Can’t I take the summer off from a healthy lifestyle?
Summertime is nearing an end, and for many people, the calendar has reflected family get togethers (Memorial Day, graduations, weddings, Fourth of July, vacation, and (coming up) Labor Day) which could mean that mom’s special foods have been on display, Aunt Suzie’s pies were on the table (and I had to be a gracious guest!) and many more luscious foods were a regular temptation throughout the past two+ months. Was that true for you?
Our summer get-togethers simply are a great opportunity to share all kinds of special foods… wouldn’t you agree? And we look forward to it, don’t we? I sure do!!
However, it is totally legitimate to ask, “Does it really matter what I eat now? How does the whole food-thing really fit into longevity?”
For help in answering this question, let’s return to our review of the 16 characteristics of centenarians around the world, as listed in the book Living to be 100.
Fascinating observations about centenarians and food
These three characteristics relate to food. Centenarians
- Keep weight low and steady.
- Eat fewer calories.
- Eat a mostly vegetarian Mediterranean Diet with coffee and tea.
Centenarians are almost always lean and fit, and most have never been obese. They typically have narrower waists and low visceral abdominal fat.
Why is that important? A number of studies have confirmed that a person’s waist circumference is an important measure of obesity: if a man’s waist exceeds 40 inches, or a woman’s waist exceeds 35 inches, this indicates a dangerous risk for the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, two major obstacles to a healthy long life.
Unfortunately, obesity is not just affecting adults. In the last 20 years, the rate of adolescent obesity has tripled. And a recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that 18% of four-year-olds were already obese!
Clearly we have a problem.
Eating and lifestyle habits of Centenarians
- They eat small portions.
- They keep calories down-1800-2000 calories/day vs typical American intake of 2500-3000/day.
- 78% eat breakfast every day.
- 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV/week.
- 90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day.
As they age, many people continue to eat the same way they always have. Unfortunately, your body requires 100 fewer calories/day for daily functions during each decade after you hit 20 years old. That means you should take in less calories!
But wait, there’s more!
Now go and read part 2 of this blog and discover the most common food plan of centenarians. You’ll also learn about the three product system that I recommend as a jump start to your life that will result in the best version of yourself as well as the energy to continue to do what you really love to do.
As always, feel free to share this with someone who would be interested…leave a comment below…and/or contact me if you have questions.