HealthyLonger-AntiAgingHow can you live healthy longer? 

This is basically a concept of reversing the aging process even as you grow older in years.  How can we even maintain good health let alone turn it around and make it better? Yes, you can live healthy longer!

A headline in the April 2011 news caught my attention:

World's Oldest Man Dies in U.S. at Age of 114

Mr. Breuning attributed his longevity to eating just two meals a day, working as long as he could and always embracing change — especially death.

Mr. Breuning sums it up:  "Everybody says your mind is the most important thing about your body. Your mind and your body – you keep both busy, and by God, you'll be here a long time." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/14/worlds-oldest-man-dies-age-114/#ixzz1JdeyVPNE

Mr. Breuning made some great points:

  • Eating just two meals a day?   Morning comes too quickly, we rush around and grab the quickest thing to eat or we may skip breakfast all together.  Maybe we stop for fast food for lunch or even skip lunch?  By dinner time we are starving so we quickly consume our dinner.  We eat dinner so quickly we are not satisfied so we need a bedtime snack.  Are your daily eating habits cutting your life short?  Setting you up for disease and/or old age to set in before you are ready?
  • Working as long as possible! Most of us are looking forward to retirement of some form.  Yes, we long for relief from our busy, hectic schedule.  Our life needs balance yet our life needs purpose.  What will your purpose be after retirement?
  • Always embrace change! Are we willing, happy, and excited about change or do we fight every change that comes along?  Change can be good or bad.  We need the mental capability to evaluate change and determine the pros and cons – how will this change affect my quality of life?

Healthy Longer - 50yearsHow do you make these applications to your life?

  1. There are people who eat only 2 meals a day; I am not one of them.  I typically only eat one main meal, dinner, 2 small meals, and then 2 or 3 small snacks.  Everyone does not have the same metabolism so that can be different for different folks.  The main key is that you do not overeat.  Obesity is probably one of the main factors in health breakdown as we grow older in years.
  2. Life does have to have purpose!  You need a reason to get out of bed and get going.  Staying busy keeps your mind sharp and your body in shape.  Talking about body in shape, exercise is an important factor in living younger longer.  Only 30 to 40 minutes of moderate exercise 4 or 5 times a week will do wonders for your health.
  3. Embracing change and being flexible in all areas of your life will help you live younger longer.  Be willing to take on something new.  Maybe it is a new hobby or a new line of work or a new activity?
  • healthy-longer-hiking-panorama-trail-yosemiteI am 71 years young. When I was 68 I started blogging about the nutrition business I love and have been involved in for over 29 years. That meant I had to build a website for the blog and maintain it. That meant I had a lot to learn about websites and search engines. That meant keeping up with the latest information about nutrition and writing about it regularly. That meant lots to learn and embrace.
  • Whatever change you choose, embrace it and allow it to enhance your life.

There are other important keys to living younger longer. 

  • Drink plenty of fresh, clean water.  The rule of thumb is to take your total weight, divide it by 2 and that is how many ounces of water you should drink each day.
  • Eat a balanced diet of protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy.  It is important to choose foods as close to nature and as fresh as possible.  That means processed foods should be the exception not the rule.
  • Get yourself adequate rest.  How can you expect to stay healthy if you are burning the candle on both ends?  Most people need between 7 and 8 hours of restful sleep per night.  Listen to your body, it will tell you.
  • Have fun, be happy!  Enjoy life, play!
  • In this world of depleted soil, food storage, processing and refining it is more often than not necessary to use quality nutritional supplements to fill the gaps in your diet.

What are you doing to live younger longer?  I would love to hear from you about how you are slowing and reversing the aging process.

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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and dealing with major heart issues, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Lorii Abela October 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

It  is  a great blog which provides valuable information pertaining to how one person can live healthy longer, including Mr. Breuwing's story on how he became the . World' Oldest Man who died in U.S. at the age of 114.  Thanks, Pat, for your great time sharing this. 

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2 Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions October 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Wow! Pat, you are inspiring. You don't just talk it, you LIVE it! And you are a wealth of information, super information. Thanks so much with sharing with the world. <3

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3 Pat Moon October 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Thanks, Norma.

What would I do without the support of friends and business associates like you? You are a big inspiration to me.

Keeping on, keeping on!

