Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Live to 100 - 10 Tips to Optimal Nutrition


Have you ever wondered if you could make 10 choices to positively impact your health what would they be? After all if you are not making yourself healthy, are you making yourself unhealthy? Is there really a neutral ground?

Here is one way to look at it. With each healthy choice you make on a daily basis you are moving closer to the health and vitality you want to experience from this day forward. Of course the other side of the coin is ... with every unhealthy choice you are making you are moving your self away from the optimal life you deserve. Just think the body you have is the one that is going to take you the rest of the way.

And how far would that be? What is the rest of the way? Depends on who you ask.

As reported in the article 100 Ways to Live to 100 published in The Huffington Post "we're living longer than ever: The average American born in 2013 will be alive nearly four years longer than someone born 20 years ago. But until recently, it wasn't clear if the years we've added to our lives were good-quality years.

A recent study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School starts to answer that question. Researchers found that today, 25 year olds can expect to live "2.4 more years of a healthy life" and 65 year olds can look forward to 1.7 extra healthy years than people who lived two decades back."

Your financial planner will encourage you to plan to live to 98 years old. Time magazine reported in the article Health Check Up: How to Live to 100  for those who were born before 1979 ... 1 in 25 of us will live to be 100. For those who were born after 1979 ... 1 in 10 will live to be 100 years old. 

Anti-aging experts say we can live to 120 years old, in Secrets of a Long Life published in National Geographic devoted an entire issue to aging with vitality for those who are currently living 100+ years. The 3 secrets eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables), keep active and have a strong social support group. Seems easy enough.

There is even a website that will calculate your "real age" vs. your chonicalogical age. You can take the test here  www.realage.com. 

What is your personal goal for longevity and vitality?

When I worked at the hospital I met a man who was 99 years old. I ask him how it was going, living so long. His response was "If I knew I was going to live this long I would have made taken better care of myself." What are you going to say when you are 99 years old?

10 Tips to Optimal Health
Source: Holford, Paul. The New Optimum Nutrition Bible.

1. 1 tablespoon of ground seeds or seed oil. (such as flax).

2. 2 servings of beans, lentils, quiona, tofu.

3. 3 Pieces of fruit such as apples, berries, pears, melon.

4. 4 servings of whole grains - brown rice, millet, rye, oats, whole wheat, quiona.

5. 5 servings of dark green leafy veggies; root vegetables - carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach.

6. 6 glasses of water, herb teas.

7. Eat organic when ever possible.

8. Supplement.  We recommend the whole food nutrition of Juice Plus+, Carlson Labs organic Vitamin D3 and Nordic Naturals Omega 3)

9. Avoid fried, burnt, browned food, hydrogenated fats and excess animal fat.

10. Avoid any form of sugar, chemical additives, alcohol, coffee or tea. Drink no more than 1 glass of wine/alcohol per day, more than 2 increases your risk of stroke.

There you have it!

Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN
Health Coach
C2 Your Health LLC

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