Natural anti aging never crossed my mind when I was in my twenties. It was at that time, however, that my grandmother told me of a preacher she had heard several years earlier. After he had finished his sermon he invited whoever was interested to stay for another meeting where he would talk about some health and nutrition issues he had experienced.
He told of how he had been very sick (with what exactly, I don't remember), and hadn't been able to find any relief from any medical practitioners. For some reason he became convinced that he needed to eliminate four items from his diet:
2) white flour
3) white rice
4) white sugar
After eliminating these four items from his daily menu, he began to improve rapidly and permanently. He was, without knowing it, promoting natural anti aging.
I remembered his story for several years, but never saw the need to fully implement it for myself. I was interested in, and tried to consume, more healthy, natural foods, like whole grains, honey, and dried fruit. I read several books on natural, organic, unprocessed foods; about both raising them and preparing them. I was trying to live a healthy lifestyle. But I wasn't what you'd call a purist, I still ate and enjoyed candy, chips, pastries, pies, and ice cream. But something happened when I was thirty-seven.
I began to have a serious problem with bleeding in my stool. It persisted for a few weeks, and was more than a minor inconvenience. I visited the doctor and he gave me a prescription, which did nothing to help the problem. I returned to the doctor, and he said that I should come again, when he could "go inside and look around." At that point I decided to try what the preacher had told my grandmother years earlier.
After five years of living happily with no health problems whatsoever, I decided one night to buy and eat a little ice cream, made with sugar and chemicals. Little by little I began to add back into my diet the food products that I had so scrupulously avoided. I started to gain weight (which hadn't been a problem for five years.) I began to find myself suffering from sicknesses and ailments that I hadn't known for five years. My hay fever allergy, which had disappeared for five years, returned.
After knowing such good health for those five years, how could I have returned to my previously undisciplined eating habits? It had been a critical health problem that had spurred me to enter what was considered by others to be a "radical" eating regimen. But since the bleeding problem never returned and I didn't have any serious health problems, I again found myself eating the way most other people eat.
Although I'm now past sixty, and still have not experienced any serious health concerns, I have felt like there's a time clock ticking down to potential health problems ahead. From a family of four, both of my parents as well as my only sibling have all had open heart surgeries. Heart attacks and coronary bypass surgeries are the norm for my father's side of the family. My cholesterol scores are in the "near optimal" to "borderline high" range, and I am working to bring them down.
Natural anti aging is now my practice and my goal. I have returned to my carefully-controlled eating plan, have added an exercise regimen, am continuing with food supplementation, and find myself losing excess fat and strengthening my lean muscle mass. I have set personal goals for percent body fat, exercise, and balanced-diet food consumption. I believe that I have developed and adopted a natural anti aging lifestyle and discipline that is sustainable, and that will achieve the following for me, and for many others that will adhere to it:
• An overall feeling of vitality
• Physical strength and endurance
• Long-term good health
• Freedom from drugs and surgery
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