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    Lightbulb At my age should I stay on my diet or eat drink and be merry

    I have finally reached the age of 70 and looking back I honestly never really made any past effort to stay healthy . From time to time I did under duress from some of my wives go on a diet but never made an effort to physically exercise more than the odd long walk with my dogs .


    Fast forward to now , as the years rolled by and I approached the 65 year retirement milestone I started to become more and more concerned with my health and future well being . For the past five years I have gone on diets and increased my physical activity with the help of a motorised tread mill and I have given up a large range of foods and alcohol beverages that pre diet days I would really enjoy.


    I have recently moved house and now meet up in a small local bar ( a Thai shop house selling beer with seats out side ) with a group of other local retired foreigners who are all around my age . A few days ago the topic of trying to stay healthy at our age came up and as a newcomer to the group I outlined my own thoughts on the subject , including my current diet and daily exercise routine and the large range of foods and drinks that Ive given up. On hearing my views some of the others sitting around our table made several comments like I was silly or even crazy for doing what I was doing because in their words '' my time is running out '' and in reality I should be thinking more about enjoying my self in the final count down than trying to loose a few lbs in weight in the faint hope of possibly adding a month or two to my life span.


    All I could think of to counter the laughter and suggestions was to say that I’m now going to start enjoying my self a bit more by eating and drink the things Ive been ardently avoiding while on my diet .


    In some strange way the fact that all of us sat around the table were as one person so aptly pointed out ‘’ running out of time ‘’ did make me stop and think , could the group be right and at my age should I just throw caution to the wind and eat drink and be merry instead of trying to prolong things.


    Whats you take on this . Could the group be right , or should I stay on track .









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    Nowhere near your age, but I find my tastes and preferences change over time. When I realise certain foods or drinks (in excess) don't agree with me as they used to, I automatically develop an aversion. No need to force myself to 'give up' anything, with very few notable exceptions.

    Also, I agree that physical exercise becomes more important to keep fit, which is why I opted for a pedelec as my main mode of transportation.
    “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Child View Post
    Whats you take on this . Could the group be right , or should I stay on track .
    Members of the group are "right" about how they choose to live. It's their choice after all. That choice, however, has no bearing on how you choose to live. If you have a life plan (concerning diet, exercise, etc) that you are happy with, stay the course or modify it as you see fit. I'm surprised you need such advice, however, having reached 70 all by yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serrollt View Post
    Nowhere near your age, but I find my tastes and preferences change over time. When I realise certain foods or drinks (in excess) don't agree with me as they used to, I automatically develop an aversion. No need to force myself to 'give up' anything, with very few notable exceptions.

    Also, I agree that physical exercise becomes more important to keep fit, which is why I opted for a pedelec as my main mode of transportation.
    Physical activity is some thing that I have a Love Vs Hate relationship with . When I get up in the morning I'm thinking of all sorts of excuses why not to get on my treadmill but once I'm on it and my headphones are at full volume , then I love it

    I do miss my pre diet days and a glass or three of Red wine with a noggin of Blue Stilton cheese and buttered jacob's cream crackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    Members of the group are "right" about how they choose to live. It's their choice after all. That choice, however, has no bearing on how you choose to live. If you have a life plan (concerning diet, exercise, etc) that you are happy with, stay the course or modify it as you see fit. I'm surprised you need such advice, however, having reached 70 all by yourself.

    Your right reaching 70 ( without ever being admitted to hospital ) I should not be looking for advice , but I still have this nagging thought , could the thoughts of the majority be worth considering .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty Child View Post
    but I still have this nagging thought , could the thoughts of the majority be worth considering .
    Worth considering? Of course, but not under pressure. Their ridicule of your life choices is, at best, insensitive, even if such thoughtlessness is unintended. Ultimately, you know what's best for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
    Worth considering? Of course, but not under pressure. Their ridicule of your life choices is, at best, insensitive, even if such thoughtlessness is unintended. Ultimately, you know what's best for you.
    I must admit when they were all having a chuckle and pointing out in their view my mistakes I was a bit taken aback , yes your right its all down to me.










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    Don't worry. Just learn the mai pen ry attitude and your life will feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven View Post
    Don't worry. Just learn the mai pen ry attitude and your life will feel better.
    Because, as many locals will attest, ignorance is bliss.

