Yes, it is true. The fewer calories you consume, the healthier you are and the longer you will live. Calorie Reduction (CR) is the most amazing approach to health and longevity there is. Observe the “Blue Zones” – Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Ikaria, Greece. These people that thrive into their 90’s and 100’s have one strong attribute – they do not consume a lot of food. Yes, of course, they walk a lot, love their work, have a strong family bond, participate in community activities, grow their own food and don’t watch CNN. But unequivocally they eat mostly vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, seeds, and nuts.

In the five “Blue Zones” the people live longer than anywhere else in the world… All of these people who live in their 90’s and 100’s eat mostly a vegan diet of beans, grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables… They do not over-exercise, they walk and do their own chores, they are passionate about something whether it is painting, writing or playing an instrument, they have faith whether it is of God, mankind or the sun, they have something to look forward to every day, they surround themselves with family and friends and they don’t worry about stuff.. They have a purpose…

I embrace a plant-based calorie restriction lifestyle.

Now, if I find myself nervously hungry, I eat raw carrots, celery, radishes, cauliflower, and an apple… These foods are not only extremely healthy, but they are also loaded with fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants.

Oils are pure fat and highly processed. Fat is important, but consume those foods in their most natural state. Eat olives, nuts, avocados, chia and hemp seeds and make sure to put flaxseeds on all of your food as they are loaded with Omega-rich nutrients.

Mediation is a powerful tool to increase mental awareness, reduce stress, encourage a healthy body, slows aging and benefit cardiovascular and immune health… You don’t have to be a Hindu Guru to mediate. I meditate when I walk, take a sauna, lay in my bed and focus on the night and the morning. I also paint and find myself engrossed in my art. I am certainly no Picasso – I am content with being Doug. That is another factor in being whole – embrace your capabilities and be comfortable in your existence and contribution to your environment…

Pablo Picasso said, “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

The best diet you can possibly eat is a poor man’s diet – You will live healthy for decades… This is my favorite meal – sweet potato, red beans, brown rice, tempeh and an avocado… , just simply the healthiest most wonderful tasting combination of food on the planet…

Life is a journey of sharing, experiencing and enjoying other people. Learning from people of different cultures is the most valuable opportunity we have in life. Life is a gift, just unwrap it carefully…

Thank you so much Doug for this .