5 Favorite Intermittent Fasting Methods Explained

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As I’ve shared in earlier posts, Intermittent Fasting (IM) is so great for your health.

Not only can it help you lose weight and belly fat (1), but it also helps with:

  • cellular repair
  • hormone regulation (2)
  • lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes (3)
  • preventing Alzheimer’s (4)
  • preventing cancer (5)
  • reducing cholesterol (6)
  • reducing oxidative stress and inflammation (7)
  • increased longevity (8)

For a fast review of IF you might like to refer to The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting.

There are a few different ways to do IF. And I love this, because we’re all unique. We don’t need a “one size fits all approach”.

If you’re like me, you want a plan that fits your personality, style and life. So here they are.

The Most Popular Intermittent Fasting Methods

1. The 5:2 Diet

This one was developed by a British journalist and doctor, Michael Mosley. It involves eating normally 5 days of the week and greatly limiting caloric intake the other 2 days.

During the fasting days it’s recommended that women restrict their calories to 500 per day, and men to 600 per day.

So, for example, you might choose Tuesday and Thursday as your fasting days. You could enjoy 2 small meals of 250 to 300 calories each of those days. Or your eat all of your calories all in one meal. Then the other 5 days you would eat normally.

2. 24-Hour Fast (Eat-Stop-Eat)

Fitness expert Brad Pilon made this method popular. It’s recommended to do it only once or twice a week since you’re completely fasting for 24 hours straight.

It’s fine to have calorie-free beverages, such as black coffee, green and herbal teas and plenty of water.

If you’re not sure you can go a full 24 hours that’s fine. Start with 14 or 18, then work your way up.

Many people begin their fast after dinner one night, then break the fast the following night at the same time.

3. 16/8 Fast (LeanGains)

This is my favorite way to IM because (for me) it’s easy and fits my schedule. And this keeps me motivated. Also, I don’t feel like eating when I wake up, so the 16/8 allows me to simply grab my coffee and go.

With this method you’re fasting each day for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. This is also known as the LeanGains method, which was started by fitness guru, Martin Berkhan.

The easiest way to do 16/8 is not to eat after dinner, then skip breakfast. For example, if you finish dinner at 7 pm, and don’t eat your next meal until 1 pm the following day, you’ve fasted for 16 hours.

Some recommend women only fast 14 to 15 hours at a time, but listen to your body. If you are able to go the full 16 and still be healthy about it, then go for it.

4. 20-Hour Fast (The Warrior Diet)

The Warrior Diet was started by Ori Hofmekler. The plan here is to fast for 20 hours, then eat one large meal in the evening.

Something that makes this plan unique is that during the 20-hour fast, you’re allowed to eat small snacks of Paleo-friendly foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, juice and protein.

Some fasting purists say that because of this The Warrior Diet isn’t a fast at all.

Either way, many people have had great success with it.

5. Meal Skipping 

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You may want to try some different IF methods to find the one that’s right for you.

This is a less structured way to fast that some people enjoy. If you don’t feel hungry for breakfast one morning, simply skip breakfast (or lunch, or dinner).

And don’t worry about what you may have heard about meal skipping. You will not lose muscle or go into starving mode.

This is all a myth. Our bodies are actually quite adept at going without food for long periods of time, so skipping a meal or two here and there is fine.

So if you’re not hungry, or you’re too busy to stop and eat, just skip a meal and eat later.

Special Considerations

If you have an eating disorder, IM is not recommended.

And please keep in mind that it’s not for everyone. Some people love it, but others don’t, and that’s okay.

The Takeaway

IM has some pretty great health benefits including weight loss, increased longevity, and decreased risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. It can also simplify your life because you spend less time prepping meals and shopping for groceries.

We’ve covered 5 of the most popular Intermittent Fasting methods here today. There is no right or wrong way to do IM. You might want to try a couple of different methods before you find the one you like the best.

Have you tried any of these IF methods? Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below!

