Why we talk about cancer to live longer?
It all started so well…
I was excited to read the book. Because we do need those simple things that we can do daily without too much hassle (We have more than enough of that) to be healthy, full of energy and enthusiasm for life, to look and feel good, and have a wholesome-awesome life experience.
Firsts I’ll give you the takeaways, so you can do something good for you right away.
What are the 5 things that Sanjiv Chopra (Deepak Chopra’s brother by the way) and David Fisher recommend to all of us for a healthier longer life?
Simple. Just like the book promised.
- Drink coffee. — Hell yeah! Finally! And yes. Coffee IS good for you. Not caffeine but a good cup of coffee. Few of those. As many as you can enjoy without side effects. (Personal responsibility and common sense must be applied here).
- Get your Vitamin D3 (That is, as you might have heard, not an actual vitamin but a hormone). Vitamin D is better received in a form of sunshine and spending time outside being active. The next best thing is getting it from whole foods: sardines and tuna, egg yolks, beef or calf liver, milk or yogurt, cheese. And if you can’t get it that way, or you are not sure about getting the right amount from the right sources, get checked and get supplements.
“The author takes 4000 IU of vitamin D3 daily”
And you’d better be sure you are getting your vitamin D, because it “appears to regulate the genes that control cell growth and development, immune function, and metabolic control. In other words, vitamin D has an effect on just about all of the systems of the body.”
- Move. That’s a no-brainer. We all know that movement and exercise is good for us. There has been a lot of research about positive effects of different kinds of exercise on our health, especially exercises like yoga or weight training, or stretching, that are not that important because of the calories we burn (Burning calories does not really make you healthy — it has nothing to do with health), but because of the stimulation our body gets, our circulatory systems in particular, that are in charge of delivering nutrients to our cells and removing waste, plus it makes our bones stronger and our brain smarter, pumping more blood with so loved oxygen to our brain, brain, that can’t really do any of that on its own. But what is even more important — exercise is NOT necessary for good health. Movement IS! — walk, jump, stretch, lift something heavy, take the stairs, walk more where you need to go instead of driving or sitting while commuting, do walking grocery-shopping, play sports with your loved ones, friends, family, don’t sit, get a standing desk — there are so many ways you can move more during your day. Just move. It’s really simple once you start looking for opportunities to move more.
- Eat nuts. You don’t have to tell me that twice, that’s for sure! I get to a health food store and I pick up a bag of every nuts that they have — pistachios, macadamia nuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, coconuts, pecans, walnuts, peanuts (They are not nuts but I love them anyway — no judgement), almonds. I have my favorites but I love a variety also — plus more variety means more flavors, AND better nutritional profile, different vitamins and minerals. I always eat my nuts not salted, and either raw or slightly dry-roasted. I’m picky about the way I eat my nuts (and any food) and so should you, if you care about yourself. Very often it’s not the food itself that is bad for us, but the way we prepare and eat it. — Know your food. AND how to cook it. AND eat it. Consider this. All nuts are meant to provide every single nutrient for the tree to grow from it — nuts are packed with nutrition! Fats, proteins, carbs, fiber, variety of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals and who knows what else! It’s the most nutritious plant food out there. I doubt it, it gets any better. Nuts is the best food, as far as I’m concerned anyway, that is also super good for you, making you healthier, keeping your waist line thin, and giving you a few extra years of life and youth.
- Meditate. This one is a bit odd and weird for some of you. Lots of beliefs about meditation are out there that has little to do with the actual meaning and act of meditation.
“Meditation might loosely be defined as a personal journey into your inner consciousness”
“There are different kinds of meditation, most of them have four common elements: they are usually done in a quiet location with a few distractions as possible; they involve a specific, comfortable posture, usually sitting. They require people to focus their attention on any of several possibilities, including a word or words, their breathing, or even objects, and they require and open attitude, meaning distractions come and go without holding your attention. It is simply a place where your body, breath, mind, and spirit can be integrated for a brief but exquisitely beautiful period of time.”
