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11 Easy Ideas to Stay Healthy

Updated on May 8, 2014

Eat a Lot of Produce

A healthy diet with lots of produce is a good insurance policy for healthy aging.
A healthy diet with lots of produce is a good insurance policy for healthy aging.

Enjoy Life with Good Food

You can have a healthy anti-aging diet as you age, and learn how to ignore the calendar. A healthy diet full of produce is a good insurance policy for energetic and healthy senior years. Exercise regularly, which will keep you fit and strong and help you deal better with life's many challenges. Eat frequent small meals, and when you are hungry reach for fruit and veggies. Never eat when you are tired, as this often leads to eating sugar laden food. Remember protein food gives you more sustained energy than sugar and flour products. It is also a time to cut back on food intake, as the metabolism has slowed down a bit. And to boot you will feel better eating less.

Be social and have fun

Start the Day with Fresh Fruit

Start your morning out with fresh fruit of any kind. If you love berries and they are not in season stock up on frozen unsweetened berries and defrost a bowlful the night before. Eat your fruit and then way about an hour before the next part of your breakfast. Fruit is best when eaten without anything else. Change the fruit each day from berries, citrus, peaches, pineapple or any other delicious sweet fruits in season. Frozen unsweetened fruit is also a good choice and it is always handy for eating.

Eat Legumes at least Three times A Week

Enjoy a wide assortment of different beans. You can add any beans to soups, dips, stews and salads. Legumes have a great many vitamins, minerals and fiber. These beans also help regulate your blood sugar. If you are too busy to make fresh beans just keep a stock of organic beans. Drain them off before using. I often cook up a huge batch of beans and freeze them in small containers for future use.

Eat Spinach at least three times a week.

Enjoy spinach raw and cooked, as each offers different health benefits. You will be getting the necessary dose of greens in your diet. Spinach is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber as well as calcium.

Hit the Vegetable Bin

Keep a good selection of veggies in plastic bags in the fridge. When hunger hits head for the veggies. Make a low calorie dip with yogurt to spice up the fresh veggies.

Eat Grapes or Peanuts

Both of these foods have Resveratrol and have many health benefits especially in the cardio-vascular area. Both grapes and peanuts make a healthy and satisfying snack in the afternoon when hunger hits. Of course other fruit and nuts are also a healthful and delicious snack.

Get Out the Walking Shoes

Walk a lot. Enjoy nature and improve your mood, brain power and general good health. Walk at the gym, the mall but just do it. it is fun to just walk around the neighborhood and say hello to people and enjoy the sunshine. It is also a good time to work out problems and be grateful for your life.

Have Fun and Laugh a Lot

We all have problems and issues in our lives. Try to make fun from everything you do. Laugh a lot and be silly. Life is way too short to dwell on problems. There is nothing like a good giggle.

Enjoy Your Family and Friends

It is okay to vent once in a while to a close family member or good friend. Just remember sometimes you have to be the listener. And do fun things with your friends and family.

Take Time to Help A Friend

You got the call and a friend needs to you run an errand, help pack for moving, take someone to an appointment or one of many things. If you can stop what you are doing and help out. You know the upside to this--someday you may need the friend. The biggest bonus is of course that you are helping out someone special in your life.

Always Pick Your Battles

Don't get worked up over small issues. They will pass and be forgotten. Save your confrontation for something really important in your life with both friends and family.

Try Not to React to Every Hurt

Being oversensitive is only painful to you. Most people just say things and soon forget. Don't personalize every message. People can be thoughtless and also be very thoughtful. This is something I have to work on each day. Being sensitive is not fun and you have to work at taking things in your stride.

Changes

Don;t make any radical changes in your diet or exercise habits before talking to your health provider. You can easily learn how to have a healthy anti-aging diet and enjoy life as you age.

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      Amelia Griggs 2 years ago

      Very good advice!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub, carol. Diet has so much to do with how we feel and for our well being. Veggies are the best way to good health. This is such an informative and common sense hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      That´s right Carol. We should enjoy life and eat healthy foods to prolonge our lives. We should appreciate the good things in life that we have. Laugh and enjoyed it with our families and friends. These are good tips. Voted up and shared;-)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I agree and do feel taking care of ourselves does work. However so many people are careless with their lives. Thanks for comments and votes.

