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Optimal health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Arabian Proverb

self care: what it is & what it is not

We’re excited to start a journey to better health together, and we’re kicking things off by talking about self-care. You might have heard a lot about self-care, but what does it really mean? It’s not just about treating yourself to nice things; it’s about taking care of your whole self – your body, your mind, and your dreams and aspirations. We want to explore various ways of achieving that in the weekly newsletter. 

To help you understand, we’ve made a short video. It’ll show you what self-care really is and what it’s not. This video may give you some different ideas on how to look after yourself. Watching it is a great first step on our journey to being healthier and happier. So, get ready to learn and start taking better care of yourself with us!

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Healthy aging:embracing longevity

Aging: Yes it’s inevitable but does it have to be terrible? The thought of reaching a grand old age often comes with a sigh rather than a cheer. Why is that? Is it because we associate longevity with frailty, pain, and suffering while forgetting that it could also mean wisdom, joy, and a treasure trove of experiences? As someone who’s on a quest for a vibrant, healthy life well into my twilight years, I’ve stumbled, struggled, but most importantly, learned that aging gracefully isn’t just a pipe dream—it’s very much within our reach.

Let’s tackle the elephant in the room: the misconception that living to 100 means a life filled with nothing but health issues and dependency. It’s a narrative we’ve been sold, but it’s far from the whole truth. Life is indeed short, and the desire to extend it isn’t about merely adding years to our lives, but life to our years. The question isn’t “Why aim to live to 100?” but rather, “Why not live to 100 fully?”

We’re living in marvelous times with extraordinary medical advancements and technological breakthroughs. Books like Tony Robbins’ “Lifeforce” peel back the curtain on regenerative medicine, offering a glimpse into a future where extending quality life isn’t just possible; it’s expected.

That’s exciting news for me as a parent of a daughter, Sev, who has a lifelong physical disability, and my family’s history of physical and mental health-related losses at very young ages. As I’m sure you can appreciate this has caused my family much heartache and many lost experiences. 
Yet, while we await these advancements, we still need to do our part to nurture our health with the resources currently available.

The rapid rise of fast food, coupled with a decline in nutrient-dense meals and sedentary lifestyles, has led us into an obesity epidemic. I found myself trapped in this cycle, too, weighed down by exhaustion and a dwindling zest for life. But my desire to stay healthy and strong so I can care for my daughter and be here for future grandchildren spurred me into action. Longevity is not just for my sake, but for those I love. (Just a side note here, despite my daughter’s disability that affects all 4 limbs and her ability to walk or speak, technology has allowed her to work and even host a podcast

Enter the concept of “blue zones”: Blue zones are regions around the world where centenarians thrive, not just survive. Forget the idea of bedridden nursing home seniors. Think active participating community members. These communities debunk the myth that genetics is the sole determinant of lifespan. Instead, they showcase the power of lifestyle and environment. Residents of blue zones are living proof that active, engaged living well past 100 isn’t just possible—it’s happening. ( You can find out more about blue zones in Netflix documentaries Live to 100 or Zac Efron’s Down to Earth.)

So, how do we translate the lessons from blue zones into our lives? It begins with embracing healthy habits consistently, not sporadically. Regular physical activity, hydration, nourishing foods, and adequate sleep form the foundation. Supplementing our diets to counteract nutrient-poor modern foods, fostering a positive mindset, surrounding ourselves with supportive networks, and seeking regular medical and therapeutic care are all pieces of the puzzle.

But living your best life isn’t just about health; it’s also about managing your resources wisely to support this lifestyle. This is where a solid health and financial strategy comes into play. It’s about making informed choices today that pave the way for a vibrant tomorrow.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of charting a course toward a long, fulfilling life, I encourage you to reach out. Whether through email, a message, or by taking a survey to kickstart your journey, the first step is always the hardest—but it’s also the most rewarding. Together, we can redefine aging, turning it from a tale of decline to one of limitless possibilities. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about reaching 100; it’s about making every year count.

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