I have been quite blessed to live a long and joyful life. In a few months I will be 88 years old. I have never had high blood pressure, never had diabetes, not had a heart attack, nor have I had a life threatening illness. To imagine we are supposed to be in the hospital once every couple of years, or to imagine a heart attack is imminent in people’s lives, once we reach a certain age is just preposterous! Don’t imagine your life this way. Imagine it full of vitality and joy, excitement for the next day to arrive and anticipation for more love of life to blossom as well.
In this blog I want to share my top ten reasons to stay healthy and vital. Hopefully these words can help you mold your life into a way that is free from all food related diseases, and even mind related diseases, because our minds can also get the best of us if we don’t keep it guarded and protected from negative thinking. As a side note, if I didn’t talk about Nature, it would be a shame. Nature and Juicing will literally transform your life above all. Throw a little love and forgiveness in there and your life is RICH beyond your dreams.
Here are my top ten tips for sustaining and maintaining Longevity!
1. Protect your Mind
Don’t listen to gossip or negavity, ever! Wipe out all of negativity from others and your mind as well. You need to imagine your emotions are like a garden. Negativity is like choking weeds in a tender garden. Don’t let them in, which means that you must keep watch over your garden at all times, not allowing anything into it that could take away from the future blossoms and fruit that your garden will bare.
2. Eat Colour in Your Foods!
Foods that have a rainbow of colours are guaranteed to be chock full of flavinoids, carotenoids and powerful compounds that bind with the damaging free radicals in our bodies, lowering inflammation and disease. We are recommending 9 servings of these colourful foods….so that’s why juicing them is a fantastic way to get in all of those 9 servings. From Blueberries to Dandelions, these kinds of foods need to dominate our plates.
It’s quite important to get your metabolism moving every other day and at least once a week, we need to really sweat. Whether you like to bike, go to the gym, jog or kayak….we need to be able to sweat heavily for 30 minutes at least once a week. We have a hot sauna at home and every other day or so I go in there and get a good sweat, plus I work out three times a week on my recumbent bicycle.
4. Go Green ~ Grow a Garden
Grow a rich herb garden and if you have the room grow a vegetable garden. This alone can create a fantastic life for you! Once you start your own garden and tend it daily, you will see just how transforming it is and how healthy you will become. Grow tomatoes! Grow sprouts in your own kitchen! Become connected to your gardens and you will see just how much real LIFE you have been missing.
5. Keep your Family Close
Loving your family, and your close friends by sharing your feelings, sharing the love you feel for them works wonders for the heart. Linda and I love both of our children, even though we don’t have an extended family, we love them and stay close to them on a daily basis. It’s crucial we share our love with them, and our knowledge and our wisdom. Either go to Church together or Pray together or find ways you can become closer to your children and your parents, if they are still alive.
6. Eat Vegetarian Foods!
Eating a diet rich in vegetarian foods/vegan foods is KEY to staying vitally healthy. If you cannot give up dairy, please know that cheese is loaded with saturated fats that hurt our arteries. Cheese especially has casein in it that is basically glue. If you must eat dairy products, butter, cheese and milk are the worst culprits. Yoghurt and fermented milk products would be the only dairy products acceptable, but even then, only 5% of our diet should consist of these products. The other 95% should be: fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and vegetables.
7. Take Naps and Sleep well at Night
I have taken (alpha) naps as I like to call them, most all of my adult life. a 1 hour nap per day is something even our children adhere to. It’s very important to rest the heart and the mind in the late afternoon. Staying up late is another no-no. Please try to get to sleep no later than 11pm. 8 hours of sleep is a must for the heart, the nervous system and for us to learn to relax, even in a nerve racking world.
No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime, forgiveness is crucial. Holding onto old hurts only hurts YOU! Forgive and let go. That does not mean you have to go back to the people who have damaged your life, or hurt you in the past. It just means you have moved on and now you are free to choose love, joy, happiness and adventure. When we hold onto these emotions it hurts our ability to be FREE. And holding onto these negative emotions or toxic emotions can cause heart disease and/or strokes. Nothing is that important where our health could be jeopardized.
9. Juice on a DAILY Basis
Green Juices are packed with so much healing power in them, you will marvel at how great you feel once you start to consume 16 or more ounces of these tonics on a daily basis! We recommend 1.5 quarts per day of a variety of vegetable juices. Also, if you are adverse to drinking fresh green juices, green tea is also a good substitute, and/or a good green smoothie. (see our website for suggestions)
10. Nurture Nature!
Being in Nature on a regular basis is crucial for superior health. We live in a small town (highly recommend….get out of the rat race!) and near our home lies a fantastic park where Linda and I walk daily. She is an avid photographer and I am an avid watcher of Linda. (just kidding). Try to find three times a week where you just take a quiet walk daily and listen to the birds, watch the sunsets, observe the way the wind blows and start to tune INTO Nature. It’s one of the most transforming things besides juicing you can do for YOU. You will reap powerfully spiritual benefits from it. I promise.