Pat

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4 Ines Roe October 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Wonderful advice. Particularly about giving life purpose and meaning. In my opinion that is the most ciritical piece. When life has meaning we are more likely to do the self care elements of eating well and exercise – we then have a reason to do them 

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5 Pat Moon October 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi Ines,

Absolutely, life purpose and meaning contribute to our overall health. When we have no purpose, we are not going to care about our health until it breaks down. Once a person’s health breaks down they end up in a vicious cycle of not being able to pull themselves out of the downward cycle. Of course, I’ve seen people lift themselves up and regain broken health even when the odds are against them. Then they are able to have real purpose.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Pat

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6 Beverley Golden October 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

Love how you brought the wisdom and experience of the older generation into this piece Pat. As you know, I truly believe that the over 90 generation had a much healthier way of living, including their attitude and their eating habits. Not to mention the quality of the food they grew up on.  We all can make choices to adopt some of these healthy patterns and to be the healthiest and best version of the modern-day us we can be. Thanks for another wonderful article.

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7 Pat Moon October 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hi Beverley,

Yes, we have so many conveniences, more nutritional scientific knowledge, and variety of foods than our parents. Yet they had better basic foods that were real food and not refined and processed. I believe it is showing up with so many people living into their 90’s and even reaching 100 in good health. Your mother is a great example of that. I believe that for the most part our parents had a less stressful life but of course that is all in the perspective.

Thanks for your supportive comment.

Pat

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8 Roslyn October 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

What a fabulous blog. Love the examples from Mr. Breuning's life and your own. I read so much about health and nutrition, I appreciate when the writer personalizes the information. It helps me pull the information toward me. I eat 5xs a day- with brunch and dinner being larger balanced meals.  You are right- it depends on your own metabolism. It took time to figure out what I need to do to keep my energy even. Also looks like you've changed your format or font and I like it a lot.

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9 Pat Moon October 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Roslyn, it pleases me that you were pulled into the article enough to appreciate how it applies to you. I, too, find that I need to eat about 5xs a day with 2 more complete balanced meals. Keeping energy levels even is key to feeling well and functioning at our best.

Glad you like the format and font. Gradually making improvements.

Love having you as a regular reader.

Pat

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10 Veronica October 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Mr Breuning sounds like he had the right formula. I would only want to live that long if I still lived a healthy 

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11 Pat Moon October 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Yes, Veronica, quality of life is what we all work towards as we grow older. Life can be quite difficult when we don’t have good health at any age.

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12 Alexandra McAllister October 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Pat I agree, Mr. Breuning did make some good points. I find the older I get, the less I feel like eating 3 meals…I now eat 2.  I exercise, take natural products, try not to over stress and as far as working, I love what I do. 🙂  Thanks for sharing your story.  Married for 52 years!! Congrats, Pat.  That is incredible!

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13 Pat Moon October 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Alexandra, it is so great that you eat well, exercise, keep your mind active working and take natural products. 

I feel very blessed to still be married to my highschool sweetheart. We were only 18 when we married and have 3 wonderful children as a result. 

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14 jessica October 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

thanks for the wisdom shared here–clearly you have a lot of knowledge on this topic and it shines through!

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15 Pat Moon October 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Jessica, thank you for that very supportive comment. I appreciate you as a reader of my blog.

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16 Meryl Hershey Beck October 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Great tips and advice for staying young, fit and healthy in all aspects of yor life.  Eating properly and keeping our bodies in motion is where many pople slow down with age. It is so important to take care of ourselves at any age.  Thanks for sharing. 

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17 Pat Moon October 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Yes, Meryl, diet and motion are both very, very instrumental in the aging process. Choices are so critical.

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18 Tina October 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Pat, you are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for being there with so much useful and youthful information.

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19 Pat Moon October 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm

You are so welcome, Tina. I love sharing.

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20 Mary Marriner August 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

Very god article, Pat.  A good attitude goes a long way to help us live longer….and avoiding stress!  Thank you for your advice.

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21 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Mary, you are right about attitude and stress affecting how healthy we are as we grow older… living younger longer is my motto.

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22 Jessica Stone August 17, 2012 at 6:16 am

Very interesting 3 points!  I know how critical it is to keep your mind sharp and your body moving.  And embracing change is a key to life.  I'm with you, though, about the 2 meals.  Personally, I wouldn't survive!  Secondly, to maintain your metabolism working properly, eating small meals throughout the day (not stuffing yourself), often enough (2-3 hours), keeps that metabolism churning away.  You also maintain or lose weight this way!  And your body doesn't flip into starvation mode and tries to hang onto everything.  Great post!

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23 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Jessica, thanks for your comment and support. Meal skippers do not understand that they are causing their bodies to go into that starvation mode and then wonder why they cannot lose weight. That is a great point.

