(The following excerpt is from The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar.)
Health & Beauty: YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER
I’d like to mention a special someone who, because of her faith and trust in my work and reputation, chose me to assist her for a once-in-lifetime assignment. Carolyn Stein, president of Carolyn Stein & Associates, is a media image consultant. Through her workshops, seminars and keynote speaking engagements, she teaches people how they can create an image of success and develop top communication skills.
Every four years, from 1988 to 2004, Carolyn had been given a very special assignment—media image consultant to the Republican National Convention. For the 1992 to 2000 conventions, I went along as her assistant. Carolyn and I met through the Florida Speakers Association, where she and I were both directors. She soon became aware of my previous work in the beauty industry and that I now devoted most of my time and energy to the HSF. It didn’t take much persuasion, though, for Carolyn to convince me to go along as her assistant on what was indeed going to be the ultimate “special assignment.” The Republican Conventions I took part in with Carolyn were held in August 1992, in Houston, Texas; August 1996, in San Diego, California; and August 2000, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Looking back, it’s mind boggling to think that I had the honor and pleasure of meeting four Presidents and First Ladies, including the Vice President, the President’s Cabinet members, Senators, and Representatives from all over the country. Added to that list were stars such as Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Gerald McRaney, the Gatlin Brothers, Roger Staubach, and Lee Greenwood. At the last convention in Philadelphia, the Rock, Bo Derek, and Rick Schroeder headed the star-studded list.
But it wasn’t just our country’s leaders or the star-studded list of celebrities that I found so intriguing. It was the participation of today’s youth, a large number of very young individuals who weren’t home “trying to find themselves” or just hanging out with friends. They were here en force, with a statement. They wanted to get involved.
Equally impressive were the senior citizens who turned out. Rather than sitting at home in front of the television, complaining about what is happening in the world, they too joined in and took a stand for what they believed in.
So these two generations, along with everyone else, shed their jeans and overalls for dresses, slacks, shirts, and ties. They put on the outfit to suit the occasion and dove in. This feeling is beyond politics. It’s the very essence of being involved in life and your surroundings. When you commit yourself to life, health and beauty follows. You’ll accept nothing less.
I have so many memories and stories of this time. However, one stands out. One evening I was standing in a corridor when I heard a group coming towards me. They were Secret Service Agents, and President Ronald Reagan was with them. Before I knew it, President Reagan was standing in front of me, and I was shaking his hand and talking to him! Don’t ask me what I said and what he replied. I was so awe-struck that I don’t remember. But I do remember his presence, his stature, and his demeanor—a giant in history.
There I was, Roberta Ruggiero. Whether I was meeting leaders of the world, applying make-up, redoing a hairstyle or straightening out a jacket or tie, I was taking part in American history. It was phenomenal!
However, I kept asking myself, “Why me? Why had I been chosen for this assignment?” Particularly since most of my work is in the health field. Well, ask a question and, if you stop long enough to listen, there’s always an answer.
I have repeatedly said health and beauty go hand and hand. You can’t have one without the other. So there I was, right smack in the middle of proving my theory. Everyone with whom I came in contact had a “glow.” I saw skin, hair and nails—all the picture of health. I felt energy, vitality and excitement emanating from everyone. It was evident that the health, beauty, honor, and pride of each individual present would be a contributing factor to the success of these conventions.
The experiences I had in Houston, San Diego and Philadelphia confirm what I have been saying all along—diet ALONE does not control low blood sugar symptoms. Besides individualizing your diet to meet your particular needs, you must look into a vitamin program, exercise regimen, and stress reduction techniques. You need to maintain a positive attitude, associate with positive people, and look to meditation and prayer for an inner source of peace and fulfillment.
And last, but not at all least, you must look at your physical beauty. It’s all there ready to shine. Enhance it a bit with a new hairstyle. Give yourself a facial or a manicure and pedicure. Be daring. Spruce up some old outfits with scarves, pins, fashion earrings or belts. Buy that wild tie you’ve always wanted or the boots you felt too embarrassed to wear.
Health and beauty walk hand in hand. It’s so important to look it, feel it, and be it. Combine the two and you never know where it will take you. It took me to three conventions!
Do remember this section is to spur you on; to start the wheels going and your enthusiasm flowing. It is just a prerequisite for you to look further into whatever area sparks your interest.
Do set a special “beauty” time aside each week just for you. A time to focus and enjoy the art of taking care of your personal needs. A time to pamper yourself from head to toe. You’ve been worried about what you put INSIDE your body; it’s now time to take care of your outward appearance.
Do buy some books or magazines on beauty. They will give you more in-depth explanations of the areas I’ve highlighted in the following do’s and don’ts. If money is a problem, spend some time at your local library. They usually have the most up-to-date beauty publications.
Do start your beauty session with a long, relaxing bath. Light some candles, burn some incense and put on some soft music. Let this be some private time just for you.
Do try some aromatherapy in the bath. According to aroma therapist Gerri Whidden, “Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant essence to produce health, beauty and wellbeing. A few drops of the essences called Essential Oils can be used for inhalation in a bath or as massage oil to stimulate, sedate or uplift.”
Do consider a professional massage. Massage Therapist Judith McBride, R.N., L.M.T., says, “It is my experience that massage therapy is an excellent way to help nurture and heal others. I have found that by restoring balance through the physical being, the mental, emotional and spiritual self are positively influenced. As a Nurse Massage Therapist, I have effectively blended several disciplines to serve as a natural method for wellness by facilitating healthier lifestyle choices and illness/injury prevention.”
Do be aware that the benefits of Massage Therapy include deep relaxation and stress reduction, relief in muscle tension and stiffness, increase in circulation of both blood and lymph fluids and an overall increase in flexibility and coordination.
For more do’s and don’ts please check out chapter 3, page 81.
Happy spring time to all of you!
Here’s to your health,