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Live Longer by Eating Healthy!

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Live Longer by Eating Healthy!

( longer by eating healthy! Sound simple? I know there are many components which add up to our both living longer and eating healthy, and since yet another new study reports a high positive correlation between the two has been released, this might be a good time to review how our way of eating impacts our longevity and well being.

Eating healthier, feeling good, living well and contributing to a longer life, is within our reach. Our lifestyle habits are the single largest longevity component that we have control of! Feeding our bodies (Our eating is one component of our lifestyle) as well as many of us clothe our bodies (yes, I am referring to designer clothing) can make a difference. It can make a difference in our health (short and long term), in our energy levels, mood, and mental performance. Statistics show that 80% of all known cancers are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. What we eat regularly is a lifestyle factor!

While there is no single way of eating that is perfect, and there is no single way of eating that works for all of us, there are a few guidelines that will help us all! Notice I haven't mentioned our eating only healthy foods, since "Food Feeds Our Senses" (another tip of mine) to be enjoyed with all those forbidden unhealthy foods as well. However, we can look at what we eat regularly which serves as the foundation of our eating.

Here are a few of my "Eat Healthy" lifestyle questions to ask ourselves regularly:

Did we start our day with fuel, also known as "breakfast" ?

Have we eaten something every few hours, even a quick healthy snack?

Have we balanced our intake of " healthy high nutrient" food with just a few "nutrient-low" type foods?

Have we taken in enough water to hydrate ourselves and add a little more H20 to compensate for our coffee, sodas and alcoholic drinks?

Have we cut back a little more on fats and sugars and added a few more fruits and veggies (cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli have been shown in this latest study to increase our life by exhibiting cancer fighting properties)?

Did we only eat a sweet treat after "real food"?

Can we cut our portions just by 10% most of the time (studies also show that caloric restriction and reduction by as little as 10% is the only isolated variable which may increase our life!).

Lastly, can we remember how we felt physically and mentally the last time we didn't eat the way we think we should (I do)?

Here's to Living Longer by Eating Healthy!


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