Sometimes it takes age and experience to realize things you never took to heart in your younger days. You knew what was best for you, including eating healthy and exercising, but you didn’t listen to your inner voice all the time. Time is a wonderful thing and getting older just brings more wisdom. However, just think how your life would have been had you known what you know now. I hope my top ten suggestions will give you some inspiration and insights for the year ahead.
1. Love yourself. No, it’s not egotistical. Loving yourself for who you are right this minute can make you feel more alive and free. No self-consciousness, no comparing yourself to others, no “if I only looked this way or that way”. You are perfect just the way you are. When you love yourself totally the world around you changes.
2. Stop being so concerned about aging. You can’t change the fact that every year you have a birthday. What you can change is your outlook on aging. When you are 50 you might think you’re getting old. When you are in your 70’s you think life just started at 50. When you keep yourself healthy and happy, aging can be wonderful. You are wiser, more accepting and less stressed. You see life as a gift, a playground for anything you want to do or be. Beauty comes from within, attitude, happiness and love is what shows on our faces as we age. When we accept a few lines on our face here and there from all the laughing and smiling we’ve done throughout our lifetime we become ageless. Develop your own character and style. Remain curious, be interested, confident, assertive, and aging will be your best friend.
3. Take digestive enzymes. When food is cooked over 115 degrees enzymes are lost. If you are eating raw food and not chewing each mouthful 20-30 times, you are not getting adequate enzymes from the food you are consuming. To keep our trillions of cells healthy and for anti-aging, we need enzymes at every meal we consume. Digestive enzymes taken during a meal, or by opening the capsule and sprinkling the powder on your food is the best way to know the food you are eating is being properly digested.
4. Get an annual blood test. Many people are deficient in vitamins B and D and don’t know it. Unless you are tested, you really don’t know if you are deficient or not. Both these vitamins are vital for a healthy body and mind. Don’t take supplements unless you know your body needs them. Having a blood test is the only way to know. If you need to supplement, purchase liquid vitamins. They can be easily added to your morning green drink.
5. Drink green juice. Speaking of green drinks, are you consuming at least one a day? If not, start. Green juice is the most important item to include in your daily routine. One 16-ounce green juice can provide at least half of your daily vitamins and nutrients. How else are you going to eat 6-10 servings a day of fruits and vegetables that are pre-digested? Green juices are quick and easy to make once you get the hang of it. Having the right equipment can make a world of difference.
6. Don’t eat processed foods. This is the most obvious suggestion, but so many people still have their cupboards full of bags, boxes, cans and pouches. I realize these foods are convenient and even some taste good, but you are asking for health problems later in life by eating processed foods. Processed foods are filled with chemicals, and unhealthy ingredients. There is no life in processed foods. Look at the processed food isle in your grocery store, and then walk over to the produce department with its entire rainbow of colors. It’s obvious what is alive and what is not. Read the ingredients list on a package of processed foods. You might find names you can’t pronounce, or something that sounds fine including vegetable protein, which is just another of the hidden forty names given to MSG. If you are feeding yourself, your family, or your pets processed foods, STOP what you’re doing and educate yourself. You just might save the life of someone you love.
7. Check ingredients on body products and cleaning supplies. As with processed foods, danger lies in the products we use. Toothpaste, underarm deodorant, body products, shampoos and cleaning supplies can contain harmful chemicals. Everything is absorbed into our internal system, especially for children.
8. Have as much fun as possible. Now that you have cleaned up your diet, and household products, it’s time to have fun. Not just a little fun, but an abundance of fun. Every day should be full of laughter. Try to find humor in daily life. Something you see on the street or at work, or the story you make up in your mind can be very amusing. Be funny. Laugh at yourself and all your little quirks, (you have some right?) Watch funny movies and change the channel on depressing news. Don’t take everything so seriously. Use ever minute you can for enjoyment.
9. Don’t live beyond your means. Life is very stressful when you buy an item with your credit card and can’t pay it off when the bill arrives. Interest charges run up quickly and that sweater you purchase for $50 is now costing you $75. Stress is one of the worst things for our health. Some signs you are living beyond you means are: You don’t have a budget, you lack a savings account, you can’t pay your bills on time, you only pay the minimum on your credit cards, you’re in denial that you spend too much, and you are living from paycheck to paycheck. What can you do? Pay down your debt, start saving, stop emotional spending, stick to a budget, and shop wisely,
10. Explore your spiritual side. Our higher self can lead us to miracles. If we are awake to the little signs that happen in our daily life we can see miracles happening all around us. An exceptionally beautiful sky, an animal darting across the road, a rainbow, a song, or something unusual we see that sparks us in some way. Only you will know what each of these signs mean to you personally. Believe in miracles.
Voted America’s “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50” at age 70, Mimi Kirk opened a lot of eyes to the raw food world. She is an inspiration beyond words. Author of “Live Raw” and soon to be released “Live Raw Around the World,”Mimi is a living example of health and wellness. She has a warmth and beauty that is so fresh and infectious it made me feel like I was talking to an old friend. She truly wants to help people live their best lives. Mimi is a rare find in this world.
To contact Mimi: http://youngonrawfood.com