7. Fortify your diet with plants
Yes, we are talking about those green things that grow in the midst of nature, and can be sumptuous and yummy too! We’re not saying that people who live long don’t eat meat. But we are saying that they eat fruit, and vegetables, a lot of them. There is also plenty you can do with sprouts that will bring the zing back to your body, making you look and feel and live younger. Nutritionists also suggest celebrating with a home-cooked vegetarian meal at least once a week. This will instantly improve the quality of the three major Fs in your life – Family, Food, and Fitness.
6. Jump often into semi-fasting
Most of us hate the very idea of fasting, especially since we all live to eat. But did you know that digestion is the heaviest and longest metabolic activity of our body, taking up more energy than any other activity? Fasting not only gives time-off to your overworked stomach, but it also intensely strengthens other metabolic activities so you digest subsequent meals faster.
Here’s a tip: you can begin your tryst with “fasting” by breaking your meal into four parts: two parts solid, one part liquid, and one part that is left empty, giving your stomach the space it needs to effectively digest your meal. By choosing to eat just a quarter of a portion less, your stomach fasting begins! You can also choose to “fast” by giving up snacking between meals. Again, this will typically give your stomach 4-6 hours to complete digestion and revitalize itself.
You can even consider going on a liquid fast, at least once a week or month. This will clear up so much time and space in your body, that other key functions (like boosting immunity, detoxification, etc.) will take a huge leap. The end result is that you will feel fantastic and live longer.
5. This too shall pass
This is the simple secret to dealing with stress. It is not as if people who live longer do not face setbacks or harsh challenges from life. But they know that in the long run (we are speaking of a hundred years here), this is but a tiny blip that will pass over soon. So they consciously choose not to sweat it.
This decision to just flow with life reduces any stress on the heart, lungs and other parts of the body. So they rarely fall prey to diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, or even cancer. Emulate this principle and you will live a delightfully long life too.