“The principal components of a healthy, long life may seem obvious and should definitely be encouraged. But in an age of technology and breath-taking medical advances we have lost sight of the much more obvious and simpler fact that a healthy, active lifestyle is more powerful than any drug in preventing ill health and increasing life expectancy”
Dr Ian Campbell, GP, October 2014.
G.O.L.D.E.N. Rule 2: Deal with the Body you have
We are all different and it’s important to listen to the body you have. Deal with your own body and your own health issues. We all work in different ways. Try not to compare yourself to others – “Comparison is the thief that removes all joy”. You are biochemically and genetically unique, so learn what works for you – and you alone. Exceptional Health, for everyone, begins with a plant-based wholefood diet, and any modifications can come from that with fine tuning and improvement.
The oldest tricks are still the answer
A plant-based wholefood diet; rich in nutrition; high in raw, soaked, sprouted and fermented foods; at around 30% less calories than the average diet; not smoking or drinking; with daily exercise, stretching, walking and sunshine; is the best starting place for everyone to start. This diet and lifestyle contains most of the magical learnings from the World’s oldest and healthiest people (read my first book ‘Eat Less, Live Long’ for an in-depth investigation into longevity).
Listen to your body
We want you to take charge of your health! Always adjust your foods based on how you feel both mentally and physically after consuming them. Through experimenting with foods, food combinations and really listening to your body and how it responds, you will be able to tweak and figure out the perfect mix of foods that suits you the best. Some foods can require an accumulation over a period of three days to indicate that they are weakening you. If on the day you try the suspected food again, you instantly get any of the classic symptoms, or they hit you within 36 hours, then it’s a good idea to avoid that food for at least another three months and then try the test again. Caffeine and gluten are prime examples of these foods.
Keep a food diary
I strongly recommend you keep a record of what you have been eating for a week and note any mood changes, headaches, excessive thirst, fogginess, lack of concentration, constipation, flatulence, bowel motions etc. and work out if you can see any triggers or links with what you are eating and how you are feeling in response.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.