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    A little reading on a related subject:

    The man who unlocked the world's secret to living to age 100 says you can skip the gym
    by hbrueck@businessinsider.com (Hilary Brueck)






    Dan Buettner, a continent-trekking cyclist and storyteller, figured out that the world consisted of at least five "Blue Zones," in the early 2000s. That's when he made the term, which was first coined by Belgian professor Michel Poulain, a household phrase in a best-selling cover story for National Geographic.

    In this handful of hidden corners scattered across the globe, he discovered that people were sailing past the 100-year mark with surprising frequency, and often avoiding dementia.
    People residing in these Blue Zones are outliving us because they have figured out what others have not, according to Buettner. They consistently eat a healthful diet, and they also move around about every 20 minutes or so during each day.

    But he says it took him years after that initial discovery to figure out exactly why the rest of us are getting the simple diet and exercise formula so wrong.
    "People start thinking that the entrance way to a healthier lifestyle — for most Americans — is through their mouths," he told Insider. "But the core tenant of Blue Zones, and it took me about 10 years to realize what I'm about to tell you, none of them have better discipline, better diets, better individual responsibility, they don't have better genes than us."
    Instead, "they live a long time because longevity happens to them," Buettner said.



    The homegrown, plant-based diets of the Blue Zones residents are only about half of the longevity equation, Buettner estimates. The rest is about making healthy choices the easiest ones by turning them into instinctual rituals of daily life that people don't have to think about or use willpower to fight for.

    Namely, Blue Zones residents — found in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California — move consistently through each day, live with purpose, and do it all with a little help from their friends.

    Buettner reverse-engineered a "Blue Zone" in rural Minnesota, and people there lost four tons of fat


    Buettner has successfully trialed this holistic approach in cities and towns across the US, with stunning success. In 2009, he piloted his first "Blue Zones Project" in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The goal was to reverse-engineer it into a Midwestern Blue Zone.

    "If you want to live longer and be healthier, don't try to change your behaviors, because that never lasts for the long run," he said. "Think about changing your environment."
    For Albert Lea, that meant the town of roughly 18,000 people was pushed to do more daily movement, with citywide changes that turned healthful actions into the simplest choices.
    The city added 10 miles of sidewalks and bike lanes for its residents, and local businesses made it easier to pick and eat healthy food. People started walking more and creating their own strolling groups that hit the streets together, collectively shedding 4 tons of weight (an average of 2.6 pounds per person). Smoking went down by 4% during the first five years of the program.

    "When I started four years ago, I had high cholesterol and high blood pressure," Albert Lea City Council Member Al Brooks told MinnPost in 2015, saying he started walking 2.5 miles a day since the city turned into a Blue Zone. "My cholesterol is lower, my blood pressure is 116/70, and I lost 15 pounds."


    Buettner has now consulted with dozens of other "Blue Zone Project" cities around the US that are trying his "ecosystem approach" to health and longevity, and saving millions of dollars in health insurance costs in the process.
    The city of Fort Worth, Texas, for example, reduced its smoking rate 6% after partnering with Buettner in 2013. Fort Worth now saves an estimated $268 million annually as a result of that one action alone.That figure doesn't even account for the tens of millions of dollars in other health care costs saved because of Blue Zone-inspired programs in the city.



    But making it a habit to ditch smoking and move around throughout the day doesn't mean you should neglect eating the crunchy vegetables, beans, fresh herbs, and oils that are so popular in the Blue Zones. Instead, Buettner's eating advice aligns with what nutrition experts and dietitians consistently recommend.

    He suggests formulating your diet around plants, including plenty of complex carbohydrates (like beans and whole grains) and making convenience snack foods, desserts, and trips to fast food joints the exception, not the norm.
    "When it comes to longevity, there's no short term fix," Buettner said. "There's no pill or supplement or hormone. If you're not going to do something for years or decades, don't even bother with it."
    Buettner's new "Blue Zones Kitchen" cookbook is filled with vegetarian recipes from each of the five Blue Zones, but he says you don't have to buy his tome to try out the eating technique. Instead, find "five or 10 recipes that you love." Then make those foods, along with some consistent, regular movement at home, an integral part of your daily routine. You can even get lazy and skip the gym.

    "The secret to eating for 100 is to find the plant-based foods, heavy with beans and grains and vegetables, and learn how to like 'em," he said.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-unloc...210400652.html
    Last edited by harrymsmarkle; 12-06-2019 at 05:46 PM.

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