The Life and Accomplishments of Ingrid Boulting

Ingrid Boulting; An Inspiration

It was not surprising that Ingrid Boulting came back to acting in 2006 for a role in the movie Conversations with God, a movie based on the inspirational, internationally-acclaimed books by Neale Donald Walsch. Achieving emancipating, mature spirituality, after all, has been one of Boulting’s life-long goals. In essence, the film was a symbolic culmination of this goal.

Like Walsch, Boulting has been on a quest for illuminating answers from an early age; the former sought guidance from God, the latter from life/nature and from within. Although most Hollywood celebrities get swallowed up by success, Boulting, after experiencing it, voluntarily gave it up for (as she prophetically says in the movie The Last Tycoon) “a quiet life” somewhere.

Career Achievements

Without question, Boulting has an extraordinary curriculum vitae. At a young age she (born: 1947 in Transvaal, South Africa) was drawn into the very artistically demanding world of ballet, to which she devoted over a decade of her life. Ballet then led to successful model, gracing the pages of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Seventeen, London Life, Celebrity Sleuth, and countless others.

Dancing and Modeling

While dancing and modeling, she discovered the wonderful world of drawing/painting — crafts which she has pursued to this day. Apparently destined to delve into different areas of the fine arts, Boulting then discovered acting, first on stage and then in the movies. Amazingly, she went on to do a series of movies spanning over three decades: The Witches (1966); Inadmissible Evidence (1968); The Last Tycoon (1976); Deadly Passion (1985) among them.

The fact that Ingrid Boulting has had a successful career is indisputable, but that is not what sets her apart from other celebrities. In fact, some people (if they know who she is) may even label her success as “mediocre.”

The following facts, however, suggest otherwise:

  • Her pretty face being featured on hundreds of pages in major publications.
  • Co-acting with such Hollywood greats as Orson Wells, Olivia de Haviland, Robert DeNiro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Ray Milland and Jack Nicholson.
  • Being a successful artist since 1993.
  • Being a knowledgeable yoga instructor.
  • Acting on stage, TV and films.
  • Offering sliding scale pricing for the financially disadvantaged at her yoga studio .

A Renaissance Woman

While famous actresses often develop bad reputations, Miss Boulting espouses and advocates a clean, healthy lifestyle that is respectful to all living things. In fact, as a Yoga instructor, she helps people get in tune with nature and discover ways to stay healthy without the use of artificial tools or methods.

Through her art work, Boulting shares beautiful creations on canvas, as those people who continue to buy her renditions can no doubt attest. Although she has not received formal art training, Boulting has been painting since she was a child. Her teachers, she says, are heavyweights like Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Gustav Klimt, Valesquez, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler and Jean Antoine Watteau; she was also guided by the museums she visited while growing up.

Ingrid Boulting the Entrepreneur

In addition to all her other “roles,” Ingrid Boulting has become a very astute entrepreneur. Proving that one does not have to become a slave to one’s profession (in her case, a Hollywood celebrity), Miss Boulting founded and runs her own successful business, Sacred Space Studio. This facility, located in Ojai, California, provides yoga classes and other services. Going by the client testimonials on her website, ingridboulting.com, it has become a haven for people looking for spiritual/physical healing and empowerment.

Above all, though, is Ingrid Boulting’s commitment to family — more specifically, her daughter, Cheyne Rose, for whom she sacrificed her career. Would anyone other than a loving mother do that? In a world where obtaining wealth, fame, and associations with powerful people seem to be popular goals, Boulting has proven that one can reach for worthier, more lasting things . . . and still become self-fulfilled, happy and financially successful!

Book Helps Men Support and Understand Breast Cancer Patients

A Book About Breast Cancer, and more…

Sometimes the gift of a book can help someone you care about gain the information and perspective necessary to get through a tough time. What if that tough time involves a dad, brother or friend who doesn’t quite know what to do when breast cancer attacks someone he loves, whether mother, sister, wife or daughter?

A good choice might be to give him a copy of John W. Anderson’s book Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men.

Learning the Hard Way

Learning the right ways to give support during cancer treatment may not come naturally for a man, but Anderson’s book can make the process easier. During the 31 years prior to its publication, Anderson learned more about breast cancer than anyone except a doctor should have to know. He lost his mother to the bewildering disease in 1988 following her 10-year battle.

Thirteen years later, Anderson’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer despite no family history of the illness. Another year passed, and his younger sister was in treatment for breast cancer. Over the years, the author as also watched two friends fight breast cancer. Somewhere along the way, he realized that he wanted to be a resource for other men trying to support mothers, wives, sisters and daughters through the illness.

From Black to Pink

Anderson assigned colors to each chapter of his book. The first chapter is represented by black for the darkness of first feelings following the diagnosis. The last chapter is pink for the cheerful feelings that accompany arriving at the 5-year remission mark. Along the way, Anderson explains what to expect about surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, reconstructive surgery and the years of worry afterward about whether the cancer will return.