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24 Sue August 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Love your post, Pat.   Each point you make is so important.  Eating right and getting adequate rest makes such a difference, and have tried to do a better job of drinking my daily requirement of water as well!  Working in the hospital, I see a lot of patients who come in with symptoms of dehydration.  Amazing how your body can respond to this.  I totally agree how important it is to live with purpose.   Thanks for sharing!

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25 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Sue, thanks for your comment. You are so correct about drinking water. If people would only realize the danger of not staying hydrated, no matter what their age. How can a person live with purpose when their brain and body are dehydrated. Thanks for bringing that to light.

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26 Jenny Shain August 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

This makes me think of the Bible verse Genesis 6:3 " he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." 
My favorite point here is "Always Embrace Change! Often we've got to simply trust the process. I was saying the other day that many people can gage their ability to embrace change with how well they've reacted to Facebook changes. -Trust the process friends!

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27 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Jenny, your point is very well taken. We need to trust the process of change in order to move forward in life. I feel that I actually have the confidence to make and accept change better now than when I was younger. When I was young, I often allowed fear to keep me from doing activities, etc. that would have enhanced my life.

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28 Ron Cross August 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Great post Pat! I've definitely been making more of an effort to eat more natural foods, and I'm back in the gym now for the first time in quite a few years. I can also attest to the point you made about continuing to learn. It helps keep us young by keeping our brains stimulated and sharp. 
Loved this one, keep it up!

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29 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Good for you, Ron. I’m so thrilled that you are making changes in your life so as to live younger longer… great job.

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30 Penny August 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Absolutely love this…..Everybody says your mind is the most important thing about your body. Your mind and your body. You keep both busy, and by God you'll be here a long time."  I watch people who retire, sit in front of the TV and slowly die. It mortifies me how people so look forward to doing nothing.  thanks for all the great advice!

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31 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Penny, I so agree with you that it is so self-destructive to retire, sit in front of the TV and slowly die. At one time in my insurance career, I worked with seniors in planning their end of life requests. I would come away more determined to take care of my mind and body so I would not be on a whole platter of prescription drugs in order to get through the next day… it is so sad.

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32 Carolyn Hughes August 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

I love your common sense approach Pat! Embracing change and taking care of your mind and body are so important at any stage. Growing older involves adapting on all levels and looking forward to the future instead of trying to hold on to your youth!

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33 Pat Moon August 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for your comment, Carolyn. You are correct that growing older involves adapting and looking forward to the future. As we adapt and plan for the future we can also draw from our life experiences and life commitments.

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34 Hughie Bagnell October 14, 2011 at 5:47 am

Great article Pat…Mr. Breuning did make some great points and drinking water, as you say, is very important as well! …Thanks, Hughie

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35 Pat Moon October 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi Hughie, yes keep drinking water, it is a key to good health.

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36 pat October 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Enjoyed your article.  My goal is to live to be 100 and still be strong and active and having fun at my great grandchildren's weddings.   I agree wtih you that these days the produce is so lacking in nutrient value that taking good natural sourced supplements is one of the keys to anti aging.  It is working for me so far as we embrace a year of downsizing our house, growing a business and all around change.

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37 Pat Moon October 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Pat, I agree about wanting to live to be 100 but only if I am able to enjoy life to the fullest. God bless you and all your endeavors.

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38 denny hagel October 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Love this…"Everybody says your mind is the most important thing about your body. Your mind and your body. You keep both busy, and by God you'll be here a long time." Thanks for sharing!

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39 Pat Moon October 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Denny, thanks for your comment.

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40 Anastasiya Day October 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Pat, brilliant article. I totally agree – Life does have to have purpose! We need a reason to get out of bed and get going, that's why we always should think positive and move forward. thank you so much for posting this article!

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41 Pat Moon October 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Anastasiya, thanks for the encouraging words!

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42 Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing October 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

Love this! "Life does have to have purpose! You need a reason to get out of bed and get going. Staying busy keeps your mind sharp and your body in shape. Talking about body in shape, exercise is an important factor in living younger longer." A strong purpose in life erases depression and lowers our stress….and, you're right, helps us live longer as a result! 🙂 Great article!

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43 Pat Moon October 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Elise, thanks for your nice comment on my article on Living Younger Longer. It is so wonderful to hear from people with encouraging words.

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44 Olga Hermans October 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Pat, you are adorable; I admire you and commend you. Most women of your age like to settle down and here you are encouraging all of us not to be afraid of change. You are a great example. I have friends of my age and they think blogging and all that comes with it is way out of their comfort zone…..oh my!! Thanks for your great article again!!

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