Do you ask yourself “how can I stay looking and feeling younger every day?” We live in a world where age is seen as a valuable commodity, one that can be bought, manipulated, lied about or hidden in shame. We strive to find ways on how stay looking and feeling younger every day. But are we looking in all the wrong places? Looking for miracle creams or diets that promise to transform our bodies and our minds to those of a person much younger than we are? Using clothing to dress younger than our years, dying our hair in a vain attempt to look younger.
When did our society deem grey hair and wrinkles to be something that needed to be hidden, ashamed of, not attractive, a sign of a hard life? Or have we always been this way? In Italy, Mexico, and such places as Vilcabamba in Ecuador or the Hunza people in the northern most tip of Pakistan, “more mature” people are seen as being wise, respected, revered, full of sound advice and a source of history. They are embraced by their families and kept close, not seen as a burden or a bother. They often live with their children once they reach a certain age in order to be taken care of, not in an infirm way but in an emotional, loving and supportive way.
In North America and the UK to name just a few, our attitudes for the most part are very different. Our grandparents and parents tend to live far away, or are placed in a nursing home when they become too much of a burden. We don’t have the same respect for the older generation that other cultures have (for the most part). We see the older generation as a bother, something that can be ignored, be looked down upon and sometimes forgotten about.
So what if the older generation started to look for ways to stay looking and feeling younger every day? Would our attitudes towards them change? Would we be more willing to accept them as a functioning part of society? Simply by changing our diets we can all feel younger, look younger, and be younger! even if the number of birthdays keeps increasing.
How you might ask. Well its quite simple according to John Robbins (Healthy at 100) and Dean Ornish. Dean Ornish’s diet emphasises “(a) low-fat, plant based (diet) and has been scientifically proven to reverse atherosclerosis, decrease angina (chest pain), bring about permanent weight loss and dramatically reduce cardiac events such as heart attacks”. Ornish incorporates 4 elements into his diet plan which he says is the key to looking and feeling young no matter how old you are:
1. What you eat
2. How much you move
3. How you manage stress
4. How much love and support you get
One other key point that the people of Hunza, Vilcababma and many Europeans do not have in their diets is sugar, very little salt, butter occassionally and meat every once in a while. They rarely drink alcohol and are always active. So if your looking to feel younger, look younger and not be a burden to your children in your twilight years lets start by first changing our language around the more mature.
Lets join together and start seeing the more mature members of our society as valuable resources, not using derogatory terms such as “old geezer” or “old biddy” etc and celebrating the richness they bring to our society. Second lets help them become healthier by cooking for them, educating them on nutrition, changing their diets (gradually of course) to ones that are plant based, full of nutrient dense foods that feed their bodies and brains and doesn’t rob them of vital nutrients (think fried foods, sugary foods, foods containing GMO’s or high fructose corn syrup etc.)
Lets look at what we are putting into our own bodies so that we can have more energy, be more vivacious, grab a zest for life that will shine from us like a beacon. I guarantee you will have people coming up to you asking “you look amazing, what are you doing?”
Lets start a movement to create a society that cares! about everything, starting with the elderly. Lets bring them in closer, respect and love them, support them so that they in turn will shine knowing that we care about them.
What are your thoughts on growing older? are you looking forward to it? or dreading it? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.