Can you really eat to live a longer, healthier life? The answer is most definitely YES! And I’m going to tell you how you can do it.
One of the fundamentals of eating to live longer is ensuring that your diet provides your body with quality vitamins and minerals. This happens naturally when you include paleo meals in your routine.
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We all need to eat to live, but it is HOW and WHAT we eat that can help determine how long we live and how well we live.
There aren’t a whole lot of rules to this, but these eight basic principles are really important:
Get the freshest foods you can!
- Stay away from any processed, boxed or factory-prepared foods.
- Eat organic foods whenever you can to minimize your exposure to pesticides.
- Drink enough pure water for your body weight and activity level.
- Minimize the red meat and maximize the fish you eat.
- Eat your vegetables! Eat lots of vegetables and as many different kinds as you can get your hands on.
- Eat lots of fresh fruit and berries.
- Add superfoods to each meal or snack.
Let’s go through these rules, one by one.
- Fresher foods have the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Also, the fresher the food, the better the taste! A not-so-bad (and very convenient) second choice is flash-frozen food.
- Processed, boxed or factory-prepared foods have been altered, and who-knows-what has been added to either preserve them or fortify them. The fact is that processing removes vital nutrients and minerals, and the fortification process adds only some of them back!
- Organic food tends to be fresher since the farmer or producer can’t use preservatives! Certified organic foods are also pesticide-free. The fact is very little is known about what pesticides can do to your long-term health.
- Drink lots of water! Our bodies are mostly water, and we need the water to help flush out our systems! I always suggest filtered or purified water. We want to be able to rely on our water supplies, but, again, the fact is that most areas only test for a limited number of contaminants and environmental toxins. That extra step of purifying your water gives you a bit of extra confidence. Also, remember the formula I shared a few days ago that helps determine the right amount of water to drink each day for optimal hydration.
- Red meat tends to be associated with high cholesterol and heart disease, which may be why vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. I’m not suggesting that you never have that hamburger again, but once a week or less often is a healthier approach. Substitute fish for any other type of meat; fish has healthier fats and provides the high quality protein you need.
- Vegetables should be a major portion of any meal – even breakfast! You can make a vegetable omelet. Or, it’s even easier to throw some leafy green vegetables, carrots, cucumbers and fruit into a blender with some plain yogurt and have an instant breakfast high in protein, vitamins and minerals.
- Eat lots and lots of fruit and berries in season (and frozen when out of season). You can cook lots of fruit with your main meal – try a game hen with a raisin stuffing! Berries make a great snack or dessert, and they have loads of the all-important antioxidants, thought to boost overall health and also minimize the effects of aging!
- Each meal or snack should be mostly – if not only – made up of superfoods. These contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, complete protein and complex carbohydrates (see the previous newsletter). They also contain special classes of nutrients like the bioflavonoids, which are potent antioxidants, as well as omega-3 essential fatty acids, which act as natural anti-inflammatory agents. Every chronic disease has an inflammatory element, and the omega-3 fatty acids are a natural way to combat it. The omega-3 essential fatty acids also can help fight those signs of aging! These essential fatty acids have also been shown to help with memory and cognitive problems.
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