The book combines anecdotes from Anderson’s and other men’s experiences on the sidelines of breast cancer. It arms readers with information about research and resources as well as strategies for handling the medical, psychological and emotional surprises that arise when providing support.

Listening, Loving, Laughing

In particular, Anderson emphasizes listening well from the moment of diagnosis. Instead of trying to take over and solve the situation, he suggests that as caregivers, men need to be prepared to reflect women’s emotions. This may involve validating anger or laughing during lighter moments.

Men need to follow where these emotions lead rather than minimizing, ignoring or reacting to them in a way that stirs conflict. Anderson indicates that it is the woman’s illness, so the woman has a right to her feelings.

In the case of a husband and wife, reassurance also means reaching out with affection and intimacy if and when the wife is ready.

Positivity and Appreciation

Men can help surround the woman who has breast cancer with positive influences — a support team of friends, doctors, and people with similar spiritual beliefs. Anderson says that when possible, male caregivers need to remove any people who make the patient feel negative.

Everyone within this support group should strive to help the patient see that a happy ending is more than likely if the breast cancer was detected early. Whichever hand the patient has been dealt, her supporters should reinforce the preciousness of the here and now.

Remember that when you give this kind of book to a friend who is troubled about the illness of an important woman in his life, you help him to stand by her and you stand by both of them.

Keeping up on Bone Health: How to Avoid Osteoporosis

Women at higher risk

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to start taking measures to ensure you have healthy bones. In fact, the earlier the better, when it comes to being aware about the importance of your bone health and doing what you can to build your bone density to avoid osteoporosis. Although issues do not typically develop until later in life, women are more prone to have bone density issues than men due to the change of hormones during menopause. Focusing on your bone health now can prevent serious issues later.

A crippling disease

What is osteoporosis and why should you be concerned? Osteoporosis occurs when our bone density decreases as we age due to calcium loss in the bones. Although this is a normal part of growing older, each woman is different and those with lower bone mass can see a more rapid loss and are more susceptible to developing osteoporosis. It is a crippling disease, because it makes your bones brittle which causes fractures, and while it is not life threatening, it can be very painful.

Preventative measures are key

The good news is that there are simple ways we can help to prevent osteoporosis, such as diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes that can have a huge effect on the development of the condition. The key is to start taking preventative measures now. Women should begin to think about building their bone density as early as the teenage years, because the older we get, the more difficult it is to build our bone density.

Bad habits increase risk

First and foremost, your lifestyle and habits play a big role in the development of osteoporosis. Habits such as smoking and drinking can potentially increase your risk of osteoporosis. In addition, drinking soda on a regular basis can be hurtful as well. Replacing your favorite carbonated beverage with calcium enriched milk is a good way to reduce your risk factor. Also be careful not to take excess amounts of vitamin A, as this can cause bone density loss if taken in too high of a dose. Limit your Vitamin A intake to less than 5000 IU per day for best results.

Vitamins can help

Some good habits to develop to avoid osteoporosis include taking a good variety of vitamins. Calcium and vitamin D are excellent choices to fight the condition. Women between the ages of 9 and 18 should take 1300mg of calcium each day; women over the age of 18 should aim to take 1000mg per day, and those that are in the menopause stage should take least 1200mg daily. In addition, vitamin D should be taken in doses of at least 1000 IU daily, which is essential for maintaining the calcium and phosphorus levels in the body. Having a vitamin D deficiency can actually cause calcium to be pulled from the bones and be very detrimental.

Add calcium to your diet

Also be sure to eat a diet rich in dairy products, green vegetables, and juices, as they are great sources of calcium. Your diet should be a healthy one that includes as many vitamins as possible such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and copper; as well as the essential C and K vitamins that play a huge role in your bone health. If you have a hard time eating a well balanced diet, try taking a vitamin supplement to make sure you get everything you need for healthy bones.

Get up, get out, and exercise!

Get regular daily exercise performing activities that allow your bones and muscles to work against gravity. Walking, jogging, and even jumping rope are excellent choices. Set a goal to get in at least 30 minutes each day for optimal bone health.

Taking care of your bones in your early years is a good way to ensure a much healthier and active lifestyle as you get older. These simple steps can help stop the development of osteoporosis and keep you feeling marvelous at any age!

Sports and Fitness: A Guide to Staying in Shape

Staying in Shape

As a woman, keeping your body healthy and in shape is something you need to pay attention to, not only so you look good, but so you feel good too. Your metabolism changes as you get older, and you may find that staying in shape requires more effort this year than it did the year before. There are plenty of sports and fitness activities you can participate in to stay in shape, and perhaps the most important thing to do is to find one or more activities you enjoy. Doing enjoyable activities is great motivation to exercise on a regular basis, so build some of the activities that appeal to you into your schedule.

How much exercise should you get?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that women get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise should be done in increments of at least 10 minutes to get the health benefits. In addition, the CDC recommends that women participate in strength activities at least twice per week. Exercising more than these guidelines will lead to even more health benefits, and especially if you’re looking to lose weight, you should do twice as much aerobic exercise as the baseline recommendations.

