- Colorado adventure, here is a tall glass of cool water..
- Topic: Sky High and Trash Food.
- Great link information and lesson #6
Annually, I have been traveling to my youngest daughter’s home in Pierce, Colorado for my summer break from teaching classes. It is a refreshing place. This year I had the added pleasure of my granddaughters’ high school graduation celebration. It was very well done. I can say that as I’ve seen a boat load of graduations in the past 50+ years. There is no way to tell what her journey through this life will entail but she is a good person and I wish her well.
The drive was uneventful and I did the 900+ miles in one 12-hour sitting. The panoramic scenery was spectacular. June in northern Colorado is still fickle with warm sun and thunderous rain during the day. In fact, you can experience both by walking from the front to the back of her home almost any day. I have a fitness workout plan if I am “shelter in place” on any day, the basement. The basement is loaded with workout equipment. It is set up for any of the family to avoid cabin fever. Pierce, Colorado is in the northern part of the state just 45 miles from Cheyenne, Wyoming. We are at 5033 feet above sea level. It is a town with no stop light, none is needed for the 834 people living here. It is a real change from downtown Las Vegas. My summer plans include golfing, biking, hiking, and planning next school year’s lessons.
I would like to get the world to buy into a new way of thinking about eating. Remember food is medicine.
Here in Colorado, I visited a new fun place for kids, Urban Air. These kinds of places are opening everywhere, in every urban area. They have lots of names like Bounce House, Trampoline Time, and Sky High. This one is in Fort Collins, Co. They seem to be designed for kids about 6 to 14, but I really don’t know any age limits. The moms (mostly) bring their kids to play. They can bounce, climb, spin, ride stuff and have fun. The children naturally love the activity. There is an entrance fee and a waiver to sign and a break for mom. Here’s the catch, there is a snack bar full of bad habits and poison. It’s chicken (almost) strips, burgers and fries, cheap quality pizza, and sugary drinks. This is what is offered and this is what is sold and bought. Moms, it is time to demand better quality and healthier selection. What if they only offered healthy food? Your child would learn to eat right and learn good habits. I hear the rants from children already addicted to junk, but we can change these Standard American Diet (SAD) items to something much better and healthier (see the “Healthy Eating Hacks” below). Think about it, you are preventing disease in the next generation, your children.
This is a link to a great speech: Dr Gabor Maté Leaves the Audience SPEECHLESS | One of the Best Speeches Ever
This is a link to Healthy eating hacks video: HEALTHY EATING HACKS » + printable guide
This a link to a blog with a book review of Dynamic Aging by Kathy Bowman:
Blue Zone Lesson # 6
The Blue Zones
9 Lessons For Living Longer
From the people who’ve lived the longest
by Dan Buettner
This is not meant to be a book review, but a chance to impart some great information that we all need to know.
“Life expectancy of an American born today averages 78.2 years. But this year, over 70,000 Americans have reached their 100 birthday.”
Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic to find the world’s longest-lived people and study them. They found pockets of people around the world with the highest life expectancy, or with the highest proportions of people to reach age 100.
The 5 places are:
Barbagia region of Sardinia-mountainous highlands
Ikaria, Greece-Aegean Island
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Seventh Day Adventist-around Loma Linda, California
Okinawa, Japan-Island area.
They put together medical researchers, anthropologists, Demographers, and epidemiologists to search for evidence-based common denominators. They found nine lifestyle and diet habits .
Here is the first Lifestyle habit:
1. Move Naturally.
“The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.”
How do I incorporate this into my life?
“Have fun, Keep moving’
“The Okinawans call it ‘Ikigai’ and the Nicoyans call it ‘plan de vida;’for both it translates to ‘why I wake up in the morning.’ Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.”
In his book, The author says to take time to see the big picture. For me, I know some days are going to not be pain free. Having a purpose helps me push the pain and strain aside.
#3. Down shift
“Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.”
#4. 80% Rule
“‘Hara hachi bu’ -the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the blue zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.”
#5. Plant Slant
“Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat–mostly pork–is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards.”
#6. Wine @ 5
“People in all blue zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all week and have 14 drinks on Saturday.”
That’s #6; there are 3 lessons to go.
Please remember: prevention is easier than treatment.