It “makes a huge difference in how you approach life, how personally you take things and how you interact with others. It enhances compassion, allows you to see things more clearly (including yourself) and creates a sense of calm and centeredness that is indescribable.”
“The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.”
“There is a story told about a very learned man who once was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”
The wise man shook his head and responded, “Nothing.” And then added, “But let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”
Results of meditation as a company-wide practice:
“Productivity improved dramatically… Absenteeism decreased drastically, as did sick days and injures. The creativity of our research department went up, sales increased 120% in 2 years, and profitability went up 520%”
In short — meditate. It’s good for you and your whole life!
Drink coffee, get your sunshine vitamin, keep moving, go nuts and keep cool — meditate!
“On a nice sunny day, take a short, brisk walk to your favorite java shop. Enjoy the coffee, and if you’re going to have a bit to eat, you might as well partake of a handful of nuts. You have now exercised, manufactured some vitamin D from the sun, and had coffee and nuts. It is that simple!”
I would also stop by the local park, sit down for a few minutes in a comfortable spot, listen to some enjoyable music with your eyes closed, and, voila, — you did all of it! Meditation, nuts, coffee, sunshine and exercise!
Now that we are done with all the useful-for-you stuff. Why did I say at the beginning, “It all started so well…”?
The stuff you can use in the book can be put on just a couple of pages.
And the rest of the book is mostly studies. And some fascinating stories, that I really enjoyed reading, like the history of coffee, how it all started, where it came from, how it got spread all over the world — fascinating!
But the biggest part of the book is all the studies, about … how all that good stuff gives you more chances not to die miserably barely walking, or to suffer less from cancer, heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, neurological disorders like memory and mind loss, obesity, bone fractures, high blood pressure … — list goes on.
Basically for the most part the book is about being less sick applying advice given by the authors.
Isn’t it sad?
Isn’t it sad, that the only things that motivate us to do anything good for ourselves seem to be cancer, heart strokes, obesity, diabetes, bone fractures…?
Isn’t it funny, that when people didn’t know all these fancy disease names they seemed to do all the good-for-you things much more often, suffering much less, being concerned with other FUN things like philosophy, music, art, masterpieces, writing beautiful literature, looking up into the skies not to potentially mine asteroids for profit and colonize planets in case we make it really shitty here for ourselves, but for pure joy of exploration, to satisfy our innate curiosity?
It seems like today we do everything to solve some problems, to avoid problems — not because we love it and want to get better, not because it’s fun, or because we want to know more, want to grow and flourish (VS to avoid dying miserably).
We run to lose weight that we got eating shit suffering from a bad relationship or stress.
We eat delicious healthy food because we need to keep somewhat healthy to make money, pay the bills and look decent to get laid, dreaming of eating donuts and drinking hot chocolate all the time without putting on a gram of fat and having to exercise.
We meditate because they say it might be the secret of our next promotion over the guy in the next cubicle.
I used to be like that. I know my stuff.
I used to do good things for myself to avoid possible problems, to avoid discomforts, misery — My things were about getting fat and being accepted — I saw my sister suffering a lot from different body image “fat” insecurities and I myself felt “not fitting in” because of the condition I had vitiligo.
It used to stress me out all the time that I “HAD” to do all these good things for myself, to suffer less or avoid suffering.
Life used to be a struggle.
I never could enjoy myself truly. I never really lived — I was afraid living might make me fat and give me diabetes or something. Or vitiligo could come back.
AND I used to binge-eat and stress out about everything that I could possibly do unhealthy without knowing all the facts.
“Healthy living” used to stress me out a lot. Life seemed to be a never-ending struggle.
I do more healthy things now than I ever did.
But for completely different reasons. — To enjoy life more and add more life to my years.
Even if sometimes it means skipping a workout for a good movie under the stars and finishing that bar of chocolate enjoying every bite, instead of calculating the damage from a serving size while still eating it.
Funny enough I feel no urge to binge-eat, stress out, or indulge myself in any drama, bitching about life and people, and blaming life for unfortunate circumstances that brought me such a misery instead of a million dollars.