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Quick Tips For Intermittent Fasting Like A Rockstar

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Continuing with my series on Intermittent Fasting (IM), I have some speedy quick tips to share with you.

I hope these help if you decide you’d like give it a try!

Tips For Intermittent Fasting Like A Rockstar

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. I aim to drink 16 ounces first thing when I wake up, then throughout the day. Filling up with H2O keeps hunger pangs away. Plus, it’s just plain healthy.
  2. Drink green tea and coffee during the fast. If you want to add Stevia that’s fine, but stay away from sugar and creamers because of the added calories. And, best of all, caffeine naturally suppresses the appetite.
  3. Start your fast after dinner. This is the easiest time to start because you’ll be sleeping for the majority of the fast. There’s no reason to make it hard on yourself, right?
  4. Break your fast with healthy food. Make sure your first meal of the day includes plenty of nourishing whole foods. Try to stay away from processed junk food and sugar.
  5. Be aware of portion sizes. Chew your food slowly and savor the flavors. Don’t eat more than you would in a typical meal.

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    Eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  6. Include plenty of protein in each meal. Protein is a great appetite suppressant and it’s essential for maintaining and building muscle. You might like to try this recipe for My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake.
  7. Try it for at least 3 or 4 weeks. This gives your body time to adapt. And it gives you a fair amount of time to decide what you think about IM.
  8. Be flexible and expect ups and downs. This is normal, as are ups in downs in life. Try to relax through it and “this too shall pass”. In the meantime, revel in flexing your self-discipline muscles.
  9. Stay busy and be productive. You may find your most productive time is during your fast. This has been my experience. In fact, I’m writing this post while I’m fasting.
  10. Work out a little. There’s no need to overdo it here but you might lift some weights, do a kettlebell workout or go on a walk. The important thing is to move your body and do something you enjoy!
  11. Allow time for quality sleep. Everyone is different, but aim to catch plenty of zzzzz’s. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours.
  12. Listen to your body. Pay attention to energy levels, moods and emotions, hunger and food cravings, and how you feel overall. Fasting is the perfect time to get in touch with your body’s cues.

The Takeaway

I hope these tips for IM help you if you decide to try it. Different things work for different people, but I’m really loving it for better concentration, weight loss (1), fewer sugar cravings and many more health benefits.

But, whatever you decide, I know you’re a rockstar! 😉

Are you thinking about trying IM? Can you think of more tips to add? Please leave you comments below and get the conversation started. I love hearing from you and will reply to your comments as soon as possible. Thanks guys! XO

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9 Essential Questions About Intermittent Fasting Answered

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Since I started 16/8 Intermittent Fasting last year I’ve enjoyed some pretty awesome benefits including:

  • better balanced blood sugars
  • fewer sugar cravings
  • weight loss
  • increased concentration during fasting periods
  • less time spent prepping food
  • less body pain

In the mean time I’ve received a bunch of questions about how this whole thing works. I’ve answered some of the most common ones here. I hope this helps you guys!

Intermittent Fasting Q & A

  1. What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? It’s an eating pattern. It is not a diet. It’s eating, or not eating, in a strategic way.
  2. If I’m fasting in the morning can I still have my coffee or tea? The short answer is yes! Generally speaking, you’re free to have water, black coffee, tea, and greens powder and you should be fine. Also, if you drink one cup of coffee each morning and like to add a splash of cream you’ll most likely be okay. But, if you’re one of those people who drinks it all morning long and adds the fixins each time…then probably not. Most people can get away with consuming 50 to 100 calories during the fast, but any more than this is too much and is considered breaking the fast.
  3. How hard is it…..really?? I love this question! Ha Ha! I certainly hope that didn’t sound insensitive because I had the same question when I started. This one just tickles my funny bone. So, depending on how often you’re fasting it may take a few days to get used to. But it’s been my experience that once I adjusted I wish I’d known about IF sooner. The benefits definitely outweigh any negatives felt in the first couple of days.
  4. How much weight will I lose? This depends on several factors such as how long and often you fast, what you eat between fasts, whether you work out, age, muscle mass, metabolism and other elements.
  5. Can I work out while I’m fasting or will I pass out? Yes, you can work out while fasting. In fact many athletes (and non-athletes) plan their workouts an hour or so before they break their fast so they can eat as soon as they’re finished training. For example they might plan to work out from 12 pm to 1 pm, then eat breakfast/lunch at 1 pm.

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    Intermittent fasting is a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.
  6. Do I have to do it every day? No, you can IM as much or as little as you choose. It’s totally up to you.
  7. What’s the difference between a diet and Intermittent Fasting? Dr. Michael Eades does a great job explaining the answer to this question here:
    Diets are easy in the contemplation, difficult in the execution. Intermittent fasting is just the opposite — it’s difficult in the contemplation but easy in the execution.Most of us have contemplated going on a diet. When we find a diet that appeals to us, it seems as if it will be a breeze to do. But when we get into the nitty-gritty of it, it becomes tough. For example, I stay on a low–carb diet almost all the time. But if I think about going on a low–fat diet, it looks easy. I think about bagels, whole wheat bread and jelly, mashed potatoes, corn, bananas by the dozen, etc. — all of which sound appealing. But were I to embark on such a low–fat diet I would soon tire of it and wish I could have meat and eggs. So a diet is easy in contemplation, but not so easy in the long–term execution.Intermittent fasting is hard in the contemplation, of that there is no doubt. “You go without food for 24 hours?” people would ask, incredulously when we explained what we were doing. “I could never do that.” But once started, it’s a snap. No worries about what and where to eat for one or two out of the three meals per day. It’s a great liberation. Your food expenditures plummet. And you’re not particularly hungry. … Although it’s tough to overcome the idea of going without food, once you begin the regimen, nothing could be easier.Dr. Michael Eades
  8. Won’t I have trouble concentrating and feel super tired while I’m fasting? You’d think so, but most people report having more energy and better concentration! Count me in!
  9. Can anyone try Intermittent Fasting? IM is not recommended for people who have eating disorders. Also if you’re pregnant or nursing, if you have diabetes, other blood sugar problems, heart disease or other chronic disease it is best to speak with you doctor before doing an intermittent fast. *Please note that I have been diagnosed with several chronic diseases as well as reactive hypoglycemia that was causing me a lot of problems. Intermittent fasting has helped even out my blood sugar and benefited me in several other ways.

The Takeaway

Intermittent fasting has recently gained notoriety even though it’s been around for ages. More and more studies are showing the benefits of IM on the body. As a flexible eating plan it’s a great way to lose weight and increase concentration and energy.

Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? What did you think? 

Please leave your comments and questions in the comment section below. I love hearing from you and will respond to your messages as soon as possible. Thanks!

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5 Good Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day For Better Health

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By contributing author– Rudy Caretti (biography below)

“So, you love coffee? You are not the only one. Fortunately, an everyday dose of coffee in the right quantity is attributed to various health benefits.

5 Reasons To Drink Coffee Every Day

1. Coffee helps you perform better during workouts.

You may already know, but most supplements taken by athletes contain coffee extracts such as caffeine. There is a scientific reason behind this. Caffeine has several effects on the human system that causes one to do better during physical activity. When taken 30 minutes before any physical activity, black coffee promotes the release of endorphins. These hormones are responsible for our happy moods and adrenaline. These two hormones cause the body to respond positively to any training, leading to better results.

Besides, caffeine alters the way the nervous system responds to pain. This causes the body to endure more strenuous reasons to drink coffeesituations. In this case, your muscles will tolerate longer sessions of intensive endurance- and strength-building exercises.

In a nutshell, caffeine can propel one to train harder, thus improving their results. No wonder scientific research has found coffee can improve athletic performance by about 11-12%.

2. It is loaded with minerals and antioxidants.

The red berry is one food substance packed with many essential nutrients. If you prepare your cup rightly, you are sure to ingest these into your body.

Also, some of the nutrients obtained by drinking coffee include:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • riboflavin
  • pantothenic acid

Coffee also contains more antioxidants than a single serving of fruits and vegetables combined.

3. Coffee can keep diseases at bay.

Research shows coffee can help keep dangerous diseases away. Some of these diseases have claimed the lives of many people. Others do not have any known cure. Luckily, one can lower their chances of contracting such ailments by drinking coffee. Some of the said ailments are listed below.

  • Parkinson’s disease: According to Mayo Clinic, “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually.” A 2002 report published in the Annals of Neurology showed those who drank java daily lowered their chances of suffering from Parkinson’s by 32% and 60%. This finding was unique to those who enjoyed caffeinated coffee only.
  • Diabetes II: A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers looked at information collected over 4 years on people with diabetes II and some without. The study was divided into 3 sections. The researchers were interested in finding the relationship between type 2 diabetes and the kind of diet the study subjects were eating. The results showed that among the 7,269 subjects, the people who took at least one cup of coffee each day for those 4 years decreased their chances of developing diabetes II by 11%.
  • Cardiovascular diseases: Contrary to the popular belief that caffeine in coffee can lead to high blood pressure and consequently endanger your heart, research has shown the effect is dismal. Regular intake will not only cause the blood pressure risk to disappear, but also lower your chance of developing heart disease by 20%. This finding was upheld by a Korean study published in 2014. The study found that taking coffee in moderate amounts reduces one’s disposition to coronary artery calcium (CAC). CAC is a key indicator of possible cardiovascular disease.

With the burden of such ailments off your shoulders, you are likely to lead a long, healthy and happier life. No wonder, another benefit you could be enjoying by simply sipping your cup of Joe is the possibility to live longer.

4. It makes your skin and hair blossom.

As mentioned earlier, coffee is packed with many antioxidants and minerals which could help keep your skin healthier and glowing. When the body is getting rid of various toxins successfully, one part that is likely to blemish is your skin. Also, the vitamins and minerals cause your hair to grow faster. Also, did you know you can treat your hair with a cool brew of a strong pot of coffee to make it shiny, stronger and healthier?

reasons to drink coffee5. Coffee improves your mental health.

Good mental health is a result of a combination of several factors. However, the most important one is happiness. Most benefits of coffee discussed above work together to make you a happier person. In this regard, you are likely to enjoy better mental health. There are other ways, however, coffee could be good for your mental well-being.

Based on a 2011 Harvard study, people who enjoyed at least 4 cups of coffee daily lowered the risk of falling into depression by 20%. Depression is one of the many mental disorders that can deprive one the joy of leading a fulfilling life.

The Takeaway

In conclusion, coffee is a delicious beverage many of us enjoy each and every day. There are many reasons to drink coffee including health benefits for our skin, hair, mental health and disease prevention.

For more about coffee, you might like you check out: reasons to drink coffee


Author, Rudy Caretti, has more than 15 years of experience in the coffee industry, a passion that started in Italy within the family business and brought him to found Gimoka Coffee UK and G Coffee Pod with a group of friends, who share the same passion.

Since he roasted his first batch of coffee seeds as a teenager, he was fascinated by the many ways it can be processed to get the many distinctive flavors we all love.

As a coffee connoisseur, Rudy has always been aware of the vital role coffee plays in people’s social life. And he is especially active through the company’s social media and blog. He loves sharing his knowledge with readers around the world, writing and posting articles that range from the coffee brewing techniques to raising awareness of the importance of responsible production to help protect the rights of farmers and protect the environment.

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9 Impressive Health Benefits of Coffee

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Coffee is incredibly healthy. Research has recently found coffee has impressive health benefits such as helping prevent diabetes and improve liver and brain health.

It’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. And did you know that 54% of Americans report drinking coffee every day (1)?

Personally, I’m not a morning person, but the robust scent of coffee brewing helps me (and several members of our family of six) wake up each morning.

The delightful experience of drinking coffee brings with it the promise of each new day. Who can relate? 🙂

Coffee is extremely high in antioxidants, which can help protect against aging, oxidative stress and many diseases, such as cancer.

Nutrition Information About Coffee

One cup of coffee has about:

  • 2 – 5 calories
  • 0 sugar
  • 10 mg magnesium
  • 0 carbs
  • 124 mg potassium
  • 0 fat
  • 11% of the RDA of Vitamin B2
  • 6% of the RDA of Vitamin B6

The amount of caffeine in coffee varies, depending on the type of bean used and the manufacturer.

Health Benefits of Coffee

1. Coffee Is High In Antioxidants

According to research, coffee provides more antioxidants in American diets than even fruits and vegetables (2).

Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body. And, because inflammation leads to all sorts of diseases and conditions, this is a very good thing for coffee drinkers!

The polyphenols found in coffee may also help prevent oxidative stress and raise the body’s immune function.

The strong antioxidants, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid found in coffee, help fight free radical damage.

2. Coffee May Reduce The Risk Of Some Types Of Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, but drinking coffee may help prevent it.

In fact, research has shown coffee drinkers have up to a 40% reduced risk of liver cancer (3) (4).

Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death worldwide (5). In a large study of 489,706 people, drinking 4-5 cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 15% (6).

3. Coffee May Improve Brain Function And Give You More Energy

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Drinking coffee can give you more energy!

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, which can help you be more alert and diminish fatigue (7).

Coffee has also be shown to help reduce your risk, or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults (8).

In other research coffee was shown to protect against Parkinson’s disease (9). Also, patients with Parkinson’s were shown to have an overall improvement of symptoms when they drank coffee regularly.

4. Coffee Can Boost Your Metabolism

The caffeine in coffee was shown to boost the metabolism 3-11% (10).  Most supplements designed to burn fat contain caffeine.

Another study showed caffeine can boost the burning of fat by as much as 29% in people who are lean, and 10% in people who are obese (11). That’s pretty impressive!

If you add coconut oil to your coffee you might able to boost your fat burn even more.

(For more about natural ways to burn fat, please check out 8 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.)

5. Coffee Could Lower Your Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

About 300 million people worldwide have Type 2 Diabetes, and those numbers continue to increase.

Research suggests drinking coffee (six cups or more per day) could lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes (12).

Another study showed that people who drink four or more cups of coffee per day could reduce their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 50% (13)!

If you’re drinking this much coffee, just make sure to drink plenty of water to counteract the diuretic effects of coffee.

6. Coffee Can Help Protect Your Liver

The liver is the largest organ (and gland) in your body. It’s responsible for more than 500 important roles in the body. It removes toxins and produces chemicals which help with digestion.

And, a fun fact about the liver is that it is the only organ in the body that is able to regenerate! Pretty cool, huh?

Cirrhosis of the liver happens when healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This is caused by alcohol or viral hepatitis B and C (14).

People who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have up to an 80% reduction in their risk for cirrhosis of the liver, or alcoholic liver disease (15).

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Coffee can boost your mood and help you feel happier.

7. Coffee Can Help You Feel Happier

Depression is an illness that affects the brain chemistry. Depression has a variety of symptoms such as insomnia, feeling hopeless or worthless, feeling persistently sad or irritable and having trouble concentrating.

Coffee is a mild anti-depressant because it aids in the production of neurotransmitters, like seratonin and dopamine.

A Harvard study showed drinking 2-4 cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of suicide by 50% (16).

8. Coffee Boosts Your Athletic Performance And Endurance

Coffee is a performance enhancer.

Many athletes know drinking a cup of coffee before athletic training or an event can boost their endurance and performance.

Caffeine increases the levels of Adrenaline in the blood (17).  This “fight or flight” hormone primes the body for intense exertion.

In fact, caffeine can boost athletic performance by about 11-12% (18).

9. Coffee Can Improve Heart Health And Reduce The Risk Of Strokes

Consuming coffee regularly is associated with reduced mortality for all causes, including cardiovascular disease (19).

In addition, coffee was shown to reduce the rate of heart problems and stroke (20) (21).

If you like to grind your own coffee beans you might want to try this delicious Lavazza Super Crema Espresso – Whole Bean Coffee.

Or if you prefer ground coffee

The Takeaway

Despite any bad press you may have heard about coffee, it actually healthy and chock full of antioxidants.

Regularly drinking coffee can help with athletic performance, boost your metabolism, protecting against cancer, strokes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

All in all, coffee is pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Drink coffee. Be well!

You might like to try My Healthy Coffee Drink (With Coconut Oil) Recipe.

Can you think of more health benefits of coffee you would add to the list? Please leave your comments or questions below. I’d love to connect with you!

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Top 10 Habits To Help You Live Longer

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Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” I tend to agree.

On the other hand, there is something about being human that causes us to want a long life.

Live Longer

The average life expectancy has been steadily increasing for years. Many people think genes and heredity play a major role in determining how long they will live. But, genetics are not as influential as we once thought.

It appears that other factors, such as eating habits and lifestyle are much more important. This is great news, since it means we can affect the quality and length of our lives by making healthier choices.

Here are 10 habits that will help you live longer:

1. Drink Coffee Or Tea

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Drink coffee to increase longevity.

Do you love your morning cup of joe as much as I do?  If so, you can reap some impressive benefits!

Coffee and tea are full of antioxidants. Drinking coffee and/or tea may help prevent chronic disease, which can lead to early death.

Drinking green tea was shown to cut the risk of major disease, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes (1, 2. 3).

Drinking coffee is linked with a reduction in the risk of brain diseases (like Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease), cancer, and type 2 diabetes (4, 5, 6).

Please keep in mind that coffee and tea contain caffeine (unless you drink decaf). Drinking them too late in the day may interrupt your sleep.

Also, if you consume too much caffeine you may feel jittery, so you might want to limit your intake to 4 cups of coffee a day.

You may want to try this recipe for my favorite healthy coffee drink. It has coconut oil, which might sound strange at first…until you try it!

This Lavazza Super Crema Espresso, Whole Bean Coffee is to die for!

2. Don’t Overeat

If you’re like me, you might thinking, “That’s easier said, than done”. (especially when it comes to chocolate)

But, research has shown that reducing caloric intake may increase your life expectancy (7).

Eating fewer calories has also been linked to a reduced chance of chronic disease, lower body weight and healthy change in body composition (8, 9).

Some of the oldest people in Japan eat until they feel about 80% full and then they stop (10).

Obviously, starving yourself is not the goal here. Neither is it recommended. 🙂

But, dishing out smaller servings of food, eating on a smaller plate, chewing slowly or leaving food uneaten are all things we can do to reduce our calorie intake and help prevent overeating.

3. Exercise And Be Active

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Stay active and keep moving.

Studies have shown the ill effects of being a couch potato and not getting enough exercise.

According to Health.com, a 2010 study linked watching too much TV to early death:

The study followed 8,800 adults with no history of heart disease for more than six years. Compared to those who watched less than two hours of TV per day, people who watched four hours or more were 80% more likely to die from heart disease and 46% more likely to die from any cause. All told, 284 people died during the study.

Another study showed a link between sitting too much and premature death (11).

Exercise is essential to living a long and healthy life (12).

You might even be able to increase your lifespan by exercising as little as 15 minutes a day (13).

The more you exercise and stay active, the more you can reap the benefits (14).

Exercising more than 150 minutes a week has the most benefits, but any time you move is good for your health and can help increase longevity.

If you’re just starting out with a fitness plan, focus on gradually increasing the time you spend exercising.

For example, the first week you could set a goal of walking 15 minutes (or 5 or 10 minutes, whatever works for you), 5 days a week. Then the following week you can increase your goal to walking 20 minutes a day. Continue increasing your goal each week until you’re walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. By then you’ve reached your 150 minutes a week of exercise!

You might want to try this stand and sit test which can predict longevity.

Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart. My husband and I just tried it out. Lol!

Let me know how you do!

4. Don’t Smoke

Smoking is linked to a decreased lifespan.

A study of women in the UK showed that smokers may lose 10 years of their lifespan and are much more likely to die prematurely (15).

The good news is that it’s never too late to quit smoking. Here are some resources to help people quit smoking.

5. Include Spices In Your Diet

Consuming spices such as turmeric and cinnamon can help you live longer.

Turmeric has a bright yellow chemical compound called curcumin. It’s a member of the ginger family.

Curcumin has many antioxidants which protect the body from oxidative stress (16).

Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory which fights against cardiovascular, pulmonary and autoimmune diseases  (17).

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and smells great! It’s an anti-inflammatory and lowers blood sugar.

Here’s a recipe for Cinnamon Tea.

 

6. Manage Stress

Reducing stress and anxiety are essential skills to learn for increasing your lifespan.

Everyone experiences stress in one way or another. People experience different types of stress and anxiety, and in varying amounts.

The key is learning skills to manage the stress in our lives so it doesn’t negatively impact our health. Having a positive outlook is often part of this.

You might like to check out these tips for managing stress.

Studies show that laughter and having a positive outlook is good for you and may actually add years to your life (18).

7. Sleep Well

When you’re sleeping your body works hard to heal and rejuvenate.

Developing a regular sleep routine is essential to your health. Relaxing habits such as taking a warm bath and reading a book can help you fall asleep faster.

It’s also important to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. I realize this is a challenge for those with small children, or a job where you’re constantly changing the hours you work. But, it’s a good idea to keep your sleeping schedule as regular as possible.

The recommendation is to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping much more or less can shorten your life expectancy (19).

Please keep in mind that we all go through seasons of life that we get more or less sleep than others. Many times this cannot be helped. So try not to stress if you’re in one of those times now.

8. Eat Nuts

Amazingly, eating nuts just might add a few years to your life!

Nuts are chock full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and protein.

One study showed that people who ate at least 3 servings of nuts per week lowered their risk of premature death by 39% (20).

Eating nuts has to have a therapeutic effect on inflammation, heart disease, some cancers and diabetes (21).

Here are some healthy nut recipes you might like to try.

9. Eat Your Fruits And Veggies

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Fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Filling your diet with lots of plant foods is a healthy choice for many reasons.

Several studies have connected a prolonged lifespan with eating a Mediterranean diet. This way of eating was shown to cut down on cancer and cardiovascular disease (22, 23).

There are many ways to get your fill of fruits and veggies each day:

  • add them to smoothies
  • eat veggies raw with hummus or your favorite dip
  • roast vegetables in the oven with seasoning
  • make fruit kabobs
  • make a fruit and yogurt parfait
  • ferment your veggies to get a healthy dose of probiotics
  • stir fry
  • make a giant salad

10. Do Things That Make You Happy

We may not be able to control bad things that happen to us in life (you can read about my experience here if you like). But, we can control how we respond to difficult situations.

We can mope around feeling sorry for ourselves. (been there, done that, boo!) But, it’s been my experience that this never helps.

Choosing to live life with joy is contagious!

I’m not saying you need to become Pollyanna. But a little happiness never hurt anyone, right!?

If we frame our thoughts in a positive way, we can keep ourselves on track and stay hopeful. When we take the time to look up from our own problems, we are better able to see other people who need support and encouragement.

When we are intentional about keeping a positive mindset, it can actually add years to our life. One study found a correlation between feelings of happiness and an increase in longevity (24).

One of my favorite verses that gives me perspective when I need it the most is “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Do you have a favorite verse, song or activity that helps you stay positive and find joy and happiness in everyday life.

The Takeaway

Genetics play a small role in life expectancy. But, we can develop healthy habits that will greatly decrease our risk of disease and help us live longer.

What do you think about this list? Do you have healthy habits you would add?

You might like to watch this short video about a 110-year-old man and the 5 foods he recommends eating for a long, healthy life.

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