Live Long And Prosper…

… an ETL Friday! Extra ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eating a huge, delicious salad is the secret to successful weight control and a long healthy life.โ€
_Dr. Fuhrman from “Eat To Live

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I watched an Oprah episode on “extreme” life extension (note it’s 10 pages) — Watch this short excerpt. I don’t think a video of the entire show is available, watch for a rerun! It was a fantastic show! SO inspiring. I was so excited watching it! I tell ya what, ETL is *the* way to eat for longevity, as prescribed by Dr. Fuhrman in “Eat To Live.” It is as close to exact as you can get to the diet of the longest-lived people in the world. It is a calorie restricted diet, naturally. It also leads into other areas of your life, enhancing it the longer you follow it.

Personally, I really don’t care so much about the numbers — about the years, per se: for me, it’s about QUALITY. Quality of those years. Though extra years ain’t too shabby a perk, don’t you agree?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
I want to be healthy when I die :D. Yes, yes, it’s possible. THAT’S what I want. I want lucidness, clarity, mental strength, as well as happiness and love when I pass. I want it to be a happy passing :D. I don’t want fear, regret, pain…

Many thanks to you, Dr. Fuhrman, for showing me the way. My thoughts on your work are of pure joy and gratitude.

If you’ve never met the longest-lived people on the planet, take a looksee:

If video doesn’t play, GO HERE

They even mention Hara Hachi Bu, which I’ve been practicing for a couple years now…AWESOME! I feel younger already :D. It absolutely becomes normal to eat that way, if you stick to it (just like Eating to live, just like any thing worth doing in life).
What strikes me most — and what I am THOROUGHLY convinced, more and more every single day of its essentialness — is the happiness. Can’t you just see it? See how peaceful they are — from within — it totally exudes from them, even detectable through a video. Amazing. Utterly amazing. I believe this is just as important as nutrition for health. And I believe, even if adopting their diet, but exacting a miserable life of negativity and pettiness and anger and vengeance and jealousy and self-hatred and resentment and on and on, the benefits are diminished, if not moot.

I know, as life is today, we cannot completely avoid negativity and negative people, but we can adopt the “Be the change we want to see” type of outlook, and draw to ourselves positivity. You attract what you give out. So happiness is also a verb ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to do it to get it. It doesn’t come to you automatically. Just like love love_hearts๐Ÿ™‚

I’m happy when I have the company and support of positive people! I find this happening more and more :D. It feels sooooooo great to attract those kind of people — the kind you respect. Who wants petty gossiping, toxic, etc. people around?! What’s more, who wants to be a petty, gossiping toxic person?!!!

I want to smile every day like the folks in that video; I want people I love around me; I want to die smiling ๐Ÿ˜€

Think I can do it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ How about you? ๐Ÿ™‚

Poxacuatl

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12 Comments

  1. March 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    LL – Great video clips! and I agree with everything in your post. It’s amazing what one attracts when one practices “being the change”! I have actually seen toxic, gossiping people change simply by my non-toxic, non-gossipping presence. There is a great deal of power in just “be” ‘ing. Wonderful uplifting post!

  2. poxacuatl said,

    March 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Totally! I like that — “I’m a non-toxic person” LOL! Non-carbonated, sugar’n’salt free and vegan too ๐Ÿ˜€

    “power in just ‘be’ ing” Love that. ETL provided a lot of contentment for me. I don’t get anxious or have swings of mood or emotion. I surprise myself, how I don’t flip over things that used to make me nuts. I can still get my back up — ohhhhhhhhh, lordy, I sure can, lol; but there is such a peace that comes when things are in balance, ya know? I’m still fascinated how simple nutrition can do all this for us. It makes those 900+ year olds, cited in Biblical literature not sound too crazy!

    Oh, about toxicity — I also find it’s not so hard to just ignore it. I used to engage it; now I just let it flow past me. In hapkido, martial arts, we learned this too. Instead of aggression, peace. Good lesson.

    I’m glad this post was uplifting, Picks! I feel like I’ve just been getting better and better in every way since properly feeding my ‘self.’ Happier, too ๐Ÿ˜€ I just want everyone to know and feel it for themselves.
    Thanks for “be” ing ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are definitely one I’d consider a positive person in my life and one I’ve come to respect — even if it is my cyberlife :D. You have what I call a positive energy. Like I wrote, it’s tangible even through a computer screen! Yay for positivity, lol.

