Okay, I know I can’t truly guarantee that you will live longer, but I can come pretty darn close! There are so many gurus out there telling you what you need to do to be healthier and live longer. And because we are soooo obsessed with the thought of looking better and feeling better, we try to do it all. I contend that we must try to do only a few things really well – and that is a more realistic path to wellness.
The first thing that you must do is reduce ALL sugary drinks. Notice I didn’t say soda, which you guys know I abhor. I didn’t specify because there are so many teas and juice drinks that actually trump the carbohydrate content of soda. We all know that soda is bad. The problem with the other sugary drinks is that we actually think we are being healthy. With a carb content of 40g on average, if you drink 40 ounces a day of sugary drinks and stop altogether, you can start shedding pounds. This will reduce your abdominal girth, which directly contributes to diabetes and heart disease.
The second thing you must do is to quit smoking anything – pipes, cigars, cigarettes or marijuana. They all produce smoke that is carcinogenic – and not just to your lungs. Studies show that smokers have an increased risk of all leading cancers. If you stop now, you could add up to 10 years to your life! And don’t rationalize by saying, “Well, my granny smoked and she lived to be 100.” I will challenge you that if she had not smoked, you would have enjoyed her until she was 110!
The third one is a no brainer, but something we forget: You must decrease stress. Whether it’s a bad relationship, stress from work or your kids, or maybe you just have had a bad run of it lately in life, you must alleviate this stress at all costs! Try yoga or meditation; they work very well.
There you have it. It’s up to you on how you want to do them. Good luck and don’t forget to let me know how you are doing on your quest!