I was going to say something inspiring about Canticle Farm, but their video says it all. After you watch, please take a minute to visit http://canticlefarm.com. These folks are doing great work, but remember we all have a role in creating a world that works for all. What is yours to do?
I used to hang out online with people who were trying to be live frugally. I always thought I could pinch a penny till it squealed, but some of these people were extreme in their methods as well as the beliefs that were driving them to save as much and spend as little as possible. Those groups and I eventually parted ways and the general attitude toward food was a major reason. Many believed it doesn’t matter what you eat and food was an area where you could really cut your spending.
If you know me at all you know I am all about health and wellness. I do have a budget. I do make a shopping list while checking the grocery ads. I’m the person who stands in the grocery aisles actually doing the math trying to figure out the best deal. But our budget is built realistically to purchase fresh fruits and veggies, minimally processed meats and other healthy, naturally gluten free foods. This comes from our belief that you can spend money on healthy food or you can spend money on doctors. We prefer to spend on food.
In addition to my other responsibilities I am essentially a homemaker, making a safe and healthy home for Bob and I. Grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking are part of my “job.” And, strange as this may sound in todays world, I actually like to cook. So taking the time needed to cook from scratch instead of grabbing convenience foods is something I don’t mind doing. At least most of the time. When my other responsibilities are piling up and I barely have time to breathe I do mind and the crock pot gets called into service.
So why am I talking about all this now? Well it’s January, and the beginning of a new year is a time when people seem to be talking, thinking and planning about food. Many resolutions will be food or weight related. Others will be looking at ways to save money and cut the budget.
While all this is going on there are a few things I would like you to consider:
- Food is fuel. If the body does not have adequate, quality fuel it will not function properly.
- Staying healthy saves not only on doctor bills, lost time from work but also on pain and suffering.
- If you really do want to lose weight ask your healthcare professional to help you come up with healthy, reasonable plan. Don’t be taken in by all the fad diets and cleanses being promoted this time of year.
- Don’t forget to move. Get up out of your chair, walk, climb stairs, play with the kids, dance, whatever strikes your fancy, just move.
- Remember the phrase “all things in moderation.” You will pay for that starvation diet and obsessive physical training later — with your health. Those things are not sustainable and never last anyway.
- Remember being healthy is a way of life. Find a balanced lifestyle plan that works for you and live it.
“Live in rooms full of light. Avoid heavy food. Be moderate in the drinking of wine. Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics. Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water. Change surroundings and take long journeys. Strictly avoid frightening ideas. Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements. Listen to music. “-A. Cornelius Celsus
In case you don’t know, Bill Novelli is the former CEO of AARP (I had to look it up). This is a very simple, concise answer to the question of how to age well. It also happens to be the truth.
“As parents, we have the responsibility and the power to create a foundational love for nutritious foods that will influence our children’s choices for decades to come, setting the stage for our children, grandchildren, and future generations to flourish in wellness and health.” ― Leah Borski
It surprises me how many people in the over 50 age group, of which I am a member, believe that sickness is a natural and unpreventable part of growing older. Having witnessed family members aging well I know this does not have to be. But to be healthy as we age we need to create healthy habits and lifestyles when we are younger.
So this month we are going to look at simple things we can all do to live and age well. We will also introduce you to “seniors” who are living healthy and active lives. Instead of being “retired” think of being “refired.” This is serious business, but I think we can also have a little fun with it. 🙂
So what do you do to live and age well?