I just listened to a fascinating short excerpt from the ‘Longevity Now Conference’ speaker, Dr Joel Fuhrman.
This Dude’s a legend and I always respect what he has to say because he’s coming from the angle of science. And we all know how important Science is to me.
So here’s my summary (I swear the title is relevant):
What we really need to get clear on is that we, all of us, have the right to live to 95-105 years if we want to, and that’s how Dr Fuhrman starts off, rightfully so. I know some of us smart asses love to say ‘oh bugger that, I want out eventually, blah blah..’, but what I’m talking about, and Dr Fuhrman talks about, is aging without suffering.
Walking when we’re old, not walker-ing. We CAN win the ‘war’ on cancer and prevent disease in ourselves if we simply make intelligent choices day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute in both thought and deed.
The Low Down on Nutrients:
Food gives us Macro and Micro nutrients. Ya, we all know this. But we’re going to read it again because simplicity is the mother of …well of being productive and efficient.
Simples (Cue CompareTheMarket.com meerkat creature thing voice – UK readers. This means something basic is about to be said that is very important):
Macro nutrients come from => Fats, carbs and protein. This is where our calories come from. We need to eat less of these and the less we eat of these, the longer we live.
On the other side of the spectrum we have micronutrients, which do not contain calories. It’s these micronutrients that we need to balance our hormones, regulate fat storage, insulin production,etc etc.
Once our shizzz is all sorted in the micronutrient department, we ‘aint going to be craving those f^&*ing Magnums and Starbuck caramel lattes no more. Score.
1-Happy life 0-Crap Doctors (good doctors who like to heal people can be excluded here).
Ok so let’s get to the useful stuff about how to looook (and feel) good. We’ll address that age old adage (say *that* one a few times fast) that speeding up our metabolic rate is the way forward:
Well, it isn’t the way forward.
It’s a short term and short sighted view on health. The faster your metabolic rate, the faster you age. I know this is going to be hard for some die hard diet peeps to swallow, but there it is.
A slower metabolic rate, yeah you read that right; means we can eat less, age slower and live longer and healthier. Which means more sex, more babes, more hot guys falling at your knees and all that good stuff. Makes sense when you think about it logically.
Health Equation (I do love equations)
H = N/C
H= health, meaning how long you are going to live and the quality of your life
N = Nutrients
C = Calories
Your health is directly proportional to the Micronutrient value per calorie unit of your diet.
This factor predicts your likelihood of developing cancer, pneumonia, etc.
Simples: eat a diet with MORE micronutrients and LESS calories.
Hunger – FEEEEED me Seymor!
When you achieve adequate micronutrients, you become hungry when your body genuinely needs some more fuel. Feeling shaky, weak, stomach achy, esophageal spasm -y, etc, is actually what you feel when your cells are detoxing, not when you are hungry.
True hunger is felt in the throat, not with headaches, etc. We generally eat when we’re suffering from withdrawals, NOT because we are genuinely hungry.
We should try work on this by making sure we eat our high quality veggies (raw as often as possible to retain enzymatic activity and nutrients), superfoods, superherbs and generally nutrient dense calories to avoid eating because of withdrawals.
Once we have enough micronutrients, we don’t need as many calories to maintain our weight. This explains the phenomenons like elite athletes at the top of their games who are *raw foodists*, peeps like Woody Harrelson being raw most of the time, etc..
Yip, they magically get by on nuts and seeds and plant based nom noms. Why? Because a body with sufficient micronutrient adequacy has better biological efficiency and better digestive efficiency. Efficiency is the key term here. No, I’m not a raw foodist and I’m not a vegan basher, but I am pointing out the possibilities – everybody’s constitution is different.
Either way, your hunger will adjust to assist you in maintaining your proper weight throughout your life if your body is properly nourished.
So, eat more veggies (and superfoods, superherbs and all that good shizzz) and you’ll have more and better sex (if you’re into that whole thing), and you’ll be able to listen to your Rock ‘n Roll a whole lot better for a whole lot longer! Told ya the title had relevance.
Take away Action steps for this week: (Joo kann doo eeeet!!)
Try my lazy-azz take on a Raw Powerhouse Salad (Leslie Kenton coined that one in her AWESOME book, Skin Revolution) by:
- Crunching up some broccoli and cauliflower heads in a bowl
- Chopping up some carrots and red and yellow peppers if you like too
- Chucking in some seeds and nuts if you like (pumpkin seeds are nummy and Walnuts rock)
- Mixing it all together with your fingers (because it’s fun and because you can). You’ll want some Kitchen towel thingies at the ready to wipe your fingers with…
- Finally, drizzling over some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkling on some Himalayan Rock Salt (trace minerals rock..)
- Mixing it all together with your fingers again…we know why already.
And Crunch Crunch… just add a serving to whatever else you’re eating to get on the road to more enzymes and crunchy nutrients the easy way!
Trust me, I’m about as domesticated as a retarded turtle. If I can do this, you can.