today under new passport ban law that I got passed this year. Those child rape holidays for Aussie deviates are over.