Have you considered living beyond 70? Recently I took part in an online poll asking participants why they were interested in nutrition. It was interesting to note the responses. The younger people tended to vote ‘looking good’ while the older ones were swayed to “staying healthy”.
Are you interested in nutrition primarily to lose weight, to look good, or to stay healthy/avoid disease?
option 1: I just want to look good
option 2: Don’t care how I look, I want to stay healthy
option 3: Want to stay healthy; looking good is a fringe benefit
option 4: Want to look good, staying healthy is a fringe benefit
What would your vote be?
There are a few things we can do to look good – what we wear, how our hair looks, what make-up we use, how often we smile, getting anti aging treatment to try to slow down the aging process; which are all very fleeting. If we had a nose shape we did not like or scars, or other physical problems, then looking good maybe a priority. Or maybe you just don’t care how you look – you don’t give it a thought.
I voted option #3 because when we are healthy we look and feel attractive; we have a zest for life that others are attracted to. When we look after ourselves because we care about ourselves, it naturally flows into caring about others. Once we lose our health, it can be very difficult to regain it – it is easier to prevent than to survive.
People who look after their health tend to be happy, have more energy and vitality, have better sex lives, have no problems with sleeping, have healthy glowing skin, and have stronger hearts and healthy livers, as well as good brain function. Because of that, they have an optimistic view on life, so they tend to enjoy themselves. They spend their money on good quality (organic if they can afford it) fresh food, top quality nutritional supplements, environmentally “green” products and other health foods and herbs.
I am now in my late 50’s and my Doctor rarely sees me. When my mother was the same age, she was on High Blood Pressure medication and suffered from arthritis. I don’t have either of those ailments.
While genetics plays a part in how we age, our lifestyle is a big factor in healthy aging. The establishment would rather have you believe that your genes control your health while glossing over the far more important point that it is your diet that controls the expression of your genes.
Some of the detrimental lifestyle factors are:
1) Stress – continual stress without rest
2) Poor nutrition – lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, too much red meat, too much sugar/high glycemic food, too many processed foods
3) Lack of exercise
4) Lack of sleep
5) Negative attitude
6) Poor oral health
The earlier we start investing in our health, the brighter and more fulfilling our lives can be.
What do you want to be doing when you are 70 plus?
The decisions we make today and are in the habit of doing daily affect us now and into the future. How much respect do you place on your own well-being?
Many people do not think when they eat and drink – it is not a priority for them to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle. When we continually eat high-GI foods, drink sugar-flavoured drinks, reject exercise, live in constant stress mode, how long do we think we can keep on doing that?
How do you want your life to be in 10, 20, 30 years and more? Who do you want to be with? What do you see yourself doing for fun?
Doctor Huber recently wrote:
“There are 80 year old people in nursing homes and there are 80 year old people on golf courses. Do you think they both made the same lifestyle choices? I don’t.
I hear people say “well, you gotta die of something.”
Well yes you do but before you die you have the choice of deciding how enjoyable those last 20 years of your life will be.
Unhealthy choices do not typically lead to a sudden stop at the end of the line. They typically lead to years of decay and painful erosion as you lie helpless in ICU beds and nursing home beds until the final end comes.
The quality of your life from this day forward to the end of your life is decided TODAY by the choices you make.
You and you alone can choose to follow a less common path, one that requires some planning and some inconvenience to arrive at rarified air where only the truly conscious exist.
You’ll meet some really cool people there and I look forward to making your acquaintance.”
For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer
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