Monday, February 21, 2011

Healthy At 100 (How To Live A Long, Healthy Life)

Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest-Lived PeoplesMany people would love to be healthy every day of their lives up to and including their 100th birthday (and beyond!), but how to do it?

I was enlightened with many ideas and examples after reading the book: Healthy At 100 by John Robbins .

Robbins is the son of  Irv Robbins, co-owner of Baskin Robbins. John witnessed the health decline of his father and uncle due to their poor health habits (which included lots of ice-cream of course) and was determined to go in a different direction. He went around the world to study the longest-lived peoples and he reports his treasure-filled findings in this book.

A list of some of my favorite insights from the book:

1. It is vital to feel valued/wanted/needed/loved, so build a network of close friends and family to keep throughout your lifetime. If you don't feel valued in your current situation consider moving to another community, state, or country. Some areas/countries value the elderly more than others. Join organizations or clubs. Work hard at being a good friend and being involved in other people's lives.

2. Have a positive outlook for your future. Be a positive person. Look on the bright side. Make lemonade out of lemons. Choose to share the positive version of the story.

3. Do some sort of physical activity every day (walk, run, garden, clean the house, dance, mow the lawn, park far away, take the stairs, go to the gym, aerobics class, hike, swim, yoga, ski, gymnastics, etc.)

4. Lower your stress. Do less. Slow down your pace of life. Enjoy the moment. Breathe deeply. Sit up straight. Relax your tense muscles in your shoulders and face. Plan empty hours into your day. Don't hurry. If your job is too stressful, get a different job. Making less money may be better for you. Get rid of your big house.

5. Talk and joke often. Make up stories. Be spontaneous. Act crazy. Do something unexpected. Be free. Live with gusto.

6. Sing. Play music out loud. Dance often. Sing while you work. Sing lullabies to children. Sing healing songs while giving a massage. Chant beautiful phrases. Sing wedding songs. Sing hymns. Sing with your family and alone. Songs are medicine.

7. Don't punish children. Give them continual praise, and then withhold it if they have disobeyed.

8. Eat local, seasonal food, such as raw green leafy vegetables, water cress, radishes, apricots, tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, peaches, berries, figs, apples, bananas, pineapples, oranges, potatoes, grapes, pears. Eat yogurt, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, whole grain cereal, milk and vegetable soup. Limit meat for holidays only.

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