I have been studying a lot about longevity lately
What I have learned is by no means a great revelation so don’t expect to be astounded
A primarily plant-based diet. Protein is not central to a meal it is a side dish. There was no sign of carb-cutting, reduced fat, sugar substitutes, extremism. Just eating regular home-cooked type foods. Home grown foods were pretty common too. I am fortunate in that I like, well everything. Unfortunately this makes me boring to cook for according to the hubster because I will eat whatever you put in front of me without complaint.
Participation within a community and a strong social network. Having friends and getting out of the house go a long way to stave off Depression. I struggle with this step. Sam and I go to festivals and community celebrations regularly for Isadora’s sake but we haven’t really gotten to the stage of actually talking to people yet! We don’t have friends and the thought of bumping into someone I know fills me with dread.
Occupation/Passion long-lived people tend to go on working and leading active lifestyles.
Resilience the ability to roll with the punches and well to laugh at oneself
You know the expression idle hands are the Devil\s plaything? I think it goes for the mind as well. I struggle with this one, I have what you could call lazy lobes. I avoid hard things like math. On the workout mat I am embracing all sorts of new challenges but I have yet to crack a physics book. I like learning what I like learning but I think a sense of curiosity/wonder and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone is the key to keeping sharp.
Well those are a few points I noticed repeatedly.
I am the queen of ruts and at the moment that is one of my biggest hurdles. I am looking for somewhere between coma patient and adrenalin-junkie.
Okay on to the random tidbits
I have been having problems with my skin ever since I moved to Sweden namely year round dryness and Eczema during the winter. Then I started birth control which has resulted in some breakouts, uneven pores and tone, and redness. Add that to my Irish heritage very sensitive, very fair, very thin skin and I am looking downright haggard. I look about 48 on a good day and I am only 35. I used to have a lovely porcelain complexion now I look like I am wearing a mask sewn out of other’s people’s faces. I have a hypoallergenic soap and lotion despite the grotesque expense and I am keeping hydrated and sun safe but I am still looking less than radiant. I read that Aloe Vera is good for redness, thin skin, and well basically everything! I have two Aloe Vera plants so today I wiped what looked every bit like heaping amounts of pre-ejaculate all over my face hopeful for some miracle. Aside from the squirm/giggle factor the actual Aloe Vera was extremely soothing to my feverish flesh (I don’t have a fever just hormonal temperature spikes). I really hope this helps because despite the big role my vanity plays in the endeavor for decent skin it is also really uncomfortable.
We have lots of bumblebees around our home, which is fine, I love bumblebees, the world needs bumblebees and sometimes they fly into the house. The other day I saw a bumblebee flying around my living room with a long strand of my red curly hair. I am not sure if it got caught on his/her plush or if he/she just wanted it for some mysterious reason.
While Sam was working in the hobby room a bumblebee got in (not sure if it was the same one) and it stopped in front of one of my paintings and just stared at it for several minutes as if in deep contemplation. What are the bees up too?