Oh well, I guess we’re just getting older. That’s the way it goes. Not much we can do about that! Right?
It’s true that we can’t stop the calendar from advancing. BUT, there are definitely things we can do to change the course of the aging process. Most Americans begin the long, slow decline somewhere in their 40’s, and the usual progression includes increasing weight, increasing illness, increasing drugs and surgery to treat these illnesses, and often, long years of pain and disability before eventual death. This is the part we CAN change! There really is a Fountain of Youth!
What we often consider “normal” aspects of aging are really the result of an unhealthy lifestyle. When we change our lifestyle, we change how we age. And it’s not too late to make powerful, healthy changes even if we’ve already been experiencing some of these problems.
In fact, many people experience a sort of “reverse aging” when they make healthy changes in their lives. They start having more energy, their aches and pains go away, their excess weight melts off, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars can not only improve, but return to ideal levels, without medication. Their thinking becomes more clear, their mood improves, and life can become much more fun and joyful. They look AND feel younger!
So where do we find this Fountain of Youth? Do we have to go on a long journey, spend our life savings, or risk our lives to find it?
I’ve heard it said that the best place to hide something is in plain sight because no one is looking for it there!
The Fountain of Youth is hidden in plain sight -- in the produce section of your local grocery store.
Meat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods, on the other hand, deal a blow to every part of our bodies, inside and out. They are literally inflicting injury on us. They promote chronic inflammation, which increases the incidence of coronary artery disease even more than the high cholesterol that results from this unhealthy diet. They increase weight gain and cause insulin resistance, leading to diabetes. Animal products contain no fiber, so toxins build up in the body while constipation becomes a way of life. Clogged arteries and inflammation also lead to stroke and even dementia. Free radicals have their way with our skin as well as our DNA, so we get more cancer AND more wrinkles. We experience more pain, more sluggishness, and more depression. We really start to feel old.
If we really want to reverse the aging process, it’s not enough to add a small salad or an apple, or even goji berries to the Standard American Diet (SAD). We need to get rid of what’s causing the increasing illness, pain, and disability by stopping the injuries we are inflicting upon ourselves with a diet of animal products and processed foods and replace them with unprocessed plant foods.
Within a few days, our blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars will have dropped, we’ll be moving long-held toxins out of our bodies as our bowels once again move as they’re supposed to. Our self-healing bodies will repair the damage inside and out, so we’ll feel and look so much better.
When your friends ask what’s happened, you just might want to share the secret with them – – – You found the Fountain of Youth, hiding in plain sight, in the produce section of your local grocery store!
Please share with us what you’ve experienced as you’ve changed your diet and lifestyle. Did you begin to feel younger? Did you begin to look younger? Did you have any significant changes in your “numbers?” Did you get off any medications?
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.