From the Editor:
IT ALL STARTS IN YOUR 4O'S
Welcome to 2017- a new year for new HEALTH opportunities. If you've never subscribed to a new year's resolution before, perhaps you can see this year as a page turner for being a year older and wiser with some new plans. This might mean embracing some positive changes like LONGEVITY and WELLNESS. Start with some new health awareness and lifestyle upgrades- like shopping on the outside aisles of your grocery store (where the healthy stuff is). Look at life with a new and smarter set of eyes for better foods, better work habits and even scheduling in more physical activities and less sitting-down ones. (ie. Walk your dog more often, don't just open the door out back to let him out).
We look upon our 40's as the age where everything seems to come together-- from the BREAKDOWN of our bodies - and the WISDOM of experience. This is the time in your life where decisions and actions (as an adult) WILL always affect a broader picture. Things are much larger and matter differently now -- from your 401k to buying a house in a good school district to picking the right health plan. Meanwhile other decisions now come with a price - such as sneaking in that "Blueberry Cheesecake in the middle of the night". Because we have finally accepted our mortality as one of the major driving forces of our decisions, things like TIME, MONEY, HEALTH and other commodities will somehow always feel limited- thus more valuable.
If you read about my friend John Graziano (article above), he's a great example that "you are truly what you eat" and an even better ambassador for overcoming the odds and excuses. He did a major life change to embrace a new longevity plan. Like John, getting into your 40's means it's time to appreciate having made it this far but it's also time to invest in the next 40 years correctly. (This is page 1 of the Longevity book).
With maturity comes awareness- for things like READING INGREDIENTS and NUTRITION FACTS. This is the FDA's way of keeping the food industry responsible and keeping the consumer aware of how your food will directly affect you. It details a complete list of ingredients and how they translate to your body-from CALORIES, FATS, CHOLESTEROL, SODIUM, CARBS etc... all the crap that will eventually bring decay to your well-being in major doses.
In the weeks ahead, I shall be drafting my new LONGEVITY 101 series. This project covers all the wisdom from those who have entered the next chapter of their lives and kickstarted a 180-degree shift into SMARTER LIVING. If you have a story, comments, questions or rants, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Dr. Jesse A. Stoff