Can You Be Too Old to Benefit from a Paleo Lifestyle?

happy_old_people_420-420x0People in their 60s, 70s and 80s often think they are “too old” to benefit from a lifestyle change.  Many feel getting old is just a natural process and at their age, it is what it is and chronic illnesses, doctor’s visits and prescriptions automatically become a part of life.  I disagree.  Mark Sisson disagrees too and wrote a great blog post about the inevitabilities of aging: how inevitable are they?  The question isn’t really how many years you have left, or even about prolonging your life.  The real question is do you want to be able to really ENJOY the years you have left?  We spend our working lives saving for retirement so we can relax and enjoy our twilight years, yet all too often health concerns interfere.  Making lifestyle changes and adopting a positive, grateful mental attitude can go a long way to feeling much younger than your age.

The human body is an amazing organism that heals itself when you reduce chronic inflammation caused by eating the wrong things, experiencing high levels of stress and not getting the kind of sleep the body needs to do it’s healing work.  So realistically it’s never too late.  It might be more difficult to adopt new habits as we get older, but perhaps the maturity to understand why we should change helps provide the impetus to keep following the lifestyle habits that enhance our health and mental well being.

One of the best things about great health and a smiling face is that you also appear younger than your years.  People who look “old” are often bloated, overweight, complain about their various ailments and have lost their pep.  They spend a lot of time talking about what they don’t want instead of what they want, thereby inviting more things they don’t want into their lives.  Conversely, when you run into a person who exercises, eats non-inflammatory foods that are right for their bodies, has a positive outlook on life’s events, expresses gratitude and most importantly laughs a lot, you are often surprised at their age as they seem much younger.  The old adage “you are young as you feel” is really true!

happy elderly womanHere are several stories about older people who have regained vitality through lifestyle changes.  It’s hard not to be inspired!

It is never too late to improve your health and enjoy life more fully.  The earlier you start, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits.

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.