Attitude Makes A Difference!

Mireille Guiliano

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It was a “fabulous event!”- Wolfgang Gilliar, DO, Dean of The College of Osteopathic Medicine. On January 29, NYIT had the honor of hosting the first event of the, “Provocative Perspectives on Health” series, with guest speaker, “New York Times, Bestseller,” Mireille Guiliano. The seminar took place in the auditorium of the Riland Center on the Old Westbury campus at 4pm, Wednesday afternoon.  Audience members had the privilege of asking question and hearing Mrs. Guiliano read from her new book, “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude.”

 

Now, you’re probably wondering, what does being French and not getting facelifts have to do with health? And how does that transition into, “Aging with Style and Attitude?” Well, the French native uses her cultural background and personal lifestyle to share some insightful information on how to have a healthy way of living. If you’re a man or young in age and think this will not benefit you in any way, shape, or form, you may want to reconsider! There are many helpful pieces of information that you can apply to your everyday life from this book.

 

Mireille is no rookie to the game. She is the author of five books, including her latest publication; two of them, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” and “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts…” are listed as bestsellers. The first bit of information Mrs.Guiliano expressed to the audience was that American women and French women not only differ in style but also in attitude!  Throughout most of the seminar, there was clear difference in the way French women approach life compared to American women. As American women slowly begin to approach old age, instead of embracing the beauty of nature’s cycle, they want to stay in their youthful ages. “To many women want… the easy way out,” Guiliano said. She explained to the crowd how women are tricked into weight loss schemes. How women fall into believing in pills instead of diets, surgery instead of exercise. “I don’t believe in surgery…. I believe in “foodlifts,” not facelifts,” says Mrs. Guiliano. The attitudes carried by French women towards aging are drastically different from Americans. A French women would rather watch what she eats as she gets older, and make a few adjustment to her wardrobe instead of laying under a scalpel. Mireille’s advice, “Be comfortable in your own skin.”

 

The book could be classified as a “self-help” book, says audience member Oren Shtayermman. That is one of the reasons why this book, although, originally written for women, can apply to people of all ages and both genders. It gives tips on how to better you, psychologically. The book also inspires us all to have a positive and progressive attitude.  As the seminar went on, one of the other topics Guiliano touched upon was having “me time” as she calls it. She believes that everyone needs time alone, time to slow down, and time to get away from the normal, fast pace way of life.

 

Besides keeping a positive attitude, and having time alone, we should make sure to exercise as often as possible. “French women don’t go to the gym,” Mrs. Guiliano, jokingly said. She suggested that you should incorporate movement such as walking, dancing, yoga, even sex, for at least thirty to forty-five minutes, in your daily routine. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it involves movement of the entire body. “As a clinician I agree… movement is very important,” said Dr. Nancy Bono, Associate professor and Chair of The College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is important for people to exercise or move around throughout their day for several reasons. Without constant movement and use of your muscles, eventually, as you get older, your muscles will get weak. Your strength will slowly start to diminish. Exercising daily will improve your muscle mass, strengthen your metabolic rate, decrease your blood pressure, and improve your quality of life.

 

So far, a positive attitude and exercise are the things you need to have a healthy way of living. The final factor Mrs. Guiliano mentioned was nutrition. Nutrition is the most important part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In America, too many people rely on fast food for their daily meals. Chain restaurants and fast food restaurants consist of meals that contain high amounts of salt, which is not good for a healthy diet. Guiliano mentioned that another difference between Americans and French people is that French people cook their own meals. By cooking for themselves, they are able to have a meal filled with herbs and natural nutrients rather than fattening salts from a fast-food restaurant.

 

There are better solutions to aging rather than cosmetic surgery. In order to age beautifully, a healthy lifestyle is necessary. A positive attitude will bring you farther. Seriously, consider your diet. Are you taking the appropriate step to ensure that your old age is one spent traveling, instead of one in a retirement home? Did you drink enough water today? These are the type of question we need to ask ourselves daily.  When you actually do ask yourself questions of that sort, you know you are on the right path.

The bestseller, “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude” is now available in store and online. Love, family, menopause, and mindfulness are some other topics discussed in the novel. So Hurry! Go! Grab you copy today and begin your journey on a health adventure into your years of true beauty and aging!

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