The ways in which we currently age have been programmed
into us, and we have accepted this idea as a reality.
As a society, with some exceptions, we have come to
believe that we all will get old, sick, frail, and
die -- in that order.
This does not have to be the truth for us any longer.
As we refuse to accept these old fears and beliefs,
this can become a time for us to begin to reverse
the negative parts of the aging process. We will live
longer, and if we take charge of our health, we will
live exciting, productive lives.
We will all age naturally but if we want to age
with less problems, then we must make a conscious
choice to do so. Healthy aging is learning how to
keep the life force strong within us. We can do this
with self-love, and with good food and exercise.
Staying healthy into our later years is an act of
loving ourselves so that we look after ourselves by
making a deliberate choice. Today we are armed with
various books and publications on nutrition and healthy
eating in order to learn to fuel our bodies with the
most nutritious foods possible, as well as the fact
that there are many health and fitness centers around
to facilitate such a process. We can all explore some
form of exercise to keep our bones strong and our
bodies flexible. We can read books, or listen to tapes,
or take classes that teach us how to use our minds.
We can learn how to think in ways that support a peaceful,
loving, healthy life.
Today with modern living, many of the problems we
face in our later years come from the lifestyle choices
made when we were young and the environment present
then. Today's environment for the modern generation
faces insecurity, fast and busy lifestyles, more competition,
fast foods and virtually no time to devote to anything
Living a Healthy Life
Fast food, and processed packaged foods do not support
life. No matter how pretty and mouth-watering the
picture on the package, there is no life in these
foods. Our bodies need fresh, living foods, such as
fresh fruits, salads, vegetables, grains; and small
amounts of meats, poultry, and fish. These are the
foods that will sustain our bodies well into old age.
As teenagers, we can get away with a lot of poor
food choices. We may not feel our best, but at least
we're not sick. However, when we reach our mid-40s,
our past food history begins to catch up with us.
It is here in this age group that diseases start to
Ask yourself, "How do I want to age?" Observe
both men and women who are aging miserably, and notice
those who are aging magnificently. What do these two
groups do differently? Are you willing to do what
it takes to be healthy, happy, and fulfilled in your
Almost all the research done on older people has
been by the pharmaceutical industry on disease and
what is "wrong" with us and what drugs we
If our thoughts are fearful, angry, or in any way
negative, then the chemicals these messengers deposit
"depress" our immune systems. If our thoughts
are loving, optimistic, and positive, then the different
chemicals these messengers deposit will "enhance"
our immune systems.
In addition to making sound choices for ourselves
nutritionally and medically, we need to take charge
of our thinking. Negative thinking produces negative
experiences. If we want to change our lives for the
better, we must learn to think thoughts that support
us and help improve the quality of our lives.