Tackling old age should be done using a multi level strategy. We all want to live a quality life, free from the worries relating to an on going aging body, mind and soul. Instead of approaching this time with trepidation, life should be embraced with a positive out look. A healthy lifestyle is multi faceted and needs to be seen as a whole using common sense tips working together for your greater good..
1. The body …..requires a balanced diet starting with the most important meal of the day taken within an hour of waking. Your diet should include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, mineral salts and fibre. We all know about “5 fruit and vegetable a day” for your mineral and vitamin requirements. Fresh is always best !!!! Fish from cold waters rich in Omega-3′s eaten at least once a week for protein. A varied diet of fresh products including, split peas, Soya or other beans, lintels, pumpkin seeds and walnuts will also supplement the protein requirements of vegetarians. For your carbohydrates a choice of rice, wheat products such as bread or pasta, potatoes or other gains such as maize meal. This is a general break down and each persons requirements are different. Some people for instance are allergic to nuts. As stated this is common sense, so take care.
2. Exercise. No biggy here, just get out and about, stay active. The body is different to a car that wears with usage, with us it keeps us in shape. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. While sitting, flick your toes to keep the blood circulating. Learn to become aware of your body, listen to it. If you are tried, rest. If you feel like eating a certain food, go for it. Your body will tell you what it needs to function correctly. It will say thank you… Look after it, you have only the one.
3. The Mind. Like the body it needs to be used, challenged and focused. Cross word puzzles, su doku and other puzzles are all great to get the juices going. At the end of the day learn to relax, let the mind settle in order to get a good night sleep. It needs this time to recharge.
4. The Soul….. Friends and family are a tonic for the soul. A pet such as a dog can be a great companion as they need to be walked. This is the excuse to get out into the fresh air and clear the mind. Keep in mind though, before going out and getting a pet, they can live for fifteen or more years. Who will look after them if you are unable or if they survive you? It can also be heart breaking to lose them when they do go.
Listen to music, SMELL the roses, enjoy the sunsets…..
5. Have a positive attitude. BE GRATEFULL, say sorry, forgive and tell that special person in your life that you love them.
Lifestyles are made up of different habits that we choose to embrace. You have a choice, You decide what is common sense for you. If you are in a hole dig your self out, accept a helping hand when its offered. Live life to the full…
** Christina Saunders**
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