Although there is no avoiding aging altogether, who doesn’t want to develop habits to prolong its effects? Here are 3 habits we can all do that may help us be around to see just what kind of parents AND GRANDPARENTS our kids will be!
1. CUT CALORIES – The evidence is stong that animals and primates who ate less lived longer than those that did not. And it’s just not keeping the weight off – “even mice bred to stay fat, when given low-calorie diets, lived longer than obese mice eating normally”. So, that simply means watch the portions. We DON’T need to supersize a meal! We don’t need that third slice of pizza or second helping!
2. BOOST ANTIOXIDANTS – Antioxidants “mop up the free radicals” that cause age-advancing cellular damage. Apparently, eating antioxidant rich foods (apples, berries, good veggies) helps preserve our ability to function late in life. So, get to the farmers market! Or if you live in Buckhead like me, go to Lucy’s Market and get some fresh veggies!
3. BE POSITIVE – This is so great . . . A recent study found clear and compelling evidence that people who have a feeling of well-being in their life and who are optimistic, have harmonious relationships and minimal stress, outlive those who are anxious, stressed out or unable to enjoy themselves. In a nutshell, SMILE! Be happy! We can always find something, even in a really bad day, to smile about. The glass truly is half full!!
Read “Outside” magazine, June 2011
These are good tips, huh? Let’s see what we can do with them!