I Want To Be 100 Years Old September 25th, 2012
I should clarify that.
I want to be 100 years old… eventually. For the moment I’m quite happy at 35.
Lately I’ve been reading more and more about how the American approach to disease – treatment, rather than prevention – is all backwards. This isn’t to say that everyone who has cancer or diabetes is at fault for their illness. It is to say that scientific research has shown us how to dramatically reduce our risk factors, and I intend to do just that. I have some sense of how I’ll go about it. The sweeping majority of it will be dietary – increased consumption of things like beans, lentils, Swiss chard, and blueberries, and decreased consumption of things like white starch, meat, and soda. Changes to my nutritional profile won’t be the sum total, though.
I want to relax more. I want to smile more. I want to feel more purposeful. I want to read more books and take more baths. I’ve felt static lately, as though my life – while abudantly happy – isn’t being cultivated as it should. I want to be happy and thriving on my hundredth birthday, not merely hanging on. For that to be the case I need more than phytonutrients. I need a not just a balanced diet, but a balanced life.
In all honesty, I may not be that far off. But I think a few thoughtful changes might go a long way. I don’t yet know what they’ll be, but I plan to write about some of them here. Perhaps you’d like to see your hundredth too. Perhaps we should celebrate together!
*During an unplanned week-long blogging hiatus - the juices just weren’t flowing…