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My Secrets to Longevity

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.

3.  Sweating!

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.

8.  Forgiveness

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.

Top 10 Reasons to Go Veggie!

  1. Reduce risk of the number 1 killer – heart disease

    Vegetarian diets are naturally lower in saturated fat, and cholesterol, and higher in plant nutrients than most meat-based diets. Vegetarians have been shown to have a 24% lower risk of dying of heart disease than non-vegetarians.1 New Harvard research has shown high consumption of red meat and heme iron may increase the risk of heart disease by 50% amongst diabetics.2 World-renowned physician Dr. Dean Ornish found that patients on a low-fat vegetarian diet actually reversed coronary heart disease.

  2. Cancer prevention

    “Studies have shown that significant reduction in cancer risk among those who avoided meat…Meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) formed during the processing or cooking of meat. HCAs, formed as meat is cooked at high temperatures, and PAHs, formed during the burning of organic substances, are believed to increase cancer risk.

    In addition, the high fat content of meat and other animal products increases hormone production, thus increasing the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer….Vegetarian diets and diets rich in high-fiber plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits offer a measure of protection.” 4

    Local Hawaii legend Ruth Heidrich is another great example of the power of a vegetarian diet. Following the advice of Dr. John McDougall, Ruth switched to a vegetarian diet after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ruth not only overcame the cancer, she went on to become an award-winning, record-breaking triathlete. She tells her incredible story in the best-selling book, “A Race for Life.” 5

  3. Lose excess weight and keep it off

    On average, vegetarians tend to be slimmer than meat eaters. Obesity rate in the general public is extremely high, while in vegetarians, the obesity rate only ranges from zero to six percent. 6

    A vegetarian diet low in fat and rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes accompanied with daily exercise is the perfect formula for healthy weight loss.

  4. Live longer, slow the aging process

    A 12-year Oxford study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. 7 Plant-based diets are generally rich in fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which in turn strengthen the immune system and slow down the aging process.

  5. Avoid toxic food contaminants

    Flesh foods are loaded with dangerous poisons and contaminants such as hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics. As these toxins are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fatty flesh of animals. Not to mention the viruses, bacteria, and parasites such as salmonella, trichinella and other worms, and toxoplasmosis parasites.

  6. Reduce Global Warming

    The United Nations said in its 2006 report that livestock generate more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 8 Therefore, the single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming is to adopt a vegetarian diet.

  7. Humans are vegetarian by design.

    Our flat teeth are perfect for grinding grains and vegetables, not for tearing apart animal flesh. Similarly, our hands are designed for gathering, not for flesh-ripping. Our saliva contains the enzyme alpha-amylase, the sole purpose of which is to digest the complex carbohydrates in plant foods. (This enzyme is not found in the saliva of carnivores.) Basically we have all the right apparatus to consume vegetarian products, and none of the right apparatus for flesh foods.

  8. Help end world hunger

    Every day forty thousand children on this planet needlessly starve to death. Crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead being used to fatten animals raised for food. If everyone on Earth received 25 percent of his or her calories from animal products, only 3.2 billion people could be nourished. If everyone ate a vegetarian diet, there would be more than enough food to nourish the world’s entire population of more than 6.3 billion people. 9

  9. Have compassion for animals

    Animals on today’s factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions. A vegetarian lifestyle awakens our spirit of compassion and guides us towards a kinder, gentler society in which we exercise a moral choice to protect animals—not exploit them.

  10. Enjoy the diverse, colorful, and delicious world of vegetarian cuisine

    Vegetarian meals can be tasty, fast, and easy. Plus, you can make any of your favorite non-vegetarian dishes by substituting with ready-made meat alternatives. There are lots of vegetarian cookbooks available as well. The Down to Earth all-vegetarian Deli is perfect when you don’t have time to cook but don’t want to compromise on taste and quality.

    Footnotes

    1. Key TJ, Fraser GE, Thorogood M, Appleby PN, Beral V, Reeves G, Burr ML, Chang-Claude J, Frentzel-Beyme R, Kuzma JW, Mann J, McPherson K (1998). “Mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians: a collaborative analysis of 8300 deaths among 76,000 men and women in five prospective studies.”. Public Health Nutr 1 (1): 33-41. PMID 10555529.
    2. Lu Qi, MD, PHD, Rob M. van Dam, PHD1, Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH and Frank B. Hu, MD, PHD (2007) “Heme Iron From Diet as a Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease in Women With Type 2 Diabetes,” American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/30/1/101
    3. Ornish D, et. al. Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease. JAMA 1998; 280(23): 2001-2007. http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/280/23/2001
    4. The Cancer Project, Cancer Prevention and Survival, “Cancer Facts – Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk”:http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php
    5. Saltzberg, Rebecca. 10 Reasons to Go Veggie. From PlanetVeggie.
    6. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Newsrelease, “New scientific review shows vegetarian diets cause major weight loss,” :http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/pcfr-nsr033106.php
    7. Key, Timothy J, et al., “Mortality in British vegetarians: review and preliminary results from EPIC-Oxford” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 78, No. 3, 533S-538S, September 2003 http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/78/3/533S
    8. “Livestock a major threat to environment,” United Nations FAO Newsroom, Nov. 29, 2006: http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html
    9. Vegan Outreach, “Try Vegetarian!” Feb. 2004.

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