Strong NOT Saggy

Young people have adopted the “Strong not Skinny” mantra. They want to be physically, mentally & spiritually strong. At Zestizm we believe in the “Strong not Saggy” mantra. We don’t get saggy & weak as we age because of age. We decline in that way because of our lack of activity and poor eating habits. This site shares information for people over 40 looking to be strong in mind, body and soul. Enjoy a zest for life. Join us.

Lew Hollander

Lew Hollander "IronLew" has been taking care of his body for a while. From a very early age (11-12 years old) he took a real interest in his health and everything he ate and did. He is an amazing...
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Annette Larkins

Annette Larkins believes we must eat those things that are conducive to great health. At 74 years old and looking many, many years younger this raw food expert is a shining example of how a...
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Mimi Kirk

Mimi Kirks (born September 1938) is 77 years old and has been a vegetarian and vegan for the best part of 40 years. She vibrates health and wellness (she has been voted 'sexist vegetarian over 50')...
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Sam “Sonny” Bryant

Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr was 70 years old when this video was made in 2013 - that makes him 73 years old now. Like many stories I have read regarding older weight lifters he started lifting in...
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Tao Porhon-Lynch

Tao Porhon-Lynch is a 97 year old yoga master who teaches yoga. Doctors told her that her flexibility would never be the same when she had a hip replacement in her 80s but Tao Porhon-Lynch says...
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What we think of old is changing

I recently watched a documentary on ITV called ‘The Secrets of Growing Old’. It was a positive look at the many...
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Get help re-inventing yourself

This is the third of three articles - the first focused on on how I am re-inventing myself. The second on how you can...
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Going through self-reinvention

This is the second article focusing on re-inventing self - you can read the original article : reinventing myself here...
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re-invent yourself in middle-age

I have a dream of a future that is very unlike my current situation. One where I live in a hot country during the...
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7 Confidence Building Tips

There are many ways to lose your sense of confidence which is why I wanted to include some confidence building tips...
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Being inspirational

When you aspire to live your dream you inspire others to live theirs and for me that’s what being inspirational...
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Setting SMART self confidence goals

Are you familiar with what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is? It is a goal that is set to be specific, measurable, attainable,...
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Self-confidence timeline

A great way to review your life as a summary is by writing out your self-confidence timeline. Doing this will help you...
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Complete your incomplete tasks

You may wonder what having a range of incomplete tasks have to do with raising self confidence but actually it is a...
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Being Assertive Builds Self Confidence

Being assertive and self-confidence are so closely linked that it is difficult for me to say whether you build self...
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Plant-based protein dinner

I thought I would share my plant-based protein dinner today after a friend recently asked me how I get my protein when I follow a plant based diet. It is a poplar question from people interested in adopting a more plant-based way of life. People are mainly concerned...

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Two healthy oils for frying

I do try not to fry food now. If  I can I sautee it in water I will do just that, but there are times when I am in need of healthy oils for frying and there are two main ones I use. Coconut Oil Years ago I found out about the power of coconut oil. I was at a health...

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A green food week

I have decided that I have been eating too many starchy vegetables over the last two weeks and so this week I am having a green food week. The whole week is dedicated to eating and juicing anything green. To see what I ate you can read my blog post - 7 day plant...

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Great Healthy Gut Foods

So new lesson for this week is keeping my gut healthy and I have been looking into healthy gut foods I can eat to help me stay healthy (with the proviso that I might also lose weight of course). So why focus on my gut? Well it is the friendly bacteria in our gut that...

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Homemade Hummus Recipe

About two weeks ago I remembered something important. That my Oscar Vitalmax Juicer not only makes delicious vegetable juicers but it also has a mincer, and I used it today to make houmous or hummus. I thought today I would share my homemade hummus recipe. There is a...

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Plant based diet weight increase

There were many things I knew would happen when I started a plant based diet. I knew I would feel great, I knew my skin would look better and I even knew my hair and nails would become stronger. What I wasn't expecting was a plant based diet weight increase. Yes. I...

