Everyone wants to live a long life. But, few want to live it in a rest home or hospital bed. I am old enough I should know a few tips about living long. And, I think I have some valuable pointers no matter how old you are.
Number one is to give up eating meat. More authorities recommend giving up all animal products these days. The research backs up the health benefits. I decided to eat plant based whole food to lose weight, get healthier and live longer.
I, through my own studies found that people live longer, are trimmer and healthier eating more fruits and vegetables. And, frankly, I don’t want to eat an innocent animal anymore. I no longer have the heart for it.
‘Is age a state of mind? Is it all in our head? Personally, I would say a yes and a no. But, I can guarantee thinking positive thoughts will help keep one healthy, while negative thinking will definitely not do so…’ ~ your author, 68 years old
Number two is something I discovered fairly recently. I always loved bread, especially sourdough. I was having inflammation lately all over my body and one of my feet. I had been eating avocado sandwiches on sourdough bread twice a week.
I was continuing the experiment eating wheat products, which has now come to its conclusion. But, I also couldn’t help myself and ate one or two loafs in a week! I, especially, should have known better about doing that!
And, when I ate potato chips which are very oily and pistachio nuts I would get inflamed. This week I haven’t had any bread and ate chips and pistachio nuts and didn’t get inflamed.
Now, I am positive gluten (gliadin) in wheat causes a ‘leaky gut‘ in me. Apparently, it doesn’t take that long for our intestines to heal. So, without the bread, no inflammation! How wonderful…
Okinawans and seventh day Adventists live longer than most of us here in the US. So, what do I do? I eat similar to both. It’s called a whole food plant based diet. For example…
- My diet is naturally low in calories
- I eat pinto beans
- I don’t eat meat
- I have one to two large salads every day with various mixed greens like baby kale and butter lettuce
- I take 2-B12 500mcg pills daily
- I don’t stuff myself, but eat all I want until satiated
- Potatoes and rice satisfies me
- I keep active around the house and do work out with weights
- We have cats we pet throughout the day and night
- We don’t smoke
- I get out into the sun for vitamin D
- I drink filtered water
- I pressure cook tomatoes, potatoes, beans and rice to lessen potency of their lectin content
- I do have an occasional drink
- I keep my mind interested (example: writing this post)
- I don’t use sugar, honey, agave, etc.
- I sweeten things up with stevia
- I do drink a cup of coffee and also brew Japanese green tea daily
- I engage in spiritual matters
- I eat a high fiber diet
- I don’t eat processed or refined food
- One exception is genuine extra virgin olive oil (I wipe the pan with it for frying potatoes and add a teaspoon full to balsamic vinegar for my salads. Using a small amount makes food taste that much more delicious!)
- I always try to buy organic
- EWG Guide for choosing clean fruits and vegetables. I put this on my fridge!
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor. How I eat, here.