I awakened on my 70th birthday on July 15th to find my 60-year-old “cub,” Robbie, waiting by the bedside to playfully chase me around the room, as is his custom on Sunday mornings with me, the quintessential cougar, who loves to be chased!
I thank my lucky stars, God and the living food lifestyle that I adopted some 20 years ago, for my ability to attract a younger man at this age and stage of my life! Admittedly, it has been a struggle trying to eat healthy in an unhealthy world, with Jack in the Box on every corner and being barraged daily with TV commercials advertising foods that promote and expedite aging. I have a “cub catching” regime of rebounding on my trampoline, regular colon hydrotherapy treatments, and the well-known herbal supplement “Miracle Two,” along with my wheat grass breakfast, that are my “secrets” to healthy living.
As a devout “Wiggie” (graduate of the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute, Aguada, Puerto Rico) and advocate of the living food lifestyle, I share the belief that all ill health, as well as aging, are byproducts of what we put into our bodies, and the regularity of exercise and effective management of stress and coping with life’s challenges and changes! We are in charge of how we respond to the storms of life and the days when we are the pigeons and not the statue.
Since digestion consumes more energy than any other activity performed by the body, it makes sense to eat foods that take less time to digest, such as raw fruits and vegetables, which then allows our energy to go toward healing and rejuvenation instead of degeneration and fatigue. An orange is digested in about fifteen minutes; a steak takes about forty eight hours, while additional food is being added to the digestive track, creating disease and aging.
I am grateful to the universe that even in my moments of weakness and despair (oh, I have those moments of weakness too), I ‘know better.” When I fall off the wagon, I resolve to get back on track quickly. A bag of potato chips elicits feelings of guilt in me, not pleasure. The old adage,” you are what you eat” is an irrefutable truth that is undeniable. Many of the medications that we take so routinely for various conditions of body malfunctions can easily be eliminated by a dietary change and exercise such as diabetes, erectile dysfunction, depression and hypertension, to name a few illnesses that are easily reversible. I believe that millions of men could kick Viagra to the curb with a simple diet change.
The single bumper sticker on my car shouts “cooked food is poison,” a truth that I have to remind myself whenever I am tempted. Cooking food destroys the nutrients and minerals so vital to healing and youthfulness. We cannot get the healing power of food from vitamin pills, but from the source, mother earth.
Whether you decide to, “Eat For your Blood Type” (Robbie’s choice) or become a conscious eater, my son, Kobie’s, choice or become a “raw foodist,” just making the connection between wellness and food is life altering! The moment you decide to self-heal and take charge of your health instead of yielding your power to the medical profession, you will reap great rewards in youthfulness and rejuvenation. There is a known connection between prescription drugs and their side effects that are often more harmful than the initial disease they sought to cure. For example, Lipitor has a known causal relationship with erectile dysfunction and so do diabetes medications, such as Metformin, which the need can be eradicated with dietary and lifestyle changes. Medications often rob women of sexual desire and men of sexual ability.
Only you can control your destiny, and by taking the time and having the discipline to be different and make innovative changes, rather than following tradition, you can be fit and foxy in your mellow years. For me, it is not just about anti-aging, but a about keeping my mojo working!
Dr. Laura Lyons will spend the month of August at her retreat (www.vrbo.com/432824) Laura’s healing cove in Puerto Rico. Contact her at [email protected] and join her in rejuvenation and getting your mojo back before she returns to her position as Job Developer and Career Coach at Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California.