How To Age Well

While we can’t stop time, there are things we can do to age well. 

Wrinkles apart, how to age well means how to stay healthy and not succumb to disease as you grow older. How we treat our bodies plays a big part in how we age – pain and disease is not inevitable as we grow older.

So what can we do then to stay healthy for as long as possible? Is it just a case of eating well?

There are several studies that show that sticking to an extremely low-calorie diet may actually make people age more slowly and reduce the risk for age-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke and dementia. 

But where’s the fun in that!

Intermittent Fasting As A Help For How To Age Well

Thankfully there’s another way to achieve the same age-slowing benefits – periodic, or intermittent fasting.

What it means is that you eat within an approximate 8 hour window – say from 10am to 6pm. Having up to 16 hours without food gives your body a chance to take care of important cellular repair and changes hormone levels which are beneficial to your body.

I tend to eat between a 7-8 hour window, whether I’m at home or at work and this also helps me to control my weight. When I’m at home I mostly stick to only two meals per day as well. I drink a lot of water, though.

Dr Valter Longo, who is the director of the Longevity Institute in Los Angeles, recommends that we do longer fasts (minimum 3 days) at least twice a year to stay healthy for longer. On his types of fasts you are allowed to eat 800 calories, consisting of mostly vegetables, nuts and olive oil, per day. I recommend his book “The Longevity Diet”. 

A Healthy Diet Plays A Big Part In How To Age Well

It doesn’t mean, of course, that you can eat whatever you want when you’re not fasting and still reap the same health benefits. A healthy diet still plays a huge role when it comes to our wellbeing and how to age well.

The usual advice stands from most scientists when it comes to diet and how to age well.

  • Eat a lot of different coloured vegetables and fruit.
  • Cut down on sugar, refined foods such as white bread, pasta and rice and unhealthy saturated fats.
  • Good fats, on the other hand, are part of a healthy diet - essential omega 3 & 6 from nuts, seeds, avocado and oily fish, and monounsaturated fat from Extra Virgin olive oil.
  • If you eat red meat, reduce your intake to once or twice a week. A lot of scientists are now saying that red meat can accelerate ageing and age-related diseases.

What I'm aiming to prove with my recipes on Light Food Full Of Flavour is that healthy food can be just as tasty as it is good for you. Happy cooking!

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