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Monday, April 27, 2015

People Who Live to Be 100 Practice These 5 Eating Habits

People Who Live to be 100 Practice These 5 Eating Habits

According to a report by the Centers For Disease Control that was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, people who don't smoke, exercise on a regular basis, eat a healthy diet, and drink moderately are 63 percent less likely to die at an early age than people who don't live a healthy lifestyle. Most people get the not smoking, exercising and not drinking to much, but eating healthy, an important habit, is often misunderstood.

How important is food?

If you read articles about people who live to be 100 or more, you'll find that they are adamant about their food rituals. Yes, rituals, which means they practice certain eating habits all the time. Here are just 5 that are common among centenarians:
  1. Never skip breakfast - eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. Centenarians are not snackers. They get most of their calories from the first meal of the day and only eat 3 meals a day, with the lowest amount of calories consumed at dinner.
  2. Cook - many people have lost the art and joy of cooking for themselves at home. Cooking at home helps you control what you eat. The key is to keep it simple; don't try to be a gourmet. You will even burn calories with meal prep.
  3. Take your time - so many people eat fast and then are on to the next task. But the truth is that eating fast causes you to eat more and can actually double your risk of becoming overweight. Use mealtime as a social event, not just another unpleasant task to complete.
  4. Eat more fruits and vegetables - this is a common ritual among centenarians; they eat lots of fruits and vegetables. It has been proven that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, high in nutrients and low in calories, will contribute toward a long life.
  5. Watch the sugar - most centenarians are not big consumers of sweets. Too much sugar is bad for your teeth, liver, and can lead to diabetes.

Of course, other factors that are common among centenarians include getting enough sleep, eliminating stress, having a sense of humor, and maintaining a positive attitude.

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