It’s January, and I almost always start a new diet this time of year. But the answer to the question today is NO, not a new diet. More of a life-style change. Spinach and shrimp salad
Are you familiar with the Blue Zones concept? People in different parts of the world live longer healthier lives than most others. Somebody started looking at why that was and came up with strategies that the people in those areas follow. I’m going to share some of them with you. Some will be familiar. Other folks have made the case for these behaviors. The Blue Zones Folks have just pulled it all together. You can find full information at https://www.bluezones.com/
Walk daily. (I’m upping by 10,000 step goal to 15,000 steps.)
A dog will help keep you more active. (I know we walk regularly because of Charley.).
Find a place to de-stress with meditation or prayer. (I tend to pray when I’m walking, but don’t have a set place in the house.)
Use smaller size plates—10 inches rather than larger ones. (This we’ve done.)
Weigh every day. (Some plans don’t agree with this, but for myself, I know I have to face the reality of that scale every day.)
Grow some of your own veggies or use a community garden.” (I bet a lot of you out there do this. I like to use fresh markets, but maybe when spring comes, I’ll think about growing tomatoes. Bob did that way long ago and had fun with it.) (Garden at grandaughter’s elementary school)
Hang out weekly with friends. (Seems like a “duh!”, doesn’t it? But if you are isolated, I (and the Blue Zones folks) encourage you to find like-minded people to hang out with.)
Talk with your significant other and family members about growing older. (With the loss of Bob’s brother and a good church friend in December, this is in the forefront of my mind. We’ve agreed this is the year to get the funeral plans done and have more—we’ve had some—conversations with the kids. It will make things easier for them when we go, and we all die.)
Find a church or faith-based group to be involved with. (We have been more, less, and more active in our church for years. Right now, the level of involvement probably adds to my stress level. Think I need to do more of #3. 😊 )
So, I’m in this for the long haul. Not looking for fast weight loss. That just always comes back. I have several goals set up to get where I want to ultimately be. You know the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite a time.” Basically, I’m focusing on protein, veggies, fruits, and snacking on only healthy stuff. No, I didn’t give up wine. 🙂 However, I’ve been hanging on to bad habits for a long time. Breaking them will take consistency and patience. I’ll update you along the way. Hears to a happier healthier 2019 for us all.
Are you doing anything to improve your health or do you already practice many of these ideas? Is your community involved with Blue Zones? Love to hear from you.