“Man lives on a quarter of what he eats. On the other three-quarters his doctor lives”
– Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, one of the world's longest-serving doctors, age 97.
Do you want to live into your 80s, 90s or 100s with great health and vitality without disease? Yes of course, we all do but most of us are deeply cynical. We have seen such suffering with our own grandparents in their 60s, 70s and 80s that we believe as you get older you automatically get sick. We believe that the last 30 years of our lives are automatically going to be illness and poor health. We think the power to do anything about it is totally out of our hands. The truth is somewhat different.
Live to 100 in great shape?
If you could live to 100 without real illness, with a good sharp brain and being able to take care of yourself, would that be appealing? Of course! Would you like the absolute privilege of getting to know your 16th great grandchild and see them get married? Of course you would! The simple things in life bring the greatest pleasure. There are around half a million centenarians in the world today. Be wellderly – not elderly. If you would like to dramatically improve your chances of a long and healthy life, then eating less is the most powerful and scientifically-proven way to extend your life-span.
In this chapter I will show that people eating a third less than is typical in the West; live up to 50% longer, and in much better health. The typical Western diet is sugar-rich, nutrient-poor, low-fibre, high-in-animal-protein-and-fat, 3,500 calories daily. All we actually require, on average, is a high-fibre, nutrient-rich plant-based wholefood 1,800-2,000 calories daily. Overeating causes oxidative damage, which causes your DNA to age. Eating less food results in less damage. High-fibre foods that are rich in antioxidants (the powerful protector-nutrients in plant foods), such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, all reduce oxidation and maximize our natural enzyme protection systems. Limiting this damage is vital if we are trying to improve the quality of life, live longer and prevent major chronic lifestyle illnesses such as osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, mental decline and cancer.
Why do I make such a big deal about staying in shape?
The truth is that the causality between being overweight and diabetes is the same as the causality between smoking and lung cancer. Diabetes is the biggest cause of heart attacks, limb amputations and blindness and dramatically raises your risk of dying of over 34 different cancers. Both laboratory rats and humans will eat to obesity when there is enough food around them. When you overeat it makes you tired and sluggish (both mentally and physically), increases acidity, stresses the entire system, accelerates aging, makes you fat and sets off a chain reaction weakening all your internal organs. Today’s centenarians didn’t indulge to excess. When you are overweight, you are actually malnourished at the same time you’re overfed. Aging is simply how fast your cells wear out. Each time your cells divide, the two new cells are lower quality than the first cells. Overeating, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles are the indisputable contributing factors to the high death rate from heart disease. Even though our life expectancy is currently getting older, our last 30 years are generally full of illness and suffering. We are dying in our 70s and 80s after decades of health problems. Tragically our own kids, the current generation of obese children, are not expected to live as long as we do. In 2008, Diabetes UK suggested that life expectancy in Britain will start falling for the first time in 200 years because of the rise in obesity and diabetes.
The single most important Golden Rule is: EAT LESS!
“All people who live long, regardless of nationality, race or gender, share one thing in common; none are overweight”
– Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, one of the world’s longest-serving doctors, age 97.
Eating a third less than average while maintaining a full and complete nutritional intake, will give you:
- More energy, vitality and stamina
- Reduced lifestyle-fat content (this is the deadliest kind)
- Sustained long-term weight-loss to a healthier, leaner weight
- A dramatically more powerful and effective immune system
- A happier digestive system with more stable blood glucose levels
- A sharper mind with a much lower risk of brain diseases
- The instant improvement of your genetic DNA
- Lower body acidity levels
- Decreased inflammation protecting you from almost all illness
- An immediate slowing of the aging process
My experience of eating less
One of the first things I did when I embarked on my journey to cure myself was to do a seven day fast (see chapter 4 page XX). What became apparent very quickly was how little sleep I needed, how clear my skin got and how much more energy I had. I got an absolute glow on. My body was finally being given a holiday from all the overeating. This led me to consider “What would happen if I just cut back the amount of food I ate every day?” Let me be very clear here; I am not talking about starving myself. I am talking about eating the right amount of nutrition that my body required to function at its optimum levels. I discovered that I was eating too much and this was stressing out my entire system. Once you start to feel the benefits of eating less, and you then wonder why we eat so much, you realize that we mainly eat for our emotional state, not the health or longevity of our body.
Overeating damages every body system we have
When we eat less, with full nutrition; our DNA changes. This calorie restriction (CR) is defined as ‘a reduction in energy intake without malnutrition’. The aging process slows down, the body has maximum energy, the immune system functions better, and our digestive tracts process and expel waste two to three times per day. Eating less than average but high in nutrition leads to longevity, youthful energy levels, super-health, a very low risk of disease, and a vastly improved quality of life. When we consistently overeat we build up acidity and get an over-burdened digestive system, which leads to lower nutritional absorption, bowel problems and constipation. This then leads to a stressed and struggling liver and the weakening of the immune system. We then start to run on less energy, we get more toxic, more constipated and sick. Then our skin (the biggest eliminative organ we have), starts to prematurely age, lose its glow and the body starts to slowly break down and fall apart.
All these problems simply arise from long-term and consistent overeating.
Eat less, live long.
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