Thursday, July 29, 2010

BOOKS: Healthy at 100 by John Robbins

I nearly didn't bother to read this book. I'm so glad I did - it's full of interesting insights and some very moving stories... And he very sweetly emphaizes that it's never too late: the positive effects of changes at any age are significant.

This is another
fantastic book by the author of Diet for a New America. Here, he sets out to analyse long-lived peoples and individuals and shows convincingly that three things he notices in common in all these people are:
  • the kind of food you eat (organic whole foods, mostly plant-based) & the quantity (less is good!)
  • daily exercise
  • loving connections, whether in person, by phone, just by feeling you belong to a group, whatever.
He also looks at all the beliefs & myths of aging in our culture and elsewhere...

By the way, for those who don't have time or inclination for an hour or three or five of walking etc.: One form of exercise John Robbins doesn't mention (perhaps doesn't know about) is cellercising. It's fabulous (this is a no-exercise addict speaking!). If you're interested, check out the post on it, under HEALTH.