I think this is finally the year that I grow up and realize that I can't keep abusing my body and expect it to take it forever. I don't actually abuse it as I did in my younger days but I do ignore it much of the time. It needs water. It needs food. It needs moisturizer. It needs vitamins. What more could you require, right? Wrong. The body needs exercise and so does the brain. It needs some foods far more than it needs or wants other foods. It's all a matter of pH balance, which straddles a fine line with the typical American diet. We have become a fast food society and it's killing us, ultimately. It sure was doing a number on me until I changed my ways.
Having grown up during the time that McDonald's and What-A-Burger first made their appearance (with many others to follow) I can vouch that we were all brainwashed from the time we were little kids. Most of us didn't realize what a toll this novel new idea in food would take until we hit 50 and had to go on medications to keep the long term effects of our past eating habits from killing us. Granted, many of us have genetically inherited problems, but our past eating habits didn't help either.
I can honestly say that I haven't eaten at a fast food restaurant other than Subway or Schlotzky's in years. Oh wait. There was that one Thanksgiving night that we were staying at a hotel with nothing to eat so I went out and found the only place open in Austin, Texas. Jack In The
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I'm making a lot of changes in my life right now. Some of them have been easy. I gave up drinking chickory coffee with cream and sugar and now drink only green tea with Truvia. I used to throw little tantrums if I couldn't have my coffee every morning. I know. What was I thinking? We sometimes go a whole week without having any beef which was once unheard of in this household. Mr. Snooty's grandad was a rancher and we used to get a free side of corn-fed beef every year. I severely cut back on my use of Advil (I used to take a handful at a time when I still had my vegetable garden). Directly due to the effects of not drinking enough water (no fun) I now drink three 20 ounce cups of water every day. I used to think I was so good for drinking water all day but it was the same one cup, all day. I never used to eat breakfast because I'm too lazy to fix it. Now I have a bowl of instant oatmeal everyday because it's better than nothing. I got my bike tires fixed and am attempting to make it more than a couple of blocks each time I go out. I take more vitamins and supplements than I do medications, for preventive purposes. And the list goes on...
The latest addition to my healthy products list is this wonderful nectar of the Aloe Vera plant from Fruits Of The Earth. It's called Aloe Vera Juice and it's benefits are plentiful. Just click on the pictures to read all about it. I've long preached the healing qualities of the Aloe Vera plant and this just takes it it totally over the top. I'm convinced I can't live without Aloe Vera and I still never go on a trip without a little freshly pinched piece of Aloe Vera. I've strapped it onto a wound overnight via a sturdy Band-Aid and it's healed 70% the next day. It's medicinal qualities are better than anything you can buy at the drug store.
So... What is your personal path to better health and longevity?
Not only do I hope to live to be this old, but also this sharp: