I am very interested in healthy living, reading everything I can and I enjoy sharing ideas with like-minded people. I know that my enthusiasm for green tea and other healthy choices I made helped me when my ovarian cancer developed. It was unbelievable that my (probably due to genetics) tumor was very large, yet it hadn’t spread. One of the things green tea (and other foods, too) can do is stop angiogenesis, or the development of blood supply for growth and spread of tumors. I’ve written about this before. I feel that my health habits saved my life. Most 15 cm tumors like mine would have spread and instead of being staged 1B I would have been staged around 4, where the prognosis would have been bleak at best.
I write so much here about the healthy habits I have you must think I’m perfect. I’m far from it. But the truth is that these healthy habits allow me to slip a bit now and then and still feel good about my overall lifestyle. Some of these listed below I’ve talked about before and some may be new to you. I believe all are worth looking into if you want to feel good and live an active and hopefully long life.
- I eat a vegetarian diet. For me that means fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and dairy. I use only extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil for cooking. I eat lots of nuts and seeds, a variety every day. I buy organic whenever I can. When I can’t I give my fresh food a long bath in vinegar and water to clean them as much as possible, peeling anything that isn’t organic.
- I do oil-pulling every morning. Don’t know what this is? I take a tablespoon of organic coconut oil and swish it in between my teeth over and over for 15 to 20 minutes in the morning. I know it sounds weird but you can feel your teeth and gums getting truly clean and I even had some stubborn plaque fall away after doing it a couple of times. All you need to remember is to spit in the trash or the toilet, you don’t want the oil to clog your drain! And don’t swallow it, either, as you want the toxins it takes out to go down the drain not back in your body.
- I make sole (pronounced So – Lay) and have some every morning. I buy Himalayan salt crystals at Mercado Verde and add them to a jug of clean water. When some crystals remain that means the water has absorbed all it can. Now it is ready for you to take a tablespoon in a glass of water before you eat anything in the morning. The minerals are just so good for you, and this is a very easy and healthy thing to do.
- I meditate. Twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the late afternoon. I practice TM but all methods are good. I went to Guadalajara to learn TM but it looks like now they are only offering instruction in Mexico City. I highly recommend this easy and satisfying meditation technique.
- I drink a smoothie almost every morning made with my homemade kefir and homemade kombucha. I’ve written about my smoothies before, but they are the foundation for a healthy day for me. Of course all the natural probiotics they give us are a big part of that.
- I walk every day. Our normal life has us on the go walking around Centro but most days I have a 3 – 5 mile (4.8 to 8 km) power walk along the malecon. I swing my arms and walk fast listening to music or an audio book. I get inspired by all the people exercising and also by the power of the ocean. There is something about being near the ocean every day that is essential to me. I also believe we all need to get our vitamin D and while I wear a baseball cap to shield my face I let my arms and legs absorb that lovely sunshine. I use an app called Moves on my iPhone so I know how far I’ve walked, etc.
- I walk barefoot every chance I get.
- I have good relationships with friends and family and enjoy an active social life. I feel lucky to be retired in a place where many of the people I know are active and interesting. Every day brings together different people and different activities. The community here is close knit and supportive.
- I have lots of hobbies and am never bored. Reading, walking, knitting, sewing, cooking, baking… there are never enough hours in the day.
All of the things I’m doing that I listed above contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But what am I still working on?
- I’d like to start making my own fermented vegetables. I bought Sandor Katz’s book Wild Fermentation and will probably start with sauerkraut and maybe a vegan kimchi.
- I’d like to eat fewer refined carbohydrates like flour tortillas and bread and cut back on the cheese.
- I’d like to join a gym or buy some weights or somehow vary my workouts more to get to a higher level of fitness.
- I want to become more satisfied with my body,and need to work on not always internally criticizing myself.
I don’t want to leave you with the idea that I am some kind of paragon of virtue. I’m not… not even close. I like wine, am addicted to pistachio nuts and can be lazy too. But I do know my mostly healthy life is a good life. I enjoy myself and hope to stay active and happy for a long while to come.
I hope you might have found some interesting links to explore here but if not please be kind and just refer to me as your nut job blogger friend!