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Excellent updates. Tanks for freely offering exceptionally valuable information. In agreement of all you've said, allow me please to share a suggestion from my experience : never too late to start ( no age limit ) it seems to me in my case, the " aging ? " is rather reversed than slow down. For being persistent , the body is appreciative .( Will thank you for fair treatment.)

      Up , and useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      That will be addressed in my next batch of t ips. Thank you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      skeetyD...ah yes if we can just get rid of that sensitivity..Sometimes it is very hard. Thanks for stopping in and compliments.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Suggestions are good and nicely put together in a lucid manner.Only thing needed is dogged perseverance. Thanks.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Hi carol. Great tips. I did not know you could eat spinach raw so thank you for teaching something new today. And I wholeheartedly agree with the tip - try not to react to every hurt. It is tiresome and stressful when you try to right ever 'wrong' whether real or imagined. As my family says "become like a duck to water and let most things roll off your back"!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Being one who is over sensitive I know where you are coming from..I have been there and done that. Thanks for dropping by and nice comments. Keep working on the produce thing. We eat a lot and it pays off..

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are such excellent tips! I have to make a conscious effort to eat vegetables every day but hope to eventually look forward to them. I see a difference in my friend's parents that are now older and it seems those that lead a healthy lifestyle are able to handle many of the things that can happen with older age much better and have a better quality of life. I have definitely improved but am still working on not being oversensitive or worrying that I said the wrong thing to someone that is. You are right that most people just forget about it and go about their day. Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you cloudexplorer. Words from you mean a lot. You are always so eloquent and I love reading your words. Thanks for the share and votes..So nice to see you this morning.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This was definitely a well thoughtout useful article Carol, you have definitely proven to your viewers ways to help them in their day to day experiences in life, health being # 1 on the agenda.

      I like to think of life as a cool maintenance project, and we all need to learn to balance things out when it comes to all that we choose to accept, all that comes into our lives, and those things we have absolutely no control over. Dealing mentally on stable grounds definitely yields far better results.

      So yup, Bravo! on doing such a fine job at pointing these methods out for others to learn to master. Thumbs up and getting shared! no doubt.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      About the commenting. Don't pressure yourself. Do what is comfortable and support the hubs you like the best. I just did that to see what results would be. As I said I usually do forty to fifty. Thanks for stopping by and get some sleep.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Michael: I am glad to hear you take care of yourself. Feeling good is the best reward. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      These are common sense tips, Carol, that we know but sometimes make excuses for not doing. And as you point out it is not just what we put into our bodies but it is also our mental well being that leads to an overall sense of wellness. Thanks for sharing this.

      It is 3:21 a.m. and you are comment #4 int he 'comment on 100 hubs' event for today. I will try but am not sure I will get that many done. Good idea though ps

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      Michael-Milec 5 years ago

      Thank you for listing most of it on my priorities. It's easy, after initial one thousand days of disciplyne . Every day, exercise, walking swiftly, eating mostly from " good scratch ", drinking close to two liters of filtered water, eating red grapes at least 5 days a week, reading to te point memorizing steadily and "making yourself happy, " nobody else will do it for you, and when we love ourself, we are being loved, we can love even the " enemies " - might be hard for teir understanding , however it's a greatest commandment for those who choose to believe ...

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      Trees for me 5 years ago from www.treesforme.com

      A pleasant hub! Thanks!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Nice! I like all these tips, and totally agree that meditating at least 10 minutes a day is such a wise thing to do for both our body and mind.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      sibajar: Make small changes every day and allow yourself a treat once in a while. What I have found is that the healthier I eat the better I feel. So good luck and keep on it.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      hscchemistry: It is not as tough as you think. When you know what you are doing will be making you healthier and happier it is all worth it. Life is about commitment...And no matter how good life is it is never easy. So keep trying.

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      hscchemistry 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      thanks - i'll be sure to keep these in mind but it's just so difficult sometimes!

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      sibajar 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great article. You provided such informative content. I understand the importance of eating right better every day.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for your kind words. I wrote a book several years ago and I excerpted these ideas from it. I think that staying young as we age is a full time job.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great suggestions my friend! Bev has me following many of these in an attempt to prolong my life. :) Well done!