21 September 2012


‘Ageing is a build up of faults in the body’

I’ve just been reading an interesting book which expounds this theory and, on the basis there’s nothing to lose and all to gain, have decided to try some (all possibly!) of the suggestions.

Apparently if the body is healthy it mops up unstable free radicals (baddies).  If not, these can accumulate, followed by weakening of the body and even disease.

Therefore here are some important things I’m going to try and stick to.  Many I do already - but it’s always useful to have a reminder:

  1. Eat non-refined carbohydrates and sugars
  2. Four cups of tea, preferably green, every day
  3. Drink at least 5 cups of water every day
  4. Grown own food if possible
  5. Eat between 5 and 8 portions of fruit and veg every day
  6. Eat fruit and veg of every colour – and the darker the better
  7. Supplements – Vit C, Vit E, Vitamin Bs, multivitamins, multiminerals
  8. Q10 (30 – 90mg/day)
  9. Fish oils, olive oil (avoid oils/fats which are solid at room temperature)
  10. Small amount of lean meat (about 35g per day is more than enough)
  11. Ditch junk food.
  12. Avoid processed foods, especially preserved and chargrilled meats
  13. Be the right weight, if you need to lose be specific about why you want to lose
  14. Eat less than 2000 calories, even 1400!
  15. Stop eating when 80% full
  16. Fast, say 600 cal/day one day every one to two weeks
  17. Eat sensibly 80% of the time
  18. Eat dark chocolate – 70% or more (!)
  19. Drink a little red wine
  20. Cut down on sugars as they are ageing
  21. Exercise – brisk walking, swimming, gardening, use the stairs
  22. Yoga
  23. Lift weights
  24. Get enough sleep
  25. Have sex
  26. Laugh
  27. Keep learning
  28. Feel in control of working life
  29. Have a faith
  30. Give up smoking (already done that!)
  31. Floss the teeth
  32. Reduce stress, as too much affects adrenaline and digestion
  33. Meditating, letting go, forgiving
  34. Massage, reduces stress and increases levels of infection-fighting cells.
  35. Don’t sunbathe, use sunscreen
  36. Get plenty of fresh air
  37. Remember to breathe properly
  38. Avoid fumes, smokes, pollutants where possible
  39. Have regular health checks
  40. Cut back on salt, but do eat some
  41. Brain gym: crossword, puzzles, quizzes, keep up with current affairs, learn a language, change daily routine.
  42. Look after the bones: the right foods and exercise
  43. Check that the home is safe: smoke alarm, no loose mats etc
  44. Safety in the garden
  45. Wear a seat belt
  46. Keep up to date with fashions and new products

Some of the many foods to enjoy:
Broccoli, spinach, carrots, kale cress, rocket, spring greens, cabbage, onions, sweet potatoes,fish, soy, low fat, low sugar,  nuts, wholegrains, yoghurt, sardines, herrings, salmon, mackerel, tomatoes (esp cooked) beans, dried fruit, pnb, berries, pineapple, soba noodles*, tofu, some meat, quinoa, bulgar wheat, eggs, yoghurt, cheese, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, grains, brown rice, turkey, chicken, olive oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, hemp, flax, soy oil, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, soy (milk, tofu, miso, beans, yoghurt, ice cream, mince etc), edamame**, porridge,
Here is a sample of a good day:

  • Remember to eat breakfast
  • Drink water
  • Brush/floss teeth
  • Walk
  • Drink tea
  • Contact with friends
  • Yoga
  • Rainbow salad
  • Use the stairs
  • Massage
  • Meditate
  • Drink some red wine
  • Eat fish
  • Laugh
  • Have sex
  • Have a good sleep

** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edamame

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