My mom and I subscribe to separate magazines to get more bang for our buck. Last night she gave me her recent copies of Oprah’s magazine as well as this month’s Prevention. While its average reader is a bit older than I, I find Prevention to have some great information for those of us on a health kick.
I also love that House star Lisa Edelstein was on the cover of this past month’s issue: GOD do I love that show! Did you see the season finale?!
Check out the great article on how she eats for her health and not for her career. How ofter do you hear an actress say that in Hollywood?!
But the recent article that caught my eye was the magazine’s feature on the Over 30 Signs You’ll Live to 100:
From what you eat to how you live, it is the little things you do that add years to your life… But what you may not know is that seemingly unimportant everyday habits, or circumstances in your past, can influence how long and how well you’ll live. Here, the latest research on longevity–science-based signs you’re on a long-life path, plus tips on how to get on track.
So based on their list, here are the signs that I’m NOT going to live until I’m 100:
You Were a Healthy-Weight Teen: don’t know about my weight loss journey? Check out my Weight Loss Photos page.
You Don’t Like Burgers: According to Prevention: Experts aren’t sure why red and processed meats are so harmful, but one of their suspects is the carcinogens that can form when meat is grilled, smoked, or cured.
Sorry kids. Even with that said, this girl ain’t going vegetarian any time soon. Now that it’s grilling season, the burgers and brats are on – as long as we have propane in the tank!
You Have a Traffic-Free Commute: According to a new German study, patients who suffered from heart attacks were three times more likely to have been in traffic shortly before symptoms began. While the exact link can’t yet be determined, scientists hypothesize that the combination of air pollution from oncoming cars and stress could be increasing heart attack risk.
Oh boy – I’m in trouble. You try sitting in I-480 traffic at 8:30AM.
But there is good news! I found I fall into many more of the reasons why I WILL live to call myself a Centenarian!!!
You Make Every Calorie Count: Researchers in St. Louis reported that men and women who limited their daily calories to 1,400 to 2,000 (about 25% fewer calories than those who followed a typical 2,000-to 3,000-calorie Western diet) were literally young at heart–their hearts functioned like those of people 15 years younger.
Just more proof that the secret to losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Don’t put crap in your body and it will repay you ten-fold!
You’re A Tea Lover: Both green and black teas contain a concentrated dose of catechins, substances that help blood vessels relax and protect your heart.
Even in the warmer weather, I’m lovin’ on my new loose leaf tea obsession – and my new gadget from Crate & Barrel!
Your Mom Had You Young: Younger moms’ best eggs go first to fertilization, thus healthier offspring.
My parents were in their mid-twenties when they had my bro and myself. Thanks Mom for getting that life goal out of the way early!!
You Don’t Have a Housekeeper: Just by vacuuming, mopping floors, or washing windows for a little more than an hour, the average person can burn about 285 calories, lowering risk of death by 30%, according to a study of 302 adults in their 70s and 80s.
Side note: this still doesn’t make me want to clean my kitchen.
You Strengthen Your Legs: Lower-body strength translates into good balance, flexibility, and endurance.
Lord knows with the amount of time I spend on an elliptical and at kickboxing, I’m good to go here.
You’re the Life of the Party: I’m an event planner. ‘Nough said.
You’ve Been a College Freshman: A recent Harvard Medical School study found that people with more than 12 years of formal education (even if it’s only 1 year of college) live 18 months longer than those with fewer years of schooling. Why? The more education you have, the less likely you are to smoke. In fact, only about 10% of adults with an undergraduate degree smoke, compared with 35% of those with a high school education or less, according to the CDC.
Funny how my college education supposedly kept me from smoking. In fact, being a theatre major, I’m surprised I DIDN”T start smoking! Unfortunately, my choice to not smoke comes from my grandmother’s passing away when I was five years old from lung cancer. All four of my grandparents smoked – but neither of my parents did. Smartest thing a person can do for their health, in my opinion.
You’re a Flourisher: About 17% of Americans are flourishers, says a study in American Psychologist. They have a positive outlook on life, a sense of purpose and community, and are healthier than “languishers”–about 10% of adults who don’t feel good about themselves.
One thing that 2010 has taught me is that life is too short to spend it in a constant mode of anxiety and self-doubt. It’s so much better to “Be Happy – Be Healthy – Just Be”: my mantra for this wonderful year. Spread the love and embrace this for yourself. I haven’t regretted it and neither will you!