Lost Friend, Karma, Food Adventures, and Blue Zone Lifestyle #3

I have been blessed with some long-term friends. They have walked with me for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years. It hurts when one of them is lost from this world. My friend Hans died. We have been friends since college, more than 50 years. My children have always called him Uncle Hans. We were teammates on a Championship football team and played in a Bowl game together.

2 Days to Game Time at the Rose Bowl

I have kept this photo of us on the field together all these years. We were the same height, same weight, similar strength, and speed at that time. Two undersized guys among giants. We were very competitive with each other and anyone else. He will be missed. Three thoughts come to mind with this event. 1.) Genes are rarely checked. 2.) There is no way to know about anyone’s karma. 3.) There is no way to measure my loss. If I live a long life, I will see friends move on.

Food & Exercise again. I have been tweaking my diet and finalizing my exercise program to fit my aging body. The diet was made up of my main meal 3/4 plant-based and 1/4 meat protein. It has been evolving to 2 or more days a week of having no meat, all plant-based. It is much easier than I anticipated. My Mediterranean-style diet has led me to enjoy a Greek salad. The tastiest one I have found, so far. is at a pizza place here in Vegas, Napoli Pizza & Restaurant.

Greek salad and veggie pizza

It has all the goodies including 3 kinds of olives and feta Cheese. It is delicious. Give the big Greek salad a try as a meal one day a week. My exercise program has been stepped up since my hiking misadventure. I have added more balance exercises to help me in that area. The core of the balance exercises comes from the Ataxia disease website.

Here is a link:

Here is a link to a good article about Blue Zone food: https://www.livestrong.com/article/13770794-longevity-foods/

Here is a link to really good Blog article on Brown Rice from an expert date March 17, 2022.

The Way To Get More Good Years.

The Blue Zone

 Information From The Book

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?

“Inconvenience Yourself”

“Have fun, Keep moving’

“Walk”

Do you want to add years to your life and life to your years? Start now with the first lifestyle practice and tell me how it makes you feel.

Lifestyle habit:

2. Purpose.

“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.

Lifestyle #4 next time, be sure and subscribe.

Be well, Coach Brown

Turn The Page on 2021

Turn the Page on 2021

We begin a renewed year. I want to re-ignite the blog. In the past, I tried to encourage a healthy diet, exercise, and spiritual living by providing information about what to do with a few examples. I have avoided much talk about Covid, preaching strong immune system protection instead. I did not reach a big enough audience. My plan now is to chronicle what I am doing; more of a diary and adventure travelog with health, fitness and spiritual practice to see as it happens for me.

Update of my Personal Stats.

I am 74 years old, 201 pounds. I have lost 50 so far. I eat lots of vegetables and small amounts of meat. I hike most weekends. I work out regularly. I am regularly reading health literature and I am refining my diet and exercise program. Spiritually, I am still learning. I have had a few personal spiritual experiences which have strongly directed my spiritual activities. I am currently in 3 different spiritual communities. I have a pacemaker (originally installed in January of 1983). I wear hearing aids. I regularly monitor my BP at home as I have a history of high Blood pressure caused by the fact that I have only 1 functional kidney. It has been 38 years since I gave up alcohol.

Goals for Progress

I am planning to lose 40 more pounds, at least 5 or more this year. In order to help with my healthy lifestyle, there are a couple of Christmas gifts to note: 1. A Nutribullet 1200 pro to replace my aging unit and 2. A gift certificate to the Vegas Vegan Culinary Kitchen (Yes, I eat meat). I am planning on teaching for at least 2 more years. This year I want to spend some time with each of my four children and 2 granddaughters. I am going to read at least 4 new books. I will publish this blog monthly or more if my activities warrant that. I have seventy-four years of friends I’d like to reach.

2022 Begins

Windsor Lake, a 2mile brisk walk.

This year begins with me finishing up my winter break from school at my home away from home in Pierce, Colorado. I have had a beautiful break from the day-to-day life challenges of teaching. An interesting note is that I forgot my phone in the car at the Vegas transit terminal. Maybe that’s fortunate. I have enjoyed family and friends at my daughter’s home. The visit included my granddaughter who is a senior at Fort Collins High School and my son who flew in from Long Beach, California. I had long restorative walks, like around Windsor Lake, and plenty of activity, like a beginner yoga class in Fort Collins and the use of my daughters’ elliptical machine. My diet was a small challenge, but my daughter eats healthy, so she had healthy stuff to work with and her understanding of what I was trying to prepare. Processed food being avoided by me more than most other stuff, I turned in part to my emergence eating plan “S.S.S.” That is soup, salad, and shake. I turned to that when I couldn’t use the G-BOMBS theory from Dr. Joel Furman (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds).  I avoided any weight gain over the holidays.

Some of the things I regularly read:

Tufts University Health & Nutrition LetterMayo Clinic newsletter

Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Medical School

NEJM: the New England Journal of Medicine

Healthline: Nutrition Newsletter

Forks over Knives

LIFESTRONG.com

MyFitnessPal

Share your Goals

If you always see your health and fitness goals and resolutions fade into the “too much to do” schedule or if it is the same resolution as last year, try sharing them with me and our readers for a little added incentive. Send me your top resolutions and I’ll build blog topics to enhance your mental equivalent for success. Let’s be healthy together as a community.

Next time

I will be sharing Blue Zone information.

IF YOUR LIFE MATTERS, THEN WHAT?

Begin here.

