To dairy or not to dairy

Much to my chagrin, I have realized of late that I most likely have a sensitivity to dairy products. Surprisingly, I wasn’t having any stomach issues (as with lactose intolerance), but it was a combination of a few other random symptoms that clued me in. None of what I experienced was dramatic or awful, but finally, the symptom that got to me was this: Stinky Armpits. For a well-groomed, well-put-together (if I do say so myself) professional woman in America, this was just an embarrassing problem to have.

I had tried professional-strength deodorants/antiperspirants, but honestly, I only got a little relief. Plus, the product itself adhered to my clothes, so my shirts and jackets began to stink, and laundering was not getting the smell out. What a nuisance – and I was still Stinky! Not to mention that I was putting horrible chemicals in my armpits every day, which I was not happy about.

A friend of mine suggested I try giving up dairy and/or red meat, both of which are reported to cause odor problems. I don’t each much red meat, so I decided to try giving up dairy. After a week of no dairy, I think it’s done the trick. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is glad that I smell so much better these days! (And, I switched to using a mineral salts deodorant, which is working just fine.)

I haven’t been able to find any science to back up my reasoning behind making this switch, so who knows? But it  goes to show that we are all very different, and that as I Live to Be 100, I’ll need to be willing to make changes to make my life the best it can be for me.


“The Myths and Marketing of Old Age”

“The Myths and Marketing of Old Age”

Interesting broadcast piece, courtesy of WOSU public radio in Columbus, OH, and so topical! I’m certainly going to read the book Never Say Die by guest Susan Jacoby ( With aging parents who I will be taking care of before I know it, I need all of the information I can get.

10 Questions to ask every day

This is a great list of questions to ask to give meaning to your life every day, courtesy of Geoffrey James, as published on Here are the first 3, and the rest are just as good:

  1. Have I made certain that those I love feel loved?
  2. Have I done something today that improved the world?
  3. Have I conditioned my body to be more strong flexible and resilient?

Here’s the link to the rest of the list (and article):

So ask yourself, do you define “success” the way Geoffrey does? For me, the answer is a resounding “yes!”


I want to live to be 100 years old!

Inspired by Jamie at, I posted the following comment to her blog:

“Jamie, you have inspired me! I have set a goal to live to be 100 (I am currently 38). In support of that goal, I have made 4 pledges to myself for this year, knowing that I need to be mindful of the long-term effects of my health, relationships, and finances:
1. love and forgive completely every day;
2. only eat food for which I know and understand the ingredients;
3. purchase nothing new, unless it meets the 5-year quality test; and
4. exercise in a manner that will allow me to be vital and feisty and ALIVE when I reach 100!

I am looking forward to defining the specifics of these pledges throughout the year, taking baby steps in the right direction and reaping the rewards.”


This is NOT about being perfect! This is about the grace of the journey and making better choices every day.

And so begins my pledge to live each and every day with an eye on what I want my life to be like in the year 2073…