  3. Argent said,

    April 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Do you have any more insight on the sirtuin pathway mentioned in the Oprah article? Are practicing caloric restriction and being a (biological) parent mutually exclusive?

    From the article:

    “The body gets really efficient,” he says. “You turn on this new chemical pathway we never knew existed called the sirtuin pathway. What it tells you is don’t make more babies because you don’t have the excess abundant energy to do thatโ€”just live longer.”

  4. poxacuatl said,

    April 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Funny you ask, I was going to ask Dr. F. exactly about that! Because, in his (Dr. F.’s) teleconference it (sirtuin) wasn’t mentioned; and since it says it “new discovery.” And, yea, I was thrown off by that making babies statement ??? I expected him to just refer to not wasting energy or not to eat more, which would then lead to living longer. That whole thing about babies was just weird.

    Plus, he says the body learns it has nothing excess to waste, thus…etc. But that’s not how I looked at it — or not what I got from Dr. F. who says it’s more that the body slows and doesn’t work so hard that = anti-aging. Those two things don’t sound the same to me, though, I guess they can both be true simultaneously.

    Edited: Okay, I went ahead and asked him. He’s got a lot of catching up to do, but hopefully he’ll get to it!

  5. Argent said,

    April 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Thanks, LL. I wonder if the fact that ETLers sometimes report reduced, or even absent, periods has anything to do with this . . .

    • poxacuatl said,

      April 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

      Argent,
      Well, to be honest, I don’t think not having a period is necessarily a bad thing. And, I’m pretty sure women can get pregnant without a period (depending on the reason for the arrested menses).

      what I’m wondering is whether ETL-induced amenorrhea or otherwise healthful loss of cycles (like non-extreme, but significantly increased exercise) is actually a good thing…I mean, maybe it is a sign of age reversal.

      It’s always reported as a bad thing, except when “healthy runners” or exercisers have it. Why is that? If that’s true, then maybe other persons who have obtained optimal health (far beyond the average person, such as those who follow ETL) are exceptions too.

      There is also a school of thought that says losing/not having a menstrual cycle is normal and that menstruating is unnatural. The reasoning being that no animal in its natural state, unmolested by humans (in “the wild”) menstruates; only captive animals do.

      • poxacuatl said,

        April 3, 2009 at 1:27 pm

        I asked Dr. F. a followup. I didn’t want to ask too long a question because he’s playing catchup, having been away for several days. Maybe he can shed a little light or maybe give us another angle to consider.

  6. April 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    You can read about my own experience under WH in the Ask the Doctor forum, if you haven’t already. Definitely an interesting subject with differing opinions.

    • poxacuatl said,

      April 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm

      What’s your opinion, Picks? I haven’t come down on it on one side because I really don’t know.

      Doc F. has been asked the menstruation questions often and he never seems to say that it is good or bad. I infer that he doesn’t see it as necessarily bad, but only in reference to those who are in excellent health. This is where I tend to agree — or at least give doubt as to whether a cycle is necessary — that it may not be so bad to lose it. Obviously there can be underlying health issues which may cause a shift in menses.

      It’s also interesting to me that the hypothalamus influences so much of our cycles…it is also the teeny little gland which heavily influences and regulates appetite, sleep, and thyroid function! Makes my raging carb binges pre-ETL understandable! Anything salty or sugary within my reach could not escape my claws. It also affects the nervous system. Being part of the brain, it’s a no-brainer ๐Ÿ™‚ that mood changes occur around the time of the month.

      On the other hand, a clean diet eliminated cramps and mood issues for me. It’s all synergistic…all connected.

      • April 4, 2009 at 6:23 am

        Strix-I haven’t researched the issue enough to have an opinion, which is why I asked Dr. F. It is not a simple issue and I feel it takes someone with in-depth medical knowledge to formulate an educated opinion. And I question the opinion of someone who receives solicitations and much of their continuing education from pharmaceutical companies.

  7. Argent said,

    April 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for all your thinking (and asking and experience) on this, LL and Picks Over Peas. It’s a major personal issue for me, and I’m grateful for any light we can shed on it.

    Cheers, Ladies.

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