Pray First

If your life matters, stop your toxic diet and get healthy. Do yourself a favor in this mess we seem to be in and pay attention to your “information diet” as well as to your “healthy diet”. Everything on commercial T.V. is propaganda and spin; news, ads, and programming. I wanted to write something current and trendy with social inequities as a topic. This turned out to be something I did not know enough about from the other man’s perspective. After doing a little research, the information could be and should be a semester college course or a 2-year course in a youth program just to provide everyone with an overview to have an educated opinion on what the real problem is. Pointing you in the right direction may be the best place to start. I recommend the Rich Roll podcast or YouTube #529. Rich interviews John Lewis and John Salley. Lewis is from “Bad Ass Vegan” among his projects and Salley, the former NBA SuperStar who is a well-known entrepreneur and vegetarian. The interviewees explain some of the problems with social inequities as well as diet and health issues in the black communities.

John and John explain the problem as they see it and a solution from their view. The BLM movement and the George Floyd death are discussed. They state clearly what the protests are about. They talk about a multitude of current problems that are facing America today. One social issue they discuss is Food Inequity or the Urban Nutrition Desert. They have a plan to improve the quality of what is being eaten in the Black community. Listen and learn from this podcast. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6HdT84uWg

I believe that very little investigation is needed to illuminate the same issues in our Brown communities. Change in the diet in the brown communities is happening in the healthy promotion of Mexi-vegetarian cooking. You can check that out online or in select restaurants. The social inequities are another story in the Brown community are another problem to be addressed.

I repeat, if your life matters then take proper care of it. Eat healthy, get a fitness program, find a way to feed your spirit. If your life matters you need to be part of the change. Over 50% of the American population is sick (black, brown, red, blue, yellow, white). These are Lifestyle disorders; obesity, pre-diabetes, diabetes-2, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. It is time to change. No one likes to be told what to do, ie. wear a mask, wash your hands, stand back, but this is the time to step up and do the right thing.

There is a solution. Begin here and now.

#1. Stop poisoning ourselves and our children with toxic fast food. 

#2. Stop eating processed food. These are made by the companies that gave us cigarettes to addict and eventually kill us.

My Neighborhood
Sign on the door!!!

There is plenty of science to back up an eating change. If you want science, start with Doctor Michael Klaper M.D. Listen to him on Rich Roll podcast #507. Dr. Klaper at 72 has seen the result of the Western diet on the American population. He is giving lectures to medical students on nutrition and a healthy diet. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhs1BB7MbHo

I see the result of a poor diet and lifestyle every day at school. Many boys who come into the locker room are overweight from the government provided free breakfast and lunch and who knows what for dinner. These meals from the Government are supposed to be healthy and nutritious. The meal regulations are mandated by government appointees that are also on the corporate food company boards and therefore promote science for food. Chemistry should not be a food choice. Added to that problem are the student eating habits. The calamity is watching the boys throwing away the apple and eating the chips or doughnut. They are addicted to sugar and salt. The attraction to sugar and salt are natural. They are natural when in nature. This is not that.

Stop poisoning yourself and our children.

Here is another starting point. Dr. John Mcdougall has a free book. You can get it in 20 different languages and a child will understand it. This is not my diet of choice, but you will understand this one in minutes.

Dr. McDougall’s Color Picture Book “Food Poisoning” How to Cure It by Eating Beans, Corn, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, etc.*

Nothing happens in God’s world by chance.

Be healthy,

Coach Brown

THERE IS A PLAN FOR YOU

The 2 Secrets to Successful Fitness 

There are 2 secrets to a successful exercise and fitness plan. The first secret is in the doing. No matter your mood you must get off the couch and get active. The second secret is in your food consumption. That’s it, mood and food. You and I have an exercise and workout plan. Mine has me walking, swimming, weight training, and bike riding on alternating days. I am including some type of High-intensity interval training (HIIT) in each workout. Your plan should include activities you enjoy, mixed with some activities that are needed to maintain your health and fitness. On the days that you don’t feel the motivation to get up and move, remember that mood follows activity, not the other way around.

From Michael Pollen

If I was forced to choose which is more important between diet or exercise, the answer is diet. I don’t mean a diet like, “I can’t eat that, I’m on a diet”. I mean a diet like a food plan for nutrition. A cow’s diet is primarily grass. A lion’s diet primarily meat. God’s creatures have a primary diet and secondary diet of items they eat as needed or as available. My diet has changed over time as I changed. My diet is now more plant based. I am not vegetarian or vegan, but it is “plant rich” as Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic would say. I try to make 20% to 30% of my plate meat with the balance being vegetables and grain. There are plenty of debates about the best diet plan. Here are my starter rules.

Coach Brown’s Fitness Triangle Diet

DO’S

Eat Fruits or Vegetables with any meal or snack.

Eat Clean Whole Foods.

Eat Organic, in season, local when possible.

Eat Less Meat: grass-fed, free range, wild caught when possible. 

Use Olive Oil or Coconut oil 

Do keep to a calorie count appropriate for your goal. 

Ask yourself: is this product God made or man made? Pick God.

DON’Ts

No Fast Food.

No Soda, diet or other.

No or limited Processed Foods.

Limit Starches, breads, and wheat based products.

Limit Dairy.

Watch out for Sugar, Nitrates, Sodium, High fructose corn syrup.

Watch out for any product with more than 5 ingredients or ones that have ingredients with a really long name.

How to get started

Recently I found a simple and easy way to rebuild my diet. I needed to refresh what I was doing because the Pandemic quarantine has changed my life patterns. I am cooking more for the family and my son’s needs are different from mine. I started to gain weight. Dr. David Katz and a team of nutritionists not backed by big industrial food, has designed software to help. The free website helped pick a diet program and build a sample meal plan for me including a shopping list www.dietid.com.

Dr. Katz also has another website of importance called True Health Initiative https://www.truehealthinitiative.org/ where many health and food rumors and sales pitches are debunked. I recommend that you check out both of these sites.

The quote for this post is from Michael Pollan: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Be Healthy,

Coach Brown