What do you feed your mind before you go to sleep?


I make a point to surround myself with positive messages which is not to say I'm not a news junkie. I do tune in to the wrong (for me) things more often than I like so I'm working on reducing my news time. In the 50s people didn't have access to the news 24/7 which can be a much healthier way to live. The continual negative/ridiculous/depressing/horrifying information bombardment of 2012 can be conducive to creating excess stress and annoyance. Many of us turn to overeating and/or junk food to tune it out. I sure used to and I find it much easier to eat well as I cut back and create a positive space in my home.

Right now I'm reading Abundant Health and Vitality after 40 published by Jack LaLanne in 1962 and I love it and his message. He is so upbeat and positive and very solution-oriented. I don't always read diet/health books before bedtime but I do try to read mostly vintage wisdom. 

What do you feed your mind before you drift off to sleep? Is it helping you relax and fostering a positive can-do attitude about what's good for you?

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  1. I read a lot of fiction or vintage magazines before bed. I also love to read inspiring blogs like yours!

    Sarah H

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. You are a loyal reader and I appreciate it.

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  2. I like to read biographies of people I admire, or I watch a movie on TCM! I have to go through the papers, about 7 of them, on a daily basis at work...most of it is quite negative as I live in a large city with quiet a bit of crime. It almost causes anxiety!

    Averyl or Sarah, are there any vintage books you can recommend to me about health, nutrition or beauty?

    Thank you!
    Michelle

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    1. I also sometimes watch TCM before bed! And speaking of other choices, I often fall asleep to one of the "Music Choice" channels on cable. There are many vintage music options. I used to love listening to an oldies a.m. station on my vintage radio but the one I liked went off the air a few years ago.

      As for book recommendations, one of my favorite authors has written a number of different titles having to do with overall well-being and beauty. Her name is Margery Wilson. She was a silent film star who then became a founder of a charm school before writing many self-help books. Here are the titles I've read and like: The Woman You Want To Be, Believe in Yourself, You're As Young As You Act, How to Live Beyond Your Means.

      Joe Bonomo and Jack LaLanne are my favorite "health" gurus. I own/like Bonomo Hollywoood Success Course Through Beauty and Charm, Home Reducing Course and his little booklets of numerous titles.

      As for living in a big city, I grew up in NYC and now live in Maine. My stress level is much lower here so I can understand what you mean! I am glad you are taking steps to offset the impact and bring some of the past into your present.

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  3. Thank you so much for the great ideas!
    I will definitley look for the books by Margery Wilson, as I adore the simple, often less expensive, ways and habits from the past. I will check Amazon for those titles.
    Do you go to the gym, or do you workout at home? And I know this is a bit off topic, but I just read your post about going off you multi vitamin. I have to say that I tried to go off of mine and I was left feeling dizzy! Really I felt awful and now I am taking them again..not sure how wise that was though!

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    1. All of the books are out of print, but they might be available from amazon resellers, ebay and abebooks.

      I don't go to the gym or "work out" in the traditional sense although I used to in my twenties. Now I do more of the 50s lifestyle where I incorporate walking and movement into my day. Housework can be good exercise! I used to hate dusting but now I make it into an opportunity for gentle bending and stretching, as an example. I love walking and when the weather permits I walk outside or on the beach.

      The only thing I've noticed since I've stopped taking my multivitamin is that I've been sleeping more soundly! I wonder if you got dizzy because you are deficient in iron? Also, I noticed that the new One-A-Day for women "Active" has added caffeine! I can see someone having withdrawal symptoms if they took that for a while and then stopped!

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  4. I could be low in iron, I am always cold and often have dizzy spells if I move to quickly from a sit up position, or bending down and rising quickly. The multi does have green tea, and caffeine in it..it is the Jamisons brand, for weight management.
    How to Live Beyond Your Means is re selling for $99 on Amazon, I will check around locally to see if I can find it.

    Thank you so much for all of the information, I really enjoy this blog!

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    1. Oh, please see a doc if you can to have your dizziness/being cold checked out!

      Yikes @ $99. :(

      You are welcome and both you and Sarah help keep me motivated. I don't know why I have so many lurkers who never comment. I don't think I am scary. :) I also enjoy your input and enthusiasm.

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  5. You are not scary at all! Hopefully they will read the comments and figure that out!
    I have been to the doctor, begrudgingly, I dont like going at all...and he had no clue. They ran a bunch of tests and nothing ever came of it. I am not crazy about the doctors so I try to take very good care of myself.

    I was in the hospital once to have my gall bladder removed, the whole situaion could of been avoided if they had listened to me when I started complaining at the age of 23. I am now 35 with no gall bladder, not a big deal but really with what I know now it could of been avoided!

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    1. I'm with you- I do what I can to avoid having to visit the doc other than routine exams. I've had some bad experiences, too. I also hate going to the dentist even though mine is great which motivates me to stay off sugar.

      Thanks for not finding me frightful. ;)

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  6. You are welcome!!
    Have a nice evening!

    One more quick thing before I go, I was thinking about the fallacy that everyone in the 1950's ate pre packaged junk food, and unfortunaly there are quite a few blogs out there that seem to focus on this. I read your post on what women actually ate in the 50's and I really enjoyed this. Would you be able to do another post about this topic at some point?

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    1. I would love to see these blogs. If you have a chance and it's convenient for you please post a link or two here and maybe I can make a blog post from my response. I am writing more about women did and didn't eat in my book, too. :)

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  7. I will do that, it is lighthearted but misleading...I think that pre packaged foods were probably coming to age in this time however this not what people ate on a daily basis, no more then the fresh fruits and vegetables people eat now, or supposedly do!

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  8. Michelle, I haven't found any vintage health/beauty books that I love. I like vintage magazines though. The articles are more interesting to me than modern magazines. There is often great beauty info in the oldies. I pick them up at estate sales when I can find them. I'll have to check out the books you mentioned, Averyl. Our library sometimes has some really good old books, surprisingly.

    I agree with the idea that in the 50's all the prepackaged foods were new and exciting and therefore advertised so it seems like that's how people ate. After the war rations and Great Depression the public was probably ripe for some easy to prepare food. I remember my mother saying that family's maid/cook couldn't wait to try store bought biscuit dough and that when their grocery store got it in it was a big deal. The family loved the flavor so it became a regular item in their house. My grandmother used to buy extra packages for the cook to take home to make for her family.

    Funny thought I had while eavesdropping on your conversation- Averyl, the way you're holding the phone in your picture makes it look like you and Michelle are chatting the old fashioned way!

    Good night, Ladies!

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    1. Yes it does look like we are chatting "old school!" I have a rotary phone in every room, and they all work. I don't use cordless phones!

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  9. Ps. A book called "Living beyond your means" selling for $99 just cracked me up! The irony...

    Also, Michelle, have you tried drinking more water for the dizziness? I know being dehydrated even before I feel it can make me lightheaded. Just an idea.

    Sarah

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  10. I'm very late in joining this conversation, but I recently acquired a book called "Once Upon a Dream" by Patti Page, published in 1960. It is a real treasure! I work at a library and people are always donating their old books to us. I rescued this one from the trash.
    Kathy

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