Are you tired of hearing pronouncements like “this is the best diet for staying healthy” or “this is the one exercise you must do?” Are you confused by the barrage of information on alternative treatments for health? Do you wonder about hormone safety and use? There is so much conflicting information out there!
At the Sklar Center July Wellness Retreat we won’t be giving you the 10 commandments of wellness. We will be giving you information so you can determine what is right for you. So, how do you know what’s right for you? It depends on your unique health make up and your unique goals. We will help you set up your unique plan for wellness.
There are so many things you can implement on your own to increase your healthy longevity. These are the lifestyle changes that are the foundation of living a long, disease-free life. The question is “which things should I do and which things don’t help, or worse, may be harmful.”
Some things are clearly beneficial—exercise for example. There is lots of scientific evidence on this one. Exercise has been shown to reduce risk of Alzheimers disease and cardiovascular disease. Women who exercise have lower risk of breast cancer. But the questions are what type of exercise and how much? And what if you have limitations? Is some exercise better than none? One recent study looked at all types of movement, even washing dishes or playing cards. The people who were in the lowest 10 percent of physical activity had three times the risk of developing Alzheimers compared to those in the top 10%. We also know that injury prevention is key since this is the most common thing that derails plans to exercise regularly. Stretching properly before and after exercising is essential to injury prevention.
What about diet? This is where things get really crazy. We are told to “eat low fat” or “eat low carb” or “eat vegan.” We can’t do all of it because we aren’t left with anything to eat. And we know that malnutrition is bad for your healthy longevity. There are some important guidelines to follow. It is stated best by author Michael Pollen. He said “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” What he means is cut down on processed and refined foods. Not eating too much refers to copious scientific evidence that shows fasting or restricting calories extends life. Whether you eat low fat, high fat, low protein, high protein, low carb or high carb, the fact is that eating a plant based diet will make you healthier. You don’t have to be perfect. Start by adding more vegetables to what you already eat.
I could go on forever, but here you have some of the things to begin working on for your unique plan of wellness. More to come at the Sklar Center Wellness Retreat.