120 Years Old


Photo: The Grumpy Old Dragon

He’s super old, but he eats healthy proteins….insects!

Since I’m interested in living ’til I’m 120 years old, or more if that’s possible, I enjoy learning tips on being healthy. Whether I follow those tips is debatable. Quite often I find myself victim to the abundant life. There’s so much food available it can be easy to choose less-than-healthy items.

It can be easy to choose larger-than-necessary portions also. Someone once told me in our culture we have a “portion distortion”. Portion sizes are larger than they need to be.

In the area of portion though, I take blame for making my own too large. The portion recommendations on packaging seem humorous at times. What? Two cookies? Who stops at two? I’ll eat a whole column of cookies sometimes.

Granted, I’m spending the energy. My metabolism is relatively high. In the back of my mind, I’m justifying the entire column of cookies. They didn’t make me gain weight last time, so why should I hold back this time? Or, I ate a boat-load of carrots today, so I can indulge in half a boat-load of cookies at the end of the day.

It’s good to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but if I’m using them as rationalization for junk food, then I’m still doing it wrong, I know. I’m not doing myself any favors.

Another thing I might be doing wrong is that I don’t track anything. My weight doesn’t fluctuate enough for me to be interested in logging the non-existent change. How much activity I do is fairly steady too, so watching the flatline numbers would be as fun as the death to which I just hinted. In other words, my activity doesn’t have peaks and valleys. I don’t sit much at my workplace. If you do sit at work, you might be more interested in monitoring your activity. It’s supposed to be good for you.

As for me….Forget about keeping track of what I eat, or what I want to eat. I don’t monitor any of that except in my mind. At this point I should make it clear, if you haven’t gotten it already, that I’m not setting myself up as the prime example. You can learn as much from me by what I don’t do as from what I do do. As long as you’re observing more than you mimic. You could possibly learn something from my grey matter. I ain’t sure. There was this one ‘barchive post I did a while back about HEMP. In it I throw around a few factoids about the healthy qualities of that grain. Should you be interested in that post follow the link above, or this one: HEMP.

By the way, my healthy goals are to eat whole grains, olive, fish, avocados, lots of fruits and vegetables, eggs, legumes, jalapeños, and nuts. Most of the time, I stick to that. I even manage to limit my sugar and salt intake. Notice I wrote “limit”. That means try to only eat a little. It doesn’t mean zero intake. If you put a cookie in front of me, it’s not likely I’ll turn it down.

Along with all this healthy eating, I have this crazy idea that stress is a killer. One way I think I’m going to live to be 120 years old is that I don’t stress to much about anything. Stress drives people to eat.

And what do people eat when they’re stressed? Junk food. A cookie column, right? Knowing this, I keep the cookies far away from where I experience the most stress. So that’s my plan. Check back in with me in a few years to see if I made it.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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