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5 Secrets Of Effortless, Lasting Health

Here are the secrets to effortless, lasting health:

1. Be moderate.

Healthy living doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the things that you love (chocolate and wine!), nor does it mean over-dosing on kale (yes, you can eat too much kale). They key is what your grandparents probably told you: moderation is key.

2. Listen to your unique body.

When it comes to nutrition, there’s no silver bullet, and no one-size-fits-all way of eating. Your body type, blood type, metabolic type, and even your personality type are a complex mosaic that make up who you are. True health comes when you get to know your body and then listen to what it’s saying from one moment to the next. Notice everything: food cravings, energy levels, digestion, mental clarity, etc. Many of us are too busy to slow down and listen. What is your body telling you right now?

3. Diversify your workouts and your meals.

We all have our favorite foods and exercise routines, but it’s essential to remember that the body thrives on diversity. If you’re always feasting on kale, then you’re missing out on other, amazing greens. Why not try dandelion greens, mustards, and collards too? Try mixing up your yoga routine with some high intensity training. Nourishing and moving your body in new ways is one of the keys to balanced, sustainable health and keeping yourself inspired throughout.

4. Seek nourishment in all forms.

Food is important, but what about water, oxygen, sunshine, nature, fitness, relationships, career, spirituality, inspiration and all that other good stuff? Open your mind to nourishment in its many beautiful and powerful forms. Eating a perfect diet doesn’t intrinsically make you a healthy person.

5. Skip perfection.

Though we all want to feel and look our best, a ruthless quest for perfection can be dangerous. Don’t force yourself to eat a “perfect” diet or to follow a “perfect” fitness regime. Treat yourself occasionally! Strict diets and workouts often result in self-sabotage and unhappiness in the long run.

 

Originally published on Mind Body Green

113-Year-Old Offers Secrets to Longevity

Brazilian native Bernando LaPallo knows a thing or two about the keys to living a long and healthy life. At 113 years old, the supercentenarian continues to be self-sufficient, able to cook, shop, bathe and shave with no assistance from anyone. And to top it off, he has no wrinkles. That’s right, in addition to really good genetics, Bernando LaPallo has found the keys to staying youthful well into his second century of life and shares his secrets to longevity.

In this article originally published by National Geographic, LaPallo offers the following words of advice for living well into 100 years.

“You have to take care of your genes. It’s like owning a Rolls Royce and leaving it in the garage and not taking care of it. Fortunately, I had a daddy who taught me how to take care of my body. My longevity is due to my obedience and moderation.”

“I eat plenty of fresh fruit and green vegetables, and I drink plenty of water. Water is very important. Exercise and sleep. Sleep is very important. Unless I am making a speech someplace, I’m generally in bed by 9:30. I get up at 3:30 or 4 in the morning, go for my walk, take my shower, rub my body down with olive oil, make my breakfast. Stress is a killer, my daddy told me that. It’s important to take time to relax and exercise your brain, such as by doing crossword puzzles.”

“Remember if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything. So take care of your health, practice moderation and you’ll live a long and healthy life.”

6 Secrets to Living a Long Life

For centuries, man has searched for the “fountain of youth,” the secret to living a healthy and long life. But it seems that on the tiny Greek island of Ikaria, longevity is quite common and, quite frankly, a way of life. They rarely get sick, rarely contract cancers or diseases, and almost always live to the age of 90 and above. Their secret, according to author and part-time resident of the island Diane Kochilas, lies in living simply and in the moment.

In her new cookbook Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die, Kochilas offers insight as to how these native Ikarians have managed to live such long, healthy and fruitful lives. 

In an article published by Huffington Post, Kochilas dishes on six secrets to Ikarian longevity.

Secret #1: Eat locally and sparingly

Many of the island’s residents ages 80 and above recall a life of poverty in which there was often limited supply of food, particularly meat. They ate sparingly because there was not much to eat, and they ate whatever nature could provide, whether it was from the garden, from the sea or found in the wild. Even today, processed food is rarely eaten, except in some restaurants.

Secret #2: Walk, walk, walk

The simple exercise of walking is as good for the body as it is for the mind. In other words, keep the body moving, not sedentary!

Secret #3: Get plenty of sleep

Islanders on Ikaria sleep often and for long periods. Not only does the body need rest, but naps allow you to live two days in one, Kochilas says. And you feel more energized, too!

Secret #4: Don’t rush life, and pay no mind to time

The pace of life on Ikaria is slow, deliberate and unhurried, allowing people the chance to enjoy the moment. Even going to the store in Ikaria involves a 20-minute chat and time to relax. Ikarians do not abide by a clock; there is no such thing as being late. It’s all about living in the moment. And when you live in the moment, you are more aware and at one with your body, in a more meditative state.

Secret #5: Let things go

Ikaria natives are naturally laid back, stress-free and forgiving, thanks to their way of life. As the Greeks say, “Don’t hold the bad in,” Kochilas says. Life is about being happy, and these islanders know how to enjoy it with dancing, social gatherings and celebration.

Secret #6: Allow nature to take its course in healing the body

When it comes to minor ailments, Ikaria residents turn to herbal treatment. But for the most part, they let their bodies heal on their own time, not with mainstream pharmaceuticals and high-tech treatments.