What types of sports and fitness activities should you consider?

Women enjoy a wide range of activities, and for many women, exercising is just as much about the social aspect as it is about the physical side. If you can’t find the motivation to exercise on your own, choose an activity that you can do with other women, which not only provides accountability, but also gives you someone to chat with as you exercise. Don’t be afraid to try a wide range of activities to find the ones that you really enjoy. Joining a gym can be a great way to have access to the equipment and instruction you need for some of these activities.

  • Yoga is a very popular fitness activity for women, who especially enjoy that it engages their minds and promotes relaxation. Because yoga mostly involves holding specific poses, it actually falls more into the strength category than the aerobic category.
  • Swimming is an aerobic exercise that many women enjoy if they have access to a pool or lake during moderate seasons. Lap swimming works out the whole body, toning the arms and the core, and providing aerobic exercise. Other water activities, like aqua jogging and water aerobics, are easier to do in social settings, which appeals to many women.
  • At-home workouts that use free weights, resistance bands, balance balls, and similar equipment appeal to women who want to fit workouts into free moments during the day.
  • Walking, jogging, and running are perfect for women who don’t want a gym membership and would prefer to exercise in the neighborhood. It’s easy to head out at any time of day for a brisk walk or a short run. One of the best ways to find motivation is to sign up for a race, like a 5K.
  • Gardening can provide strength training, especially if you’re carrying heavy items around or squatting with good form to pull weeds. Digging, shoveling, and raking also provide a great workout.
  • Cycling, either on the roads or on a stationary bike, is an easy way to get a quick cardio workout. Riding with a group can provide a nice getaway through scenic areas of your city.

Your major workouts may only happen every other day, but you should make an effort to be active in some form every day. Getting at least some physical activity each day improves your mood and energy level because exercise releases endorphins. You’ll probably find that although you may have some muscle aches, you’ll also feel more clearheaded and ready to tackle other projects after you exercise.

Dealing with Depression

You are Not Alone

Depression is something that a large number of women are dealing with in their lives. The good news is that depression is a disease and it can be successfully treated. Women often face unique challenges when afflicted with depression, and identifying and treating them is crucial to becoming healthy.

These Factors Can Contribute to Depression.

  • Physical changes
  • hormonal balance
  • life situations
  • seasonal moodiness
  • problems like money
  • lifestyle
  • job stresses
  • harassment
  • pain

Sad and Withdrawn

Typically, people suffering from depression are intensely sad, perhaps withdrawn from others, fatigued, emotional and they may exhibit physical and mental symptoms including suicidal tendencies and peripheral artery disease (PAD). When a person is depressed, they may pay less attention to eating healthy foods, and they may smoke more often while exercising less. All of these actions can increase physical problems that might lead to the person becoming even more depressed.

Normal hormonal fluctuations are seen in women of child-bearing ages, and throughout menopause. The hormonal changes following childbirth could lead to post-partum depression; changes at menopause may lead to symptoms such as a loss of interest in formally enjoyable activities, becoming irritable or anxious, and feelings of guilt.

Depression and Psychotherapy

Depression can have many other causes that might require psychotherapy to unravel. This may include things from past experiences, such as abuse, loss of a loved one, personal problems and pain or medications for pain. Major life changes are also a time when old problems resurface and can cause major depression rather than elation. Any of these problems are good reasons to look closer to examine if they are causing you to feel depressed in any way. Look at depression as a normal but treatable condition.

Treatment for Depression

The good news is that there are many possible courses of treatment for depression, no matter if it is slight, major or chronic. This is an important problem to bring to the attention of your personal physician; there is no need to suffer depression needlessly. The situation is very complex and not suited for self-diagnosis. Some scientists have discovered brain differences in people who are chronically depressed. The part of the brain called the hippocampus is smaller in some persons who are prone to depression. There are biochemical processes involved in the depressive state; it makes sense that there should be some biochemical solutions as well, which is another reason to consult with your doctor or mental health intervention specialist immediately.

Genetics and Depression

Genetics is another area that researchers have found may result in a tendency to develop depression. Some serious illnesses also may be related to depressive reactions. Finally, substance abuse is another problem that may cause major depression. No matter what the cause of depression, there are solutions that can offer help and relief so the person affected can resume more normal and happier living.

Women are 2x as Likely to Deal with Depression

Women develop depression symptoms twice the rate that men do, but men are far more likely to commit suicide as a result of major chronic depression. Men exhibit anger and loss of interest in activities; women feel sadness and may have weight gain, low self-esteem, fatigue or difficulty concentrating. For women who must continue to function socially and run the family affairs, a solution is recommended. Consulting with their physician should be a first step remedy. Improving the dietary intake can also reduce physical ailments; many foods that keep blood sugar in balance can also help keep depression at bay. There are many good solutions, for men and for women. Life is too short to stay caught in the dreadful trap of feeling depressed; get help and resume the normal pleasures of living a happier life.