25 Sep Now Try This
Blaming Age: Now Try This
In the last post, I outlined the top 3 things I did to stop feeling old and like hell. As mentioned, feeling like an old fart had way more to do with my day to day lifestyle choices than it did my revolutions around the sun.
If you simply did those first three things I mentioned — and continued to do them every damn day — my guess is that like me, you would feel a lot better. In fact, you could stop right there and call it good. I love simplicity, so adhering with a whole heart to a shortlist is very appealing.
However, if you want to go a little deeper, consider layering in the following steps. They are not less important than the first batch, but for me, these have stickier and trickier aspects to consider and thus required more grit.
- Cut caffeine, sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy for a few days at a time.
- Move daily. Not optional.
- Sleep 6-8 hours per night.
Cut sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten and dairy
Any single day that I give up one or more of these things, my body and mind do a happy dance…and I feel like a freegin’ kid again. Youthful, energetic, fluid. I suggest doing a one day, three day, seven day, or twenty-one day cleanse of these items as frequently as makes sense for you.
I am not going to cover all the highly researched health reasons for cutting down, out and back on these whoppers, I’ll just simply leave it at this: most of them cause significant inflammation for a decent portion of the population (inflammation makes us feel swollen, full of aches and pains, sluggish, foggy… OLDER THAN OUR YEARS.) And others on this list keep our livers way too busy.
Our livers are valuable real estate and we need to keep them in top form to handle the barrage of toxins (in air, in water, in food, in lotions and potions and paint and plastic and pleather and varnish and memory foam and textiles, textiles, textiles.) Holy crap do we need to keep our livers free to keep up with the environmental mess we have created. If our livers are busy processing alcohol and sugar (yes, sugar is not liver friendly…some would argue as toxic as alcohol), that organ cannot be on clean up/detox duty for all of the other things we come into contact with…and we start to break down.
Do your own homework on each of the above. But way more powerful than high level research, how do you feel when you cut them? Be your own guinea pig. Experiment on yourself. Try something, take note, then try something else. This is exactly why I did not include this action item in the Start Here post. This particular step is more complicated, more personal and it requires more dedication…but the payoff is phenomenal.
Here are a few ways this played/plays out for me:
- Will you see me eating/drinking these items? Yes, but I do take specific and intentional breaks from each and even when I do consume, it’s way less and more mindful than before.
- Sugar. I have a long history with giving up sugar because it has always been my problem child. I have historically gone sugar-free for up to a year at a time with positive affects. Those periods allowed me to break the hold it had on me and thus now allows me to occasionally enjoy something sweet and occasionally walk away from it for days at a time. But by only focussing on sugar in the past, I was missing the bigger picture in terms of all the crap I was putting in my mouth that caused me pain.
- Gluten/dairy. I noticed when I eat gluten and dairy, I don’t feel as good. When I skip them, I feel better. It is really that simple. You might be different. I now go for days without either and on other days I go somewhat ‘gluten and dairy light.’ Awareness solves.
Since I know our attention spans have become shorter in our current culture (ok, maybe not yours, but I know mine has for sure) I’ll stop here for today and save more info on Move Daily and Sleep for future posts.
In the meantime, remember: You are not alone. I am not alone. We are all going through this together and that is really, really helpful. Please share this post and help get the word out to others who may feel isolated on this trek through the decades. And please, please, keep me updated on how all of this plays out for you.
I’m sending you all the good energy I can muster,
Disclaimer: I love getting older. I get teary sometimes thinking about the stunning freedom that comes with age. So please do not mistake this series as me being biased against the aging process. I am simply tryin to make sure I am not using my number of birthdays as an excuse, crutch or hiding place for mindless lifestyle choices.
Want to talk one-on-one about this with Kathleen? Book an appointment. Kathleen is the owner of The Studio and teaches meditation on Saturday mornings at 7:45am.