We hear all the time about wonder diets that make you live more than 100 or that make you as good as new. But is there any truth in it? There are indeed various studies that show rats and primates lived longer after they followed particular diets. The key here seems to be a plant-based lifestyle that uses fresh produce, minimal processed foods, and periods of fasting, as well as the right amount of fats.
But Which Diet to Choose?
With all the (contradicting) information we get today, it may be hard to decide on a certain diet to follow. However, it seems that the most effective one is the Mediterranean one. Fish, legumes, lentils, and many more are the key to a healthy living. That’s why in what follows, we will show you some tips and tricks to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
- Get the Right Carbs
A wrong popular opinion is that you need to completely eliminate the carbs in your diet to slow down the aging process. Carbs should make up 30 – 40% of the calories to support your weight control and to cut down on the inflammation. Moreover, it’s essential to focus on the natural carbs, not refined ones.
- Fast Regularly
One of the strongest links that was noticed to the slowing down of the aging process is the intermittent fasting. Consuming few calories on a regular basis resets the cellular hormones that cause damage. Moreover, this helps with inflammation and ageing.
- Eat More Fresh Food
The idea behind this diet is to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can every day. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should replace all the other meals. It may sound like a lot, but there are some tricks which you can use. For example, include a vegetable juice at breakfast, a salad at lunch, and 2 – 3 other vegetables or fruits throughout the day.
Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.