Eating for Longevity

food for Longevity

We all desire to achieve a fulfilling life and leave a personal legacy that is meaningful. And, who does not want to live a long and healthy life?  The desire to survive is built into us. We act instinctively to protect ourselves in the face of danger.

To extend your life and improve its quality, you do not need to be in good health already.  Now is the time to let go of regrets regarding how you might have lived your life or not put your health as a priority.  The only thing that matters is what you do from this moment on. You might be relieved to know that you can positively affect your health and longevity right now.

The causes of aging-related illness range from genetically pre-programmed cell death to destruction by environmental toxins to plaque and fibers that clog up the highways within our bodies.  We all possess genes that are triggered as a result of how we live our life and the environment we are exposed to. Longevity is a matter of whether we express our good or bad genetic predisposition during our lifetime.

Unfortunately, Western society does not make it easy to increase our longevity potential.  Our youth-driven culture and our neglect of the aged promote a wholesale denial of the realities of aging.  The marketplace is full of products and devices promising to make us look and feel younger. In addition, conventional Western medicine focuses on management and replacement therapy, prescribing expensive drugs, or replenishing a depleted hormone.  In the last 40 years, very little emphasis has been placed on preventing or curing disease and maintaining a vigorous state of health day to day.

In contrast, prevention and wellness have always been at the center of Eastern medicine and the medicinal practices of ancient societies.  Eastern doctors have long viewed disease as a symptom of life being out of balance. Therefore, the medicine they practice seeks to enhance and optimize health through diet, lifestyle, and emotional well-being.  The Eastern paradigm also employs a variety of natural therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, bodywork, tai chi, yoga, and meditation. Meditation is always important as it is the only therapy of any kind that treats the mind, body, and spirit.  Using these approaches empowers each individual in his or her pursuit of health and wellness.

Another important aspect of longevity is healing.  At some point, due to factors beyond your control, you might become sick.  How you handle the illness will have significant bearing on your longevity.  Therefore, seek out physicians who are not focused on the business of modern medicine, those true healers who are willing and able to integrate complementary medical traditions such as acupuncture and herb remedies and who will take the time to educate you, answer your questions, and guide you in the pursuit of your longevity goals.  Avoid the physicians who manage symptoms only to reap endless income from your illness. Avoid those physicians who support and promote the practice of methods designed only to profit from your ongoing compromised quality of life and misery.

The advice I will share in The Nourish Project program falls under 5 categories: Food, Healing, Environment, Work and Daily Life, and Relationships

By taking a wholistic inventory of your health and longevity aspects of your life, you will be able to make changes needed to have increased energy, better memory, fewer colds, greater relaxation, more restful sleep, better sex, fewer ailments, and many other benefits.  If you put to work and incorporate the practices I teach you will integrate the health techniques and life practices you will learn into a joyous, relaxed experience of being who you are. With a little discipline and a willingness to try the many tips I share, anyone who desires to live a long, healthy life has the ability to achieve it.
Longevity and Food

This lesson is founded on current anti-aging research data has been correlated and shows, after examining the diets of approximately 1000 centenarians, that the majority of people who live to be 100 or more live by modest means; under-eating is the norm among them, and some, due to circumstances more often than intent, practiced fasting for periods of time.  

What the oldsters consumed, for the most part, was a variety of legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits,nuts, and seeds.  Heavy carnivores were few amongst them – most centenarians ate a semi vegetarian diet. These sound nutritional practices have been confirmed by Western science to contribute to health and longevity in a variety of ways.  In the lessons shared here you will find diet and nutrition tips ranging from foods with antioxidant properties to fasting practices for detoxification and life extension. You are what you eat, so eat well.

EAT LESS < MORE FREQUENTLY

I was formerly a business owner in the Long Term Care industry and I noticed that most people of significantly advanced age ate less than the average amount, and indeed some fasted at times because they were poor and simply had no food.  I learned that many super old people follow the 3/4 rule- they eat until they are 3/4 full then they stop eating. They seem to instinctively know what scientists have proven with animals, that reduction in caloric intake can increase life expectancy.

Loading up our bodies with food three times a day is a cultural habit, established over 100 years ago for the convenience of factory and office workplaces.  Eat a big breakfast before you come to work, another meal during the day, and go home for dinner. This schedule is not based upon biological need, but rather on cultural convenience.  Studies have shown that by eating smaller portions more often, say 4-5 times per day, delivers a steady stream of nutrients, blood sugar, and energy to the body throughout the day, which is less taxing on the digestive track and metabolic systems.  Smaller meals prevent overloading and excess waste accumulation. This routine of eating also reduces stress on the heart, reducing your risk of heart disease.

You are not only what you eat, but when you eat.  Because of the human body’s circulation rhythm, the same foods eaten at breakfast or lunch are processed differently than when they are eaten at dinner.  Research shows that when you eat your daily protein and fat at breakfast you tend to lose weight and have more energy, while eating the same things at dinnertime produces tendencies toward weight gain, increased blood pressure, and heart disease.

Vegetarians generally suffer fewer degenerative diseases and cancers than their carnivore cousins.  It’s been estimated that a third of all cancer patients developed their disease as a result of insufficient whole plant fiber in their diets.  However, you do not have to give up meat completely to enjoy longevity. Just limiting your intake or eating meat only on weekends, for example, is a perfectly balanced and healthy approach

Remember this rule=  ‘Eat like a King by Day and a Pauper by Night’

 

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