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Sprouted grains to eat on a plant based diet

A sprouted grain is a seed that has been left to grow but harvested for food before it becomes a fully grown plant. They contain high levels of proteins, enzymes, minerals and vitamins, which is why I wanted to make a list of sprouted grains to eat on a plant based...

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Vegetables and Fruit you MUST buy organic

Everytime conventional vegetables and fruits are eaten they contain pesticides. Over time a lot of these pesticdies are just not good for us, so it is worth knowing about the vegetables and fruit you MUST buy organic if you want to limit your pesticide consumption....

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11 healthy foods I eat

I got back from the health food store today and as I looked into my bag I thought about the new healthy foods I eat now, that I wasn't eating 11 months ago. They are all healthy and help me to stick to my healthy eating goals. Things like Rye Bread I never liked Rye...

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How I motivate myself to stick to vegetable juicing

I have tried many times to stick to vegetable juicing and failed, or at least gave up in that moment. Drinking nothing but vegetable juice all day when I was so used to stuffing my face full of food was difficult. It's probably why for the first two years of having a...

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Low Energy Density Foods List

I mentioned in my other post that filling my plate with low energy density foods is a great way to help me with my weight management, so today I thought a low energy density foods list might come in handy. As you can imagine, low energy density foods are usually...

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What are low energy density foods

I feel like I have found a miracle to help me with my weight management in the form of something called low energy density foods. What are low energy density foods? Well first a bit about energy density. The food we eat provides us with energy and energy density is...

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Leftover Juice Pulp Recipes

I never knew what to do with my leftover juice pulp. I don't have a compost heap to throw it on so usually it went in the bin, which is a real shame. Then I started reading about different ways the leftovers could be used and I decided to give it a go. Different ways...

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Vegetable Juicing – Block the biological clock

I am using vegetable juicing for many things. Not just weight loss but also to help me block the biological clock. That clock that ticks, ticks, ticks and lets me know I am getting older. Yes, the truth is there is more than one biological clock for a woman. Once the...

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Teff – Ethiopian Super Grain

Teff is a grain that has been named a super food (or at least a super grain) because it contains a large number of nutrients that we need. High in fibre, protein, iron, vitamin C and calcium, plus its gluten-free. Grown in Ethopia originally it is made into flour and...

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What is Rooibos tea?

I bought myself some Rooibos tea. I had no idea what it was but I was on a tea website and it mentioned it was from South Africa, so I thought I would try it. Rooibos tea is meant to be a healthier alternative to black tea. Rooibos (pronounced roy-bose) means red bush...

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Cabbage Broccoli Black Bean Broth

Today I made cabbage broccoli black bean broth, which also included garlic. I heated one litre of water, added vegetable bouillon, curry powder, Celtic salt and cayenne pepper to it. Once boiling I added the broccoli and cabbage to it. Let it boil and then simmered...

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Becoming A Detox Specialist

My vegetable juicing journey. Learning about a plant-based diet and intermittent fasting has contributed to my obsession about detoxification and food addiction. I am absolutely convinced that my addiction to the sugar in foods keeps me eating them despite my...

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Plant eating day – roasted aubergine

This weekend my youngest is visiting his dad so it seemed like the ideal time to have a plant eating day. I do my best to have two plant eating days a week (minimum) and on those days I eat nothing but plant food. No wheat, no meat, and no dairy - although I would...

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Sweet potato, squash and lentil soup

I call this my orange soup - its sweet potato, squash and lentil soup. It also has onion, garlic, orange pepper, carrots and seasoning. I start by chopping all my ingredients. I fry (using coconut oil) the onion and garlic (sometimes I add mushrooms) I make up some...

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Organic meat in the EU might not be worth the money

Organic meat isn't cheap. Sometimes I buy it and sometimes I don't. Alex Ruani, Research Director at The Health Sciences Academy has written a report asking is organic meat worth its price? It is free for 7 days and is worth a read. I thought I would summarise it...

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