By: Libbie Vaughan
I have heard it all. “I’m too old.” “If I’ve lived this long, why should I change now?” “I don’t do vegetables.” “I gave up cooking when I retired.”
Did you know you can actually feel the difference that healthy eating makes in just a matter of days? Do you realize that right now you are only days away from feeling more energy, more mental clarity, more happiness? Did you know that many of those chronic conditions you suffer from are directly related to what you put in your mouth?
If you are ready to put aside the excuses and commit to taking responsibility for your health, here are some tips:
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Good, nutritious meals don’t have to be fancy and hard to prepare. A great breakfast is a green smoothie whipped up in your blender in less than a minute. Or a sweet potato with coconut oil, golden raisins, and cinnamon. A simple green salad topped with avocado, seeds, nuts, chopped apple or pear, and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil makes a delicious and satisfying lunch. And dinner can be a nice piece of grilled fish or chicken with a side of sautéed asparagus. Simple doesn’t have to come in a box!
DRINK YOUR WATER
One of the best things you can do for your health is to cut out the sodas, artificially sweetened tea, etc. and switch to water. Most of us are chronically dehydrated. The rule of thumb is ½ oz. per each pound of body weight. So for instance, if you weigh 140 lbs., you should be drinking 70 oz. of water each day. Most of us are not drinking nearly enough.
EAT MORE GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
It’s easy to add a big handful of spinach, kale, romaine or bok choy to a morning smoothie. You really don’t taste it, and it gives you a daily boost of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, C, E, and K. Greens boost your immune system and alkalize your body, neutralizing the acidic conditions caused by environmental pollutants and the Standard American Diet (aka “SAD”).
PAY ATTENTION TO THE THINGS THAT “FEED” YOU IN OTHER WAYS:
- Spend time with people you care about – people who energize you, not the ones who drain you.
- Spend time doing meaningful work. If you are retired, find a hobby or volunteer work that gives you a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Just because you are not working does not mean your “work” is done. In fact, it may just be beginning!
- Move a little every day. Find exercise you love and keep doing it.
- And finally, develop a daily spiritual practice that connects you to the Divine and reminds you of your purpose.
Start TODAY to make healthy changes. Find a friend to do it with you. Tell everyone you know so they will be asking you about it. Work with a health coach. Building in accountability is the secret ingredient to your success.
In the words of Sophia Loren, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”