Well it is that time of the year again to make a resolution. I am not calling this a resolution, but a life change. In November I read Dr. Furhman’s book “Eat to Live”. Then at work we were given Dane Buettner’s book “The Blue Zones”. Both talk about eating a more plant based diet, with a lot of astounding research behind them. I work in an Emergency Department and over the past six months I have seen so many people my age or younger that have died or are dying and it is scary. There are a lot of things that I want to do yet and it is my responsiblity to make sure that I do all I can to make sure that happens. So tomorrow our lives change, my husband has no choice, he will do what I do. If I only buy foods that are more natural and that is all I have in the house, that is what he will eat. He is a type two diabetes patient, so we will follow his progress as well as mine. I plan to be open and let you know my struggles as well as the successes.
In the Blue Zones they did a lot of research in different parts of the world on people that were over 100 years old and what they did differently in their lives. They ended up with nine areas that seem to really make a difference. The book says to start with three to help you towards success, any more than that and it may be hard to make that many changes at once. So here are the three that I have chosen –
Eat more plant based food – give up the processed, chemical laden items that we Americans have come to love so much
Drink more water. I have to admit that I am a Diet Mt Dew fanatic. I truly believe that you may become addicted to diet soda. I have no idea how many I drink a day, but it is a lot. From the time I get up in the morning, until one more swallow before I go to bed. I can honestly say that I have gone months at a time without taking a drink of actual water.
Go to church. I am a believer and also believe that God does not care what church you go too, as long as you believe. Here is a quote from the Blue Zones – ” Studies have shown that attending religious services even as infrequently as once a month – may make a difference in how long a person lives. A recent study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior followed 3,617 people for seven and one half years and found that those who attended religious services at least once a month reduced their risk of death by about a third. It appears that people who pay attention to their spiritual side have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, depression, stress and suicide and their immune systems seem to work better. This I will have to start later in the month as tomorrow I have to work.
I welcome you to follow my journey and see what happens. Tomorrow I will list weights and BMI’s.
It should be an interesting journey, though my husband says he prefers that I peel his grapes, I will not be going to that extreme!